Family Counseling Ankeny IA

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Jessica Heidecker
(515) 274-9690
Des Moines, IA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

McCann, Diana Dougherty MA
(515) 255-3815
4715 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
 
Erica Krolak
(515) 334-9484
Clive, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Carol Louise Hinman
Woodward, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Families First Inc
(515) 280-3339
3811 38th St
Des Moines, IA

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Amy Jo Murray
(515) 244-2267
Des Moines, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kenya Randall
(515) 771-3672
Des Moines, IA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Disaster Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Spanish

Dr. Randal David Reynolds
(515) 992-2064
4401 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Depression, Marriage Therapy, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Western Michigan University
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

New Life Counseling
(515) 964-5003
423 S Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA

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New Life Counseling
(515) 225-4006
1441 29th St Ste 300
Des Moines, IA

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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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