Counseling Staff


Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS

Senior Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
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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 has worked as a clinician in several capacities, including providing counseling, working with Breaux Bridge Adolescent Drug Court participants, facilitating the H.O.P.E. parenting program at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, and assisting with the community-based program, Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol. Since July 2007, Lisa has been serving as a Mental Health Consultant to child care centers for the Quality Start program. She also serves as a Quality Support Consultant to local child care resource and referral agencies and a Reflective Supervisor to mental health consultants in other regions of the state. She is passionate about her work with young children and is proud to be a part of a state-wide initiative to increase the quality of child care centers in the state of Louisiana.

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 truly enjoys working in the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is a Pathways certified trainer and served as a board member for the Partners in Early Childhood Education Coalition in Lafayette. Lisa has been happily married to her husband Solomon since 2005 and loves spending time with her three beautiful children Stephen, Cecile, and Sawyer.

Patrick Bowman, LPC-S, BCPCC

Clinician and Class Facilitator

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 looks forward to additionally serving the community through individual, couple and family counseling at The Family Tree Counseling Center.

Patrick and his wife have been married 32 years and have three adult children.

Zach Hebert, MS, PLPC

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Zach Hebert received a Master of Science in Counselor Education from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette in 2015. Zach is currently a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) registered with the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor’s Board of Examiners. As part of a CACREP-accredited Master’s program in clinical mental health counseling, Zach has completed coursework in a wide range of areas, including more than 300 direct hours of clinical work across a diverse client base. During his tenure, he received training in play therapy, group work, relationship and family counseling, career counseling, and human sexuality, as well as working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Disability Services, providing vocational rehabilitation services for student with disabilities.

Zach has worked successfully with individual clients ranging from adolescents through the geriatric populations, across various cultures and socioeconomic background, as well as with relationships and families. Though his areas of specialization are in human sexuality, existential issues, and grief/crisis counseling, he has experience with issues from anxiety and depression to trauma and high-risk suicidal clients, as well as various forms of addiction and codependency.

Jessica Fernandez, MS, PLPC

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Jessica Fernandez received a Master’s of Science in Counselor Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2014. During her time in the counseling program, she gained experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Through her love for creativity and children, she developed a passion for play therapy and gained a great amount of experience with children and adolescents. In addition to counseling at the Clinic for Counseling and Personal Development, she also received an assistantship in the University Office of Disability Services where she provided counseling to students with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities.

Jessica is currently a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) registered with the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor’s Board of Examiners. Within her counseling practice she incorporates a variety of creative therapies, including play therapy, within a framework of existential therapy. She uses this modality in an collaborative effort with children, adolescents, adults, and couples and approaches the therapeutic process with an emphasis on nonjudgmental listening, self-acceptance, responsibility, and utilizing clients’ strengths.

Hailey Suarez

Clinical Intern

Ms. Hailey Suarez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Humanities and Social Thought from Louisiana Scholars’ College in 2014. She is currently in her last year as a student at Capella University for a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Hailey is fascinated by neurobiology, is an existentialist at heart and an optimist who believes that we must create the meaning in our lives. She also understands that human relationships take up most of our energy, time and passion. As a counselor, Hailey can help people with problems that often cloud issues with communication and trust. Hailey has witnessed firsthand how unhealthy relationships can affect the entire family system, not just the individuals. With these experiences in mind and her passion for helping others, Hailey has been successful in providing exceptional service to her current customer base. She goes above and beyond, exceeding expectations, and as a result mentors others in new learning experiences. She ensures timely and accurate service because she is keenly awareness of her client’s needs.

Hailey is a self-taught crocheter, and loves to read, binge watch television shows and hike in the mountains. Mountains are particularly enduring to Hailey as they create a sort of existential crisis where she is suddenly reminded of how tiny she is and how tiny and insignificant some problems may be in relation to the grand scheme of things. Hailey hopes to travel the world, seeing everything it has to offer and help people during her journey through life.

“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.” – Buddha

Brianne Augustine

Clinical Intern

Brianne Augustine received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2016. She is an advanced intern pursuing her Master’s in Social Work from Louisiana State University. Brianne has three years of experience working at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in the substance abuse treatment program, and previous experience in working with at risk youth in the Lafayette Parish school system. She has experienced firsthand the impact that alcohol and drug addiction has on the family system. She also understands that issues that are experienced at any point in an individual’s life can cause significant distress both psychologically and emotionally.

Brianne plans to enter an MBA program upon completion of her MSW program, as well as obtain her license in addiction counseling. She is currently a member of LSU’s National Association of Black Social Workers. She is a native to Lafayette, however she spent 13 years of her life living in Atlanta, Georgia. Brianne loves to travel and experience new cultures. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.