Life is a journey, full of beautiful times and full of difficult times. It is important to understand that being fully present each day and in every moment helps us to appreciate what we have and what we have been through. It's important to have a healthy body, mind, and spirit so that you can focus on doing the things you never thought would be possible. We hope to help you gain perspective about what is important and meaningful in your journey. It's not the destination that matters, it's what happens along the journey.
Leslie Boyett, LPC, CGCS, CMHIMP
Owner/CEO, Life Journey Wellness
Leslie Boyett is the founder of Life Journey Wellness. Leslie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS), and Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She is also a pet loss grief counseling trained professional. She specializes in grief, life change, spirituality, brain injury, and medical stress. Leslie believes that change ultimately brings about some type of loss, and grief occurs in response to that loss. She works from a grief recovery model to help people heal from the past and move to acceptance of a future life with new possibilities and opportunities for growth. Her treatment philosophy encompasses a variety of practices to care for the whole person, not just mental health.
Leslie spent the past decade practicing in a hospital setting with adult and geriatric patients. She supervised a team of clinicians at an outpatient mental health clinic for eight years, helping to develop one of the most successful outpatient clinics in North Louisiana, and mentoring graduate students at Louisiana Tech and McNeese State University. Leslie has presented lectures on grief and loss and provides clinical consulting to other professionals. She also provides career and life coaching. Leslie is a Christian; however, she respects each person’s unique spiritual beliefs and practices. She can provide Christian counseling upon request.
Leslie has been married to her childhood sweetheart for almost 20 years, is a mom to two teenage boys, and is a dog mom to four 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
Clinicians and Staff
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. Jill uses a CBT approach by challenging dysfunctional thoughts to make lasting changes in perceptions of experiences; an REBT approach to educate patients 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 is a Christian and can provide Christian counseling upon request.
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 primarily struggling with depression and anxiety. 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 available to provide 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 Personality Disorder (C-PD) 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, difficulty adjusting to life issues, and mood dysregulation. Samantha uses DBT (Dialectic Behavioral Therapy) approach 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. She was also trained in working with personality disorders and has been certified for 2 years. 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 client 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 10 years. She is currently continuing her supervision at Shreveport Behavioral Health Clinic. 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.
She has been in the helping profession since the turn of the century 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, couples, 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, reverse culture shock, and other life challenges. Priscilla is now accepting new clients 18 and older through teletherapy.
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
David assists with the day to day operations of Life Journey Wellness and also serves as a mental health technician, assisting the clinicians with scheduling, billing, assessments, and client care. David's professional background includes work in the telecommunications industry and in business management.
David Boyett, MHT
Co-Owner, Life Journey Wellness
Life Journey Wellness is conveniently located in North Bossier City, LA close to I-220 and off Benton Road.