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Our Book: A Roadmap to the Soul

Our Book: A Roadmap to the Soul

Many years ago, my wife and I wrote a book together called A Roadmap to the Soul. I just finished my Masters in Mental Health Counseling and my wife had been working as an Addiction Counselor for many years. I was amazed at the extraordinary success that she had with her clients, and I began to ask her how she approached working with her clients. The obvious asset that she had was that she knew how to love them, yet she seemed to have a gift is disarming the client, and helping them understand, with compassion, the addiction that they were suffering with.

After much questioning, I realized that she saw three different aspects in each person. There is the True Self, the Wounded Part and the Defensive Reaction to the wounds. It was so simple, yet had so much depth to it. It is a framework that made it so easy for someone suffering with an addiction to understand what was happening on the inside. We soon discovered that it was easy for young and old to apply this simple concept as a spring board to understand and work through a variety of problems.

Out of our collaboration birthed the book, A Roadmap to the Soul. We so appreciate that God gave us this simple concept to help so many people over the years, and we know that He is not finished.

If you are interest in a copy, please visit here.

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor with offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. HollyKem Sunseri is a Wife, Mother and Ordained Minister.

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Marriage Counseling Basics

Marriage Counseling Basics

What are two foundational principles for successful marriage counseling? They are Repentance & Forgiveness.

Repentance is a heartfelt sorrow for what a person has done to his or her partner. In every marriage, we hurt each other, and a key to succes is for each party to take responsibility for the behaviors that have hurt the other. Even if the behavior is in reaction, one must take full responsibility. If my partner spoke rudely to me 6 times, and I spoke rudely 1 time, I must have a heartfelt sorrow for my 1 rude comment, and work on stopping this behavior. What about her 6 times? What about it? Take responsibility for your 1, and go from there. If each partner will do this, we will make some progress.

Forgiveness is the prayerful determination to let go of the resentment and offenses that a partner carries in his or her heart. Resentment is the cancer of any relationship. Each partner must be willing to forgive for past offenses. Is forgiveness saying that the past behavior was ok. Absolutely not!  It is saying that I will not keep recycling through this past offense, and letting it live in my heart continually.

When a couple commits to true repentance and sincere forgiveness, we have a foundation to rebuild a relationship. Without these two attributes, marriage counseling becomes a referee match.

Repent and Forgive, to restore and freely live.

Dean Sunseri is a marriage counselor and he has an office in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Call him today at 225-290-7252 to set up an appointment.

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Grief Counseling in Baton Rouge & New Orleans

Grief Counseling in Baton Rouge & New Orleans
Dean Sunseri, LPC

Grief Counseling is needed when a person has a significant loss or change in lifestyle that results in an emotional crisis. Some common losses or changes are:

· Death of a Loved One
· Loss of a Job
· Divorce
· Geographical Relocation
· Chronic Disease
· Traumatic Accident

Grief Counseling is a type of counseling that assist you in healing from the emotional crisis. The biggest challenge is to manage the different emotional stages, and a competent counselor will help you understand the stages, and support you through them. Some people get stuck in the grief process, while others take a very long time to move through it. Grief Counseling will help you move through the process with the support needed to mend your heart.

Dean Sunseri and his team of professional counselors in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area are ready and available to help you by providing expert grief counseling. Call him today at 225-290-7252

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor or therapist experienced in General Mental Health Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, Grief Counseling, Christian Counseling and Sports Performance Counseling in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA. His web site is http://www.ihaveavoice.com .

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