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Melissa F. Desforges

M.Ed., NCC, NCSC, LMFT, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor


Melissa is a 
Licensed Professional Counselor & Clinical Supervisor, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist & Clinical Supervisor and a National Certified School Counselor. She believes within every problem there is a solution. Together with her clients, she strives to find these solutions so they may grow and achieve success even during life stressors. Melissa utilizes play and the creative arts when working with children and adolescents as she believes play is a child's way of expressing their feelings and finding solutions to their problems. 

Melissa is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, Louisiana Association for Play Therapy, American Counseling Association, Louisiana Counseling Association and the American Marriage and Family Counselor's Association. 

Elizabeth G. Esthay, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Registered Play Therapist



Elizabeth Esthay earned her Master's Degree in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, as well as a Certified School Counselor with the Louisiana Board of Education.  Elizabeth's  focus is on helping clients with issues such as trauma, grief, depression, and anger management.  She is available for counseling with children, adolescents, and adults.  In her work with children and adolescents, Elizabeth relies heavily on the therapeutic powers of play and utilizes her extensive training in Play Therapy.  

Elizabeth is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Louisiana Counseling Association, the Counselor Intern Association of Louisiana, the Association for Play Therapy and the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy. 

Elizabeth is doing business as Elizabeth Esthay LPC, L.L.C. 

You can directly contact her at: [email protected]elizabethesthaylpc.com 

 Anthony Parr, B.A., M.S.

Special Needs Family Advocate  

(provides guidance and advocacy but not counseling)  

Anthony Parr holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Masters of Science in Special Education and a Masters of Science in Psychology.  Anthony is currently a special education educator working for the state of Louisiana with fifteen years of experience.  He has worked with, with great success, many wonderful children whose diagnosis cover the full special needs spectrum.  Anthony's specialty is in applied behavioral analysis which he does on and off campus for students and families.  In addition to educating children with special needs, Mr. Parr is also a community advocate who has sat on the board of S.T.A.R.C., worked with Families Helping Families and is actively involved in the progress of his town.  Mr. Anthony Parr has worked with students and clients whose diagnosis include, but not limited to, Autism, Fragile X, Angelman's Syndrome, Down's Syndrome, F.A.S., Bipolar Disorders, A.D.D., A.D.H.D., Asperger Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Emotional/Behavior Disorders. 

Learn more about Anthony at www.beyondbrownfolders.org. 


Additional Specialists are available in office and through networking referrals.



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