Sharon A. Normand, LPC, LAC, NCC
Intensive Outpatient Program Director – Downtown
Sharon graduated with a M.Ed. in Counseling Education from the University of New Orleans with a focus on Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addiction Counselor and has worked in Intensive Outpatient, Residential and Community Service treatment centers. Sharon is in recovery and applies personal experiential knowledge of addiction with Solution-focused, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment. Sharon has worked with a range of clients including all adult ages, court-mandated, and with chronic mental illness. Sharon completed her internship at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. in the Residential facility working with clients in the Application stage of treatment. She strongly believes that mindfulness and creativity enrich addiction treatment and help prevent relapse by addressing unresolved core issues. Sharon enjoys working with clients with unresolved trauma.
Donna Doolen, LPC, NCC, M.Ed.
Donna graduated with a M.Ed. in Counseling Education. She pursued her graduate degree for one reason – to become a substance abuse counselor. Donna is in recovery and applies personal experiential knowledge of addiction with Reality Theory, Motivational Interviewing Therapy, and REBT. She previously practiced as a coordinator working with court-mandated clients and recipients of Access to Recovery I and II grant funding.
Marisa Vann, M.Ed., NCC, CI
Marisa received her Masters of Counselor Education at the University of New Orleans. Prior to working for Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc., she worked as a counselor at Addiction Counseling Educational Resources and as a counselor at Grace House, a treatment center for women with chemical addictions. Marisa’s theoretical approach to counseling includes existential therapy, with psychodynamic components. More recently, Marisa has been interested in psychosomatic expressions of trauma.
Whitney Coles, M.A., NCC
Whitney’s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in 2011. She is currently in supervision for her Licensed Professional Counselor credentials. Before coming to ARR, Inc. Whitney worked at River Oaks Hospital on the Dual Diagnosis Unit for two years. Whitney’s professional background includes individuals, group, family and couple sessions. Her theoretical approach to counseling is an eclectic use of Strategic, Systems, CBT, and Narrative principles.
Kelsey Moore, MSW, CSW
Program Therapist – Downtown
Kelsey is a Certified Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University. She spent her yearlong, graduate-level internship at Eden House, the first organization in New Orleans to serve women who are recovering from sex trafficking and addiction. Kelsey also has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Schreiner University. While working on her Bachelor’s degree, Kelsey served a term with AmeriCorps and received President Obama’s “Drum Major for Service” award. Currently, Kelsey leads the night group of intensive outpatient therapy at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc.’s downtown location.
Laura Gray, MHS, CRC
Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University in 2011. She later received her Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in May 2013 and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. Laura has an immense passion for substance abuse as well as working with families and children affected by this disease.
Originally from Kentucky, Whitney moved to New Orleans to pursue her passion for helping improve the lives of the people and communities of New Orleans. She previously worked as a Residential Counselor at a facility in Louisville, Kentucky where she assisted abused and neglected children to receive the counseling and foster placement needed. For the past three years at Addiction Recovery Resources, Inc. Whitney has provided art/experiential therapy and intake/case management. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently working toward her credentials as an MSW and LAC.