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 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.
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.
Zach Hebert, PLPC
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.
Zach works from a person-centered, integrative approach which places primary emphasis on client strengths and personal responsibility, viewing the therapeutic process as collaborative. He does his best to bring hope into the room, believing in each client’s potential to change for the better, while doing his best to meet the client where they are.
Ashley Petty, PLPC
Ashley Petty earned a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2018. Ashley is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and is currently pursuing licensure with the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor’s Board of Examiners. Ashley completed her master’s degree as part of a CACREP-accredited program, which provided skills and insights in using many different approaches to help individuals from many different cultures, races, SES, and spiritual backgrounds.
In her master’s program Ashley worked successfully with children as young as 4 years old, adolescents, adults, families, and crisis intervention in inpatient settings. Furthermore, was able to facilitate group therapy focusing on interpersonal learning, processing groups for grief and trauma, and psychoeducation groups. In her individual sessions, Ashley saw clients with defiance, behavioral issues, grief, divorce, family conflict, trauma, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and other individuals with acute care needs ranging from sexual abuse, cutting, homicidal and suicidal patients.
Ashley uses an integrative approach with her clients which includes strengths-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and acceptance commitment therapy. Her main interest is nondirective play therapy which she uses while working with children and adolescents. Ashley’s focus is creating a judgement free environment where her client’s feel safe, understood, and empowered to accomplish their own goals. She works hard to create a space where her clients feel free to be themselves and explore their thoughts & feelings
Jennifer Guidry, PLPC
Jennifer earned a Master of Education degree in School Counseling at Nicholls State University in 2014. She is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and currently pursuing licensure with the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselor’s Board of Examiners. She completed her Master’s degree as part of a CACREP-accredited program. Jennifer has over 5 years experience as a school counselor in Lafayette Parish.
Jennifer works with children and adolescents, and has experience with clients who encounter anxiety, depression, anger, grief, self-esteem, divorce, peer conflict, family conflict, behavior issues, and other life stressors and/or transitions. Jennifer utilizes an eclectic approach to counseling, including play therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy.
Jennifer aims to provide a comfortable space for clients to openly express their thoughts and feelings. She works collaboratively with clients to discover their inner strengths and empowering them to use these strengths in their everyday lives. By doing so, they will be able to face daily challenges with confidence.
Jennifer believes that trust, empathy, acceptance, and compassion are essential in building the therapeutic relationship. Her experience as a school counselor will serve her well in making decisions in the best interest of the child. I believe in looking at the whole child/person to best understand his/her specific needs and goals