Family Counseling Fairhope AL

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Cheryl Martin
(251) 279-1116
Fairhope, AL
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Kimberly Whitchard, Ph.D., M.S., B.A.
(251) 970-5902
820 N. Alston St., Suite A
Foley, AL
Specialties
ADHD,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Eating Disorders,Life Coaching,Parenting,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
Dr. Whitchard obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University in 1992. She received her M.S. degree from Purdue University in Counseling in 1987, and her B.A degree in Psychology from NC State in 1984 (Cum Laude).
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Gulf Coast Counseling Services, LLC

Jeannie Wells-Poirier
(251) 476-9994
Mobile, AL
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Professional Counseling Associates
(251) 626-5797
29000 Highway 98
Daphne, AL
Specialties
Addictive Disorders; Trauma; Adolescents; Children; Adults; Depression; Anxiety; Bipolar Disorder; Grief; AD/HD; Relapse Prevention Therapy; Sexual Addictions
Gender
Male & Female Therapists
Education
Masters Degrees or higher
Insurance
We accept most insurance plans.
Membership Organizations
NAMI of Baldwin County; Mobile Area Council on Alcohol & Drugs (MACAD); Baldwin County LPCA; Mobile County LPCA; Gulf Coast Conference on Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Hamilton George Lpc Llc
(251) 478-5050
601 Bel Air Blvd
Mobile, AL
 
Dr. Patricia Keoughan
(251) 235-1985
Human Systems Consultants, Inc.
Fairhope, AL
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Loss or Grief
Qualification
School: Iowa State University
Year of Graduation: 1993
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 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Diane Roberson-Hill
(251) 478-5050
Mobile, AL
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Archer, Glenn D. EDD, LPC, LMFT
(251) 476-9994, (251) 478-5050
601 Bel Air Boulevard
Mobile, AL
 
Dauphin Way Methodist Church Counseling Center Llc
(251) 471-1511
1507 Dauphin St
Mobile, AL
 
Finch John Ms Lpc
(251) 476-9994
601 Bel Air Blvd
Mobile, AL
 

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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