Counseling Staff

Counseling

Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS
(She, Her, Hers)

Clinical Director 
[email protected]

Mrs. Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has been with The Family Tree since August 2005 and is proud to serve as the agency’s Director of Clinical Services. Prior to assuming that position, Lisa has spent the past 11 years serving as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant in a state-wide initiative to increase the quality of child care centers in the state of Louisiana. She also serves as a Reflective Supervisor to mental health consultants in other regions of the state. Lisa enjoys providing counseling to children and families as well as providing clinical supervision to graduate level interns and clinicians.

Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Humanities and Social Thought from the Louisiana Scholars’ College in 2002, a Bachelor of Social Work from Northwestern State University in 2003, and a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2005. She earned her social work license in 2009 and is passionate about her work in the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is a Pathways certified trainer, a past board member for the Partners in Early Childhood Education Coalition in Lafayette, and is also certified as a Parent-Child Interaction Therapist. Lisa has been happily married to her husband since 2005 and loves spending time with her three beautiful children.

Patrick Bowman, LPC-S, BCPCC

Clinician

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.

Brad Gros, LPC-S

Clinician

Brad Gros is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and The University of Memphis in 2013 with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Over the past six years, he has worked in the inpatient, residential, and outpatient setting, serving those with acute mental health and substance abuse needs. Brad continues to focus on the treatment of mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, and substance abuse issues.

Currently, Brad is employed as the Program Director at Healing House. He began at Healing House in 2010, building awareness of the grief process and how loss can affect a person’s overall well being. Although Healing House does not provide direct counseling services, Brad continues to provide grief-related counseling to those working through loss through the The Family Tree’s counseling program.

Krystle Johnson, MS

(she/her/hers)

Counseling Intern

Krystle is a dedicated social servant who has committed her life to assisting others, from childhood to adulthood, in becoming their authentic selves. Raised in Houston, Texas, she attended college in Atlanta for Print Journalism and African- American studies. Post graduation, she became an Americorps Volunteer with Catholic Charities and relocated to New Orleans, providing relief to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. She later taught English in Seoul, South Korea. Upon returning to the states she obtained her Masters in Counseling Studies while working as an Child and Women’s Advocate at the women’s shelter in New Orleans. She is currently as a Post Graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Antioch University New England. For eight years she has worked as a Multi Systemic Therapist in Acadiana, assisting at risk teenagers and their families from further involvement in the criminal justice system. These experiences are the foundation of her strong commitment to cultural competency, social justice, and advocacy for all her clients. She incorporates multiple theoretical approaches to counseling, including CBT, Family Systems Theory and Solution focused therapy, based on the needs of her clients. She is married with one daughter.

Megan Krzykowsk, LPC

Clinician

Megan Krzykowski is a Licensed Professional Counselor, obtaining her Master of Science in Counselor Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was born and raised in the Lafayette area and enjoys the culture of Acadiana. She is passionate about setting boundaries, mindfulness, self-care, disputing irrational thoughts, and living life authentically.

She is married and has one child, a three-year-old who keeps her on her toes. She loves spending time with family and friends, just enjoying every moment with them. Megan also works as a Group Director for Healing House which offers grief support groups for children and their caregivers. She has experienced quite a bit of grief in her own life and it is something she is comfortable talking about as well as exploring the grief process.

Scott LeBleu, PLPC

Clinician

Scott LeBleu is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor assuming the role of Fatherhood Mental Health Case Manager and Clinician with The Family Tree. He graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2004 and a Master of Science in Counselor Education with a concentration in Community Counseling in 2007. He has experience working with at risk youth in the Lafayette Parish School System grades Pre-K through 12th, working with adolescents, adults, and couples in a private practice setting, providing community based mental health services, and working with adults dealing with issues involving acute mental illness and substance use in an inpatient setting.

Scott was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana and has been living in Lafayette since 2001. He is a proud father of his dynamic 12 year old daughter. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his partner, cooking for friends and family, being in nature, going to festivals, and coaching his daughter’s soccer team.

Christy Nicko

Counseling Intern

Christy Nicko is a Social Work Intern working towards her Master of Social Work Degree from Louisiana State University. Christy has interned with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Day Reporting Center, where she worked with adolescent males aged 10-16 who were completing their education in a more structured, alternative school environment. Christy was most recently an intern at Hearts of Hope, where she facilitated individual and group counseling sessions for adult and child survivors of sexual assault. Christy has also volunteered at Healing House where she worked with children between the ages of 4-12 who have experienced grief associated with the loss of a parent, sibling, or caregiver. Christy is passionate about working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and utilizes Cognitive Processing Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with her clients. 

Christy was born and raised in Lafayette and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Criminal Justice. Christy is married and has four “fur babies”. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, and gardening. Christy believes that in order to take care of others we have to take care of ourselves. She is an advocate for self-care and self-acceptance. 

Chelsie Romero, LPC

Clinician

Chelsie Romero is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2014 and her Master of Science in Counselor Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December of 2018. She was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. Chelsie has had diverse experience in the mental health field including working in inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, the Lafayette Parish jail system, and college office of disability services. The ages of clients she has worked with range from 3 years old to 97 years young. She is passionate about solution focused work, setting boundaries, mindfulness, self-care, open communication, and authenticity. Chelsie pursued this career with the intention of helping first responders and their families, but found a deeper calling to work with any client in need.

Chelsie loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, crossfit, and exploring outdoors. “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” –E.E. Cummings. Let Chelsie help you to believe in yourself again.

MaKensey Sanders, MA

(she/her/hers)

Counseling Intern

MaKensey Sanders is clinical intern, obtaining her Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She received her Master of Arts in Philosophy in 2019 and Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Philosophy in 2017 at the University of Mississippi.  MaKensey has experience working with various age groups in non-clinical settings (e.g., coaching cheer and gymnastics, research studies and assessments, and volunteer work).  She is trained primarily from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) perspective.  ACT is a values- and mindfulness-based approach to helping people move towards what’s meaningful to them.  ACT does not focus on getting rid of painful thoughts or feelings, but rather learning to move towards what’s important even when pain is present.  MaKensey is passionate about helping people from various backgrounds in this endeavor.

MaKensey enjoys spending time with her family, friends, partner, dog, and two cats, traveling, going to music festivals, and writing music.  She is excited to be at Family Tree working with the Acadiana community!

Breanna Spriggs, LPC

Clinician

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.

Daja Williams, LPC
(She, Her, Hers)

Clinician

Ms. Daja Williams is passionate about helping individuals in the community reach their highest potential. She enjoys working with all age groups, assisting both children and adults in coping with issues including anxiety, depression and life transitions. Ms. Williams has experience working with children in the St. Martin Parish school system helping them process problems they experience both in the classroom and at home, as well as, working with adults in an impatient mental health facility.

One of Daja’s favorite quotes is by Gary Landreth who once said, “Birds fly, fish swim and children play.” As a counselor and mental health professional, who has the privilege of working with children, she helps them experience the wonderful process of exploring feelings, events and their environment through the utilization of play therapy. She is so excited to be working with community members to improve mental health and the quality of life in Acadiana.