With over 10 years of experience managing clerical and administrative duties, Kim Cross is a seasoned office manager who has brought a positive attitude and progressive changes to Rich Resources. Starting in 2005, she has played an integral role in the development of our office. She is the welcoming presence who is working to ensure you have the best experience.
Avery R. Buras
Based upon experience and education, my areas of interest and competence include: Psychoeducational and Psychological Evaluations for Adults, Children and Adolescents (ages 7 and above); Childhood and Adolescent Development; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Autistic Spectrum Disorders; Specific Learning Disabilities; Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Individual and Group Therapy; Substance Use Disorders in Adolescents and Adults; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Co-Occurring Disorders (Substance Use Disorders and Psychiatric Conditions).
Ph.D., College of Education & Human Development, Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University. (1999).
M.S., College of Education and Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi. (1995).
B.A., College of Liberal Arts, Don Bosco College/Seminary, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. (1988).
Brief Summary of Professional and Additional Experiences:
Before working at Rich Resources, I was the Psychologist on the Adolescent and Children’s Units at Southeast Louisiana State Hospital in Mandeville, LA. Duties there included Psychological and Psychoeducational Testing and Evaluations, Behavioral Management, Individual and Group Therapy, Competency Restoration and staff education. I enjoyed this experience a great deal and continue working with youth and adolescents here at Rich Resources. I also maintain a Full Time position with the Hammond VA Outpatient Clinic, working with Veteran and their families.
I am originally from Gretna, LA. Upon graduation from High School, I entered a Seminary College in Newton New Jersey. This time in the Seminary brought me to Florida where I lived and taught at a large boarding school for homeless youth. With time and experience this initial interest eventually evolved into becoming a Counselor and then a Licensed Psychologist. I’ve lived in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. Each of these unique places have had an impact on how I view and treat others.
M.A., PLPC, PLMFT
Life has a way of throwing us unexpected curve balls, knocking us down, causing unfamiliar emotions, anxiety, intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict, and stress. You ask yourself, how am I going to balance all of this? Growing through life without a roadmap can be difficult. And just as your car requires monthly maintenance, so does your life.
I see counseling as a journey of healing, reclaiming yourself, reconnecting with your partner, resolving conflicts, and tuning up the kinks in life. I seek to empower, encourage, and assist my clients in embracing his/her present state, while exploring ways to manage and restore control.
I have experience in many facets of counseling including group therapy, individual therapy and couples/marriage therapy. Utilizing various therapeutic modalities (CBT, family systems), faith-based solutions, and interventions to adapt to my clients needs, I effectively work with individuals and couples who struggle with depression, anxiety, anger management, behavioral issues, academic issues, relationship issues, grief, family conflict, addiction, crisis intervention, self-esteem/identity, transition, and more.
I presently work at a psychiatric residential treatment facility, as well as an inpatient psychiatric hospital providing care to adolescents and adults with trauma-based disorders, addiction, emotional management issues, and behavioral issues.
No matter what you’re faced with in life, know that you are an overcomer.
I am honored to embark upon this journey with you!
M.Ed., LPC, NCC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) whom earned my Bachelor's degree from the University of New Orleans and my Master's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. I am also a National Certified Counselor and a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association (LCA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). I have honed my skills in counseling in a wide variety of areas such as individual counseling, marriage and family counseling, couples counseling, PTSD counseling, substance abuse counseling, and group counseling.
I specialize in Children and Family counseling dealing with issues such as divorce/separation, parenting skills, parent/child relational issues, blended families, trauma, anxiety, EMDR therapy, high-risk self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideations, impulsive behaviors, school difficulties, defiant/non-compliant behaviors, autism spectrum disorders and emotional management.
I support the family, parents and children, throughout the therapeutic process by using a family systems approach to guide my therapeutic practice. I offer support, space, and guidance for each family to explore, identify, and create meaning of who they are as individuals, as well as a family dynamic.
“I am blessed with the opportunity to create ways to engage families, support parents, and assist children in navigating their way through the delight of discovering who they uniquely are”
M.S., LPC, NCC
I have been a resident of the North Shore since 1994 and have experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and a National Certified Counselor. Since earning a master’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University I have worked with both individuals and groups to facilitate increased awareness of each person's areas for continued growth, reduced suffering, and increased acceptance.
I have a particular interest in issues surrounding life transitions and the ways in which we manage the grief of both the small and the profound losses of our lives. While earning my M.Ed. I primarily focused my research on how these issues effected the elderly, but soon discovered that many of the issues that bring us to counseling could be viewed through this lens at any age, across any gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. That being said, I have worked with people with chronic mental illnesses, including major depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, but also people who report never having experienced issues before they decided to seek assistance.
Becoming a counselor was not my first profession. I have experience as a small business owner, a crafts person, a teacher, and in office work. I am also a parent, wife, sister, and a daughter. These roles and my experience provide me with more tools to empathize with your experience and to appreciate how helpful it can be to have someone to listen when you are struggling, in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.
M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT
Jill Guss is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She currently works as a Mental Health Provider for St. Tammany Parish School Board. Prior to her time at Rich Resources, she has worked in schools in Texas and Puerto Rico, as well as outpatient mental health programs at West Oaks Hospital in Houston, TX. Currently, she is pursuing registration as a Play Therapist and has completed coursework at the LSUHSC Children & Family Counseling Clinic in New Orleans. She is a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association and the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy. Mrs. Guss has a passion for helping children and their families build healthy relationships.
J. Scott Hallila
M.A., LPC-S, NCC
Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from the University of Holy Cross in 2008. He then continued his education at the University of Holy Cross where he earned a Master’s Degree in both school counseling and clinical mental health counseling in 2012. Scott began his counseling career on the Navy base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana where he worked with military dependent children and adolescents within the school setting. In 2014, he moved to Madisonville to begin working with the St. Tammany Parish School Board and start his private practice.
Scott is a nationally certified counselor, licensed professional counselor, and supervisor specializing in adolescent counseling, anxiety, and depression. He offers a unique perspective and aims at maximizing each client’s potential for academic, personal, and social growth. Scott is known for his work with the adolescent population, but he also has experience with survivors of sexual abuse/trauma. In addition, Scott has presented workshops at the University of Holy Cross and the Louisiana Counseling Association’s annual conference on the following topics: ADHD, Creative strategies in School Counseling, Counseling Military Children, and Behavior Interventions.
M.Ed, LPC, NCC
I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and then my Master's degree in Counselor Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. I am licensed as a Professional Counselor and a National Board Certified Counselor. I empower individuals, couples, and families to overcome personal obstacles in their day-to-day life and relationships. Since graduating with my Masters in 2011, I have worked with a variety of individuals and a multitude of mental health issues. By working with pre-teens to adults, I have acuminated my techniques in counseling a wide variety of areas such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicide ideation. Although my clientele is varied, I thoroughly enjoy working with the teen population, and I have had much success with their treatment.
M.A., LPC, NCC
Hello, my name is Adamandios “Adam” Stefanias. I was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana. I graduated from Holy Cross College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I went on to further my education by obtaining my Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling. I have experience as a Mental Health Provider in the St. Tammany Parish School System, and currently about to begin my third year as a school counselor in the district. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a National Certified Counselor. I approach counseling using person centered and solution-focused techniques.