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CFH is a professional behavioral health counseling program available to individuals, couples, families, and groups of all faiths. A caring, compassionate staff of licensed mental health professionals provides services related to; depression, anxiety, marriage and couple concerns, parent and child concerns, childhood and adolescence, child and family counseling, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress, anger management, and psychiatric medication management. We accept payment from most major insurance companies. Clients without insurance will be charged a reasonable rate based on a sliding scale.

Comprehending the cause of most mental health issues or disorders, helps doctors and clinicians individualize treatment for each client, offering a treatment plan addressing mental health, medication, and therapeutic interventions.   Therapeutic methods for mental health disorders can be categorized as either somatic or psychotherapeutic. Somatic treatments include drug therapy and Psychotherapeutic treatments include individual, group, or family and marriage and family psychotherapy, behavior therapy techniques (such as psychosocial skills training, relaxation training or exposure therapy). Center for Hope Children and Family Services provides a treatment program for major mental health disorders, which includes both drugs and psychotherapy as a preferred treatment method.

CFH is a designed behavioral health program with a comprehensive team of doctors and clinicians. At CFH, psychiatrists are not the only mental health care practitioners trained to treat mental illness. Others include clinical psychologists, social workers, and nurses, all of whom must hold appropriate credentials. Psychiatrists (and psychiatric nurse practitioners in some states) are the only mental health care practitioners licensed to prescribe drugs. Other practitioners practice psychotherapy primarily.  CFH further supports the treatment of mental health disorders by integrating the therapeutic talents of their Chief Executive Officer, (Patrice Sentino), who is a Doctoral Student and holds a Master of Social Work and a multitude of credentials. Chief Administrative Officer, (Dr. Derrick Freeman), who holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

These signs may seem unrelated to the hurricane, but can include:

  • Depressed or irritable mood
  • Difficult behaviors, aggression
  • Problems with attention or behavior
  • Difficulty getting along with friends
  • Becoming socially isolated or withdrawn
  • Difficulties with school work
  • Physical complaints, stomachaches, headaches
  • Sleep problems
  • For younger behavior – clingy behavior
  • For older children or adolescents – risk-taking behavior (including alcohol or drug use)

To reach children, therapy groups and individual sessions are offered at schools in these parishes as well as services provided in our office.

If a child you know is experiencing trouble in any of these areas, please contact Center for Hope Children & Family Services at (504) 241-6006 to make a referral or you may have the parent or caregiver call to schedule an intake.

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