Family Counseling Bennington VT

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Dana Mann
(917) 202-3738
Bennington, VT
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Jean Pollock
(802) 257-1047
Bennington, VT
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Robert Pelosi
(802) 464-0543
Wilmington, VT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, School, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Italian

Alice R. Morrison, MA
(802) 988-4690, (802) 505-1732
Bear Foot Farm, Bear Mountain Road
North Troy, VT
 
Rebecca Boedges
(802) 922-2400
South Burlington, VT
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Marc Cohen
(802) 257-0319
Bennington, VT
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Marie J Wargo
(413) 664-4600
North Adams, MA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Nicole Williams
(802) 857-7000
Essex Junction, VT
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Deborah Lowery, M.A.
(802) 254-1253
Putney Road,Ingenuity Professional Offices
Brattleboro, VT
Specialties
ADHD,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Life Coaching,OCD,Relationship Issues,Spirituality,Thinking Disorders
Education
1991 Antioch: M.A. in Counseling PsychologySeven years post grad training and supervision in Object Relations theory and practice.Certificate in Ericksonian Hypno-theoryCertificate in Level 1 Psychoneuroimmunology (like, cognitive theory)at PNI
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Center for Personal Growth

Cecil Hall
(802) 748-5670
Saint Johnsbury, VT
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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