Family Counseling Gainesville GA

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Wendy Crawford
(770) 287-1356
gainesville, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Margaret Lingle
(706) 344-9827
Gainesville, GA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Elisabeth Cummings
Flowery Branch, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kimberly Beck
(706) 864-8180
Dawsonville, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Joseph Stapp
(706) 974-3899
Dawsonville, GA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dawn M. Echols, M.S., L.A.P.C.
(678) 965-9591
200 W. Academy Street SW,Suite A
Gainesville, GA
Specialties
Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Career Counseling,Depression,Domestic Abuse or Violence,HIV/AIDS,Relationship Issues,Sex Therapy,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
Master's of Science in Clinical Counseling & Psychology from Brenau UniversityCertified Family Violence Intervention ProviderDomestic Violence Researcher, Trainer, & Public SpeakerThesis: Empathy & Aggression in Male Domestic Violence Offender
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Affiliated Psychological & Medical Consultants

Cynthia Purcell
(770) 532-3178
Gainesville, GA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Spanish,

Richard Stull
(770) 888-7754
Cumming, GA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Charles Britt Jr
(706) 216-4735
Dawsonville, GA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
ASL : American Sign Language

Melissa Sulhoff
(404) 433-1413
Dawsonville, GA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
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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