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Our Founders

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"Transforming your thoughts will transform your life!"

Dr. Nyoki Cosey-Brown, DSW, LCSW-BACS

Director of Clinical Operations

Doctor of Social Work,  University of Kentucky

Co-founder of Innovative Approaches Counseling Center

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Board Approved Clinical Supervisor as credentialed by the Louisiana, Kentucky, Arizona, Tennessee, and Texas Board of Social Work Examiners. I am a leader in mental health technology and culturally inclusive care. I am a certified Triple P Positive Parenting Program Provider. I am proficient in working with Geriatrics, Veterans, Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Chronic Homelessness, Individuals, Families, Chronic Mental Illness, and Cognitive therapy. My vast knowledge of clinical approaches and interventions has allowed me the opportunity to become a change agent in the lives of individuals requesting assistance with making life transitions. I focus on providing evidence-based practices that will impact families significantly and provide long-term positive changes.  I am specialty trained in Grief Counseling, Adolescent/Child Treatment, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Behavior Modification Strategies.  My extensive knowledge of mindfulness techniques and  REBT/CBT interventions will assist you with making optimal life transformations!

"Make the life you have the life you want!" 

Candice Sorapuru, LCSW-BACS

Director of Clinical Services

Master of Social Work, Tulane University School of Social Work

Co-founder of Innovative Approaches Counseling Center​

As a lifelong resident of Louisiana with strong family ties in the River Parishes, I have always been committed to helping my community.  I began my education at the University of New Orleans where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.  I received my Master of Social Work degree from the prestigious Tulane School of Social Work.  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor as designated by the Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners.  I am a certified Triple P Positive Parenting Program Provider.I have over thirteen years of experience working in the social service field in areas of mental health, sexual abuse, domestic violence, geriatrics and case management.  My practice settings have included hospitals, non-profits and community health centers.  I believe in a Client-Centered approach to therapy and utilize Cognitive Behavioral and Mindful techniques.  I take evidence-based approaches and present them in creative ways to keep clients engaged.  As part of my generalist practice, I have extensive experience in Play Therapy with children and adolescents, treatment of Anxiety and Depression, end of life therapy, and treatment with survivors of abuse.  

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"Shape your mind to shape your future!" 

Charisse Speaks, LCSW

Director of  Program, Planning, and Development

Master of Social Work, Southern University of  New Orleans School of Social Work

Co-founder of Innovative Approaches Counseling Center​

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credentialed by the states of Louisiana and Oregon. I have a master's degree in social work received from Southern University at New Orleans which has equipped me with the knowledge and expertise needed to address various social, emotional, and psychological challenges that people face. I have over 15 years of experience working in the social service field in areas of mental health, criminal justice, geriatrics, and case management. My passion lies in helping individuals and communities achieve improved well-being and emotional health. Throughout my career, I have focused on addressing a wide range of social, emotional, and psychological challenges that people encounter. I firmly believe in the critical role that mental health plays in enhancing overall quality of life, and I am committed to making a positive impact. My approach is centered around compassion and client-focused care. I create a safe and non-judgmental environment where my clients can openly discuss their concerns and collaborate with me on their path to positive change. Whether it's supporting individuals in managing mental health conditions, navigating life transitions, or building healthier relationships, I am dedicated to my profession and to the well-being of my clients.

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