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Full-Time in Lake Charles Office


Raised in West Helena, Arkansas, Kara Newingham earned her B.S. from Arkansas State University and her M.Ed., from the University of New Orleans. She has 18 years of experience in the counseling field and has called Louisiana home for the past 21 years. Kara is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH). In addition to being licensed in Louisiana, she is licensed to practice in Texas. She and her husband, Larry, stay busy raising two teenagers and their Australian Shepherds. Kara also enjoys writing and is currently working on her second book.

Kara Newingham, LPC-S

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Part-Time in Sulphur Office

Melissa Hickey-White is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Melissa has 8 years of experience in the counseling field. She graduated from LSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from ACU. Melissa is a resident of Sulphur and is married with 2 children and several pets.

Melissa Hickey-White, LMFT


Symptoms include stress that's out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry, and restlessness.

Common Therapeutic Interventions

Behavioral Therapy

Teaches patients how to recognize negative patterns of behavior/way of thinking and how to respond to them in an effective manner.

Behavioral Therapy

Talk Therapy

Helps patients to develop the ability to talk openly about their feelings and how to work through their problems in a constructive manner.

Talk Therapy

Coping Skill Development

Learning how to use mental, emotional and behavioral tools to deal with stressful situations.

Coping Skill Development


A type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.

Mindfulness Therapy

Psycho Education Therapy

Evidence-based therapeutic intervention for patients and their loved ones that provides information and support to better understand and cope with illness.

Psycho Education Therapy


Focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.

CBT Therapy

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