Author Archive for Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Burn Victim and Not Happy with My Life

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, November 24th, 2014
I'm 15 years old. When I was 13 I was in a bad accident where 30% of my body was burned with 3rd degree burns. Every since that day, I have thought about the accident. My mother is in debt because of me ...

Afraid to Be Alone with Men

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
I'm afraid to be alone with men, specifically those who have an interest in me. It's like an anxiety type of fear. The one time I was alone with a guy (who was a friend that ended up liking me and I kind ...

Scared Wife Is Detaching from Me

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Well to start off my wife and I have been married for 4 years, and have 2 beautiful children together. The problem started about 2 months ago, I recently got a job that requires me to travel ...

Stress Is Causing Depression

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
I am a 26 year old full time graduate student who also works full time. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and I am working on my masters in clinical mental health. However, even with all my knowledge of burnout and self ...

Erratic Uncontrollable Mood Swings and Anger

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Since I was a child I've experienced extreme changes in mood with no explainable reason behind them. Counselors have always explained it as a result from physical and emotional abuse as a child. I'm almost 30 now, ...

Do I Really Need Psychotherapy?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, November 14th, 2014
Dear therapist, I went through bad break up, after that I talked with my friends only about it and did not give them any space. So now they stopped really talking with me or even wanting to talk. They told me that I ...

I Feel like Throwing Up in School

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Every year when school starts I start feeling sick to my stomach. When I arrive at school my heart starts pounding faster and I get nauseous. Even when class starts I get scared and my anxiety gets worse. In almost every single class ...

Can I Improve My Understanding of Oral Communication?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, November 10th, 2014
I have trouble with oral communication, especially at work. When someone talks to me, it takes a count of two before I understand, longer if they are a stranger, I am stressed or under pressure. If it is oral instructions, I will forget ...

Why Does Little Sister Act the Way She Does?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, November 8th, 2014
I'm about 18, and I just entered college, and I'm feeling real good about myself, after battling low self-esteem issues throughout my school years. Everything is always going great, until I ask my sister for a favor. ...

Relationship with My Mother

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, November 6th, 2014
I've been having problems with my mom. So I think this all started about four years ago when I was graduating high school. I was dating this girl at the time, my mom and I got along ...

Emotional Intensity Disorder

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
My wife and I have been together for about 14yrs. I am deeply in love with her. Lately however; we have been fighting hard. It is taking a toll on me. I have in the past talked ...

SSRI Withdrawal or Return of the Issue?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, November 3rd, 2014
From Bosnia and Herzegovina: Hello, two years ago i was diagnosed a depression with anxiety. I was prescribed 20mg Seroxat/1.5mg Xanax per day. I felt better after a week or two, and as the therapy continued I noticed further improvements in my mental state. I wasn't ...