Counseling Staff

Counseling

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.

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.

Jessica Foreman, MA, PLMFT

Clinician 

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.

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.

Lauren Phillips, MA, PLPC
(She, Her, Hers)

Family Conflict Care Program Coordinator & Clinician

Lauren Phillips is our program coordinator for the Family Conflict Care programs, New Beginnings, Rooted, and Rollarcoasters. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University.

Lauren has worked as an educator for 4 years, teaching elementary grades in both St. Landry and Lafayette parishes, and is passionate about serving children and young adults. She also has experience in working with children going through the grief process when losing a loved one, or adjusting to parental divorce and/or separation. She has been involved in the “Rooted” program for 2 years, which serves college-aged students in processing divorce and/or separation from either childhood or currently in their life.

Apart from group facilitation, Lauren has clinical experience with working with children, young adults, and adults. Lauren has an eclectic approach to therapy, by incorporating theories from various approaches to serve the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. She enjoys walking with the client through their own self-discovery by utilizing expressive art techniques. “You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” -Brene Brown

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, PLPC
(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.