Our Team

Listed below are the team members of the Center for Emotional Healing. These bio's are only a snapshot of who they are as people and as clinicians. If you think you would like to schedule a session, you will find contact information at the bottom of each bio. 

  • Justin Fernandez, LPC, CLinical Director

    I am a licensed professional counselor and the clinical director of The Center for Emotional Healing in Baton Rouge. Born in Morgan City, I’m a native and life-long resident of South Louisiana. I completed my undergraduate degree in 2002 at Nicholls State University, then earned a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006. Additionally, I completed post-graduate coursework in counseling theory, research, and diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. In 2012, I completed advanced training in the treatment of sexual addiction through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals. I have over 14 years of experience working in diverse mental health care settings, from private practice to long-term residential treatment and in-patient psychiatric care. As a result of these experiences, I have developed an awareness and sensitivity to many of the cultural stigmas and individual barriers to psychological and emotional wellness. I approach mental health care from a perspective that is both holistic and integrative. What this means is that I consider the connectedness of mind, body, spirit, relationships, and personal experience as crucial to understanding the complexity of human conflict and suffering. My approach also involves an intentional integration of psychological theory, theological principles, and current insights in behavioral and brain sciences. My areas of focus include treating depression and anxiety, chronic stress, relational discord, compulsive behaviors, sexual addiction, trauma, and grief and loss. I currently reside in Baton Rouge with my wife Jenny of 17 years and my two daughters Sophia and Noelle.

    I can be reached by email at justin@gracemidcity.com or by leaving me a message at the Center (225) 239-5734.

  • Lisa Head, LPC

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s in Counseling from Nichols State University and a Master of Divinity from Liberty University. My work at Nichols included pastoral counseling classes as well as teaching. I believe that counseling incorporates both elements, as well as a reliance on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide the relationship in a positive direction. I work with children, adolescents and women and am currently a school counselor at Gardere Community Christian School and have been there almost five years. There I see children, their parents and occasionally will see them together to help foster communication.

    My specialty areas include child/adolescent self esteem, anger, anxiety, grief, social and family issues. Additionally, I have been trained to address issues related to trauma in adults through education with Byron Kehler, a top professional counselor in the field of trauma recovery.

    I see counseling as a growth process, regardless of who sits before me. My goal is to work together with clients to listen, reflect, confront and help promote positive change on the journey. I will provide direction with the help of the Holy Spirit to guide me, as it is a different path for each individual. My passion is to help kids and women to move through “the hard stuff of life” and into their own knowledge of who they are in Christ. Having walked this path myself, I have compassion and empathy and a strong realization of who my sure hope is and look forward to sharing that experience with others.

    I was raised in Houston, TX, but found a permanent home here in Baton Rouge in 1992. I love to play pickleball, reading, hiking and spending time with my friends. I am also active with my church, and teach a women’s Bible study every week. I am thankful to God for the opportunity to serve and help, as he has helped me so much. He is always working!

    I can reached by phone at (225) 931-9718, or by email at lisaheadlpc@gmail.com. 


  • Norman ELrod, PLPC, Clinic Administrator

    I am a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (license #PLC7938), and under the supervision of  Kelli Blue Hill, M.A., LPC-S, (license #4703). I received a Masters in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I’m trained to work with individuals, as well as families. I approach counseling from an integrationist standpoint, and I strive to attend to all aspects of a person’s experience, physical, social, emotional and spiritual.


    I view counseling as a collaborative relationship between two human beings. In the therapy process I have an eclectic style and will draw upon therapy models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Brief Solution Focused, Emotion Focused Therapy and Structural/Strategic Family Therapy. Each client is different and receives treatment tailored to achieve their goals. Though I am a Christian, I will gladly work within the value system of my client. I am EMDR trained.


    I chose this work because I am passionate about seeing human beings become whole and live in harmony with God, themselves and other people. My hope is to one day to use my skills as a counselor to pastor a church that is also passionate about seeing human beings become whole and live in harmony with God, themselves and other people.


    I love to hunt, fish, garden, and basically spend my free time outside with my wife and our dog. I’ve also been known to cook the odd meal and read a book or two.


    You can reach me by email at normanelrod@gmail.com, or by phone at (225) 308-9850. Alternatively, you can call the counseling center and leave a message for me by calling (225) 239-5734