Empowering counseling to help you achieve your goals.
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.
Through counseling, 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-S, NCC, CCLS
Patti is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and founder/owner of Baton Rouge Counseling Associates. She earned a BS in Child and Family Studies from Louisiana Tech University in 1996 and a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi in 2004. Patti is a Certified Child Life Specialist and a National Certified Counselor.
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, before becoming the Child Life Director. Patti developed a love for helping families navigate difficult life circumstances, as well as, creating mental health programming tailored to meet their needs .
As a clinician with an entrepreneurial spirit, Patti opened Baton Rouge Counseling Associates in 2012 with a colleague, before becoming the sole owner in 2021 . Patti often accepts speaking and teaching engagements where she enjoys the opportunity to encourage individuals, families and groups. Additionally, as a state approved Supervisor, Patti supervises and trains counselors working toward full licensure.
For over 17 years, Patti has worked in a variety of mental health settings with children, adults, and families including; an adolescent offender program, school settings, and a national adoption agency, where she worked with birthparents, adoptive families, and the adopted child.
Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
Gender & Sexuality Issues
Patti's therapy style is calm, personable and practical. She has a direct approach which she uses to encourage and affect positive change. Patti utilizes cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, therapeutic play, person-centered and even animal-assisted therapies in treating clients.
It is not out of the ordinary to find her working alongside one of her Ragdoll breed certified therapy animals 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
JOHN HALL, LPC
John has lived in Louisiana since 1988, earning his undergraduate degree from LSU and his Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
John is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor. For the past 15 years, he has worked in private practice, clinics, and school settings providing counseling to individuals of all ages, couples, and families. Recently, he served as Clinical Director and Family Therapist for The Serenity Treatment Center of Louisiana, training and supervising clinicians while providing counseling to families.
His training in psychology and spirituality allows John to use a holistic approach to help clients feel safe and understood. Everyone is unique, and every plan of care is created with that in mind. No matter what the struggle, there is a solution.
To help create a unique plan of care John incorporates cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and family systems theories. He additionally offers EMDR, Pre-Marital counseling with PREPARE/ENRICH screening and assessment for SUD.
John’s area’s of interest include:
• Trauma Recovery (sexual, spiritual, childhood, first responder, military, relational)
• Marital and Family System Dysfunction
• Anxiety and Mood Disorders
• Life Transition Difficulties
• Addiction Recovery
• Death, Dying, Grief
• Spiritual Problems
• Men’s Issues
Before moving to Louisiana, John lived in Georgia, Colorado and Oklahoma, but feels he is a Louisianian at heart. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, cheering for LSU, and hanging out with his wife and 3 children.
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.
STEPHENNE CALHOUN, LPC
Stephenne Brady Calhoun is a compassionate and dedicated Licensed Professional Counselor with a strong commitment to serving individuals, couples, and families. Her educational
background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern University and A & M College.
With a career that began in Social Services with Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge, focusing on HIV/AIDS Services, and later as part of the Nurturing Parenting Program in North Louisiana, Stephenne has spent the majority of her professional life working with and advocating for families and children. Her role as the Central Regional Director of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana showcased her dedication to child welfare and well-being.
Stephenne's counseling experience is diverse, covering a wide range of therapeutic interests, including anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship challenges, grief, substance abuse, and parenting. She has successfully helped individuals navigate these challenges, providing them with the support and tools needed to find healing and personal growth.
Additionally, Stephenne is a passionate advocate for parenting education. She has extensive experience utilizing the Nurturing Parenting Program and S.T.E.P Parenting Curriculum, where she has not only provided counseling but also trained other facilitators in these evidence-based
programs. Her commitment to enhancing parenting skills and fostering healthy family dynamics is a testament to her dedication to building stronger, happier families in her community.
Currently, she serves as a Mental Health Therapist in the University Counseling Center at Southern University and A & M College, where she continues to make a positive impact on her community.
Beyond her professional life, Stephenne enjoys a variety of interests, including reading, public speaking, community service, traveling, and crafting. Her multifaceted nature allows her to connect with clients on various levels and understand their unique perspectives.
As a counselor, Stephenne believes in providing a safe space for her clients to explore and express their innermost thoughts and feelings. With a faith-based perspective, she helps individuals reach an awareness of their strengths and self-efficacy. Her professional philosophy is summed up in her commitment to being a "positive interruption" in the lives of her clients.
In her personal life, Stephenne has been happily married to her husband Cornelius since 2005
and is the proud mother of three wonderful children, affectionately known as "The Little Calhouns."
GEORGIA NICHOLSON SMALL, PLPC
Georgia is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor who has lived in the Baton Rouge area for most of her life. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature. She then went on to have a successful sales career in the hospitality industry.
When her teenage daughter was born, she quit paid work to become a stay-at-home mom. Volunteering during this time with various entities that support women inspired Georgia to return to school to become better equipped to help others. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2023.
Georgia interned at a local drug and alcohol recovery center. There she learned a lot not only about addictions, but also about trauma and the impact of one’s family systems and early childhood experiences. She also gained insight into the unique struggles that families face when their loved ones experience addiction.
As a counselor, Georgia views herself as a co-laborer and guide for her clients. Although her practice is integrative in theoretical approaches utilized, Narrative Therapy is one of the core theories on which she relies. She believes that all people have a story that they tell themselves about their lives. This story has been created by them and important others. Often this story includes labels that have had negative effects. Examining what one believes about themselves and then focusing on what one would like to believe can be a key way of reframing struggles and focusing on strengths that one already has.
Georgia also believes that the therapeutic relationship is extremely important and therefore first and foremost strives to build rapport with the client. She works to understand the client’s goals and to take steps to achieve them.
The different roles that Georgia has had throughout her life give her the ability to empathize with many challenging life circumstances. She has experienced the corporate world and its rigorous demands. She has felt the challenges of being a stay-at-home mom. And, she has made a midlife transition to a second career. She has also healed from past trauma and overcome other personal obstacles.
Faith has been a positive influence in her own journey. Her seminary training gives her additional insight for clients that wish to incorporate faith into the therapeutic process. However, Georgia respects clients from all lifestyles and belief systems and will only address spirituality if the client wishes to do so. As with all aspects of therapy Georgia upholds the ethical belief that her job is to support the client in their beliefs and goals- not to impose her own.
Georgia is accepting clients 13 years old and above. Her areas of interest include:
· Women’s and Moms’ Concerns
· Life Transitions
· Anxiety and Mood Disorders
· Trauma Recovery
· Marital and Family System Dysfunction
· Families Struggling with Addiction
· Church Harm/Spiritual Abuse
· Gifted Adults and Teens
· LGBTQIA+ Individuals and Families
Georgia has been married for 17 years. She has a teenage daughter and son, and an adult stepdaughter and daughter in law. In her free time, she loves to read, cook, travel and spend time with her rescue dogs, Chuy and Bella.