Family Counseling Opelika AL

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Angela Bradford
(334) 577-4359
Auburn Therapy703 East Glenn Avenue
Auburn, AL
Specialties
Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Auburn University
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Drake Kelly C
(334) 887-2501
318 N College St
Auburn, AL
 
Flowers Johnna Ms Lmft/Ofc
(334) 826-8319
337 E Magnolia Ave
Auburn, AL
 
Clinical Psychologists Pc
(334) 821-3350
248 E Glenn Ave
Auburn, AL
 
Auburn University
(334) 844-4501
189 Foy Student Un
Auburn, AL
 
Newbill Linda M Lcsw Bcd
(334) 332-2788
311 N College St
Auburn, AL
 
Mcclanahan Michael C Phd/Vocatnl Counslng
(334) 826-2345
1340 Sanders St
Auburn, AL
 
Auburn University Psychological Services
(334) 844-4889
1122 Haley Ctr
Auburn, AL
 
Auburn Therapy
(334) 246-1065
703 East Glenn Avenue
Auburn, AL
Specialties
Marriage Counseling, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, Military Family Life, Sexual Issues, Sex Addiction
Gender
Female
Education
M.S.
Insurance
CPH
Membership Organizations
AAMFT

Golden Bets Lpc Counselor
(334) 501-6222
166 N Gay St
Auburn, AL
 

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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