Dr. Costa specializes in diagnostic assessment and in providing mental health services (both virtually via Zoom and/or in-person), which include infant, child, adolescent, adult, parent-child, family, and relational therapies. Psychotherapy approaches include cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, family systems, and psychodynamic interventions. State of the art culturally and developmentally sensitive treatment is available for a range of conditions and symptoms including (but not limited to):

  • Depression and problems with mood (sadness, emptiness, “the blues”, irritability & moodiness)
  • Anxiety (nervousness, worries, fears & racing thoughts)
  • Attention, concentration, and learning problems (ADHD/ADD, Learning Disabilities, school admissions & educational/national testing exam accommodations)
  • Parenting Education & Supportive Counseling 
  • Family/Relationship problems 
  • Emotional trauma (PTSD, Acute Stress)
  • Anger Management, Coping & Stress Management (Guided Imagery, Relaxation Techniques)
  • Hallucinations and delusions (unusual or scary mental images and/or sensory disturbances)
  • Identity concerns (including ethnic/racial and sexual identity)
  • Job/career dissatisfaction and personal/professional growth
  • Adjustment problems related to major life events or life changes (divorce/separation, postpartum depression, chronic illness, grief and loss, domestic violence, and adolescent crises).

As a Louisiana licensed Medical Psychologist, Dr. Costa (in cooperation and ongoing consultation with your primary care physician) also offers medication management in conjunction with supportive counseling for psychological/psychiatric disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia or paranoid/delusional disorders. Click here for a detailed description to learn more about medical psychology.


  • Initial Clinical Interview (90 Minutes): $300
  • Individual/Family Therapy Session (45 Minutes): $150; (90 Minutes): $300
  • Couples'/Relationship Therapy Session (45 minutes): $175; (90 Minutes): $300

Telephone consultations or sessions are available upon request and are billed at the prorated therapy rate (except for initial consultation and follow-up emergency contacts that do not exceed 10 minutes which are at no charge). Telephone or telehealth/telemedicine sessions are scheduled at the same rate as in-office sessions.

Insurance Reimbursement

While Dr. Costa does not participate in any health insurance plans, as a courtesy, he will provide you with the information to file for reimbursement for services with your insurance plan or programs considered as "out-of-network" benefits; however, please be advised that full fees are due at the time of service and filing for out-of-network benefits does not guarantee insurance reimbursement. Feel free to check with your respective insurance plan for specific information regarding out of network benefits including what percentage they will/will not reimburse, deductibles that need to be met prior to reimbursement, etc.

Richard N. Costa, PsyD, MP (Louisiana Licensed Psychologist #946)
Phone: 504.491.0489   *   Fax: 504.738.1880 *   Email:
Center for Emotional Health & Wellness, LLC  6221 So. Claiborne Ave., Ste. 201 New Orleans, LA 70125