Laura Lewis, LPC, NCC is the EAP Coordinator at MEA Cares. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a National Certified Counselor. She obtained her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mississippi College and later went on to study clinical counseling and psychology in their Doctoral of Professional Counseling program. She has previous experience addressing a broad range of mental health and medical issues while working as the Adult Program Coordinator for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. She also served as a Medical Officer for a detention center and has experience providing care to clients from a wide scope demographically.
Laura enjoys working with all age groups and populations. She has experience in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain, grief recovery, identity building, marital issues, and comorbid medical issues. Other areas of interest include eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders, as well as eating disorders NOS), trauma recovery, and personality disorders.
Laura provides individual, family, and marital services, and she primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral, dialectal behavioral, brief solution focused, and systemic approaches in her clinical treatment. She enjoys helping clients gain a renewed sense of hope and purpose for their lives.
Debbie Breaux earned her Ph.D. in psychological counseling from Mississippi State University in 2003. She is a licensed clinical therapist and a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors. Debbie uses her counseling and psychological background to encourage person-centered principles of unconditional acceptance and respect for her clients to help them reach their optimum personal growth and potential. She has experience counseling with a variety of populations including adults, adolescents, children, marriage and family, and couples counseling. Debbie has worked with a broad range of disorders, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief recovery, self-esteem building issues and post-traumatic stress disorders. She has also used dialectical behavior therapy to work with patients with personality disorders.
Debbie has worked in the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for the last 14 years and has held the positions of Clinical Therapist, Adult Evening Coordinator, and Parent Training Coordinator for a local partial hospitalization program. She has served as an Adjunct Professor for Mississippi State University and Mississippi College. She enjoys attending and presenting at various workshops and staying current with the latest research in her field. She has published professional articles on values in counseling.
Chris has many years of experience in mental health services. He earned his Masters of Science in marriage and family therapy from Mississippi College in 1994. He became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1996 and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 1998. Additionally, Chris has enhanced his credentials by becoming a Board Qualified LPC Supervisor for the State of Mississippi.
Counseling, for Chris, is a calling and he enjoys working with individuals, couples, parents and families. He has gained vast experience in assisting individuals facing emotional and psychological challenges. He believes that his role is to meet individuals where they are, identify support systems, encourage, motivate, educate and assist in their development of coping skills that will alleviate current struggles but also provide skills to enhance their future. Areas of particular interests include: working with adolescent and young adults dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, anger, anxiety, low motivation and difficulty managing stress.
Prior to beginning his work at MEA Cares, Chris worked as the Director of Child & Adolescent Services and the Director of Staff Development & Training for a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program and as a Regional Director for a national health management corporation.