Our team

 

Thanks to skilled, professional and empathetic staff members, our programs
develop extensive guidance for the family and deep professional support to the
children and adolescents who are facing
social and/or behavioral problems. 

 
 

The Solution for Families | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Staff Members:


Clinical Director

Sonnee Stanley, M.Ed., LMFT

Sonnee Stanley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been providing mental health services to youth and their families since 2008. Sonnee received her Bachelors in Sociology/Sexuality in 2006 and her Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009 from Western Kentucky University (go Hilltoppers).

She began her career as a Marriage and Family Therapist providing in-home therapy to at-risk youth in Louisville, KY. Sonnee then began work as a Licensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia at the local community health center. Here she provided a link between the local and state governances on gaps in mental health services for youth through her role as the Child and Adolescent Liaison. She also provided therapy to youth and their families and supervision and training to staff as the Children’s Department Director.

While in Louisiana, Sonnee has been the Program Manager of a non-profit agency which provided grief education and support services to East Baton Rouge students during school hours. She currently serves as the Clinical Director here at La Solución Famililar. Sonnee is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as the Louisiana chapter, and she is Prepare/Enrich certified. She is very passionate about advocacy for human and animal rights, helping kiddos, and football. Sonnee Stanley loves living in Baton Rouge, enjoying the Cajun food and culture with her handsome husband and spoiled furbabies. 

 

Mental Health Professional

Victoria S. Davis, M.Ed.

Victoria S. Davis is currently an eighth grade Louisiana History Teacher with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, obtained from Southern University A&M College and two Master's degrees in Education on of which is in Special Education and the second in Educational Leadership obtained from Northcentral University. 

To be able to help and assist others has always been Victoria's passion, whether it's adults or children, just to be of service to others is her reason for joining La Solución Familiar.  Victoria is married to her High school sweetheart and they have four beautiful children, two sons and two daughters.

 

Mental Health Professional

Jessica Castillo, M.S.

Jessica is from Puerto Rico and is currently working as a Mental Health Professional at La Solución Familiar, LLC.  She moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana right after finishing her Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology in 2015.  She currently holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University and is about to finish her doctoral degree. Jessica has experience providing mental health services to children, adolescents and adults for over four years.  She is committed to providing the highest standard of quality care to the individuals, families and communities she serves and has the passion for improving their quality of life.  Jessica speaks fluent English and Spanish, enjoys traveling, food and culture and does freelance photography in her spare time.

 

Mental Health Professional

Oshia Joseph, M.Ed.

 
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Mental Health Professional

Pam Williams-Howard, M.Ed.

 

Mental Health Professional

Sherry Elson, M.A.

Sherry Elson is a School Counselor and mental health professional who has been providing mental health services to children and families since 1998. Sherry received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1991 and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 1996 from Southern University A & M College. She began her career as a Child and Family Therapist providing counseling services to children ages 3-17 in Huntsville, Alabama. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient facilities as well as local non-profit organizations in Louisiana. She has also taught undergraduate psychology classes at the University of Phoenix for over six years. She is committed to providing the highest standard of quality care to the children, families and communities she serves and has a passion for improving their quality of life.

 

Licensed Mental Health Professional

Melissa Hansell, M.Ed., PLPC

Melissa is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in Baton Rouge since 2013. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2015, where she earned a Master of Education with a specialization in School Counseling. She loves seeing clients make positive changes in their lives and has experience helping people of all ages in a variety of settings. Melissa has worked in schools as a counselor and a track coach, on a university campus as an academic advisor, at a women’s wellness center as a program director, at a soup kitchen and shelter for homeless individuals, and as the director of a social service center for Spanish-speaking families. She has enjoyed numerous trips to Central and South America, including a three-month stint where she took intensive Spanish language classes and lived with host families. Melissa also enjoys gardening and has worked in a variety of organic farm-type settings.

 

Licensed Mental Health Professional

Arkeria Robertson, M.A., PLPC

Arkeria is a proud resident of Louisiana. She is a two time graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, yes she’s an Xaverite, receiving her B.S. in Psychology in 2011 and M.A. in Counseling in 2015. She is a provisionally licensed professional counselor and is diligently working towards obtaining her LPC licensure. “I am excited about the new experiences and growth I expect to see while working at LSF”.

 

Licensed Mental Health Professional

Cosha Hayes-Flowers, M.S., PLPC

Cosha Flowers is a Mental Health Professional successful businesswoman, sought after motivational coach, and philanthropist. Cosha was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and her Masters in Professional Counseling. Cosha is now a registered Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor with the Louisiana State Board of Examiners. Her field of interest and study is Marriage and Family Therapy and Children and Adolescent Therapy, group and Individual counseling and assessment intake. Cosha has a goal of being in private practice to service clients in need.

Cosha has always had a passion for helping others and serving those of greater need in her community. Her willingness to help others and to reach her goals is extreme. Cosha is an author who has plans to write self-help material with great messages in which at least one person can relate and learn from it.

