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 in Counseling Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi in 2004. Patti is a Certified Child Life Specialist and a National Certified Counselor.
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 children and families navigate difficult life circumstances.
Patti has experience working in a variety of different settings including; an adolescent offender program, a school setting, and a national adoption agency, where she worked with birthparents, adoptive families, and the adopted child.
Patti has over 14 years experience working in private practice. She opened Baton Rouge Counseling Associates in 2012 with a colleague, before become the sole owner in 2021 . Patti 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 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.