We are trained and licensed professionals who provide quality counseling services that span a range of topics.
Meet the team below!
Ally Bayard, LPC-S
Ally is the owner, founder, and primary counselor of Refinery Counseling Center LLC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and board approved supervisor in the state of Louisiana. Ally enjoys providing a range of mental health services including play therapy, family therapy, parenting education, relationship counseling and appraisal services. Her areas of focus include anxiety, childhood issues, family and relationship issues, neurodivergent disorders and helping clients through life transitions. Ally enjoys incorporating Christian values and guiding principals in to her work as the client desires. Click to learn more.
Joshua Hinkel, PLPC, NCC
Joshua is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Joshua has experience working with children, adolescents and adults, and he has supported clients grappling with a variety of struggles. His areas of focus include trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues such as coping with breakups, grief and loss. Joshua’s approach to therapy is integrative and used on the needs of each individual client. He will often use CBT, DBT, and person-centered modalities of treatment. He is also a certified telehealth provider.
In his free time Joshua enjoys playing guitar, reading and playing video games.
Josh sees clients at our Health District location.
Madison Hopkins, PLPC, PLMFT
Madison is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (PLMFT). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from the University of Louisiana Monroe.
Madison’s areas of focus include relational conflict for individuals, children, couples, and families, anxiety, and self-esteem. Madison utilizes a strength-based and solution-focused approach to counseling and can also incorporate Christian values into her therapeutic model if the client desires. No matter what season of life you are in, Madison wants to be a part of it to help facilitate growth, and when needed, change. If you are seeking to make meaningful changes in your life and relationships, she will help provide the safe space you need to build resiliency and facilitate growth.
Madison sees clients at our Health District location.
Claire Wyly, PLPC, NCC
Claire is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Claire has experience working with both adolescents and adults as they navigate difficult seasons of life. Claire practices all areas of general mental health counseling and her areas of particular interest include trauma, disordered eating and body dysmorphia, as well as life transitions. When approaching the therapeutic process, Claire tends to take existential and interpersonal perspectives. She is passionate about working with clients to find meaning in and integrate all they have experienced so they can ultimately feel more autonomous and at ease in their everyday lives.
When not in the office, Claire takes care of her plants, spends time with her family, and enjoys watching the occasional “guilty pleasure” tv show.
Claire sees clients at our Health District location.
Cooper Chavers, BS
Cooper is the office manager and “jack of all trades” at Refinery Counseling Center LLC. She manages all office responsibilities including scheduling, billing, social media, community engagements and client relations. Cooper is a Baton Rouge native and earned her degree in public relations from LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Upon graduating, Cooper worked in Public Relations for Entergy in New Orleans and spent a year in Raleigh, NC for her husband’s work.
In her free time, Cooper enjoys spending time with her husband, Blake, and their dog Gunner. She also loves spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling and being outdoors!
Mary Ruiz, PLPC
Mary is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern State University.
Mary has experience working with adults and teenagers to address anxiety and stress, depression and suicidality, life adjustments/transitions, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, chronic pain, intimate partner violence and sexual trauma, grief and loss counseling, and religious trauma. Techniques used in session are primarily from an acceptance and commitment and mindfulness therapeutic approach. Mary considers a variety of factors when working with clients, including environmental and societal influences, family dynamics, and each person’s unique biology and personality.
In her personal time Mary enjoys slow mornings and cooking at home with her husband and daughter.
Mary sees clients at our Highland location.
Taylor Bourque, PLMFT
Taylor’s area of focus include marriage and family as well as clinical mental health counseling, therefore she is able to help clients who are experiencing and/or struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions related to the self, the family system and/or relationships. Taylor also has experience in working with issues of body dysmorphia and questioning of sexuality and gender. Taylor utilizes a person-centered and psychodynamic approach to counseling and can also incorporate Christian values into her therapeutic model if the client desires. Taylor works with children, adolescents, and adults. When you are ready, Taylor is excited to be a part of your journey and help facilitate growth, healing and overall mental wellness.
Taylor sees clients at our Highland location.