Emily Carrington, LCSW

New Orleans Therapist Emily Carringtion

Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of clinical experience. Emily completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, before returning home for her graduate work at Louisiana State University.


Emily’s clinical experience has afforded her the opportunity to provide treatment to individuals across the lifespan, from infant and early childhood mental health to adulthood. Emily has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings providing evidenced-based treatment using a variety of modalities and mindfulness-based interventions. Emily specializes in individual therapy using DBT-informed therapy, DBT skills training, and CBT. Her approach is warm and strengths-based as she focuses on each individual client’s needs and goals for therapy. Of particular interest to Emily is addressing relationship stress, codependency patterns and improving boundaries, as well as treating addiction and eating disorders. Her therapeutic approach is founded on existential theory that she believes is best supported through a trusting and empathetic therapeutic relationship. 

Therapy sessions will highlight strengths, emphasize solutions and incorporate resiliency-building skills for improving your life, wellbeing and relationships.


Carly Leblanc, LCSW

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Carly LeBlanc is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor with more than 10 years of experience in mental health.  She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and her master’s degree from Tulane University. She completed her clinical training at Depaul-Tulane Behavioral Hospital. Carly has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings with adolescents, adults and geriatric clients. She has experience in program development and previously served as the program coordinator for the VA New Orleans Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, a mental health day treatment program for veterans with serious mental illness diagnoses.

Carly’s therapeutic approach is to provide evidence-based treatment interventions to help clients who are struggling with symptoms related to mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Her primary theoretical treatment model is cognitive behavioral therapy, an approach that helps clients change unhelpful patterns of thinking, problematic behaviors and negative emotional responses. She is also trained and skilled in motivational interviewing and social skills training for schizophrenia. She has extensive experience in conducting both group and individual therapy. Carly has specific clinical interest and expertise in social anxiety, serious mental illness diagnoses, psychosis, suicide prevention, and transgender issues. Carly's goal is to  provide a comfortable and safe treatment environment in which clients can successfully identify and work towards achieving self-defined goals while collaboratively engaging in solution focused approaches for improved functioning and enhanced quality of life.   


Danielle Zelisko, LCSW

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Danielle Zelisko is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 9 years of experience in mental health. She provides both individual and couples therapy. Danielle completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Sonoma State University and received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Texas in Austin. She completed her internships at Austin Lakes Outpatient and Waterloo Counseling Center in Austin, Texas. Danielle has worked in a variety of outpatient settings providing individual psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and geriatric clients.  She has experience as a Behavioral Health Therapist at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Additionally, she served on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team providing community-based services to adults with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. 


Danielle uses evidenced-based techniques to help clients empower themselves to identify and achieve their goals. She integrates mindfulness-oriented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills to help clients lessen the impacts of negative thinking, trauma, depression, anxiety, and maladaptive behaviors. Upon request, Danielle has experience with incorporating resources from a variety of 12-step fellowships into sessions, including  Co-Dependents Anonymous and Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA). Danielle is passionate about working with women, LGBTQ-identified individuals, young adults, survivors of complex trauma, and anyone who is motivated to learn more about themselves and engage in the challenging, but rewarding work of healing. Additionally, Danielle is trained in the Gottman Method, an evidence-based approach to couples therapy.


Kim Gordon, LCSW

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Kim Gordon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of clinical experience. She enjoys working with individuals who have struggled with anxiety, depression, addictions, grief, relationship problems and phase of life issues. She also provides services to those facing end of life situations and individuals who have experienced traumatic events.


As a cognitive-behavioral therapist, Kim uses treatments that researchers, and her experience, have proven effective. Kim is trained in EMDR, which is a comprehensive treatment approach that includes the client’s past, present, and future life experiences and patterns that block them from creating the life they desire. She also provides couples therapy using the Gottman Method. Clients find her to be very collaborative and compassionate. Her therapeutic approach provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address life’s challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to create a personalized plan for each client.

Kim completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Loyola University New Orleans and obtained her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University. As a life-long resident of New Orleans, she is quite familiar with our distinctive culture and the unique challenges it sometimes presents. 



