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When you need help… Ask for it.

The First Ruston Enrichment Center is a ministry of First Ruston. The counseling services of The Enrichment Center are here to help you when you or your family needs it.

 

What help or services are offered?

The Enrichment Center is a professional counseling center that provides the entire spectrum of counseling services. It provides individual, marriage, family, premarital, parenting, and many more services for all issues.

Group counseling services are available to you, a family member, or friend.

Training’s on stress, anxiety, and time management are also available upon request for professionals and businesses.

 

Do I have to be a member of the church or a Baptist to access the counseling services?

Not at all, the counseling ministry exists for the benefit of the church and the entire community.

 

Who directs or does the counseling?

Brandon Ramsey, LPC, is our Director of Counseling at The First Ruston Enrichment Center. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor registered with the Louisiana Board of Examiners. He has many years of experience working with families, individuals, and adolescents. He has served as the Director of Counseling for Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Center and developed a family counseling center at that location also.

 

What are the fees and how do I get info on an appointment time?

Counseling services are on a fee basis. The fees are greatly reduced to make quality professional help available to the greatest number of people possible. You will have the opportunity to discuss your fee with your counselor at the first appointment. Our goal is to not let financial resources stand in the way of you or your loved one getting the help they need. You may call for additional information at 318-255-4628. For an available appointment, create an account  by clicking the Book Now icon at the top of the page.

THE PRACTICE

Latest Clinic News:

 

Hello everyone,

We at The Enrichment Center wanted to inform you that we are still seeing clients during these trying times. We will give the option of attending appointments via phone, FaceTime, or other forms of communication. When you schedule your appointment, please put in the comments if you would like to communicate over what form of communication. If you still desire to come in for a session, you can feel safe knowing we will be cleaning surfaces between sessions and there will be no handshakes. Be safe and if we can help you with any issues please schedule an appointment at www.rustonenrichment.com

 

Thank you,

Brandon Ramsey

Our Counselors
Brandon Ramsey, LPC

Brandon joined the staff as a part time counselor in August of 2007. In January of 2008 he took on the position full-time. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Louisiana Tech. After completing that degree, he and his wife of 14 years, Marcie, moved to Roanoke, VA, where he served as the high school counselor for a private day school for emotionally disturbed adolescents. After he moved back to Ruston, he completed his masters degree in counseling from Louisiana Tech. He has served as the Director of Counseling for Green Oaks Juvenile Detention Center and held a private practice for the past many years. Brandon is registered with the Louisiana Board of Examiners as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Brandon has three children, Braden, Taylor, and Kendall which are his pride and joy. Brandon is responsible for direction of First Ruston Enrichment Center, the counseling ministry of First Baptist Ruston, and is also minister to the men’s and recreation ministries.

Norman Rivera, LPC
Norman joined the staff as a part-time counselor in October 2017. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans, and he began his Masters-level studies at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and later at the University of New Orleans. During this time, he also worked in the Department of Psychiatry at Ochsner Clinic, the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, and the River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in various capacities. Afterwards, he started his career in school counseling when he joined the counseling department at Jesuit High School in 2003. In 2005, a hurricane named Katrina moved Norman and his family to Ruston, Louisiana. Here in Ruston, he joined the A. E. Phillips Laboratory School staff as School Counselor in 2007 and completed his Masters of Arts in Counseling at Louisiana Tech in 2008. Currently, Norman continues working as school counselor at A. E. Phillips. He is registered with the Louisiana Board of Examiners as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Norman is married to his beautiful wife of 24 years, Annie, and has four children: Kailee, Daniel, Gabriel, and Joseph.
Melinda Long, LPC
Melinda has currently joined the staff as a full-time counselor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a Master degree in Counseling Psychology from Troy State
University in Phenix City, Alabama. Melinda is returning Rustin after living in Georgia for the past 20 years. Melinda started her career in 2004 providing counseling services with the
Department of Family Children Services. She is trained in Trauma-focused therapy and certified in forensic interviewing. For the past 15 years, Melinda has been providing
Individual and Family Counseling, working with parents with mental health disorders and substance abuse addictions, Providing Parenting Classes, and working with children that
have been abused. She is registered with the Louisiana Board of Examiners as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Melinda is married to her husband of 21 years, Tim Long. They have four beautiful daughters (Savannah, Sarrah, Sierrah, and Ansley) and 5 grandchildren.

First Ruston Enrichment Center

200 South Trenton Street

Ruston, LA, 71270

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