Family Counseling Lawrence KS

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Dr. Anne Owen
(785) 260-6975
5200 Bob Billings Parkway
Lawrence, KS
Specialties
Marriage Counseling, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Kansas
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Clarke & Wilson Llc
(785) 832-2181
1040 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, MA
 
Bythell Diane Phd Psycholgst
(785) 841-9911
1112 Iowa St
Lawrence, MA
 
Davis Candice-Cottage Hill Counseling
(785) 312-9800
947 Louisiana St
Lawrence, MA
 
Glodich Annmarie
(785) 843-2533
700 Massachusetts St Ste 104
Lawrence, MA
 
Dutton Psychotherapy & Mediation Svcs Inc
(785) 331-2600
700 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, MA
 
Cedar Branch Recovery Solutions
(785) 840-0374
719 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, MA
 
Debt Consolidation
(785) 843-1810
Lawrence Ks
Lawrence, MA
 
Griffy Elbridge
(785) 842-0040
901 Kentucky St
Lawrence, MA
 
Vickie Hull, M.S., LCMFT
(785) 856-1395
1201 Wakarusa Dr., Suite E2
Lawrence, KS
Specialties
grief, emotional eating, medical cases, relationships, psychotherapy, anxiety
Gender
Female
Education
master of science
Membership Organizations
AAMFT, KAMFT

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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