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Lifelines Counseling Services Inc
705 Oak Circle Drive East
Lifelines Counseling Services of Mobile, Alabama is the agency of choice to help people find real solutions to real problems. Our goal is to facilitate positive changes in individuals, families and communities by providing comprehensive education, referra...
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Chandra Brown-Stewart is the ...
Chandra Brown-Stewart is the executive director of the Lifelines Family Counseling Center of Mobile, and also works with the Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence.
said, "The folks over there work really, really hard at what they do.
Chandra Brown, Executive Director, Lifelines-Family Counseling Center
Marietta Urquhart received the Public ...
Marietta Urquhart received the Public Service Award and Chandra Brown received the Rising Star award.
Chandra Brown, recipient of the Rising Star award, is Executive Director of Lifelines, a multi-service agency that houses Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Family Counseling Center, Helpline and the Rape Crisis Center.
is passionate about issues that affect women and girls.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Coalition Against Rape and numerous other community organizations.
Chandra Brown, executive ...
Chandra Brown, executive director of Lifelines Family Counseling Center in Mobile, said the most important thing to remember when trying to manage difficult personalities in close quarters is to try and keep things in perspective. "During the holidays we really need to keep in check our idea of what perfection is.
Maybe we grew up having an idea of what the perfect family is or what the perfect holiday would be like, but it just doesn’t exist," Brown said, adding, "Take them or leave them, when it comes to family, we have who we have and life is short.
Spend time with these people.
Value them for who they are and maybe we can learn a little more about ourselves in the process." The holidays, she said, are a time to take stock and appreciate what you do have – no matter how dysfunctional – rather than wallowing in guilt and grief and anger down the road because you didn’t have the relationship you wanted while they were here. "I think when we take a more realistic perspective of what we have then it becomes easier to deal with," Brown said.
It also doesn’t hurt to consider the time frame.
Are you talking a four-hour dinner or a four-day stay, and even so what’s four days out of 365?
At the same time, she cautioned the importance for boundaries. "If someone has a family history of severe dysfunction, especially in cases of drug abuse or alcoholism or physical or sexual abuse, then you don’t have to be that martyr and show up.
You don’t have to feel an obligation to be there," Brown said, encouraging those displaced by difficult family dynamics to lean on their support system often referred to as "family by choice." "It’s natural to feel an obligation to be around our blood families, but if it places you in a place of anxiety, you have to stop and ask yourself why you do the things you do," she said.
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