Counseling for Growth, L.L.C. 2924 Brakley Dr. Suite B2 Baton Rouge, LA 70816 US

(225) 205-7508

Welcome to Counseling for Growth, L.L.C.

About Us

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Dr. Dean

Christian J.  Dean holds a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in counseling from the  University of New Orleans.

Dr.  Dean is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and a  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor Candidate (LMFT-SC), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Dean is  available for licensing supervision for counselors and for marriage and family therapists. He has presented on a number of  topics at state, national, and international conferences.  He has specifically  presented on the systemic impact of infidelity at two different state  mental health conferences as well as publishing an article on the  subject in a professional journal. Dr. Dean is a veteran of Operation  Iraqi Freedom III and is still serving in the Army National  Guard. Having been born in Spain, Dr. Dean is fluent in Spanish and  enjoys working with individuals from different cultural  backgrounds. Although Dr. Dean is a generalist and works with most  struggles, he does have some additional training, experience, and/or  knowledge in the following areas: 

Substance abuse and compulsive behaviors
Juvenile sex offenders
Trauma survivors (military, physical, sexual, and/or interpersonal)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Couples/Marriage Counseling
Family Counseling/Therapy
Recovery from Infidelity or other interpersonal trauma
Parent training and Behavioral Modification
Working with military members and their families
Child-Centered Play and Filial Therapy
Spanish Speaking individuals and families 

Counseling approaches can include:

Person Centered Counseling
Systemic Therapy
Behavior Modification
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
Couples Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Psychoeducation
Behavioral Therapy
Family Therapy
Child Centered Play 
Filial Therapy


Publications:


Dean, C. J. (2019). The corrective feedback microlab: An experiential group exercise to facilitate the giving and receiving of corrective feedback. Louisiana Journal of Counseling, 26, 6-11.


Dean,  C. J., Stewart-Spencer, S. E., Cabanilla, A., Wayman, D., & Heher,  M. (2018). Collaborative gatekeeping between site supervisors and mental  health counseling faculty. Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 11(2). Retrieved from https://repository.wcsu.edu/jcps/vol11/iss2/1


Dean, C. J. (2017). Metaphors: Diversifying mental health practice, education, and supervision. Therapeutic Speakeasy Quarterly, 1 (1), 6-7.


Dean, C. J. (2016). Billy. In E. Ventura (Ed.), Casebook for DSM-5: Diagnosis and treatment planning (pp. 109-115). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.


Kippers, S. & Dean, C. J. (2016). Luz. In E. Ventura (Ed.), Casebook for DSM-5: Diagnosis and treatment planning (pp. 123-129). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.


Stewart-Spencer, S. E. & Dean, C. J. (Eds.). (2016). Metaphors and therapy: Enhancing clinical supervision and education. (Vol. 1). Baton Rouge, LA: Independent Therapy Ink, LLC.


Dean, C. J. (2016). The therapeutic process: The therapist's guide to hitchhiking. In S. Stewart-Spencer & C. Dean (Eds.), Metaphors and therapy: Enhancing clinical supervision and education (Vol. 1, pp. 54-58). Baton Rouge, LA: Independent Therapy Ink, LLC


Stewart-Spencer, S. E. & Dean, C. J. (2016). Introduction. In S. Stewart-Spencer & C. Dean (Eds.), Metaphors and therapy: Enhancing clinical supervision and education (Vol. 1, pp. 1-4). Baton Rouge, LA: Independent Therapy Ink, LLC


Dean, C. J. (2015). Ethical gatekeeping for LPC supervisors. Louisiana Journal of Counseling, 22, 42-46.


Dean, C. J. (2013). Ethical considerations for dual licensed professionals. Louisiana Journal of Counseling, 20, 20-26.


Dean, C. J. (2011). Psychoeducation: A first step to understanding infidelity related systemic trauma and grieving. The Family Journal, 19, 15-21.


Collaborative Research:

DSM-5 Field Trials in Routine Clinical Practice Settings: Collaborative Investigator.


Invited Professional Presentations:



Dean, C. J. (2019, April). Right, wrong, or best decision: Ethical dilemmas and MFT practice. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2016, November). PTSD. Presented to the Our Lady of the Lake and Louisiana State University Psychiatric Residency Program in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. & Kippers, S. (2016, September). Private practice: From intake to billing. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. Due to Best of Show award in 2015.


