Family Counseling Monsey NY

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Ms. Patricia McMahon
(845) 304-8454
Townhouse Office Park 55 Old Nyack Turnpike
Nanuet, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-R
Licensed in New York
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Dual Diagnosis, Anger Management, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Judith Kiss
JUDITH L. KISS, D.C.S.W.
(845) 268-6825
10 Deforest Court
Valley Cottage, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, DCSW
Licensed in New York
24 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress
Populations Served
Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Diane Harth
Diane Harth LCSW
(201) 445-3883
1172 E.Ridgewood Avenue Suite 8
Ridgewood, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Susan Donnelly
Ridgewood Psychotherapy Associates
(201) 447-5565
112 Prospect Street
Ridgewood, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Imm
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Step Families, Gifted, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Sherry Katz
Old Stories New Views, LLC
(201) 445-4770
4 Wilsey Square Suite 2
Ridgewood, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Trans
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Alzheimer's, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Randee Shuman
Randee L. Shuman, LCSWR
(845) 708-0143
15 Bellows Lane
New City, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSWR, MSW, DTR
Licensed in New York
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Developmental Disability, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultu
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Michele Seligman
Michele Seligman LCSW
(201) 444-5347
10 Wilsey Square Ste 204
Ridgewood, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in New Jersey
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Grandparents
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:
Mr. Joshua Lerner
Joshua B. Lerner, LCSW, BCD, FIPA
(201) 265-7373
61 N. Maple Ave. Suite 201
Ridgewood, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD, FIPA
Licensed in New Jersey
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Forensic, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families, Gifted, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Renee Fagan
(201) 689-0500
Godwin Ave
Midland Pk, NJ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New Jersey
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infe
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Pegie Contillo
(201) 262-3228
222 Kinderkamack Rd., Suite 102
Oradell, NJ
Credentials
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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