Category Archives: Marriage Counseling

Counseling in Baton Rouge

Counseling in Baton Rouge

We are accepting new patients for mental health counseling in the Baton Rouge area. We are conveniently located by Corporate Blvd and Jefferson Ave near Whole Foods, on Lobdell Ave. In our Individual Counseling, we often assist people work through issues of depression, anxiety, anger problems, relationship difficulties and other problems. We also specialize in Marriage Counseling, assisting couples work through communication difficulties, infidelity, growing apart and general stress management.

Whether you live in Baton Rouge, or the surrounding area such as Prairieville, Walker, Denham Springs, Central, Plaquamine or Gonzales, we are happy to assist you in your counseling needs. Feel free to contact us today for more information at 225-290-7252 or ds@ihaveavoice.com.

Dean Sunseri, LPC has been a Professional Counselor for over 25 years, specializing in individual counseling, marriage counseling, substance abuse counseling and sports performance counseling.

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Baton Rouge Flood 2016

Thoughts on the Baton Rouge Flood 2016

We have served the people of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area for many years, and know so many people that have been impacted by the devastating flood of the last few days. Naturally, my first concern was the welfare of my family and property, and we dodged a bullet, surrounded by water, yet it did not damage any of our property. Quickly, my thoughts and prayers turned towards those friends and clients who were directly impacted by the flood.  First, I want to say, I am so sorry for your loss. It seems like a triage, first concerned about life, next home, next possessions, next business impact on down the line. The fact is everyone is effected in some way, yet some more than others. Whatever loss you experienced, I want you to know that you will get through.

I have noticed that there are two ways to get through tragedy and loss. One is by yourself, denying the truth of your heart, isolated from both other people and God. The result is bitterness, anger, chronic resentment and chronic anxiety. The other way is leaning heavily on the Lord, and having an honest voice with those around you who love you. Honestly working out your heart with loved ones, and laying out your emotions on the altar before God is so important. The result of this second way is healing, peace, strength and connection. May you embrace this second way!

Ultimately, it is not what you experience, but how you handle what you experience that makes all the differenc. Whatever impact the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 has had on you, I say to you, I am sorry for your loss. I also say, have a voice with loved ones, and work out your bigger questions with the Lord. May his Peace, the atmosphere of Heaven, be released over you now! Amen

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor who serves the people of Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans.

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General Questions about our Counseling Services

What type of counseling do you offer?

We offer individual counseling, marriage counseling, family counseling, substance abuse counseling and evaluations.

Where are your locations?

We have offices in Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans.

Do you have counseling after standard business hours?

In general, our services are available during the standard business day, yet we do have some after hours appointments available.

Do you take insurance?

We do not take insurance. Our clients pay our hourly fees by cash, check or credit card. The rate depends on which counselor that you see.

How long are your sessions?

Typically, the first session is an hour and a half, and follow up sessions are usually an hour.

How long is the process?

This depends on the depth of the problem, yet most client come to between 4-10 sessions, and sometimes move to a maintenance phase after the initial sessions.

We are happy to serve you, and feel free to contact us to schedule a counseling appointment.

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Counseling Office in Gonzales, LA

Counseling Office in Gonzales, LA

We have an office in Gonzales, LA where we offer Individual Counseling, Marriage Counseling and Family Counseling. Our office in conveniently located off of Hwy 30 on S. Hodgeson Rd., only a few minutes from I-10. This location is easily accessible to Gonzales, St. Amant, Prairieville, Sorrento, Donaldsonville, French Settlement and Galvez. If you live in the Gonzales area, need individual or marriage counseling, and you don’t want to travel into Baton Rouge, feel free to give us a call to see how we can help you.  You can call us today at 225-290-7255.

For more information about our Gonzales office location, please click here.

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Marriage Counseling and the 5 Love Languages

Marriage Counseling and the 5 Love Languages

Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book many years ago on the 5 Love Languages, and it is basically a tool to identify how a person feels loved in a relationship.  He says there are five basic types of loving behaviors, and each person will prefer one type of loving behavior more than the other types of loving behaviors. He identifies the five types of loving behaviors as:

  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Quality Time
  3. Receiving Gifts
  4. Acts of Service
  5. Physical Touch

He provides a good assessment to identify your dominant Love Language.  This is a very useful tool to assist a couple to learn how to express love to their partner in a way that the partner will be most receptive. In the process of Marriage Counseling, I like to use this tool when the couple is working on creating a positive momentum. This tool is very useful even if you are not going to Marriage Counseling. If you would like to take your own assessment of your dominant love language, you can do this free of charge at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/. Give it a try, and enrich your relationship.

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has specialized in Marriage Counseling. He has an office in Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans.

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How Does Counseling Work?

Sometimes a crisis or a problem comes up in you life, and you need to get help from a Counselor, yet you have no idea how it works. If you never have been to a professional counselor, it is normal for you to have some nervousness or anxiety about the process, so i want to help you understand the process. We have been providing Individual Counseling, Marriage Counseling and Family Counseling for over 25 years, and we now serve Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans. What is the process?

  1. First you call, and we discuss in general what is the problem that you are having, and we figure out if we can assist you with that particular problem.  For example, we have expertise in Substance Abuse, so we would easily help someone with this issue. If the problem was something outside our area of expertise, we would refer you to someone who could help you.
  2. We schedule an appointment, and in that first appointment, which is typically 90 minutes, we would get a clear idea about what the problem is. We would explain the method that we use to help you, and come up with a plan.  We may say, “I would like for you to attend 6 sessions to address A, B, and C, and reassess at that point if we have completed the work.”
  3. The follow up sessions are typically 60 minutes.  We usually give you tasks to work on between sessions such as reading assignments or behaviors to work on.
  4. After we complete the plan, we reassess if further counseling is needed.

Counseling is meant to be a temporary service, and you must understand that you are investing in your own well being. Investing in yourself, your own health, is a very wise investment.

If you live in the Baton Rouge area, Gonzales or New Orleans and you need individual counseling, marriage counseling or family counseling, we would welcome the opportunity to assist you.

Dean Sunseri, LPC & Associates are Professional Counselors in Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans, and we can be reached at 225-290-7252 or www.IHaveAVoice.com.

 

 

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Marriage Counseling: How Long Do it Take?

Marriage Counseling: How Long Does it Take?

As a Marriage Counselor in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans area, I am often asked the question, “How long does marriage counseling last?” This is a very good question. My answer is that it depends on how big the problem is. If you compare it to a physical injury, you don’t need to go to the Emergency Room if you have a sprained ankle, yet, if you have a heart attack, you better call 911. The level of intervention is always proportion to the level of the problem.

In the first session, I spend an hour and a half with my new clients to get a clear idea of what the problem is, and we figure out how much counseling is needed to resolve the problem.  If a couple is dealing with some basic communication problems, we may resolve it in 3 sessions. If a couple is healing from a big issue such as infidelity, it may take up to 12 sessions or more. My goal is to get to the root of the problem, resolve it, and close the counseling process.

What is the answer to how long does it take? I can answer that after the first session, yet it is usually between 3-12 sessions.

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. He has been practicing Marriage Counseling for over 20 years. He is happy to assist you and serve you.

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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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