Charles Gagnon

Dr. Charles Gagnon

Dr. Charles Gagnon

Board Member / Director

Charles Gagnon brings with him 26 years of counseling experience. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LA# 948), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LA# 1973). He is also an LPC board approved supervisor for Counselor Interns. In addition to licensure, Charles holds special certifications with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC #33683). He is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). He was recently appointed as a board member for the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (LAMFT), and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He is also a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). In addition to his current appointments, Charles recently completed 10 years of service with the LPC Board of Examiners as a Board Member. Charles recently retired from the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), having served as the Clinic Manager for the Columbia and Winnsboro Behavioral Health Clinics.

Charles Gagnon completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy at Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH, in 1989. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology with Argosy University. He is slated to complete his Doctoral Dissertation in August 2012.

Charles Gagnon has developed expertise in several areas of practice. His educational research focuses on adults and children raised in dysfunctional families, particularly alcohol homes (ACOAs). He counsels families, couples, and individuals. Because of his above noted research, he has expertise in treating people with substance abuse issues, as well as issues of abuse (physical, sexual, verbal, and emotional). He also has special training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). He has conducted many critical incident debriefings for Law-Enforcement, First Responders, and Firefighters. In his practice, he treats people suffering from depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, as well as chronic mental illness. In working with children and adolescents, he utilizes Art Therapy as a means of reaching deep rooted psychological issues.

“My hope is to help those I serve achieve a better understanding of themselves, as well as those in their environment. Through the counseling experience, people will achieve a higher quality of life, making for a brighter future.”