Nonie Caruthers, M.A., NCC, LPC

Mrs. Caruthers is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been with the Center since 1994.  She is interested in the developmental issues individuals, families, and couples face over their life span-transitions that include young adult to college, career development and middle age/menopause.  Offering EMDR, cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapies, her specialties include anxiety and depression as well as the pursuit of wellness and wholeness. She works with adults, couples, and families.



Wavely Cunningham, M.A., NCC, LPC-S

Mrs. Cunningham is a licensed professional counselor, an LPC supervisor, and a Louisiana qualified divorce and custody mediator.  She joined the Center in 2008.  She is a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association.  Her specialties include marriage/couples counseling, depression, anxiety, anger management, women’s issues, difficulties in adolescence, and working with individuals who want to successfully resolve custody issues and property division.  She works with adults, couples, adolescents and children, as well as families.


Ann Inabnet, M.A., LPC, LMFT, NCC

Mrs. Inabnet is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed marriage and family therapist, a nationally certified counselor, and an approved LPC Supervisor.  She has been on staff with the Center since 1991.  Her specialties include life transitions through the ages, from adolescence to seniors; stress reduction; relationship issues; anxiety; depression; grief and loss; women’s issues; and infertility.


Jodie Goens, LPC

Mrs. Goens is trained in Sandplay therapy and is a certified Spiritual Director by the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.  She has a Masters Degree in Counseling from Louisiana Tech University and is licensed in counseling by the State of Louisiana.  She has over 25 years of experience as a counselor/educator.  Her client population is young children, couples, and individuals.


Valencia Edwards, MSC, PLPC

Mrs. Edwards graduated from LSUS with a Masters of Science Degree in Counseling.  She completed her student internship at Samaritan Counseling Center and joined the Center as a PLPC in 2018. She now has the combined staff’s experience and wisdom available as she continues into counseling.  Her areas of focus are: domestic violence, DV-Abuser Intervention, Human Trafficking,  and adults of childhood sexual abuse.

As a result of my education, training, and real life experiences, people’s lives are being transformed. I provide a safe place for you to lay down your burdens, heal broken hearts, and be seen without judgement. I’m looking for people who will allow me to walk alongside them in their journey to stop existing and to start living. Together we can create a life you love!


Heather Phares, MS, PLPC

Mrs. Phares holds a school counseling certification in the state of Louisiana and has a Master of Science degree in Counseling from William Carey University, Biloxi, MS. She is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor with the LPC Board.
She counsels a diverse clientele with a specialty working with children, adolescents and their families.  She also sees adults, couples and families. She focuses on trauma, divorce, marital stressors, parent coaching, anxiety disorders, ADHD, self-esteem, depression, anger management, and other emotional and behavioral difficulties.

“I believe that we are all capable of healing, and change. It takes courage to begin a journey of personal growth. Our past and present experiences impact our belief system and contribute to how we view our life and its opportunities. I strive to create a space for clients to feel safe and to be heard.”



In Memoriam

January 16th 2019

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Mary Young, B.S., M.S.W., LCSW

Mrs. Young was a licensed clinical social worker, she joined the Center in 2011.  She had extensive training and experience in dealing with terminal illness and the impact it had on the immediate, as well as the extended family.  Mrs. Young was trained in adoption counseling, geared to assist parents and families who were dealing with many choices associated with the adoption process.  She was experienced in working with individuals and family members who were dealing with anxiety and depression, which is usually associated with “life adjustments.”  She also had expertise in working with distressed individuals aged between adolescence and geriatric.




President: Suda Beard

Treasurer: Brandon Horton

Board Members

Charles Beard

Bill Henderson

Adam Hollenshead

Kathy Johnson

Benjamin Lee

Judy Lenert

Mary Pat Morgan

Julie Noles

Rev. Mimi McDowell, Ex-Officio