Nobody likes to struggle in life. The emotional trauma of wrestling with a mental health issue, a troubled marriage, or a troubled child is a drain. These problems can spill over beyond the home. And the result is often a mental, spiritual, and physical disaster.
When Dan Jurek started Pax Renewal Center almost two decades ago, he understood that counseling services were just as vital to a person’s health as exercise and nutrition. That’s why he assembled a team of specialists, to provide a wide range of counseling services in Lafayette, not just for individuals, but the entire family. They use specialized conversations and innovative therapies to focus on what you want to achieve. Their guidance helps you stay with a plan to promote healing and bring the freedom you deserve.
To help individuals and families establish and find peace through life’s many challenges, through a faith-based approach that focuses on the journey, not just the diagnosis.
Pax Renewal Center is the only faith-based team of seasoned counselors that focuses on the journey of the individual and family while serving as a guide to building a lifelong plan of peace and continued growth.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSIVITY
Diversity is the beautiful reality of life reflected in the broadest spectrum of individual expressions used to create a sense of identity to live in our world. Inclusion is intentionally acknowledging the reality of that diversity, holding the different identities and experiences of others, and respectfully encouraging what each brings to the organization.
We acknowledge that systemic injustice has inherent complexities and tensions related to diversity, contributing to disparities in power, control, influence, status, privilege, and opportunities among individuals and groups. As Christians, we are constantly called to examine our own hearts and consciences for how we might contribute to or break down unjust divisions, intolerance, and discrimination. The failure to act to end systemic injustice hurts those who are victimized and denies all of us the opportunity to benefit from the gifts of diversity.
As a result, we believe that dialogue and encounter with others with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions can help to create an environment of excellence that promotes equity for all. A core value at PAX Renewal Center is to recognize the evil of discrimination as it manifests itself in our individual thoughts, our work environment, and also in the workings of our society itself.
Meet OUR TEAM
Dan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Specialist with more than 35 years of experience. His specialties are adult counseling and marriage and couples counseling. Dan is one of only a few therapists in Louisiana who has advanced training in Discernment Counseling for Couples by the Doherty Relationship Institute. This method is especially helpful when one or both spouses are considering divorce.
He can also assist with issues stemming from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, sex addiction, and eating disorders. Dan’s years of experience and training also help clients with spiritual growth, life transition issues, and affair recovery.
Dan is recognized as a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a member of the American Counseling Association.
Dan Jurek, LPC-S, LMFT Counselor, Supervisor, and Director
Dr. Amy Cavanaugh is a licensed clinical and medical psychologist serving the Acadiana area since 2005. Dr. Cavanaugh provides psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and medication management services to individuals and families, including children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes medication, play therapy, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal therapy techniques to treat a wide variety of difficulties, including but not limited to: ADHD, behavior problems; trauma; parenting; attachment disorders; depression and mood disorders; anxiety; and adjustment to life stressors such as divorce, difficult relationships, and loss. She enjoys the creative and collaborative process of helping clients to find opportunities in crisis, rebuild their lives, and find renewed purpose and meaning. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Cavanaugh provides consultation services to hospitals and the family court system, and is a frequent contributor to local media on mental health topics.
Dr. Cavanaugh earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Cavanaugh completed internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at Tulane University Health Science Center with a specialty in infant mental health and pediatric psychology. In 2011, Dr. Cavanaugh earned a post-doctoral Master’s Degree in clinical psychopharmacology from Alliant International University.
Dr. Cavanaugh is a parishioner at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church where she serves in children’s ministry. She also volunteers at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, and she is a member of the board of The Family Tree. Dr. Cavanaugh is also an avid endurance athlete and is passionate about distance running and triathlon.
Dr. Amy Cavanaugh Medical Psychologist
Najwa has 18 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor working with adolescent girls, couples, and individual clients struggling with anxiety and depression. She can also assist with issues stemming from grief and loss, childhood trauma and abuse, and life transition issues. She also provides Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) for clients suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Najwa Dibbs, LPC Counselor
Claire is a Provisional Licensed Therapy Counselor who holds a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. She helps clients suffering from depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Claire can also help with women’s issues, life transitions, as well as marriage and couple therapy.
Claire Mocek-Haydel, PLPC Counselor
Candace is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has helped clients with relationship difficulties, trauma, abuse, life transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, women’s issues, anger, divorce, ADHD, and behavioral issues. She holds a Master of Science degree in counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Candace Hanson, NCC, LPC, RPT Counselor
Roy specializes in counseling teens, young adults, and couples. He has more than twenty years as a teacher and counselor. Roy is a recognized expert in these areas, having authored four books and helped thousands of people through writing and direct counseling. He currently serves as the president of the Louisiana Association for Spiritual and Ethical Values in Counseling (LASERVIC).
Roy Petitfils, LPC Counselor
Jules has more than a decade of experience working with clients wrestling with behavioral issues and substance abuse concerns. He holds several degrees including a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A native of Lafayette, Jules concentrates on working with individual clients and families with behavioral issues and mental health issues.
Jules Arceneaux, LPC Counselor
Bridgette began her career as a registered nurse in 2002 after graduating from University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She spent many years caring for mothers and babies at University Medical Center. She served as the administrator and nurse of The Carencro School Based Health Center. She is currently serving new and growing families at Our Lady of Lourdes Womens and Childrens Hospital. She attended Benedictine University Health Promotion and Education Graduate Program. She began studying Dr Masgutova’s Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration in 2015. She has accepted a position on the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Graduate Schools Board of Trustees in July 2020, where she is the first Masters prepared MNRI RN in the US. When she is not serving the community, you can find her sitting in solitude with a cup of black coffee and dessert- a girl needs balance.
Bridgette Mouton, RN, MNRI Registered Nurse
Brenda is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) who holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She works with individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, attention disorders, depression, grief/loss, as well as marital and interpersonal issues. She utilizes evidence-based approaches and strives to empower clients in achieving personal goals. In addition, Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and has over eleven years of experience as a teacher.
Brenda Poche, PLPC Counselor
Matt Hebert is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor who is excited and passionate about helping others find the peace, self-acceptance, and wellness that will enable them to live their best lives. He hopes to help his clients renew or discover their sense of meaning in life.
Matt brings more than 23 years of knowledge and experience as a youth minister, professional educator, and school administrator to his counseling career. He has years of working with youth and adults in a multitude of settings and works to translate this to effective therapeutic relationships with his clients. Matt is trained to treat adolescents, adults, and couples with a variety of mental health and wellness concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, couples therapy, sexual intimacy issues, and life transitions.
Matt uses an integrative approach to counseling including, but not limited to, client-centered therapy, existential therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Matt holds multiple master’s degrees including a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a Master in Theology from the University of Dallas, and a Master of Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Matt is a native of South Louisiana and has been happily married for 25 years. He and his wife are raising four young adult children whose ages range from 18 years old to 23 years old.
MATTHEW HEBERT, PLPC Counselor