Family Counseling Sun City AZ

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Ms. Shannon Spellman
Veritas Counseling Center, LLC
(602) 863-3939
10640 N. 28th Drive, Suite B-202
Phoenix, AZ
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW, LMFT, LISAC
Licensed in Arizona
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Runaways, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Anna Valenti-Anderson
SANE Resources
(623) 695-0064
2400 E. Arizona Biltmore Circle Bldg 4, Ste 2430
Phoenix, AZ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LISAC, CSAT-S
Licensed in Arizona
8 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Personality Disorders, Sexuality Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Clyta A West
(520) 221-4202
12301 W Bell Road
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Women's Issures, marriage, communi, Divorce, Anxiety or Fears, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Colorado Christian University
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: AZ Foundations

Ms. Clyta A West
(520) 221-4202
12301 W Bell Road
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Women's Issures, marriage, communic, Relationship Issues, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Colorado Christian University
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: AZ Foundations

Barry Aneda Jr
(623) 889-7458
Surprise, AZ
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ms. Judith McHale
Judith McHale, M.A.Ed., LPC
(602) 953-5208
3420 East Shea Boulevard Suite 215
Phoenix, AZ
Credentials
Credentials: LPC
Licensed in Arizona
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Susan Daubenbis
(602) 550-8101
2942 N. 24th Street Suite 114
Phoenix, AZ
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Arizona
24 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Mult
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dressner Counseling Services Inc Ira Liana Dressner Lcsw
(917) 725-5200
Dressner Counseling Services Inc17901 North Adobe Mesa Court
Surprise, AZ
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Trauma and PTSD, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: New York University
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Native American, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$150 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Heather Sestili
(623) 341-4463
Peoria, AZ
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

James Main
(623) 826-2543
Surprise, AZ
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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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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