Averie McCauley, LCSW-BACS
Averie is the founder/owner and clinical director of Crescent City Psychotherapy and Wellness. She is an integrative somatic trauma therapist, holding certifications in both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting (BSP) – two evidenced based brain-body psychotherapies.
With 16 years of experience treating trauma and anxiety, as well as a special interest in supporting people living with chronic pain and complex conditions like EDS, Averie often works with medical trauma and health related anxiety. She consults and collaborates with other providers to offer comprehensive care.
Healing starts with establishing safety, especially for those who have experienced trauma. In session, Averie offers presence, compassion, and curiosity. An attuned space is held throughout the healing process.
As an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) Approved Consultant and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (BACS), Averie enjoys teaching EMDR therapists best practices through case consultation, as well as supervising and mentoring new clinicians.
Averie was EMDR trained in 2015, certified in 2018, and became an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in 2021. In 2019, she was also trained and certified in Brainspotting (BSP), becoming the first Louisiana psychotherapist certified in both EMDR and BSP. Going beyond BSP certification, Averie completed advanced BSP training including an intensive, Phases 3 and 4 with creator Dr. David Grand.
Through The Ehlers-Danlos Society Project ECHO and the Global Learning Conferences, Averie's understanding of EDS and related conditions continues to deepen. Training that enriched her practice in 2023 focused on the anatomy and physiology of the fascial system and the neurology of pain. Advanced Bodyspotting and Movement Integration were introduced in the specialty course, From Freeze to Thaw: Unlocking Trauma in the Body with Brainspotting.
Also in 2023, the Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy certification program provided an opportunity to learn from world renowned teachers and to integrate aspects of Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi Method, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Applied Polyvagal Theory, and Internal Family Systems into Averie's therapeutic framework of EMDR and Brainspotting.
In service to the profession and community, Averie has been the Louisiana Trauma Resource Network (LA TRN) Co-Chair since 2019 — a volunteer group dedicated to providing EMDR treatment to first responders. Averie also served as the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers (LACSW) President from 2019 to 2021, where she remains on the board currently as a mentor member.
Prior to private practice, Averie was the Director of Psychological Health for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Psychological Health Outreach Program (USMCR PHOP), offering psychological assessments and psycho-education to leadership, service members, and families.
As a psychotherapist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL RMC), she provided mental health treatment and crisis stabilization services to patients suffering with acute mental health and addiction/substance use diagnoses. On the Student Support Services team at Louisiana State University (LSU), Averie guided first generation college students on their academic, personal, and career paths.
Since earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from LSU in 2004 and a Master in Social Work from Tulane University in 2007, Averie has continued to pursue specialty clinical training while supporting people on their journeys to wholeness and healing across diverse settings.
In her group practice, she has the privilege of continuing this meaningful work, while mentoring and supervising new graduates, providing professional consultation to EMDR clinicians, and serving on boards that represent the mental health profession.