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.
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
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
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, PC 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
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