Family Counseling Southbridge MA

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Dr. Timothy Hoffman
Ambrosian Associates in Pastoral Counseling
(508) 885-6495
67 Paxton Road
Spencer, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
Licensed in Massachusetts
39 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Trauma/PTSD, Personality
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Aaron Hoffman
(508) 864-2699
Spencer, MA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
Spanish

Dr. Mitchell D. Gurk, Ph.D., BCPC, Diplomate - Am. Psychotherapy Assn.
508/885-3861
16 Hastings Rd.
Spencer, MA
Specialties
ADHD,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Depression,Divorce,Eating Disorders,Impulse Control Disorders,Loss or Grief,OCD
Gender
Male
Education
BS, Psychology, Penn State, 1969MA, Counseling and Guidance, Villanova U, 1974PhD, Counseling Psychology, Ed. Psych, U Conn, 1978Post-doctoral intership, Clinical Psychology, Portland OR, 1979Portland Academy of Hypnosis, 1979
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Mitchell D. Gurk, Ph.D., BCPC, Dipl. Am Psychth Assn.

Mr. Mark Shelton
(508) 455-5036
30 Sever St
Worcester, MA
Specialties
Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety or Fears, Divorce
Qualification
School: Boston University School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Latino
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$60+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Oona Metz
(617) 232-8971
89 Massachusetts Avenue Suite 5
Arlington, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
17 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation, Stress
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Marlene Heald
Marlene Heald, ACSW, LCSW
(860) 974-1047
493 Taft Pond Road
Pomfret Center, CT
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW,LCSW
Licensed in Connecticut
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Timothy C. Hoffman, Ph.D., B.C.C., D.A.P.A., L.M.F.T.
(508) 885-6495
67 Paxton Road
Spencer, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Depression,Divorce,OCD,Personality Disorders,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Male
Education
La Salle University '87Ph.D., Counseling, Family TherapyHarvard Medical School '01CEU, PsychotherapyGeorgetown '95CEU, PsychopharmacologyWorcester State Hospital '75CCC, Pastoral CounselingCollege:St. Joseph's Abbey'67Theology/Philosophy
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Ambrosian Associates in Pastoral Counseling

Stuart Moskowitz
(508) 752-5880
Worcester, MA
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Jacqueline McLean Martino
(508) 928-5177
39 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA
Specialties
Divorce, Addiction, Anxiety or Fears, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Connecticut
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mrs. Diane Franciose-Webber
(888) 655-2268
P. O. Box 2023
Littleton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Trau
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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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