Allison Lindsey Durant
Licensed Professional Counselor
Founder, New Orleans Grief Center

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    Allison Lindsey Durant, LPC

    I developed a passion for helping others on their grief journey after a personal loss resulted in feelings of aloneness and confusion for many years. It was not until after I dealt with the emotions that I was able to see how denying them was impacting my life.  Picking up the broken pieces and repairing them, one by one, allowed me to put my heart back together and live a full life.

    Grief is a life event we all face eventually. Our society has gotten away from mourning openly so people are more and more likely to suppress their emotions when it comes to grief.  There is no way to get OVER grief, you have to get THROUGH it.  It is a process.

    I founded the New Orleans Grief Center to provide that space where you can take the broken pieces of your heart, examine them, nurture them, and put them back together, leaving seams and scars that represent the work you are doing to heal.

    In addition to the New Orleans Grief Center, I have a private practice supporting adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety and substance use disorder.

    Education – University of New Orleans                                     

    • Master of Education, Counseling, December, 2017
    • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, 1988


    • Licensed Professional Counselor – #7288

    Professional Experience

    • Bridge House/Grace House – Program Counselor
    • Jewish Family Service (JFS) – Counselor Intern
    • Addiction Counseling Education Resources (ACER)– Counselor Intern
    • Founder of Motherless Daughters of New Orleans, a support group of girls and women who have experienced the loss of their mother prior to the age of twenty-five

    Allison is also a trained in Crisis Intervention, C.P.R. and is a Certified Public Accountant.

    Steven Byrd, PhD
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Steven Byrd, LCSW

    Steven Byrd is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker  whose treatment goal is to assist clients to change their behaviors to improve their lives.  Dr. Byrd earned a Doctorate of Behavioral Health from the Cummings Graduate Institute .  He has worked successfully with many diverse clients, who presented such issues as depression, anxiety, traumatic stress (including experiences of domestic violence, sexual assault, adult survivors of childhood abuse,  and single incident traumas such as car accidents, grief, relationship  difficulties, parenting, career changes, spirituality, self-esteem, separation/divorce and stress management. Dr. Byrd has always had a special affection and rapport with the children and adolescents having  raised two healthy children.

    Before entering private practice, Dr. Byrd had an extensive background as a school social worker and case manager  for New Orleans Public Schools and learned to be a strong advocate for students and families. Dr. Byrd’s other positions have included supervising mental professionals, and serving as a clinical director of an outpatient mental health rehabilitation program.

    Dr. Byrd also offers consultation for business’ and agencies that are seeking to implement strategies to  improve work climate and culture.

    Education –                               

    • Doctorate  of Behavioral Health, 2017  – Cummings Graduate Institute
    • Master of Social Work,  May, 1990 – Southern University
    • Bachelor of Criminal Justice, December, 1985 – Louisiana State University

    Certification/Training –    

    • Licensed Clinical Social  Worker– #3871
    • Forensic Social Work – Tulane University
    • Trained Crisis Prevention intervention
    • EMRIA approved EMDR training with Cummings Graduate Institute

    Professional Experience –

    • Southern University Millie Charles School of Social Work – Adjunct Professor
    • Volunteers of America – Clinical Manager
    • New Orleans Public School – Program Coordinator
    • Genuine Care – Clinical Manager – Private Practice

    Margaret Green
    Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor

    Margaret Green, PLPC

    At my core I am a person-centered therapist who sees the relationship between the client and myself as one of the most important aspects of the therapeutic process. I am not only a person-centered therapist, but I am trained in evidenced-based interventions that I employ based on your particular needs.

    I work with clients going through a wide range of emotional and relationship difficulties including grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, divorce recovery, infidelity, life transitions, and the pain of growing up in a difficult parent/child relationship. I enjoy helping my clients to become empowered so that they are able to accept or change things through learning new ways to cope, communicate and let go of old habits, thoughts and beliefs.

    As a grief counselor my personal and professional experience with death, grief and loss has led me to a space of great compassion and understanding for the unique aspects of a client’s grief.  My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment to help clients identify their internal and external strengths, share their narrative, and find meaningful ways to navigate through their grief.

    I am continuously striving to learn new trends, techniques, and research in order to bring the most current interventions into the counseling relationship. Not only do I utilize evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and EMDR, but work collaboratively in order to holistically conceptualize client cases.

    Qualification –

    • School: LaGrange College, Masters in Clinical Mental Health
    • Year Graduated: 2019
    • License and State: PLC8300 Louisiana

    Advanced Training –

    • Cognitive Behavior Therapy advanced training through the Beck Institute
    • Mindfulness through The Beck Institute and Center for Mindful Exploration
    • EMRIA approved EMDR training with Roxanne Grobbel
    • Tele Mental Health Training through the University of Holy Cross
    • ASIST Suicide Prevention training through Auburn University
    • Training in Domestic Violence and Medical Advocacy through Family Justice Center New Orleans

    Tyra Valteau-Sorapuru
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Tyra Valteau-Sorapuru, LCSW

    I decided to become a social worker as a result of growing up with foster children in my parents’ home. The experience of having a stranger come live with my family and watching the child adapt to their new environment sparked my calling to pursue a profession in social work. Recognizing the trauma of being taken away, the separation from family and the need to be cared for and/or loved taught me how resilient, amazing and strong these children were.  Therefore, my experience with grief came at an early age as I watched children yearn to be with their family and navigate through many emotions of grief. 

     As a hospice social worker, I support those in crisis, facilitate end of life review, anticipatory grief, bereavement and teach it’s ok not to be ok.  Therapy modalities practice will be to work collaboratively with you, focus on acknowledging your trauma and awakening yourself to see your life potential.

    Education –

    • Southern University at New Orleans, Master of Social Work, May, 1990
    • Xavier University of Louisiana, Bachelor of Arts, May, 1988
    • Certification/Training- Licensed Clinical Social Worker- #3791
    • Crisis Prevention Intervention
    • Domestic Violence
    • End of Life Care

    Publication –

    • Healthcare Journal of New Orleans May/June 2021

    Professional Experience –

    • Hospice Associates of New Orleans- Hospice Social Worker
    • Civil District Court- Custody Evaluator
    • New Orleans Public Schools- Qualified School Social Worker
    • Catholic Charities- Harmony House- Consultant 
    • Family Service of New Orleans- Clinical Director
    • Young Women’s Christian Association- Trainer- supervised visitation

    Adele Layrisson
    Social Media Manager / Outreach

    Adele Layrisson

    After losing my mother at 14 to a rare type of sarcoma, I found myself to be in a different place than most of my high school classmates. Joining Allison’s first Motherless Daughters group was the best thing that could’ve happened to me at that time. I finally felt understood and supported by this group of women who had also lost their mothers at a young age, and they showed me that life could continue—and even be joyful—without my mom.
    My job at the New Orleans Grief Center is about reaching out to our community to spread awareness about grief and the resources we provide for those who are grieving.
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