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

Kaleigh McMillan

Office Administrator

Nicole Barnum



Melissa Carson 



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
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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, LPC, NCC
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Licensed Professional Counselor


Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the State of Louisiana, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board for Certified Counselors. Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1996 from Southeastern Louisiana University and worked 23 years in the healthcare industry as a Registered Nurse.

Nicole earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 2018. Nicole has experience with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. There is a variety of areas that she has experience with including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, life-transitions, and self-esteem. Nicole has also completed training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and Gottman Methods.

Nicole’s approach is grounded in establishing a therapeutic relationship with her client. She believes that success in therapy is centered around the counselor client relationship. Nicole’s desire is to walk alongside her clients as they search for meaning, hope and joy that gets overshadowed by life’s difficult times. Throughout the process she strives to maintain a genuine and authentic connection with her clients.

As each client is unique, Nicole adapts her therapeutic approach for each client. Frequent evidenced based models used are CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), person centered therapy solution focused therapy and others.

Nicole is a Christian but honors and respects the values and beliefs of everyone. She does not impose her views on others and offers them a safe place in expressing their views.

When not working Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, who she loves dearly, including her mini-Australian shepherd fur baby who rules the house. She is also known around the office for her love of coffee. 

Melissa Carson, M.Ed, PLPC, NCC

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 Professionally Licensed Professional Counselor


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, and families in ministry and community work . She has experience working with individuals age 5-adult 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 clients 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, religious views, and personal ideas. She draws on evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.  Additionally, she has completed training in eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) which is utilized in trauma recovery. Her goal is to create a safe environment which offers room to face challenges and find hope for the future.