Latifey LaFleur, PH.D., LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Dr. Latifey LaFleur

Dr. LaFleur earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2000 and a Master's Degree in applied psychology in 2002 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She completed her Doctorate in counselor education at the University of New Orleans in May 2007. Dr. LaFleur is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor (LPC-S), a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and a Trained Forensic Interviewer.



Dr. LaFleur previously served as a Licensed Mental Health Professional working with adults, adoloescents, and children with serious mental illness or emotional disturbances, and as a Clinical Director of a Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) working with victims of abuse. She established her independent practice in 2008 providing clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. LaFleur has specialized training in play therapy and play therapy supervision. She is a member of the Association for Play Therapy and is a regional chair for the Louisiana Association for Play Therapy.

Dr. LaFleur  has a passion for training  counselors, which she is able to do as an associate professor of counselor education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and as an LPC Board approved supervisor. She joined the Department of Counselor Education faculty in 2008 and has developed several new courses in play therapy.  She has presented at state and national conferences, published peer reviewed articles and book chapters, been awarded several grants, and assisted in the development of community resources.  She has served as a board member for the Louisiana Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors and currently serves on the editoral boards for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling and the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. Other professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Louisiana Counseling Association, and Louisiana Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  

 

Dr. LaFleur and her staff provide a range of services which you can read about under the "Services"  and "Play Therapy" tabs above.


 

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Rhea Cooper, LPC, Registered Play Therapist

Rhea Cooper earned a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017. Rhea is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Play Therapist. Rhea completed her Master’s degree as part of a CACREP-accredited program, which gave her insight into utilizing eclectic counseling techniques to assist individuals from different cultures, races, socioeconomic statuses, and religious/spiritual backgrounds.

 

Rhea works with all populations including children as young as three, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Additionally, in her Master’s degree program she successfully created and facilitated counseling groups for the community. Rhea has experience seeing clients with grief, anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, sexual abuse, divorce, depression, self-esteem, behavioral issues, parent-child relationship difficulties, and other life stressors.

Rhea’s approach to counseling is integrative and incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, and a focus on empowering clients to identify their strengths and resources. She has a special interest in non-directive play therapy, which she utilizes when working with children and adolescents.

Rhea’s goal in therapy is to provide a safe environment where the client can freely express feelings, communicate thoughts, and share their personal journey. She views the counseling relationship as a collaborative process that encourages growth, self-exploration, self-efficacy, and instills hope. Rhea believes the foundation of therapy is built upon trust, acceptance, empathy, and equality.

Olivia Baker, PLPC

Olivia received a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education with the dual track of School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2021. Olivia is currently a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) registered with the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. As a part of her CACREP-accredited Master’s program, Olivia has also completed more than 300 direct hours from interning at a middle school along with interning at the University’s counseling clinic, working with a wide range of diverse populations with different culture and socioeconomic backgrounds. She has also received training in advanced school counseling, play therapy, multicultural counseling, marriage and family therapy, group therapy, and career counseling.

Olivia has worked with children as young as 6 years old, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Olivia works with those dealing with grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, life transitions, ADHD, daily stressors, identity exploration, and body image issues. Olivia often uses non-directive Play Therapy with children and also has an eclectic counseling approach with clients, using aspects of different modalities from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Creative Therapies, Strengths-based, Existential Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness.

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Olivia’s goal in the therapy process is for each client to feel safe, heard, and know they can freely express themselves and feel supported on their personal journey. Counseling is a collaborative process that can lead to self-exploration, personal growth, hope, and self-confidence. Olivia meets clients where they are at in the counseling process and believes in a clients potential for change for them to led a fulfilling life. 

Jennifer Noel, PLPC

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Jennifer Noel earned a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette in 2018. Jennifer is currently a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) registered with Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor’s Board of Examiners, and a National Certified Counselor. As part of a CACREP-accredited Master’s program in clinical mental health counseling, Jennifer has successfully completed an extensive variety of coursework and completed over 300 direct hours of clinical work across a culturally diverse population.

 

Jennifer has worked with children as young as 4, adolescents, adults, families, and couples across various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, including foster children and at-risk youth. In her master’s program, she was able to facilitate group therapy focusing on interpersonal learning. In her individual sessions, Jennifer saw clients with behavioral issues, abuse, depression, anxiety, anger, defiance, grief, and trauma, as well as self-harm and suicidal ideation

Jennifer uses a systemic, integrative, trauma informed approach with her clients, which includes, person-centered, strengths-based, cognitive behavioral therapy, and play therapy. Her main interest is nondirective play therapy which she uses while working with children and adolescents. Jennifer’s goal is to provide a judgement free space where the client can feel safe to freely express emotions and thoughts. She views the counseling relationship as a collaborative process that is built on honesty and trust, promotes self-efficacy, empowerment, and personal responsibility.

Kristen Baroni, PLPC

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Kristen received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2017 and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education with a focus in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has received training in play therapy, group therapy, marriage and family therapy, human sexuality, and career counseling. She began providing psychotherapy in August of 2018 as part of her internship during graduate school and has continued to provide psychotherapy since.

Kristen has worked with clients with grief, anxiety, trauma, depression, relationship concerns individually, relationship concerns as a couple, infidelity, divorce, and general life stressors/transitions. She works with clients as young as three years old, adolescents, adults, and couples. Kristen also has experience working with clients in acute mental health care settings. Her approach to counseling is eclectic but she pulls from various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, and Creative Therapies such as play; music; and art.

Kristen’s goal in the counseling process is to create a safe environment where clients can explore their emotions and their thoughts with unconditional support. She believes that counseling is a collaborative journey that promotes self-exploration, empowerment, personal growth, and instills a sense of hope. She works from the mindset that counseling is built from honesty, trust, and a mutual feeling of respect and care. Her goal is to provide counseling that is inclusive to a wide range of concerns, cultures, and lifestyles.