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?
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.