Dean, C. J. (2015, September). Interrelationships of Manipulative Drama. Presented at the Louisiana Mental Health Counselors Association  Luncheon, Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in Baton  Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2013, September). Impulse Control in Pornography and Internet Addiction.  Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family  Counselors Luncheon at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual  Conference in New Orleans, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2013, February). Infidelity: Systemic Grieving - Systemic Trauma. Presentation for the Our Lady of Holy Cross College 2013 Mardi Gras Conference, New Orleans, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2013, February). Couples Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Presentation for the Our Lady of Holy Cross College 2013 Mardi Gras Conference, New Orleans, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2004, February). Exploring and identifying the grief process in substance abuse recovery. Presented at the Association of Substance Abuse Providers and Professionals, New Orleans, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2003, November). Humor: A tool to help reduce counselor burnout. Presented at Our Lady of Holy Cross College, Chi Sigma Iota Chapter presentation, New Orleans, LA.


   Professional Presentations:



Dean, C. J. (2020). Self-compassion: An ethical first step to reduce burnout and increase self-care. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, LA. 



Dean, C. J. (2020). The connection between the double bind and Karpman’s model of manipulative drama: Identifying patterns in systems. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, LA. 



Kippers, S. & Dean, C. J. (2019, October). Enhancing self-awareness and reflectivity: Integrating experiential activities in group supervision. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.



Dean, C. J. (2018, December). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anger management. Presented at the Walden University Residency in Atlanta, GA. 



Dean, C. J. (2018, October). Assessing, diagnosing, and treating anxiety disorders. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2018, October). The ACA and AAMFT code of ethics: Ethical decision-making in an ethically conflicting world. Three-Hour presentation at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2017, October). PTSD: Assessing, diagnosing, and treatment planning. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2017, May). Private practice management for counselors. Presented as a WOW Workshop, School of Counseling, Walden University.


Dean, C. J. & Kippers, S. (2017, March). Private practice: From intake to billing. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2016, September). Ethical decision making and the 2015 AAMFT code of ethics. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J., Salgado, R. A., & Salgado, A. (2016, April). Advocating for counselors with religious views: Ethical and practical considerations. Presented  at the American Counseling Association- Canadian Counseling and  Psychotherapy Association Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Dean, C. J. & Stewart-Spencer, S. (2015, October). Culturally relevant metaphors and analogies for counseling skill development and integration. Roundtable discussion facilitated at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Philadelphia, PA.


Dean, C. J., Stewart-Spencer, S., & Heher, M. (2015, October). Collaborative gatekeeping: Bridging the academia and clinical Gap. Poster session presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Philadelphia, PA.


Dean, C. J. & Kippers, S. (2015, September). Private practice: From intake to billing. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. Awarded Best of Show.


Dean, C. J. (2015, September). Appraisal and diagnosis of bipolar and depressive disorders.  A 3-hour pre-conference learning instituted presented at the Louisiana  Counseling Association Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2015, February). Addressing Problematic Behaviors in Children: Integrating Behavioral Family Therapy & Choice Theory. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2015, February). LMFTs & Diagnosing: Updates, Challenges, and Practice. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2014, September). Appraisal Instruments and Ethical Considerations for Privileged LPCs. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.


Salgado, R., Dean, C. J., Johnson, T. J., & Hallila, J. S. (2014, September). Current Laws and Policies: Conflicting with Male Genes. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association  Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2014, March). Impulse Control Treatment in Family Systems. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. & Chapoton, A. (2013, September). Sex Offenses and Sex Abuse. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.


Gagnon, C. & Dean, C. J. (2013, September). Working with the Military and their Families. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.


Dean, C. J. (2013, February). Couples Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Presentation at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C. J. & Chapoton, A. (2013, February). Sex Offenses and Sex Abuse. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, LA.


Dean, C.J., Stower, C., & Duchac, N. (2012, March). Critical Incidents in Military Systems: Systemic Case Analysis.  6-hour Pre-Conference Learning Institute presentation at the American  Counseling Association National Conference in San Francisco, California.


