TIKES Staff

TIKES

Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS

(She, Her, Hers)

Director of Early Childhood Services
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Mrs. Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has been with The Family Tree since August 2005 and is proud to serve as the agency’s Director of Early Childhood Services. Prior to assuming that position, Lisa served in many roles at The Family Tree including Mental Health Clinician, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Community Education Coordinator, and Clinical Director.  Lisa is honored to serve on the administrative team at the agency, advancing early childhood services in our community, providing counseling to children and families as well as providing clinical supervision to graduate level interns and clinicians.

Mrs. Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has been with The Family Tree since August 2005 and is proud to serve as the agency’s Director of Early Childhood Services. Prior to assuming that position, Lisa served in many roles at The Family Tree including Mental Health Clinician, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Community Education Coordinator, and Clinical Director.  Lisa is honored to serve on the administrative team at the agency, advancing early childhood services in our community, providing counseling to children and families as well as providing clinical supervision to graduate level interns and clinicians.

Lindsey Boxie, M.S., PLPC, PLMFT

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
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Lindsey P. Boxie is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC), and a Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (PLMFT) in the state of Louisiana. She is currently working towards completing her licensure to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Lindsey has worked in the mental health field in various capacities including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Functional Family Therapy (FFT). While working with individuals and families in multiple stages of development, Lindsey has gained an understanding of the importance in creating a focus on mental health attention in early childhood. She expresses a passion to build relationships in environments that influence young minds.

Lauren Delahoussaye, LMSW
(She, Her, Hers)

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
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Lauren graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2011 and completed a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2014. Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) registered with the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. Since graduating from LSU, Lauren has worked with child and adult survivors of trauma, hospice patients, incarcerated individuals, and at intensive outpatient services. Since beginning her role as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant at The Family Tree, Lauren has become a certified Pathways Trainer, completed infant mental health training through Tulane, and is certified in perinatal mental health. Lauren is also a member of the Family Tree’s diversity and inclusion committee, The Collective. She is passionate about her work with young children and their caregivers and is proud to be a part of The Family Tree and believes in their mission. Lauren has been happily married since 2015 and is the mother of 4 young children. 

Krystle Johnson, MS, PLPC

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
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Krystle is an award winning, dedicated social servant who has committed her life to assisting others, from childhood to adulthood, in living to their truest potential. She obtained her Masters in Counseling Studies from Capella University and Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University New England.

Raised in Houston, Texas she attended Georgia State University for Print Journalism and African- American studies. Post-graduation, she became an Americorps Volunteer with Catholic Charities and relocated to New Orleans, providing relief to those affected by Hurricane Katrina, advocacy for women and children surviving abuse, and community support as a food pantry manager. She later taught English in Seoul, South Korea.

For eight years she worked as a Multi Systemic Therapist in rural Acadiana, assisting at risk teenagers and their families from further involvement in the criminal justice system. In 2014 and 2015 she was awarded the international Multi Systemic Therapy Sustained Excellence Award for therapist outcomes and performance.

These experiences are the foundation of her strong commitment to cultural competency, social justice, and advocacy for all her clients. She is married with one daughter.

Mary-Kate Merchant, CSW

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
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Mary-Kate earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in psychology with a minor in communication. She continued her education at Louisiana State University and graduated in 2022 with her master’s in social work. Mary-Kate has clinical experience working with those diagnosed with chronic mental illness in the behavioral health setting. She has also had the opportunity to serve and mentor individuals of all ages with diverse cultural backgrounds and disabilities. When working with clients, Mary-Kate includes strategies that promote early prevention and intervention in hopes of enhancing the individual’s resiliency and coping skills. Professionally, her areas of interest include play therapy, emotional regulation, and assisting those with cognitive distortions resulting in low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. By utilizing a strengths-based approach, Mary-Kate aims to emphasize individuals’ ability to cope with and overcome adversity. Most importantly, she strives to create an environment where every individual feels heard, seen, respected, and valued.  During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to podcasts and live music, traveling, and watching reality TV.