Family Counseling Lehighton PA

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Mr. Gary Stone
Gary Stone, Family Therapist
(610) 799-2337
4648 Penn Hills Drive
Schnecksville, PA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Pennsylvania
42 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Runaways, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/P
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ann Marie Lechak
(570) 714-3860
Hazleton, PA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dalton L Rumfield Jr
(610) 442-1451
Allentown, PA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kathy Kaufman
(610) 435-2420
Allentown, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Joseph Strocchia
(570) 702-9072
Brodheadsville, PA
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

James B Wesner
Bath, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Corrections/Offenders, Couples & Family, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

William Smith
(610) 865-4228
Bethlehem, PA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Thomas A Seay
(610) 434-2431
Allentown, PA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Sara J. Cornell, Psy.D.
(570) 643-0222
Routes 115 & 940,Blakeslee Square
Blakeslee, PA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,ADHD,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Impulse Control Disorders,OCD,Personality Disorders
Gender
Female
Education
Dr. Cornell has a B.A. from Penn State University, an M.S. from Chestnut Hill College, an M.S. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Psy.D. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Other staff have Bachelor's - Master's.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Comprehensive Psychological Service

Valliere & Counseling Associates, Inc.
(610) 530-8392
726 Church Street
Fogelsville, PA

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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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