Dean, C. J. (2011, March). Military Systems and Mental Health: Understanding the Culture, Understanding Dynamics. 3-hour Pre-Conference Learning Institute presented at the American  Counseling Association National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 


Dean, C. J. (2010, February). Everyday Chaos: Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Systemic Understandings of Karpman's Model of Manipulative Drama. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Dean, C. J. (2009, October). Infidelity: Systemic Grieving-Systemic Trauma. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 


Dean, C. J. (2008, February). Infidelity: Systemic Grieving-Systemic Trauma. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Dean, C. J. (2008, February). Military Systems and Mental Health: Understanding the Culture, Understanding Dynamics. Presented at the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


McCann, S., & Dean, C. J. (2007, November). Surviving the storm: Using play-based interventions to promote healing after traumatic events. General session presented at the Children’s Institute’s 50th Anniversary National Conference, Rochester, NY.


Dean, C. J. (2007, October). Systemic Substance Abuse Assessments. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Dean C. J. (2007, October). Child-Centered Play: Early Screening and Intervention. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 


Dean, C. J. (2006, March). Counseling soldiers in a combat zone: a summary of symptoms, disorders diagnosed, treatments, and utilization. Presented at the American and Canadian Counseling Association Conference, Montreal (Quebec), Canada.


Dean, C. J. (2006, March). The use of humor in counseling and counselor education: positives, negatives, and how to make it work for you. Presented at the American and Canadian Counseling Association Conference, Montreal (Quebec), Canada.


Dean, C. J., & Kippers, S. (2003, October). Exploring and identifying the grief process in substance abuse recovery. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference, Monroe, LA.


Ziomek-Daigle, J., & Dean, C. J. (2003, October). Transitioning to school counseling: differences between teachers and non-teachers. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference, Monroe, LA.


Ziomek-Daigle, J., & Dean, C. J. (2003, September). Transitioning to school counseling: differences between teachers and non-teachers.  Presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Chattanooga, TN.


Dean, C. J. (2002, October). The use of humor in counseling: positives, negatives, and how to make it work for you. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference, Baton Rouge, LA. 


Salgado, R., & Dean, C. J. (2002, October). Making the growing Hispanic population and counselors aware of counseling services that meet/suit the population’s needs. Presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.

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About Rikia Ancar

Rikia Ancar is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  (LMFT). Ms. Ancar is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Couple and  Family Therapy program from Adler University in Chicago, IL. Ms. Ancar works with individuals, couples, and  families (including those with children 8 and older) from various  therapeutic approaches on a myriad of difficulties. Those therapeutic  approaches include; Contextual Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy, Psychoeducation, and Couples Therapy. Ms. Ancar has experience  in treating Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Infidelity, Communication  Issues, etc. To make an appointment with Ms. Ancar, please call her directly at 225-366-8672.

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About Counseling for Growth, LLC

Counseling for Growth, LLC was established to provide therapeutic  assistance to members within the Greater Baton Rouge and surrounding  communities. Dr. Christian J. Dean is trained, licensed, and experienced  in a variety of counseling approaches having worked in a multitude of  settings. Dr. Dean is also one of the few SPANISH speaking counselor in  the Baton Rouge Area. Ms. Ancar is systemically trained and able to help  couples and families enhance their lives.

Counselors and  Therapists are often referred to as many different things. For example,  couples counselors, marriage and family therapists, marriage and family  counselors, children and adolescent counselors, and substance abuse  counselors, to name a few. Different counselors and therapists have  different training, experiences, and backgrounds.

Offered  Services: counseling sessions for individuals, couples, and families;  Therapeutic work with children, adolescents, and adults. Services are  focused on addressing many struggles to include:

Depression and Sadness
Codependency
Anxiety and Stress
Communication difficulties
Recovery from Infidelity
Trust issues
Sex issues
Substance Abuse recovery
Recovery from compulsive behaviors (gambling, sex, internet, porn, spending, eating, etc.) 
Emotional intimacy
Trauma
Self-esteem issues
Sex offender
Relationship struggles (couples and parent-child)

Please  call if you have questions. Dr. Dean and Ms. Ancar will be happy to  call you to answer any questions to ensure your feel comfortable  selecting the counselor that will best meet your needs. Dr. Dean offers a  30-minute "meet and greet" at only $15.00. The "meet and greet" is an  inexpensive way to meet your potential counselor to see if it would be a  "good fit."

When making an appointment, Dr. Dean will collect  your insurance information and get authorizations and benefits so that  you can be fully informed of potential cost and coverage prior to your  appointment. Dr. Dean believes in customer service and customer  satisfaction on a clinical as well as business level.