Human Connections Counseling Services Newsletter from Psychotherapist Mark Felber, M.S.
Mark Felber, M.S.
Human Connections
Counseling Services

214-796-2323
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Mark Felber specializes in couples/marriage counseling and addictive behaviors. He also works with individuals who are experiencing grief, anger, and unresolved trauma issues. Other issues that often affect individuals such as drug abuse and codependency are also addressed in therapy.

Mr. Felber brings empathy and years of training in therapeutic techniques to his practice. His therapy sessions facilitate personal growth, heal childhood wounds, and address present difficulties.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Board Certified Professional Counselor
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT Candidate)
Board Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy
Voice Dialogue Facilitator
Relapse Prevention Therapist
Certified Solution-Focused Therapist
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Certified Life Coach
Level II Advanced EMDR Trauma Resolution Facilitator
Level II Advanced Grief Counseling Facilitator
Level II Certified Experiential Therapist
Certified Anger Resolution Therapist
Certified Associate of Logotherapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Sensorimotor Therapy

Contact Mark today for a complimentary session to explore your issues.

214-796-2323
Email Mark

or visit his website:
www.marriagecpr.com
April 2014
"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."

- Peggy O'Marr
Featured Article

The Effect of Family Roles on Life's Choices

Eleven seminars With hardly any thought at all, you can probably say whether, in your family of origin, you played the role of the responsible one or the rebel, the people pleaser or the mascot. Roles serve an organizing function. In a family, roles sort out each person's relationship to the group. While there's nothing inherently wrong with roles, they become a problem when they're rigid and shape poor choices as a teenager or adult.

Roles are especially harmful in families where abuse and/or addiction occurs. They become a vain attempt to control a situation that is chaotic and frightening. Also, as John Bradshaw explains in On the Family, roles function to project the image of the happy family, preserving denial that anything is wrong.

Based on the work of Virginia Satir, Claudia Black and Sharon Wegscheider, below are the common roles that children play in the family, as well as that role's impact on adult life.

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Top 10 Barriers to Connection

When friends, family or acquaintances present you with a problem, it's easy to lapse into behaviors that, although well-meaning, serve to block you from hearing the other person's experience. You'd be better off following the words of this inside-out saying: "Don't just do something; stand there." Here are ten things you should try not to do:

1. Counsel. Don't put forth solutions (until asked). Try to listen and reflect back the person's experience.

2. Defend. When you explain, justify or rationalize, you invalidate the other's experience. You can create a time to offer your experience, but for now, just listen.

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