Family Counseling Newport News VA

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Frederick A. Levy, LCSW, BCD
(757) 873-1240
732 Thimble Shoals Blvd.,Suite 702
Newport News, VA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Career Counseling,Child or Adolescent Issues,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Dissociative Disorders,Divorce,Domestic Abuse or Violence
Gender
Male
Education
I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. in 1972. Six years later, in 1978, I finished my course work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in W. Hartford, CT., achieving my MSW in 1979.
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Frederick A. Levy LCSW, Ltd.

Chelsea Washington
(757) 723-1771
Newport News, VA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kathryn H. Rhody
Newport News, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Carolyn Tighe
(757) 874-1676
Newport News, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Dr. Sadie F Sheafe
(757) 346-9998
All of Hampton Roads & Williamsburg, Smithfield,2021 Cunningham Drive, Suit
Hampton, VA
Specialties
Marriage Counseling, Family Therapy, Depression, Sex Therapy, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: American Academy of Clinical Sexology
Year of Graduation: 2007
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $230
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: AMERIGROUP

Pamela J Conte
(757) 873-2273
Newport News, VA
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Janet M McElroy
(757) 818-4545
Janet McElroy Family Therapy718 J Clyde Morris Boulevard
Newport News, VA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Couples' Counseling, Women's Issu, Divorce
Qualification
School: The College of William and Mary
Year of Graduation: 1989
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $70
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Doucette, Jeanne F. LCSW
(757) 877-7700
12695 McManus Boulevard
Newport News, VA
 
Robert Gates
(505) 352-2960
Hampton, VA
Practice Areas
Career Development, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Janice Lebron
(757) 508-5917
Hampton, VA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
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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