Family Counseling Brattleboro VT

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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

Dr. Stephen M Price
(603) 760-7317
Keene Psychotherapy117 Washington St
Keene, NH
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Spirituality
Qualification
School: Andover Newton Theological School
Year of Graduation: 1974
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Diane Kurinsky
(603) 357-3122
Keene, NH
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ginnie Gilson
(413) 315-4657
28 High Street
Greenfield, MA
Specialties
Mood Disorders, Divorce, Loss or Grief, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Univ. of CT
Year of Graduation: 1981
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Associates in Couples Counseling
(802) 518-0962
Associates in Couples Counseling431 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Marriage Counseling, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Antioch New England Graduate School
Year of Graduation: 1985
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

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

Paula-Ayn Phillips
(603) 357-1180
Keene, NH
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tricia Wells
(413) 889-1923
50 Chapman Street
Greenfield, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Divorce
Qualification
School: Smith College School for Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1994
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$50 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Adriana Elliot Mediation Services
(603) 358-3322
PO Box 340
Keene, NH
Specialties
Divorce mediation
Gender
Female
Education
BA, NH Certified Family Mediator
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
NHCRA, ACR

Kristen McEvoy
(802) 656-3340
Burlington, VT
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
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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