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Present Hope Counseling

Katherine S. Arnold, MAMFC, LPC, LMFT

Overcoming what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, let us press on, in the present, towards HOPE. To live is to be in the present, not in shadow of yesterday or the fear of tomorrow. 


Our Team

There is Hope in the present.  There is Hope for today.  

Katherine Arnold



Founder and Administrator

Nicole Barnum



Heather H. Olivier



Melissa Carson

Counselor Intern

Office Manager

More About Our Staff

"Not that I have already attained it, but I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Katherine S. Arnold, MAMFC, LPC-S, LMFT-SC, CFRC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Founder and Administrator

A Livingston Parish native , Katherine S.  Arnold grew up on the outskirts of the Walker city limits.  She attended Livingston Parish schools and graduated from Walker High School before attending Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU).  Katherine achieved her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from SELU in 1995. Katherine worked fourteen years in the pharmaceutical industry before changing careers. In the last decade of her first career, Katherine was responsible for managing a department of people from varying cultures, ages, and ethnicities. Through this, Katherine truly learned about herself and others.  She learned that people are more than just productivity, more than a job, and more than the "mask" they wear in public.  Katherine learned to value relationships, to honor the journey of others, and to sit in the sufferings with them.   

Katherine achieved a Masters in Marriage and Family counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) in 2013.  She also achieved additional credits at NOBTS in the Doctoral program.  Katherine began working as a counselor at the Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association (ELBA) Christian Counseling Center, a local non-profit organization,  until launching Present Hope Counseling, LLC.  Katherine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and  a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Katherine has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, veterans, and first responders. She has been trained in specialty areas such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional-Focused Therapy for couples (EFT), Sand tray, Managing Suicide Risks (CAMS) and Trauma therapy.  She has achieved a certification in helping First Responders.  Katherine has also worked at the New Orleans Theological Seminary as an Adjunct Professor and Student Supervisor.

Katherine is a Christian but she honors and respects each person's spiritual beliefs, values, and worldview without judgement.  She does not impose her own religious beliefs onto her clients.  Katherine seeks to utilize treatments that take into consideration each client's interests, cultural backgrounds, spiritual and religious views, and personal ideas.   Katherine has a huge passion for others!   

Nicole Barnum, MA, RN, PLPC, NCC

Professionally Licensed Professional Counselor


A native of Livingston parish, Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1996 from Southeastern Louisiana University. Nicole returned to school earning a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Colorado Christian University in December of 2018.

Nicole's passion for helping others is the driving force behind both of her career choices. As a counselor, her passion is to walk alongside her client's as they search for meaning, hope, and joy that gets overshadowed by life’s difficult times. With over two decades of nursing experience, Nicole understands and values the importance of compassion on positive outcomes.

Nicole works with children, adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, grief, life transition issues, depression, and self-esteem issues. Nicole values the importance of the therapeutic relationship and believes that success in therapy is centered around the counselor-client relationship. Her theoretical approach is varied, including evidenced-based techniques based on the client's needs. Frequent models used are CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), person-centered, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), solution focused, and others. Faith-based interventions are incorporated at the client’s request.

When not working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, watching fireflies and playing with her favorite mini Australian shepherd fur baby.

Heather Olivier, MS, PLPC, NCC

Professionally Licensed Professional Counselor


Heather is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) with the State of Louisiana, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board for Certified Counselors. Heather achieved a master’s degree in Counselor Education at Southeastern Louisiana University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University. Heather is currently working toward her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of New Orleans.

Heather has experience working with adolescents and adults dealing with self-defeating thoughts and behaviors, low self-worth, relationship discord, and establishing healthy boundaries. Heather strives to empower young adults seeking to decrease anxiety, worry, and depression surrounding new life transitions. Heather is passionate about working with clients who have experienced the trauma of child loss, infant death, or miscarriage. She believes that growth can come from suffering and finds fulfillment in assisting clients in pulling themselves out of the trenches of grief.

Drawing from an integrative approach, Heather utilizes a variety of techniques uniquely tailored to each client. Heather is committed to providing clients with a safe and non-judgmental space so that they may find refuge in the counseling process. Grounded in a Christian foundation, Heather is able to offer faith-based interventions upon request of the client. However, Heather will not impose her own values and beliefs onto her clients as she is open to all religious beliefs and cultural values.

Melissa Carson

 Graduate Student

Counselor Intern; Office Manager

Melissa Carson is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree with Lamar University in the field of Counseling and Development.  She holds a

Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Science from New Mexico State University.

Melissa has eight years prior work experience teaching young children in the educational setting, and working with adolescents, college students, and families in  ministry and missions work.  She has a heart to see individuals equipped to tackle the challenges of life and to live in an authentic, meaningful, and wholehearted way.  She sees counseling as an avenue for individuals to develop self-awareness, to increase in emotional intelligence, and to modify current patterns of thinking or behavior to produce a greater sense of well-being.

Understanding that the approach in therapy should be unique to the needs of the client, Melissa draws on practices such as play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.  Her goal is to create a safe environment which offers room to face challenges and find hope for the future.