RCC Team

Our Team

We are trained and licensed professionals who provide quality counseling services that span a range of topics.
Meet the team below!

Ally Bayard - Refinery Counseling Center

Ally Bayard, LPC-S

Founder, Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, Certified Autism Specialist


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.

: ally@refinerycounselingcenter.com

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 through a variety of stressors. His areas of focus include trauma, borderline personality, relationship issues such as struggles with communication and infidelity, and working with men on social skills, dating, anxiety, and feeling lost as they navigate the unique challenges of our current day and age. 

Joshua’s approach to therapy is integrative and is based on the needs of each individual client. However, he will often use CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems, and Trauma-Focused modalities of treatment. Joshua is also EMDR trained, and will utilize this modality of treatment with clients when appropriate. He is also a certified telehealth provider.

In his free time, Joshua enjoys playing guitar, reading, and playing video games. 

: joshua@refinerycounselingcenter.com

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. Madison utilizes an integrative systemic and strength-based approach in working with clients and their relationships. She tailors treatment to meet the collaboratively defined goals and needs of her clients. Madison provides a nurturing yet direct therapeutic style that provides a safe and secure environment to allow clients to be their most authentic self. Madison also incorporates Christian values if the client desires. 

Outside the office, Madison enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading. 

: madison@refinerycounselingcenter.com

Claire Wyly, PLPC, NCC

Claire is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Claire has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, disordered eating, issues related to identity and relationships, life transitions, as well as trauma. Passionate about creating a therapeutic relationship that supports her clients’ growth, Claire focuses on processing all that comes up in sessions while also providing psychoeducation on various concepts and skills. Her therapeutic style is direct, compassionate, and curious. 

Invited Presentations:

  • Wyly, C. (2023, May). Demystifying Eating Disorders. Presented at NAMI Louisiana’s Annual Mental Health State Conference: Back to the Basics in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Wyly, C. (2022, October). Boundaries and Values: Leveraging Them to Live a Healthier, More Stress-Free Life. Co-presented with Mary Wright at LSU Pi Beta Phi in Baton Rouge, LA.

In her free time, Claire loves to learn about personal development and spend time with her loved ones.

: claire@refinerycounselingcenter.com

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@refinerycounselingcenter.com

Paige Rozas, LMFT

Paige is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Paige has experience working with families, couples, children and adults. Her areas of focus include relationship stress, anxiety disorders, trauma, and self esteem. Paige works from a systemic perspective and tailors her therapeutic approaches to the unique needs of each client. She often uses narrative and experiential approaches to therapy. Paige also utilizes various trauma focused modalities (including prolonged exposure) to help guide you towards change and growth.

In her free time Paige enjoys watching classic movies and spending time with her family and friends.

: paige@refinerycounselingcenter.com

Taylor Bourque, PLPC, PLMFT

Taylor is a Provisionally Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (PLMFT) and Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Houston Christian University.

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.

In her free time, Taylor is either reading a fantasy novel or going on an adventure with her family. When you are ready, Taylor is excited to be a part of your journey and help facilitate growth, healing and overall mental wellness.

: taylor@refinerycounselingcenter.com

Janie Hooper, LMSW

Janie is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Social Work Degree from Louisiana State University. 

Janie has experience working with families and children in both the school and private mental health setting. Her areas of focus include anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, peer relationships, and family transitions. Janie’s approach to therapy is individualized and based on the “whole child.” She loves to incorporate cognitive behavioral techniques, play-based therapy, and art into sessions to equip clients with tools to cope, resolve conflict, and improve overall emotional intelligence. Janie is passionate about working with youth, and happy to provide a positive and safe environment for them to flourish!

Outside of work, Janie is happiest when spending time with family, laughing with friends, traveling, and doing all things that “spark joy!”

: janie@refinerycounselingcenter.com

Janie H, LMSW
Sarah N, PLPC

Sarah Nelms, PLPC, NCC

Sarah is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from the University of New Orleans.

Sarah has experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of focus include anxiety and stress, depression and suicidality, relational issues, self-esteem, life transitions, trauma, parenting and peripartum women. 

Sarah aims to foster an environment that is warm, supportive, and nonjudgmental so that clients can be their authentic selves. Through honest introspection, therapeutic reflection, and a personalized approach, she works with individuals to help them achieve self-actualization and increase their ability to reach their goals. Sarah integrates several modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and solution-focused, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness techniques. She is a certified telehealth provider. If the client desires, Sarah also enjoys incorporating Christian values and guiding principles into her work. 

In her personal life, Sarah enjoys traveling, live music, and spending time with her husband and young children. 

: sarahn@refinerycounselingcenter.com

Emily Thibodeaux, PLPC

Emily is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

Emily has experience working in various settings including the school setting, community clinic, and private practice. Her primary areas of focus include children and young adults. Emily specializes in working with children ages 3-10 experiencing behavioral, social, and emotional difficulties, as well as family-related challenges, grief, and anxiety. Emily is passionate about helping children better understand and express their needs and emotions through their natural language of play. In addition to working with children, Emily enjoys working with young adults who are experiencing difficult life transitions, low self-esteem, relationship and/or family stressors, or experiencing grief. Emily focuses on fostering a trusting, supportive, and safe relationship with her clients. She takes an integrative approach and customizes her sessions to meet the specific needs of her clients. Emily’s ultimate goal is to empower her clients and walk alongside them as they achieve their desired goals. 

In her free time, Emily enjoys catching up with friends over coffee, spending time with her family, and going on walks with her puppy. 

: emily@refinerycounselingcenter.com

Emily T, PLPC

Cooper Chavers, BS

Office Manager
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 and their dog. She also loves spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling and being outdoors! 

: cooper@refinerycounselingcenter.com