Counseling Staff

Counseling

Lisa LaRochelle, LCSW-BACS

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 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.

Jessica Foreman, MA, PLMFT

Clinician 
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Mrs. Jessica Foreman is a Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who hails from Arcadia, LA. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Family Science. She obtained a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2016. Jessica is passionate about mindfulness, relaxation, self-care, healthy boundaries, and the practical integration of theology and counseling. She loves teaching parenting classes and frequently uses Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Sand Tray, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with her clients. She believes that people are a product of their relationships and facilitates connections by fostering attachment, empathy, and reconciliation among couples and families.

Jessica loves living in Lafayette with her husband with whom she has three children. She is a huge fan of Marvel and Monty Python, and breakfast is her favorite food. She’s a little nerdy, reading research articles gives her great joy, and although a self-proclaimed slow runner, she still enjoys hitting the pavement as much as possible.

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 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 over 30 years and have three adult children.

Zach Hebert, MS, PLPC

Clinician
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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.

Daja Williams, PLPC

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.

Grace Bailey

Clinical Intern

Grace is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she focused her studies in sociology, families in crisis, children, and death and dying. Grace is also a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), allowing her to uniquely implement mindfulness and meditative techniques into a professional practice to serve diverse and vulnerable populations. Come as you presently are, is the axiom of Grace’s therapeutic approach in order to empower individuals to find peace and belonging on their unique journey in life.

Grace has experience with working with children, single mothers, and young adults from all walks of life; and hopes to assist individuals to uncover their unique strengths, establish resiliency, and find meaning in the midst of unavoidable suffering. A favorite quote of hers by the Dalai Lama is a pleasant reminder of our basic needs, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”

Elizabeth Barker

Clinical Intern 
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Ms. Elizabeth Barker was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and moved to Louisiana to attend college at Louisiana State University.  She graduated from LSU in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Social Work. During her time at LSU, she was on the Dean’s List and a member of Gamma Beta Pi National Honor Society. Elizabeth is currently in her last year at Boston University obtaining her MSW. She has over 10 years of experience working with children and families in both the school system and the community. She has worked as a behavioral specialist in schools, worked in the community as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, and she interned for the Big Buddy Program in Baton Rouge.

When it comes to client care, Elizabeth believes in treating the whole individual and uses several different therapeutic techniques including Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Elizabeth looks forward to using her education and training to help empower individuals and families in Louisiana.