Healing Hearts Counseling is a professional private counseling practice owned and operated by Christine Varnado, LPC-S located in Denham Springs, LA. This company is guided by core values and a desire to help others live life more fully. Individual counseling sessions, community outreach programs, and the mental health program for corporations are offered to help fulfill that purpose.


Healing Hearts Counseling is a professional private counseling practice owned and operated by Christine Varnado, LPC-S. Christine's approach to counseling and teaching is fun and engaging drawing on neuroscience, psychology, and theology.

Christine holds a master's in marriage and family counseling and a master's of theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She received her bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Mass Communication and Psychology. Some of her favorite therapy models are EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), TBRI (trust based relational intervention), polyvagal theory, and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). She has a passion for making complex psychological and theological subjects applicable to her clients providing great insight and solutions for their lives.


Christine Varnado,


Christine is a licensed professional counselor supervisor with over a decade of counseling experience. She loves connecting with her clients to help them reach their goals of mental health.

Clients she is equipped to counsel are children (ages 4 and up), adolescents, adults, and families. She has sought out extensive training in trauma and working with kids and adults from hard places. Her approach to counseling is relational, solutions-focused, biblically based, and clinically grounded.

Christine is a TBRI (trust based relational intervention) practitioner, trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), Family Systems, Cognitive behavior therapy, play therapy, and polyvagal theory. She loves learning, and seeks to consistently be pursuing knowledge to best serve her clients.

She considers it a privilege to walk alongside her clients in their struggles and celebrations. Authentic connection between self, others, and God are high priorities in her own life and she likes to help others connect in these ways as well. Humor and play also play a role in her therapy approach.

Christine has an undergraduate degree in mass communication and psychology, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and another master’s in theology. She combines her education and experience for a unique and personal experience for each of her clients.

She accepts most forms of Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance (request a form to see what BCBS will cover) and private pay at $115 per 50 -minute session. She generally likes to meet weekly, then as goals are reached start tapering sessions off slowly. It’s hard to say how many sessions are needed as this is determined case by case. You can trust that Christine will try to be as efficient as possible in treatment planning. It is important to recognize that many patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving have roots in early childhood that require intention and time to change.

Some of her areas of focus include:
  • Impulse control in children and adolescents
  • Depression in teens and adults
  • OCD
  • Children and women’s trauma issues
  • Spiritual issues
  • Behavioral management
  • Effective communication
  • Play therapy with children
  • Anxiety
  • Discipline strategies
  • Family therapy

Gabi Dufrene,


Gabrielle is a provisionally licensed counselor specializing in marriage, couple, and family therapy. Gabrielle is passionate about fostering meaningful relationships and is dedicated to connecting with her clients. She works with children (ages 6 and up), adolescents, and adults, utilizing her training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to guide them toward achieving their goals.

Gabrielle considers it a great honor to walk alongside her clients through both the hardships and triumphs of their journey. With a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences and a master's degree in counseling, she combines education and experience to create a secure and warm environment for her clients. Above all, she strives to connect with the Lord. Drawing strength from this relationship allows her the privilege of aiding her clients in greater connection to those they love.



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