Family Counseling Altoona PA

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Mrs. Adana Hooten
Behavioral Medicine Center
(814) 414-8105
304 Frankstown Rd
Altoona, PA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
15 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Developmental Disability, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disab
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mark DeRubeis
(814) 943-0141
Altoona, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Janet Roarabaugh
(814) 241-0471
Roaring Spring, PA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Gail Niermann
Creative Living Center
(412) 897-9915
434 Allegheny River Blvd.
Oakmont, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregn
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Ilana Benyosef
(610) 232-0630
fairmount ave.
Philadelphia, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LSW
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Sexual Orientation, Stress
Populations Served
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Heather Eichenlaub-Sapienza
(814) 944-9970
Altoona, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tracey Zuiker
(814) 327-7150
bellwood, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. Richard Whitmire
USP Lewisburg/US Public Health Service
(570) 523-1251
PO Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW,LCSW, BCD
Licensed in Pennsylvania
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress
Populations Served
Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Heather Evans
Evans Counseling Services
(610) 282-5735
550 E. Station Avenue
Coopersburg, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Mary Lotspeich
Mary Lotspeich, Clinical Social Work
(570) 523-0601
210 N. Second St.
Lewisburg, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Com
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Is the Role You Play in Your Family Hurting Your Life?

Every living system seeks balance. In nature, this process is called homeostasis. Within a family system, homeostasis explains why members adopt certain roles. In healthy families, members take on different roles at various times to meet the family’s needs. But in dysfunctional families, the roles are more rigid. For example, if one parent is addicted to alcohol, the other may be busy providing for the family and seldom home. One child may take on the role of Caretaker, preparing meals for younger siblings while another becomes the Hero—the one who strives to do everything perfectly.

But the family dynamics that shape family roles aren’t limited to severe dysfunctions like substance abuse. One of my coaching clients grew up in a loving, close-knit family in which he was the Hero. Because his parents wanted him to have opportunities they never had, he was expected to get straight A’s, a good education, and a successful career. And while this role enabled him to become an accomplished and wealthy lawyer, his life was falling apart. High blood pressure was causing health problems, workaholism threatened his marriage, and the responsibilities of providing for his elderly parents, an expensive home, and three children in private schools overwhelmed him.

Another example is Casey, who dreamed of becoming a professional photographer. Casey was in a financial-services job she hated, but in which she felt trapped. Growing up, both of her parents struggled to hold down jobs. Casey started babysitting at the age of 12, and had been helping her parents financially ever since. She lived with her boyfriend, who was supporting his ex-wife and son. He was unsupportive of her making a career change, because they needed her income to pay the bills. By continuing to make others’ needs more important than her own, she had unconsciously recreated her family role of Caretaker in her adult relationship.

While our family role may have made sense growing up, it often wreaks havoc in our adult lives. As our primary role takes hold, parts of us become suppressed—parts we need to live a healthy and fulfilling adult life. These can include the part that feels like a worthwhile, deserving person; the part that feels intelligent and competent; the spontaneous, playful part, or the part that can feel and express joy.

If the role you play is sabotaging your life, change the behaviors that reinforce it. If you play the People-pleaser who always says what others expect for app...

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