Emily Carrington, LCSW
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
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
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
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
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
Annie Bachrach is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor with over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Annie typically supports clients aged 10-25 struggling with anxiety and depression, life transitions, social and behavioral issues, and identity development. Her approach is interpersonal, strengths-based, and existentialist. Her purpose is to help clients enhance social connectivity, develop a sense of belonging, and create meaning in their lives.
Annie worked for 11 years in New Orleans public charter schools in both social worker and supervisor roles and has extensive knowledge of school-related mental and behavioral health challenges, special education accommodations and procedures, crisis response and safety planning, restorative approaches, group and individual trauma interventions, social emotional learning programs, and teaching coping skills.
Annie received her BA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and her MSW from Smith College. She moved to New Orleans in 2009. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), play therapy, and mindfulness practices. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Wild Lotus Yoga in 2017. She joined Atlas in 2018.
Fred Buttell, LCSW, PhD
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.
Sarahbeth Cass, LCSW
Sarahbeth Cass is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 8 years of experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Loyola University New Orleans and her Master’s degree from Tulane University School of Social Work with a certification in Family Therapy. Sarahbeth has extensive experience in hospice care and navigating end-of-life challenges that may arise within family systems. Her experience in medical social work offers a unique approach in supporting clients coping with chronic illnesses and those caring for loved ones with complex medical histories.
Sarahbeth offers family therapy using emotion-focused therapy and structural family therapy approaches. She has provided family crisis intervention and grief therapy for families struggling to cope with the loss of their loved one using the Kübler-Ross Grief Model. Other modalities used are based on client goals and may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In addition to families, she works with adults from college-age to geriatrics offering brief solution-focused therapy and long-term insight-oriented therapy. Sarahbeth helps individuals cope with stress that stems from relationship conflict and create healthy boundaries. She works with individuals who present with anxiety, panic, depression, relationships stressors, grief, personality disorders, and general life adjustments. She has training in CBT, DBT, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and family therapy.
Sarahbeth’s approach is compassionate and goal-oriented, focusing on building upon the strengths of each client and family system. Her goal is to create a safe space where clients feel empowered as they learn more about themselves and reach their goals for therapy.
Kelly Anderson, LCSW, DSW
Dr. Kelly Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of mental health for 10 years. She has worked in New York, Philadelphia, and New Orleans in areas such as foster care, inpatient adolescent behavioral health, and local independent and charter schools. Dr. Kelly received her master’s degree and doctorate at Tulane University. She is also certified in Disaster Mental Health, Safe Space Trained, and a Qualified School Social Worker. In addition, she has developed and provided professional development opportunities focused on self-care and professional burnout, LGBTQIA+ best practices, social emotional learning, bullying and suicide prevention.
Dr. Kelly has developed skills in providing individual, group and family therapy, crisis intervention, case management, and community referrals. Her expertise includes working with pre-adolescents, teens, and young adults in treating anxiety, depression, self-esteem, LGBTQIA+, grief, and trauma. She provides interventions based on building strong relationships, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Dr. Kelly’s aim in treatment is to offer a comfortable, safe and supportive environment in which clients can openly express themselves.
Gary McDaniel, LCSW
Gary McDaniel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor with almost 30 years of professional social work experience. He received his bachelor’s of fine arts and master’s of social work degrees from West Virginia University, and subsequently taught clinical social work courses as adjunct faculty for West Virginia University’s graduate social work program for 20 years. He was named Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers WV chapter, and he has also received awards and recognition for his work in child abuse prevention, his work in violence prevention, and his work with children and families in schools.
Gary has worked extensively in the area of trauma recovery and has a passion for working with individuals of all ages. He has worked in public and private schools, inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and is comfortable working with individuals, families and groups. He has studied, practiced, and taught many approaches to psychotherapy and mental wellness including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a number of Cognitive Behavioral Approaches including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and its precursor Rational Emotive Therapy (RET), Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Intensive Trauma Recovery (ITR), Gestalt Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Psychodrama, and Psychomotor modalities. Gary enjoys working on matters of spirituality and spiritual exploration and growth within the context of psychotherapy.
Gary is a results-oriented psychotherapist who loves to see people learn, grow, and overcome life’s challenges. He has considerable experience working with trauma related disorders and has also worked extensively with anxiety and mood disorders, adjustment disorders, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. He is patient and kind, he enjoys teaching skills and strategies for emotional regulation and affect management, and he believes deeply in the power and importance of attachment.