Counseling Staff

Counseling

Breanna Spriggs, LPC-S

Clinical Director

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. She is trained in PCIT (Parent/Child Interaction Therapy), YPT (Youth PTSD Treatment) & EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

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.

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

Clinical Director 
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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 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.

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 the proud father of a teenage girl. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his partner, cooking for friends and family, engaging in nature based activities, going to festivals, and watching his daughter’s musical performances and soccer games.

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.

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.

Katherine Wise, LPC

Clinician

Katherine Wise is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2009 and her Master of Science in Counselor Education in 2012, both from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Katherine has almost 10 years of experience in diverse mental health settings, including grief centers, the school system, and private practice, but her “one true love” is Play Therapy. She enjoys working with children as young as 2-years-old up to 18-years-old, using creative modalities to process experiences and teach skills. She is also trained in TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) and CPP (Child-Parent Psychotherapy).

Katherine is married and has two young daughters. She enjoys TV, movies, outdoor music and festivals, and any activity that keeps her a big kid at heart. As a Lafayette native, she is excited to be joining The Family Tree team which has been a vibrant force in this community all her life!

Marlon Washington, LMSW

Clinician

I am passionate about empowering people to make positive changes in their lives. Whether you are feeling lost, struggling to change unhealthy behaviors, or hoping to improve relationships, we can work together to create a plan for healing. On my personal journey I have been in recovery for over 20 years, which has motivated me to walk with others on their path of personal growth. I am a licensed clinical social worker, skilled in providing individual and group therapy to adults, adolescents, and families.

I treat a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and chronic mental illness. I specialize in treating substance abuse and addictive disorders. I also work with families who have been affected by addiction. I use a range of therapeutic models including CBT, DBT, Family Behavioral Therapy, and the twelve-step model. An area of professional growth and need in the community is treating trauma with Brainspotting. I am very interested in working with special populations within our community such as LGBTQA, exploring gender expression, cultural and racial identity crisis, and religious trauma.

Mackenzie Droddy, CSW

Clinician

Mackenzie Droddy is a provisionally licensed social worker who received her Bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2020 and her Masters in social work in 2022 from Louisiana State University. She has experience working with at risk teenage girls in an inpatient setting and working with children. Mackenzie is passionate about advocating for teenagers and the importance of their mental health.

Mackenzie was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been living in Lafayette since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, caring for her dog Max, and watching her favorite TV shows.

Mary K. Oge

Clinical Intern

Mary Oge’ is an intern, getting her Master of Social Work at Louisiana State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies, with a minor in Psychology, in 2020 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mary has experience in working with all ages and has worked in various settings such as inpatient behavioral health, bereavement support, and a shelter for women and children in crisis. She is passionate about working with those coping with anxiety, depression, and grief, and working on self-esteem, communication, problem-solving, and coping-skills. Her goal is to make every client feel understood and heard while providing a safe space for goal identification and positive change. Mary’s approach is to identify and understand the needs of the client through motivational interviewing, use of empathy, and applicable therapeutic techniques.

Mary was born and raised in Lafayette and will be with The Family Tree from August until she graduates in May. She enjoys music, tv and movies, traveling, concerts, school, and spending time with family.”

Ashlyn Suchand

Clinical Intern

Ashlyn Suchand is a clinical intern, currently working to obtain her Master of Science in Psychology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2020 from Louisiana State University. Ashlyn uses a cognitive behavioral approach with some components of acceptance and commitment therapy to address disordered thinking. She enjoys working with children and adolescents using play therapy but has experience working with various age groups. She also has experience working with a diverse range of clients from different backgrounds. 

In Ashlyn’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her partner, and her service dog. She enjoys reading books and doing art to relax. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with members of the community to improve mental health and quality of life in her home state of Louisiana.