Monet David, MS, LPC

This presentation focuses on the sexual development of children and adolescents and seeks to educate participants on healthy versus unhealthy sexual expression within these age ranges. Consideration for growth and development are addressed within the presentation as a context for behaviors. Multicultural considerations are also considered in this presentation with an emphasis on how clinicians can support their clients of color.

As mental health providers who work with children and adolescents it is imperative that we understand the nuanced development of sexual behaviors from birth to adulthood. This presentation seeks to educate therapists on healthy versus unhealthy sexual behaviors in children through exploration of the history of the concept of “childhood innocence” as well as considering the impacts of family influence, cultural influence, and multicultural considerations for children. Therapists will discuss appropriate ways to address these concerns as well as how to empower the families they serve.

Monet David, MS, LPC

Monet David is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works in private practice serving clients aged 13 years and up. She is currently enrolled in the Institute for Sexual Education and Enlightenment where she is pursuing a certification to become a Sex Educator. She is a 2016 graduate of the ULL Counselor Education program. She has experience serving the community by providing in-home family counseling, as well as working with chronic mentally ill adults in an outpatient setting and most recently provided clinical assessments for children receiving mental health services. Monet also serves on the Pride Acadiana planning committee and is a founding member of the Acadiana Queer Collective. 

Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC

Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC, CBE is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor who is also a Community Breastfeeding Educator and holds Masters degrees in both Psychology and Counselor Education. Working primarily from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) theoretical basis, she has over a decade of experience working with currently and formerly incarcerated folks, women (especially mothers and expectant mothers) and parent dyads. She also facilitates parent-education classes and programs around Acadiana and teaches undergraduates as a Senior Instructor in the Psychology department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

KD Holmes, MS, LPC

KD is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose specialty is teens and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessions and compulsions, panic attacks, and traumaShe started her career working with children ages 4 and up with anxiety and trauma following Hurricane Katrina and Rita.  She was trained in Play Therapy techniques and Trauma focused CBT for processing trauma with children. She worked with young children till 5 years ago where she changed focus to teens and adults to utilize EMDR and ERP (Exposure Response Prevention) with older populations. 


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder : Diagnosing and ERP Treatment

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a biological disorder characterized by bizarre obsessions followed by internal or external compulsions with the purpose of neutralizing the anxiety created by the obsessions.  The gold standard for treating OCD is Exposure Response Prevention.  ERP consists of exposing oneself to their anxiety while abstaining from their compulsive behaviors both internally and externally, without neutralization from self or their therapist. This is done with a gradual exposure hierarchy. It creates learning for clients who are otherwise consumed by compulsive behaviors and thus more anxiety. When a client abstains from compulsive behaviors their anxiety decreases over time.

This presentation will identify symptoms and types of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Trichotillomania, Skin Excoriation Disorder, and differential diagnosis to be aware of when diagnosing and treating.  By the end of the event participants will be able to describe and implement Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) with OCD and Trichotillomania and Skin Excoriation Disorder.

Participants will also learn Exposure Response Prevention, the gradual exposure hierarchy, and how to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy geared towards ERP.  ERP is helpful in treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Social Phobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other mental health issues (participants can also expect to explore these diagnoses). Safety issues in utilizing ERP will be addressed, too.

Mindfulness, Treatment Interfering Behaviors, Dissociation, Exploration of Barriers to ERP, and Under treating Protocols will also be provided to create a comprehensive therapeutic understanding of successfully treating OCD and anxiety disorders that contain a compulsive component.

KD Holmes, MS, LPC, EMDR Certified

KD Holmes, MS, LPC, EMDR Certified is a practicing therapist over the past 15 years.  She has worked extensively with anxiety and anxiety related disorders, including trauma.  She has experience in working with children, teens, and adults. She previously worked for the military for several years providing therapy to soldiers, family members, and children affected by deployed loved ones.  

KD is currently running her own private practice in Lafayette, La where she and her staff provide therapy to teens and adults.  She is passionate about providing training for OCD due to the shortage of therapists trained in Exposure Response Prevention treatment in the Lafayette and surrounding areas. She and her staff believe that practicing evidence-based approaches is essential to treating our clients and providing the best quality of care, which leads to the best outcomes. 

KD Holmes specializes in treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  She is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Certified, and BTTI trained for treatment of OCD.  

KD Holmes enjoys using behavioral approaches to treating mental health issues.  She loves DBT, RODBT, and ERP because they address mental health treatment through tangible behavioral steps.  These approaches allow for learning through coaching between sessions, positive reinforcements to encourage change, self esteem building, and gradual exposure to anxiety triggers without neutralization.  Behavioral approaches provide a solid foundation for mental health treatment, followed by, trauma processing when applicable.  Trauma work can be done through EMDR and IMTT to help treat trauma responses that may be contributing to the presenting problems.  

The wisdom of other practitioner's experience, collected data, and developed protocols provides the best outcomes for our clients and for the development of our profession as a whole.  

Monet David, MS, LPC

Monet specializes in  teens and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, perfectionism, grief, life transitions, self-esteem, and stress.  She loves young adults, overachievers, LGBTQ, and perfectionism.  

Due to being passionate about the populations she serves, she creates an environment of warmth and trust to explore all aspects of one's inner world.  Her directness and comfort with discussing all topics (informed by lots of education) facilitates an environment for change to occur.

Sarah Diesi, MSW, LCSW

Sarah specializes in adults struggling with depression and different types of anxiety. She especially loves life transitions, individuals who are struggling with becoming their own person, self empowerment, and authentic living. 

She is warm and conceintious in her office.  She never misses a glance, a feeling, or any symptom within her clients.  She is great at discovering the root of any problem, while creating an environment of trust, honesty, and growth.