Get to Know Us
The clinicians at Life Journey Wellness have over 60 years of combined experience in the mental health field. We have served in a variety of settings: inpatient, outpatient, VA, community mental health, academic institutions, a children's home, and private practice. We serve children ages 8-17, adults, and geriatric clients.
Each therapist brings unique skills and life experiences to help ensure that your individual needs are met.
Leslie Boyett, LPC, CGP, CIMHP
Owner/CEO, Life Journey Wellness
Leslie Boyett is the founder of Life Journey Wellness. Leslie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Grief-informed Professional (CGP), and Certified Integrative Mental Health Provider (CIMHP). She is also a pet loss grief counseling trained professional. Leslie has studied complementary and alternative medicine for the past 5 years and uses holistic principles to help her clients discover the root cause of their problems. She specializes in grief, life change, spirituality, brain injury/neurological conditions, coping with cancer and autoimmune disorders, end of life issues, caregiver distress, chronic pain management, nutrition, PTSD, and the impact of trauma on physical health. She works from a holistic model, as her treatment philosophy encompasses a variety of practices to care for the whole person. Leslie uses polyvagal, somatic, attachment-based, and DBT approaches to help her clients learn to cope with emotional distress and stress-related physical symptoms. Leslie is a trauma-informed professional who has studied emerging and alternative treatments for trauma and complex PTSD. Leslie strives to help her clients discover their core values in order to live a more fulfilled life. Leslie respects each person’s unique spiritual beliefs and practices. She has studied a wide variety of religious and cultural practices. She focuses on helping her clients discover the innate healing abilities within themselves.
Leslie opened Life Journey Wellness in April 2020, shortly after the COVID pandemic began. Prior to that, she spent a decade practicing in a hospital setting with adult and geriatric patients. She supervised a team of clinicians at an outpatient mental health clinic and has been a preceptor for graduate students at Louisiana Tech and McNeese State University. She provides consulting to other mental health professionals.
Leslie loves animals, nature and studying spirituality. She has been married to her childhood sweetheart, David, for over 20 years. She is a mom to two teenage boys and is a dog mom to four lovable pit bulls.
Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology- Louisiana Tech University, 2011
Masters in Counseling and Guidance- Louisiana Tech University, 2009
BGS with biology and social science undergraduate studies- Louisiana Tech University & Louisiana State University in Shreveport
David Boyett, Office Administration and Co-Owner, Life Journey Wellness
David assists with the day to day operations of Life Journey Wellness. David's professional background includes work in the telecommunications industry and in business management.
Jill May, LPC
Jill is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), with 13 years of experience working with both geriatrics and adolescents. Her specialty areas are treating depression and anxiety, problematic behaviors of adolescents, and addressing dysfunctional issues in relationships. She also helps parents learn healthy strategies for parenting.
Jill provides brain spotting for trauma and PTSD. Jill uses a CBT approach by challenging dysfunctional thoughts to make lasting changes in perceptions of experiences; an REBT approach to educate on topics of focus; and a Solution-Focused approach to reflect on the past in order to improve problem-solving skills for present and future circumstances. Jill believes lasting changes take place when the body, mind, and spiritual aspects are in balance. Jill can provide Christian counseling upon request but respects each client's spiritual beliefs.
Over the past decade, Jill worked for four years (2006-2010) as a Cognitive therapist (certified in PACE) at Allen Learning Co, primarily working with children struggling with ADHD and dyslexia using Cognitive therapy techniques to improve working memory and processing speed. Since 2007, she has worked part-time at an outpatient clinic where she led both groups and individual sessions with geriatric patients. Since 2015, Jill has led both groups and individual sessions with adolescents at the LA Methodist Children’s Home. Her groups centered around teaching coping skills for stress and anger, as well as, teaching communication skills. Since 2017, Jill has worked in the Franklin Parish school system as a contract therapist. She sees students for individual sessions in the schools, and she teaches a coping skills class to at risk students. Jill is accepting new clients ages 10 and up for teletherapy sessions.
Masters in General Counseling and School Counseling, Louisiana Tech University, 2007
BS in Psychology, Louisiana Tech University, 2005
Samantha Strange, LPC,
Samantha is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT) clinician with 10 years experience working with geriatrics, adults, and 3 years experience working with adolescents. She graduated from Louisiana Tech in 2013 with a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Guidance.
Her specialty areas are treating depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, Borderline Personality Disorder, difficulty adjusting to life issues, and mood dysregulation. Samantha uses DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to increase the client’s ability to cope with distress and uncomfortable emotions. She was trained in DBT by The Linehan Institute, Dialectal Behavior Therapy Foundational Training, November 2016. She has been leading DBT groups since December 2017. Other approaches used are ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to help clients move toward their values in everyday living and learn to thrive in life. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is used to increase the client’s understanding of dysfunctional thoughts and learn how to restructure those thoughts. Mindfulness approach is used to help the client practice being present in a non-judgmental way. She has been trained in TARGET (Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy) by Advanced Trauma Solutions to help clients learn about anxiety and ways to effectively cope with emotion instead of reacting to the unwanted emotion.
She is also working on her LAC with a LAC-S supervisor. Her extensive addiction training has been completed through CADA (Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse) school. She has worked with clients who suffer with addiction disorders and mental health disorders for over 10 years. Samantha is available for in office appointments or teletherapy.
Masters of Arts in Counseling and Guidance, Louisiana Tech University, 2013
Priscilla Broussard, LCSW, LADAC
Priscilla’s bachelor’s degree in psychology and English is from Tulane University. After traveling around the world for several years and deciding not to go to law school, she earned a master’s degree in social work and a certificate in substance abuse studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Priscilla provides EMDR therapy for PTSD and trauma.
She has been in the helping profession for over 20 years and has practiced in a variety of settings including a VA Medical Center, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, private practice, and a university in Trinidad & Tobago.
She is skilled in working with individuals and groups. Priscilla believes that each person she works with is an expert on him/her/themselves, and enjoys assisting people in their healing from religious trauma, grief, culture shock, adjustment, and other life challenges. Priscilla is accepting new clients 18 and older for teletherapy sessions.
Masters in Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008