Danielle Wright, DSW 

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Dr. Danielle Wright is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and public health practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the areas of infant mental health, social and emotional learning, trauma, and toxic stress. She completed her graduate training at Tulane University, where she earned a doctorate in Social Work, as well as master’s degrees in both Social Work and Public Health. Dr. Wright completed the LSUHSC Department of Psychiatry’s Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship. She also has a certification in Disaster Mental Health from Tulane University.

Dr. Wright has worked across various clinical mental health settings, public health settings, school settings and early childhood learning centers. She has extensive experience conducting individual therapy, group therapy, play therapy, and child-parent psychotherapy. She specializes in working with children and adolescents navigating through a broad range of issues, including disorders of attachment, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and trauma. Dr. Wright’s therapeutic approach is strength-based and client-centered. She provides evidence-based interventions that equip clients with the tools necessary to expand their capacity to navigate through adversity with an eye towards achieving optimal emotional wellness across the lifespan.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Wright has experience in program development, implementation and evaluation. She serves as the founding director of Navigate Nola, the child well-being division of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. She also serves as an adjunct clinical field faculty member at Tulane University School of Social Work.


Annie Bachrach, LCSW

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Annie Bachrach is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor with over 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and her master's degree from Smith College School for Social Work. Annie has previously worked in an administrative role at Communities in Schools where she supervised a team of school social workers and school counselors.  She also has extensive experience supervising social work and counseling interns. Annie has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), play therapy techniques, mindfulness, and yoga. She completed a 200-hr Yoga teacher certification through Wild Lotus Yoga in 2017. She is also a Girls On The Run coach and a Board Member of Dat School, a self-directed learning center in St. Roch. Annie currently works as a school social worker at The International School of Louisiana. She is available for evening and weekend appointments at Atlas Psychiatry.

Annie's goal is to establish a healthy therapeutic relationship in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. She believes that the main goal of child therapy is to teach healthy coping and communication skills, improve self-esteem and self-efficacy, and increase positive connections to others. Influenced by her yoga practice, Annie practices psychotherapy with the hope that when we all feel connected and engaged in positive relationships, we will create a more peaceful and compassionate world.

Fred Buttell, LCSW, PhD

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Dr. Fred Buttell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (BACS). He has been an LCSW since 1995 and moved to New Orleans in 2002. He provides psychotherapy that is informed by both Positive Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. His therapeutic work is a unique blend of formal studies in psychology, social work, women’s studies, and sociology, which support both short term practical problem solving as well as long term personal growth. His approach is broadly humanistic, client centered and wellness oriented. His philosophy is that change occurs as a result of a therapeutic relationship in which clients feel understood and supported in developing a compassionate relationship with themselves. This collaborative approach of reflection and inner listening lets clients be in control of their own experience and teaches them how to develop this lifelong skill for use anytime. 


Dr. Buttell received both his MSW and PhD from the University of Alabama. For the last 20 years, Dr. Buttell has been a full-time faculty member at the Tulane University School of Social Work. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles on the topics of Intimate Partner Violence, Attachment Theory, Moral Development, and counseling outcomes. He has broad training and clinical experience in many psychotherapy models and incorporate aspects of several different models in his approach. Generally speaking, he helps people understand problems in the way they think about themselves (intrapersonal) and in the ways they deal with others (interpersonal) and then works with them to identify solutions and implement them into their lives.


Janell Kalifey, LCSW

New Orleans Therapist Carly Leblanc

Janell Kalify is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience as a mental health professional. She specializes in working with adults and young adults dealing with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, trauma, sexuality and/or gender issues, relationship problems and stress. She also enjoys working with clients who are experiencing physical health challenges, sports performance issues, and those interested in life transitions and personal growth. She leads the Adult Process Group at Atlas Psychiatry.

Janell's treatment approach is eclectic and tailored to the individual client's needs. She is experienced in providing both short-term solution-based therapy and long-term insight-oriented therapy, as well as addressing issues from a mind-body perspective.


In addition to working in college mental health for the last 9 years at Tulane University and being actively involved in the American College Health Association, Janell currently holds a faculty position at the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center in New Orleans.