Psychological Healthcare of South Louisiana was established in 2011 by Dr. K. Chris Rachal, who had practiced with other psychologists and physicians in the region for eleven years prior. Since then, we have grown to a practice of eleven psychologists and counselors. We believe that success isn't just about working hard but also about working with the right people. Meet the team below.
K. Chris Rachal, MP
Board certified neuropsychologist and medical psychologist as well as founder, Dr. Rachal evaluates a variety of issues that compromise cognitive and emotional functioning, such as neurological disease, head injury, chronic pain, ADHD, and learning disability. He manages medication for children, adolescents, and adults. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Nicholls State University and co-owner of The Touchstone Center for Autism.
Ernest Ellender, PhD
Clinical Psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with adults, Dr. Ellender works with individuals who have mild to severe psychological issues. Additionally, he has special training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex-PTSD (C-PTSD), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr. Ellender is also an avid martial artist with a 2nd degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu and teaches at his studio Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu of Houma.
Kelli Monier, LPC
A Licensed professional counselor who works with children (ages 3+), teens, and adults. Kelli primarily specializes in working with parents on positive behavior interventions, especially related to difficult behaviors that accompany ADHD or autism diagnoses.
Windy Rachal, LPC
A Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children (ages 3+) and adults experiencing a variety of problems from anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders to ADHD and disruptive behavior, including sexual acting out. Windy also conducts parent training to help parents learn positive discipline methods. She is also a trained provider for the Pathways model of sex offender treatment.
Dawn Toups, LPC
A Licensed Professional Counselor since 1999, Dawn primarily works with children ages 5+, adolescents, and adults. She specializes Anxiety Disorders but also sees patients with ADHD, trauma, adjustment Disorders, and other similar diagnoses or problem behaviors, including sex offending behaviors in youth. She is also a qualified as an expert witness in court in both Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.
Mike DiSalvo, LPC
A Licensed professional counselor who works with children, teens, adults, and couples with a variety of diagnoses and issues. Mike is especially good with teens. As a former youth ministry director for the diocese, he also works in schools throughout the region to host faith retreats for youth. Mike is a dedicated fitness trainer at his gym in Houma, called 21/90 TRX.
Alyse Blanchard, PhD
A Clinical Psychologist and neuropsychologist, Dr. Blanchard conducts neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for a variety of issues that compromise cognitive and emotional functioning, such as Alzheimer's, dementia, neurological disease, head injury, chronic pain, ADHD, autism, and learning disability. She trained in a Veterans Affairs setting working with patients who have PTSD, chronic pain, and anxiety.
Cecilia Daigle, LMFT
A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with teens, adults, couples, and groups dealing with issues that affect their mental health and well being. Cecilia also works with couples in marriage seminar settings.
Mary Esteve, LSSP
A Licensed Specialist in School Psychology who has worked many years in the school system and conducts ADHD/LD psychological evaluations of children in our practice.
Jason Talbot, LSSP
A Licensed Specialist in School Psychology who has worked many years conducting ADHD/learning disability psychological evaluations of children in the Dyslexia Center at Nicholls State University and offers the same service in our practice.
Mandi Bonvillain, LSSP
A Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in evaluating children for autism and ADHD/learning disabilities. Mandi also works with children who have autism at The Touchstone Center.
THE STAFF THAT GETS IT DONE
We couldn't help nearly as many people without the support and hard work of our staff. And they are gems---they have helper spirits, too!
Tracy is the Office Manager who makes sure all your medicine needs are taken care of, writes letters for schools/workplaces, and gets authorization for medications and services.
Melissa and Michelle are Administrative Assistants who answer your calls, schedule, check in and out, and check benefits.