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Loyola University opens new mental health clinic for the under-served

According to the 2018 Mental Health America report, Louisiana ranks 45th in access to care. For that reason and others, Loyola University has decided to open the Loyola Center for Counseling and Education (LCCE), “a new sliding-scale counseling clinic offering mental healthcare to underserved members of the New Orleans community.”

Hosted by Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Counseling, the LCEE is presented in partnership with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation and Preservation Hall Foundation.

The LCCE is “committed to providing effective mental health counseling services on a sliding-scale to underserved families, couples, groups, and individuals at every stage of life,” says a press release.  Co-Founding Director of Program Development, Sarah Zoghbi, added “Sustainability, accessibility, and quality have been key guiding factors in the founding of this clinic…our infrastructure is built to last, our services are designed to lower barriers to care for those most in need, and the highest standards for quality treatment are valued and supported by clinicians and academic supervisors.”

Clinical Director, Dr. John Dewell, LPC-S, said “It is our sincere hope to fill a gap in the community by providing high-quality services for those in need…no one will be turned away for lack of funds.”

The LCCE is housed at 2020 Calhoun St. in Mercy Hall on Loyola University’s campus.

Free and confidential phone consultations are offered prior to booking initial appointments, which can be made by calling (504) 864-7858 or by emailing LCCE is open Monday-Thursday from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

More information and frequently asked questions about LCCE can be found online at