MEET THE THERAPISTS
DARRYL W. BRUNO, LCSW, ACSW C-SSWS
Darryl W. Bruno, LCSW, ACSW C-SSWS
Darryl received his Master’s in Social Work from Tulane School of Social Work in 1987. He Founded the Kids In Crisis Project, Inc. in 1989 which served the Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany and surrounding Parishes for over 20 years. Darryl served as Clinical Field Instructor for many graduate Social Work Interns for over 17 years including The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work (SSW), Tulane-SSW, LSU-SSW, SUNO-SSW, as well as several undergraduate schools. He served as Regional Chair for both the Greater New Orleans Region and Florida Parishes Region for over 9 years before being elected as President for the Louisiana National Association of Social Work from 2007-2010. Darryl was appointed as an Advisory Board Member to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board / Louisiana Juvenile Justice Planning and Coordination Board which helped create the bill that later became ACT 1225. He served on a local level as the President of the 22nd Judicial District’s Children and Youth Services Planning Board (ACT 555) for St. Tammany and Washington Parish, Louisiana. He worked 12 years for the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools as the Crisis/Mental Health Coordinator. He worked tirelessly with Mercy Corps in creating the “My Hurricane Story – A Guided Workbook for Children” to assist children coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Darryl has served on numerous Panels throughout his professional career such as ECSS, FINS, and ISC. Darryl has presented numerous trainings throughout the State of Louisiana on trauma, bullying, suicide, mental health and substance abuse related topics. Darryl worked with the Florida Parishes Human Services Authority as their Children and Adolescent Program Service Coordinator (Mental Health Program Director B) servicing 5 parishes - Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. Recently, Darryl served as Executive Director for Bridgeway, a residential apartment community serving 12 male and 12 female adults with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, in Picayune, Mississippi. Responding to the need, Darryl has opened a private practice, Bruno Counseling and Consulting Services, LLC located in Poplarville, Mississippi. Darryl’s clients can range in ages from 5 – 70 years old providing individual, couples, group and family therapy services covering a wide range of behavioral health issues.
TOREY LAMOTHE, LPC
Torey LaMothe, LPC
Torey LaMothe is a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPC) in both Louisiana and Mississippi for the past 10 years. She is trained in addiction counseling. Torey is also an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained counselor. She began her career in the field of counseling following graduation from Louisiana State University Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling 1985. She worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist for the private sector rehabilitation firms for several years. This included conducting vocational assessments and providing reports to the referral source; identifying the vocational potential of injured workers; administered and arranged for interpretation of vocational aptitude/ interest tests; complied vocational data and provided transferable skills analysis; developed and presented rehabilitation plans; assisted clients in finding work by counseling and teaching job seeking skills; solicited jobs from local employers; researched data on labor market and local demand conditions; counseled and assisted clients with personal adjustments during the rehabilitation process; measured progress and adjusted program as needed; completed periodic summary reports to keep referral sources informed; coordinated referral to and information flow between consumers, physicians, therapists, and specialized clinics; provided expert testimony in Workers compensation and Maritime cases as requested (in Louisiana and California). Additionally, Torey worked as an Employment Specialist for persons with developmental disabilities with several agencies in California and Louisiana. She assisted with vocational and independent living as well as skills training pursuits; applied motivational enhancement therapy and stages of change techniques; she provided job readiness skills, assistance with job search, on-the-job training and/or job supports, career development and follow-up. As part of Torey’s graduate training, she interned with Tulane University where she researched, developed, implemented the first ADD/ADHD coaching program for Tulane’s student counseling center. Additionally, she worked as an intake coordinator where she screened and coordinated direct admission to hospital’s inpatient behavioral health unit from emergency departments, crisis teams, and other service providers. In her capacity as a Mental Health Professional she provided intensive in home services to youth (ages 5-17) with emotional/behavioral challenges. Furthermore, Torey provided services to adults, teens, and children who were affected by domestic violence as a Community Liaison/Youth Prevention Educator. She wrote a grant making funds available to present anevidenced-based Safe Dates program to over 2,400 junior and senior high school students; provided in-service training to other professionals and paraprofessionals whose work brings them into contact with survivors of domestic violence and their dependent children. As a Clinical Coordinator with therapeutic foster care, she assessed the behaviors and competence of adjudicated youth; assisted with the planning and administering of therapeutic wellness plans, behavior modification, stress management therapy to assist youth in developing and displaying appropriate behaviors; monitored progress towards goals, such as family relationships, educational programs, social development, discharge plans and other behavioral problems. Additionally, Torey worked as a Professional Counselor IV with the State of Louisiana conducting Behavioral Health Assessments and treatment planning; provided individual therapy to persons with mental health disabilities, substance use disorders, and those with a dual diagnosis. She worked closely with Adult Drug and Sobriety Courts, federal probation, as well as child protective services. Torey prepared and presented drug education modules including group IOP sessions one to three times per week utilizing evidence-based approaches such as the Matrix model and Living in Balance; attended weekly Drug and Sobriety Court staff meetings reporting attendance, behavior, progress, drug testing results, and recommendations; reported compliance or noncompliance of Drug/Sobriety Court participants to the Coordinator, federal probation officer and child protective services case managers. Lastly, Torey has been working with Bruno Counseling and Consulting Services, LLC since March of 2019. In this capacity she performs individual, family, and crisis intervention counseling to those experiencing difficulties with family, parenting, stress management, self-esteem, and trauma to promote optimum mental and emotional health; she completes comprehensive assessment and formulates a diagnostic impression by conducting client and family interviews and identifying strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs for the development of a treatment plan; provides individual counseling and family sessions; provides feedback and support and encouragement. She is trained in EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that enables clients to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are associated with traumatic memories.
Licensed Professional Counselor 3854 | State of Louisiana
Licensed Professional Counselor #2411| State of Mississippi
Master of Arts, mental health counseling | 2001 | Xavier University of Louisiana
Bachelor of Science, Rehabilitation Counseling |1985| LSUMC, School of Allied Health
Louisiana addiction counselor training (LACT) 2014
IC&RC| ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELOR (adc) EXAMINATION, 2014
Completion of Clinical Training on the Matrix Model of Intensive Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment
EMDR Basic training Part one and Part two, 2019
DAVID SOUTHERN, LMSW
David Southern, LMSW
David graduated with his Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg in May 2020. David is the Office Administrator for Bruno Counseling and Consulting Services, LLC. since it’s inception in Poplarville, MS. in 2015. David manages the daily operation including conducting telephone behavioral health triage, schedules appointments and verifying all outpatient insurance benefits. David is also in charge of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) and facilitates learning and implementation to the Therapist with the Software. David oversees and manages the EHR charts making sure all chart records, documentation, charges and payments received are current and up to date. David interfaces with the various schools, courts and medical / psychiatric / behavioral health facilities in order to provide continuity of care for our clients. For those with no insurance, David will provide counseling services to clients on a sliding fee scale in order to help those in need. David also is involved in supervising interns at the various colleges and universities who are seeking their social work degree.