Counseling Staff


Breanna Spriggs, LPC-S

(She, Her, Hers)

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.

Patrick Bowman, LPC-S, BCPCC

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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 30 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 9 years of marriage counseling for Bienvenu Counseling Services.

Currently, Patrick is employed as an Instructor of psychology at the University of Louisiana. He has proudly served as a group facilitator for the Nurturing Fathers Best Dads Program at The Family Tree Information, Education, & Counseling Center since 2008, and conducts individual and marriage counseling at The Family Tree.

Patrick and his wife, Priscilla, have been married 40 years and have 3 adult children, and 7 grandchildren

Brandi Cart, LPC, CEAP

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Brandi is a Licensed Professional clinician. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005 and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from McNeese State University in 2021. She is also a Certified Employee Assistance Professional qualified to assist work organizations in addressing productivity issues and aiding employees in identifying and working toward the resolution of personal concerns. Brandi has also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

She comes to The Family Tree with 2 ½ years of experience working for a non-profit agency in Lake Charles, La. She is passionate about mental health and removing barriers that prevent people from accessing the care that they need. She has experience working with a wide variety of presenting concerns and individuals of all ages. Brandi’s experience includes working with trauma, couples in conflict, parents and individuals in distress related to stage of life.

Brandi’s greatest joy in life is to be with her husband, their pugs, and their flown-from-the-nest children. They enjoy tailgating for LSU games, being outdoors, and attending concerts.

Shelly Daigle, M.S., M.Div., LPC, PMH-C
(She, Her, Hers)

Mental Health Clinician

Ms. Shelly is a licensed perinatal mental health certified (PMH-C) professional counselor. She joined The Family Tree in the fall of 2019, beginning with the Healthy Start program before transitioning to the counseling program in 2024. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Baker University (2001), a master’s of divinity from Claremont School of Theology (2004), and a master’s in mental health counseling from Oklahoma State University (2019).

Shelly approaches counseling through a person-centered, strength-based, and self-compassionate lens. She has been trained in EMDR and is interested in the interplay of attachment, brain development, and trauma and how those connections can impact the therapeutic relationship and work. She is being trained by the Center for Adoption Support and Education to enhance her work with individuals and families touched by adoption. She specializes in perinatal mental health and adoption issues, while also having an interest in role transitions, couples, and parenting (neurotypical or neurodiverse children). She sees adults, couples, and families.

Shelly has lived from Virginia to California, and several places in between, before relocating to Lafayette with her family in 2019. She previously worked in the leadership of local churches, with domestic violence organizations and foster care agencies. She and her husband, Adam, are raising 4 dynamic children. Shelly enjoys reading thrillers, listening to podcasts, and camping and is a burgeoning houseplant enthusiast.

Mackenzie Droddy, LMSW

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Mackenzie Droddy is a provisionally licensed social worker who received her Bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2020 and her Master’s 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.

Scott LeBleu, LPC

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Scott LeBleu is a Licensed Professional Counselor with The Family Tree. He is also the Choices Program Manager. He graduated from the 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 and chronic mental illness and substance use in an inpatient setting.

Scott is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, but takes an eclectic approach to treatment drawing on approaches including but not limited to solutions-focused brief therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy, and psychoanalysis. Scott enjoys working with adults, couples, and children ages 10+. Scott’s primary interests include grief/adjusting to loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and couples.

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.

Lexi Menard, M.S., PLPC
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“I approach the therapeutic process with genuine acceptance and empathy, molding myself to your specific needs and learning what it’s like to be you! My hope is that, together, you and I will be able to process life’s struggles and discover strategies that will equip you to face those struggles.”

Lexi has experience combining client-centered therapy with creative arts interventions, CBT, and ACT for adolescents, teens, and adults. When working with children, she operates from a nondirective play therapy modality, mixing in directives throughout the process. Lexi is also an Allied therapist and enjoys working with the LGBTQIA+ community. She has advanced training in both play therapy and group therapy, as well.

Lexi is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2020 and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2022. She has previous experience working with neurodivergence in children and has been practicing counseling since 2021.

In her free time, Lexi enjoys writing poetry, baking and decorating cookies, and spending time with her puppy, Winnie, at Moncus Park. Though she is from New Iberia, she has found “home” here in Lafayette.

Patrick Rappold, PLPC 

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Patrick Rappold, originally from Harahan, Louisiana, made Lafayette his home in 2015. He pursued both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2019 and a master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2022.

Currently a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor on the path to full licensure, Patrick brings a wealth of experience working with diverse clients from various backgrounds. His previous role as a counselor in an intensive outpatient program equipped him with valuable skills and insights.

Outside of work, Patrick finds solace in writing, staying active through exercise, immersing himself in music, and cherishing moments with his partner

Mia Freeman, PLPC

(She, Her, Hers)


“I believe therapy should embrace change within a positive atmosphere. Though therapy can feel daunting, my aim is to provide you with a safe space to navigate discomfort and foster growth.”

Mia, our newest clinician from New Iberia, Louisiana, completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Graduating with a degree in Psychology in 2019, she furthered her studies to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2022.

With experience in both public and private school settings, Mia has developed a passion for working with adolescents, teens, and children. She incorporates creative methods such as play therapy and creative arts therapy to enhance the therapeutic journey. Throughout her graduate career starting in 2021, Mia has worked with clients across various age groups and gained experience in addiction counseling through community rehabilitation facilities.

In her free time, Mia enjoys indulging in reading, watching reality TV, and being a devoted dog mom to Sammy.