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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, Counselor, & Administrator

Heather Olivier



Nicole Barnum



Samantha Smith



Melissa Carson 


Office Manager

Cheryl Jeane

Therapeutic Wellness Founder; Myofascial release Massage 

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
[email protected]

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
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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
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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, M.Ed, PLPC, NCC

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 Professionally Licensed Professional Counselor

Counselor. Office Manager

Melissa Carson 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. Melissa achieved a master's degree from Lamar University in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counselor and holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Science from New Mexico State University.

Melissa has  a decade of experience teaching children in an educational setting, and working with teens, college students, couples, and families in ministry and community work . She has experience working with individuals of all ages who deal with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, low self-esteem,  identity development including gender questioning, life transitions, depression, and past trauma.    She has a heart to see individuals and couples 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 process past events that are impacting their present life, develop self-awareness, and increase in skills that build resilience to find value and meaning for a greater sense of well-being.   

Understanding that the approach in therapy should be unique to the needs of the client, Melissa  seeks to utilize treatments that take into consideration each client's interests, cultural backgrounds, and religious views, and personal ideas. She draws on practices such as person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.  Additionally, she is trained in EMDR. Her goal is to create a safe environment which offers room to face challenges and find hope for the future.

Samantha Smith, MS, PLPC
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Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor


Samantha Smith is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) with the State of Louisiana. She achieved a master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in marriage, couple, and family work from Southeastern Louisiana University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science. 

Samantha works with clients of all ages who may be experiencing difficulties such as depression, anxiety, or grief. Samantha also works with couples, families and groups.
 Additionally, she has experience utilizing play therapy techniques to help children with a variety of concerns including ADHD, ODD, and OCD. 

Samantha approaches counseling from an Adlerian perspective. She has been trained with a systematic approach and she aims to include all members of the family when necessary. When it is the desire of the client, Samantha utilizes faith-based interventions. Samantha respects each client’s personal beliefs, values and views without judgement. She will never impose her own religious beliefs onto her clients. Her passion to help others motivates her to ensure the client feels safe and comfortable within the therapeutic setting.

Cheryl Jeane, PT, DPT

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Physical Therapist

Founder of Therapeutic Wellness; Therapist in Myofacial Release 

 Cheryl Jeane graduated physical therapy school from Russell Sage college and received her doctorate in physical therapy in 2013. 

Cheryl has been a physical therapist for over 26 years. She specializes in hands on techniques, and at Present Hope Counseling performs wellness services to help decrease stress, improve sports performance and generally feel better. She specializes in the John Barnes' Myofascial Release ApproachⓇ., treating clients of all ages. This approach is a partnership between the client and therapist to guide towards identifying unresolved stressors, progressive pain patterns, inflammation, movement dysfunction, poor posture, causes of diminished athletic performance and overall decline in health and wellbeing. These techniques access the mind-body relationship, assisting your body in healing itself.   This holistic approach offers a way to bridge emotional experiences of a client with physical challenges that often result.  For example, "I have a headache and my shoulders are so tense due to the stress of my job."  We find blending the benefits of a talk therapy approach with a counselor along with the manual hands on techniques offered by the physical therapist provides a full spectrum treatment for the client. 

"Our bodies remember what our minds may not." 
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Conditions that can be helped by the JFB Myofascial Release Approach®:

Back pain, Jaw pain (TMJ), Neck pain, Carpal Tunnel, Headaches, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Spasticity, Muscle Spasm, Scoliosis, Head Trauma, Sports Injuries, Restricted Motion, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CVA, Fibromyalgia, Developmental Delay, Neurological Dysfunction, Postural Imbalances, Stress Reduction and more.