Professional mental health care to improve daily living and relationships
Our counselors value professionalism and are devoted to caring for clients in ways that are consistent with best research and practice.
We offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychological care. We treat a number of mental health disorders,
We provide a safe space to rebuild, restore, and renew those areas of life which have become unmanageable.
We help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their strengths by listening to concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
Sand tray therapeutic exercise
PATTI P. DOWLING, MS, LPC, NCC, CCLS
Patti Dowling is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a BS in Child and Family Studies from Louisiana Tech University in 1996 and a graduate degree is in Counseling Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi in 2004.
Early in her career, Patti worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center where she counseled pediatric patients with cancer and in PICU. As the Child Life Director, Patti utilized her creative approach to therapy and leadership abilities to grow the program to include a variety of new services including a Teen Night Out program for chronically ill teens and a pet therapy program for pediatric patients.
Patti has a strong passion to see individuals and families through difficult life circumstances and considers it an honor to walk alongside her clients. She has counseled individuals in a variety of settings including an adolescent offender program, school counseling setting, and a national adoption agency, where she worked with birthparents, adoptive families, and the adopted child.
In 2012, Patti opened Baton Rouge Counseling Associates with colleagues and became the sole owner in 2021 . With over 14 years in private practice, she has worked with children, families and adult clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, chronic illness, grief, adoption, relationship issues, parenting issues, OCD, and personality and mood disorders.
Patti's therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, personable and practical. Using her direct style and positive regard, she partners with clients to affect positive change. Patti utilizes cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, therapeutic play, person-centered and even animal-assisted therapies in treating clients. It is not uncommon to find her working alongside one of her Ragdoll breed therapy cats on any given day.
BEAU DANTIN, MS, LPC, LMFT, NCC
For more than 10 years, Beau has served as a mental health professional for the Greater Baton Rouge area. He works in both the clinical mental health and private counseling settings. Trained and experienced in a number of therapeutic modalities, he understands and fosters healthy client/therapist rapport and trust. As a result, his clients obtain the most out of their sessions together. He counsels from a Christian worldview in which he was professionally trained and personally believes.
After graduating in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2008, Beau went on to study and train in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson Mississippi. He moved back to serve his hometown, Baton Rouge, and college town, Hammond, after graduating from RTS in 2010.
When not at BRCA, Beau serves as the Clinical Director and Family Therapist of The Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana. Treating and supervising treatment of duel diagnosis patients, while also helping their families, has been a tremendous growth opportunity for him. He has served in the substance addiction and duel diagnosis field since 2013.
Beau has been with BRCA since 2014 working with clients in a number of areas such as; marriage counseling, men's issues, anxiety and depression, special needs families, grief, parenting, addiction, and various other areas of mental health and counseling.
He has shared his knowledge and experience in mental health over the years in speaking, writing and TV opportunities.
Beau has been married to his wife, Sara, since 2008. They have two children
KATIE DOTIE, LCSW
Katie Dotie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2011. She continued her education and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2014.
Katie began working in the field of children and family as an Assistant Director of Discovery/Renew Family Resource Center where she gained a wealth of knowledge and skills as it relates to engaging and providing skills to parents and children. She furthered her career as a Medical Social Worker in a hospital setting in which she utilized engagement skills learned from case management to work with patients dealing with challenging situations.
Currently, Katie is the Director of Community Based Services at Volunteers of America. Through this experience, Katie has refined her skills with providing intensive therapy to children who have had traumatic experiences and preventing out of home placements. Katie has worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, family issues, etc. Katie also has an extensive history with helping those who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.
Katie’s therapy style is straight-forward and involves a little humor and a non-judgmental space for everyone. Katie believes in respect, treating each person with care and empathy. Katie’s approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and rational-emotive behavioral therapy. Katie values client centered approaches and will tailor dialogue and treatment plan goals to meet client’s unique and specific needs.
MEAGAN CADAVID, LCSW
Meagan Cadavid is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Louisiana State University in 2012. Meagan continued her education and earned her master’s degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2016.
Meagan began working with children and families as a traveling Social Worker in Georgia. She continued her career as a therapist at Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center where she gained knowledge and skills to help those with past and current trauma and abuse. She also worked in a multidisciplinary team to better advocate for her clients in all aspects of their lives.
Currently, Meagan is a School Counselor for Parkview Baptist School. Through this experience she has gained skills to provide play and talk therapy for children ranging from elementary school all the way to high school. Meagan has worked with a wide range of clients who have struggled from depression, anxiety, family concerns, sexual abuse/trauma, emotional abuse, human trafficking, etc.
Meagan values the needs and wants of her clients and tailors each treatment plan to specifically fit her clients. She believes in building rapport and treating each person with empathy and respect.
MARY WRIGHT, PLPC
Mary K. Wright is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from LSU, and went on to attain a Master’s Degree in Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mary began working as a substitute counselor to the middle school and high school divisions at Parkview Baptist School, and as a counselor here at Baton Rouge Counseling Associates. Her time at Parkview gained her experience working with adolescents, and their parents.
Mary has worked with clients through stage-of-life transitions, divorce, grief, anxiety, depression, family issues, stress, and managing low self-esteem. Mary’s therapy style is to be genuine, straightforward, and she utilizes humor and pop culture references, often. She strives to create a non-judgmental space open for anyone who decides to take the courageous step of pursuing therapy.
Mary utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and strengths-based therapy to approach counseling. In her spare time, Mary enjoys hanging out with her family—especially her dog—and friends, participating in her church, and indoor rock climbing.
ASHLEY HUNTINGTON, PLPC
Ashley Huntington is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Story-Informed Trauma Therapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (a childhood trauma model), Trauma Processing Model, EMDR, and The Gottman Method. Ashley also heavily utilizes concepts from Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy in her therapy approach. In the next year, Ashley is also working towards becoming trained and being able to offer neurofeedback services to clients.
Ashley worked as a crisis intervention counselor at a community center on the Westbank of New Orleans during graduate school, and since graduating in May of 2020, she has been working in private practice seeing children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Her therapy approach is to first ensure that the therapeutic environment is one of safety and empathy where clients can feel safe enough to risk the vulnerability required for therapy to be successful.
Ashley is passionate about the transformative process that therapy can be in order to create lasting change, growth, and healing for individuals. Her approach is also attachment-based, meaning that she recognizes the impact that one's relationships has had on their health and well-being. With that being said, she's especially passionate about equipping her clients to have healthy, authentic, and fulfilling relationships with others.
Ashley believes that while one's investment therapy is invaluable, it is also hard work. She is committed to honoring that investment by being patient as her clients are working towards being able to understand and accept their own story.