Latifey LaFleur, PH.D., LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor
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 has served as 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 counseling at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, as an LPC Board approved supervisor, and as a Registered Play Therapist supervisor (RPT-S). She joined the Department of Counseling faculty in 2008 and has developed several new courses in play therapy and is the clinical director for the department training clinic. 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 and the Association for Play Therapy.
Dr. LaFleur and her staff provide a range of services which you can read about under the "Services" and "Play Therapy" tabs above.
Emilia Ranzino, MS, PLPC
Emilia Ranzino is currently licensed as a PLPC in the state of Louisiana. After earning a degree in psychology from Louisiana State University, she went on to graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a master’s degree in counseling, concentrating in clinical mental health.
Emilia has a wide range of experience with diverse populations. She has served clients across the lifespan, from childhood and adolescence to older adulthood. Emilia also has training in advanced marriage and family counseling and has a specific interest in serving couples and families. Additionally, Emilia has previous experience in working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, where she fostered a compassionate, therapeutic relationship to help them reach their goals. Through her training, Emilia has helped clients with a multitude of concerns, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, phobias, conflict resolution, infidelity, communication skills, parenting, career transitions, and chronic pain.
Working with such a wide variety of clientele, Emilia believes that each client requires a unique approach in order to make movement towards their goals. As such, she utilizes a collaborative, integrative approach based on clients’ individual needs. She mainly relies on systemic and cognitive-behavioral perspectives but adjusts during the counseling process as necessary. For younger clients, Emilia also has training in incorporating creative interventions and play therapy techniques to empower children and meet them where they are in their counseling journey.
Emilia is currently accepting new clients and is excited to serve couples, families, and individuals ages 4 and up.
Alicia Griffin, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist, CCPT
Alicia Griffin is a two-time graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 2016, she graduated with a master’s degree in Counselor Education with a dual concentration in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. Alicia’s professional background offers a decade of mental health experience in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, public school systems, and multidisciplinary medical practices.
Alicia is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana, a K-12 Certified School Counselor with the Louisiana Department of Education, and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Additionally, she underwent training through the University of Holy Cross to become a board approved supervisor in the state of Louisiana and provides supervision to a caseload of provisionally licensed mental health counselors to further her impact on the field of mental health.
Alicia has a passion for delivering social emotional learning to educators and psychoeducation to students. In addition to her work as a therapist, she has served as an Adjunct Psychology Instructor for South Louisiana Community College since 2017 where she delivers mental health education and preventative strategies to her student body.
Alicia believes in the beauty of client resilience and human connection. She utilizes an eclectic approach to collaborate with clients in achieving their therapeutic goals. Modalities utilized include but are not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, and play therapy with an emphasis on building adaptive coping skills. Alicia’s goal is to create a calming and safe environment where clients can share their unique stories and overcome barriers.
Alicia works with all populations including children as young as seven, adolescents, adults, and families. Alicia has experience with anxiety, school-based issues, ADHD, developmental disorders, depression, behavioral issues, life transitions, parental stressors, and other major life events.