Community Education Staff
Patrick Bowman, LPC-S, BCPCC
Patrick Bowman is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, and Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor. He offers individual, couple, and family counseling as well as pastoral and spiritual guidance. Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Xavier University and a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He is a graduate of the Harding University School of Biblical Studies program and completed additional graduate courses at the Harding Graduate School of Religion. Patrick has also completed graduate coursework at Cornell University in the area of Human Development and Family Studies.
With over 25 years of counseling, Patrick has worked both as an inpatient and outpatient counselor at several psychiatric and substance abuse facilities. He also served 13 years in a ministerial capacity at a local church, and recently completed 9 years of counseling for Bienvenu Counseling Services.
Currently, Patrick is employed as instructor of psychology at the University of Louisiana and South Louisiana Community College. He has proudly served as a group facilitator for the Nurturing Fathers Best Dads Program at the Family Tree Counseling Center since 2008, and also conducts individual, couple and family counseling at The Family Tree Counseling Center.
Patrick and his wife have been married over 35 years, have 3 adult children, and 3 grandchildren.
Connie LeBlanc, MS, LPC, LFMT
Families and children are Connie’s primary concern. She assists families to be the best possible families they can be and enjoys working with clients of all ages concerning issues across life. The best interest of the child is always the primary goal. Connie has been deemed an expert on custody matters in the 15th, 16th and 27th Judicial Districts in Louisiana. She is a Mediator and a Parenting Coordinator and belongs to AFCC, an organization that does research on children/families. This gives Connie access to the most recent information available. Families and children are the basis for our future. Individual personal growth is vital to the future as well.
Dr. David R. (Rick) Perkins
Dr. David R. (Rick) Perkins is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Perkins received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of New Mexico in 2001. At the University of New Mexico, Dr. Perkins learned about the perspective Clinical Behavior Analysis from Dr. Michael Dougher, and was also introduced to the concepts of Motivational Interviewing as developed by Dr. William Miller. After moving to Louisiana, Dr. Perkins collaborated with Dr. David Greenway on several projects, including the development of a treatment protocol for functional problem drinkers, as well as collaborating on several presentations related to treatment of substance abuse and other topics. Dr. Perkins maintains an ongoing interest in several different research topics related to the human condition, including the effects of music on psychological flexibility, the study of psychotherapeutic process, and the study of narcissistic and antisocial behavior. Dr. Perkins has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has been actively involved as a presenter for the Transparenting program at the Family Tree since 2001.
Breanna M. Spriggs, LPC
Ms. Breanna graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 2007 and her Master of Science degree in Counselor Education in 2009. Breanna has spent her time in the field of counseling working with many people of all ages and backgrounds, in many different settings. Her passion is for empowering marriages and families, promoting active healing for individuals, and supporting children in healthy emotional and behavioral growth and development.
Breanna loves to spend her time with her husband, their son and their puppy! They love to do everything from playing video games to playing baseball and running outside. She is also active in the faith community and ministry, in which she enjoys playing music. Overall, she loves using her God-given gifts to encourage and uplift others in whatever way possible.
Whitney Storey, MS, PLPC, CBE
(She, Her, Hers)
Whitney Storey is an instructor of psychology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Breastfeeding Educator. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from East Texas Baptist University and a Master of Science in psychology from UL Lafayette and a Master of Science in Counselor Education from UL Lafayette. She is also a wife and mother to one girl.
Whitney has worked in education for many years, teaching from ages 7 through adulthood, and is passionate about helping women in the community, particularly mothers. She also has experience in working with middle- and high-school students in an 8-step recovery program. She has been involved in Project H.O.P.E. and several other programs through The Family Tree since 2012. She loves the mission of The Family Tree and plans to continue being involved with their programs and services for many years.