 

Licensed Mental Health Professional

Patrick Landaiche, LMSW

Patrick Landaiche is a Licensed Master Social Worker and currently works with disaster recovery for the State as well as providing counseling to those affect by the disaster. He is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University with a Master in Social Work. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theological Studies from St. Joseph Seminary College.

Patrick has experience working with individuals, couples, and families in psychotherapy. He enjoys working with individuals, who are trying to overcome a variety of life’s challenges. Patrick strives to empower his clients through continued learning and building upon their personal strengths. Patrick is excited to join LSF-the Solution for Families and assist our clients in overcoming life’s challenges. 

 

Mental Health Specialist

Kathi Sanchez, B.S., M.A.

I am a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. I lived in East Baton Rouge Parish after leaving New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina. At the present time I live in Ascension Parish. I have two wonderful children who are truly a blessing to me. I am a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, where I received my Bachelors’ degree in Psychology. I also have a teaching certificate from Southern University at New Orleans and a Master Degree from the University of Phoenix in Education with a Specialization in Curriculum Technology.  I’m currently a school teacher. I love teaching children. I love being able to help shape, mold, and guide them to becoming the best they can be. I truly believe children are a gift from God. With that being said, working with LSF is a perfect fit because this organization has a passion and commitment to guide, service, help, and mold young children/adults to becoming the best they can be as people. 

 

Mental Health Specialist

Mechelle Keys, B.S.

Mechelle holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology. She is a married mother of three sons, all of whom were diagnosed with either a learning or behavioral disability. “I have put a lot of time into finding ways that would allow my sons to maximize their lives regardless of their disabilities. This has taken a lot of patience and perseverance on my part, but it has paid off. My experience has propelled me to want to help other children and their families gain the knowledge and skills that will allow them to succeed as well. I am very passionate about giving everyone equal opportunities to succeed in life.” In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her mother and her three beautiful grandchildren.

 

Mental Health Specialist

Tina Joseph, B.S.

Tina is a resident of Louisiana and currently married.  She is a proud graduate of Southern University A&M, Baton Rouge, LA, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. “I am privileged to join the LSF team as I am compassionate and committed to helping others.”

 

Mental Health Specialist

Tyjuana Smith, M.Ed.

For more than 25 years, Tyjuana Smith has actively supported the work of change-makers in many communities across Baton Rouge, through her roles as a board member, facilitator, volunteer, employee, entrepreneur and now a mental health provider. With a Masters’ in Education, Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science Degree, Tyjuana combines her dedication to youth, with a hands on approach in building self-esteem, social skills and self-awareness in promoting healthy stable lives. She is presently a special education teacher, who provides life skills to disabled youth, that have become assets in our community. With rearing a teenage daughter with Sickle Cell Anemia, Tyjuana knows firsthand how physical and mental challenges affect our youth on a daily basis. Tyjuana is very passionate about her work and develops personal connections to each client. She starts conversations from points of strengths and assets, valuing and engaging different styles of learning and processing. Her methods stem from long term relationships with educators throughout her family, selecting the strengths from each of them. Tyjuana always seeks out the voices, opinions, and ideas of people of all levels of intellect to create sustainable, healthy, inclusive changes.  Tyjuana lives by this motto “Every Walk of Life Can Impact Somebody on Any Given Day”. Tomorrow may just be your day.

 

Mental Health Specialist

Melvin Sanders, B.A., M.A.

 

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Kadijah Simmons, A.S. 

Hello all. My name is Khadijah Simmons and along with LSF, I also work as a TOR Moderator at an elementary school in north Baton Rouge. I have been in the area since 2014 due to work through a nonprofit called City Year. I migrated to Baton Rouge from a small, delta town in Mississippi. I am the biological baby of the family, but the only girl. I have two older brothers and a younger (adopted) brother. I have worked with children in some capacity ever since I began officially working and even before then. I have been a tutor, daycare teacher, mentor, and City Year member to name a few positions. I currently have an associate’s degree in psychology and I am finishing my bachelor's degree in psychology as well. I have always had a big heart for helping people, especially children. I think LSF is the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the community, as well as help those around me. I grew up in a traditional African American household that did not disclose information about illnesses, especially mental illnesses. Through my studies in college and work experience, I want to help others cope with and potentially overcome some of the issues that are seen as shameful in today's society. 

 
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Intern

Christi Lisenby-Hart, B.A.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Christi moved to Baton Rouge, La in 2008. She has a B.S. in Sociology and is currently a graduate intern at Grand Canyon University. Christi's Master degree will be a M.S. in Professional Counseling. Christi’s passion for children and families is what made her decide a career in counseling. Christi’s motto is “The foundation starts at home and I would like to be the glue that helps families continue to build and maintain together".

 

Administrative Assistant

Maria Barrera

Maria is originally from El Paso Texas, and has been in Baton Rouge for the past year and a half. She has two beautiful daughters who are her world. In her free time, she loves to read, do things outdoors, shop, travel and most importantly spend quality time with her daughters. In the very near future (2017) Maria plans to return to school and finish her degree in Social Work. “I love working for LSF and what it stands for.”