Family Counseling Comstock Park MI

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Mr. William Padding
(616) 785-8900
640 Three Mile Rd, NW Suite 101
Grand Rapids, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse/Ra
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Michael Hamm
Michael Hamm ACSW LMSW CPT
(616) 454-2911
5060 Cascade Rd SE Suite D
Grand Rapids, MI
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LMSW, CPT
Licensed in Michigan
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Anger Management, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Marlene Lathrop
Marlene L. Lathrop, LMSW, BCD Behavioral Health Offices
(616) 942-4002
2020 Raybrook, SE Suite 203
Grand Rapids, MI
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW, BCD
Licensed in Michigan
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Samantha Price
(616) 901-2520
Belmont, MI
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Marsha Preston
(616) 819-4063
Grand Rapids, MI
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Cathy Hoffman
Cathy H Hoffman, MSW, ACSW
(616) 940-8007
2487 Riveredge Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Michigan
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Linda Schneider
Linda Schneider, LMSW
(616) 285-5778
2020 Raybrook S.E. Suite #306
Grand Rapids, MI
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LMSW, ACSW
Licensed in Michigan
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Multicu
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Laura Mammen
(616) 774-4617
Grand Rapids, MI
Practice Areas
Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Nancy Roberts
(616) 391-5000
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospitalhealthier Communities665 Seward Ave Nwg
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Ms. Stephanie H Silverman Horak
(616) 606-0970
Horak Family and Psychological Services, PC801 Broadway Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Parenting
Qualification
School: Wheaton College
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

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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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