Patti Dowling, MS, LPC, NCC, CCLS
Phone: (225) 287-9181
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Patti is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Child Life Specialist. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi (2004), and a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies from Louisiana Tech University (1996). Patti has over 15 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults in a variety of settings.
She has worked with chronically-ill children in a hospital setting, adolescent offenders, and elementary and middle school students in a school setting. Patti also worked as an adoption counselor with all three facets of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive parents, and children. She has worked in private practice since 2008. As a Christian counselor, Patti can help clients understand their own struggles from a spiritual perspective. She has found that even the youngest of clients can gain an understanding of their spiritual value and purpose. Patti also understands that clients have differing views on spirituality and respects their beliefs and values.
Areas of Expertise:
- Children to Young Adults
- Grief & Loss
- Adoption Issues
- Divorce Care for Children
- Therapeutic Play
- Chronic Illness
- Trauma Recovery
- Infertility & Miscarriage
- Social & Relationship Issues
In her work with children, Patti provides a safe therapeutic environment in which thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely. She frequently uses play based activities such as games and art to make it easier to share feelings. Her work often involves helping children deal with difficulties and teaching coping skills to deal with those difficulties.
In her work with adolescents and adults, Patti partners with clients to explore and define difficulties, develop future goals for an improved life, and implement new skills that help the client meet his/her goals. Oftentimes, she uses cognitive-behavioral therapy concepts, as well as, other therapies such as: solution-focused, narrative, and family systems.