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Ms. Karen Morgenstern
Karen Morgenstern, LCSW-R, CASAC
(631) 969-1212
267 Middle Country Road Bldg. B23
Smithtown, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CASAC
Licensed in New York
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disord
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Lorna Bosak
Child and Family Psychological Services
(631) 265-9850
811 Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New York
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Attachment Disorders
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12)

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Mrs. Rosemary Scheiber
Rosemary Scheiber, LCSW-R
(631) 355-6022
1050 Hallock Avenue
Port Jefferson Station, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-R
Licensed in New York
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
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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Dr. Suzanne Velazquez
Butterfly LMSW P.C.
(631) 666-1951
1303 Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LMSW
Licensed in New York
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Donna Demian
Donna Demian, LCSW-R
(631) 751-2266
1050 Hallock Ave., Suite 1
Port Jefferson Station, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW-R
Licensed in New York
38 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues, Infant Mental Health
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12)

Data Provided By:
Ms. Jill Kofler
(631) 525-3521
496 Smithtown Bypass Ste. 304
Smithtown, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LMHC, NCC
Licensed in New York
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Flo Marshak
FLO MARSHAK, L.C.S.W.
(631) 724-5500
50 Karl Ave. Suite 205
Smithtown, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New York
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Twins, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Gina Fattibene
(631) 879-1840
55 Nesconset Highway
Port Jefferson Station, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New York
6 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
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:
Ms. Maria Migliore
(631) 431-7186
1050 Hallock Avenue
Port Jefferson Station, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LMSW
Licensed in New York
9 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Developmental Disability, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relations
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

Data Provided By:
Mrs. Sheila Schechtman
Sheila A. Schechtman, LCSW, BCD
(631) 543-1001
340 Veterans Memorial Highway
Commack, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, BCD
Licensed in New York
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientation, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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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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