Author Archive for Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Work Environment Causing Depression

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, September 20th, 2014
I need help with possible depression in my work environment. At this stage I'm stagnated in my position. I've been in the IT industry for over 9 years and recently realized that the IT sector is not for me. I'm at a stage ...

Sensory Issues, Anger and Anxiety Problems

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
I seem to be overwhelmed with problems. I tend to get very irritated at almost anything and I'm not sure what the cause of it is. I can't think straight and I have a very hard time focussing on anything. I feel overwhelmed ...

Problems Because of Parents but I Can’t Tell Them

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Half of my problems are because of my parents but I cant tell them because I know they have done so much for us. I have had issues with my mum since I was 9 or 10 years old, being called stupid...

Feel Like I Can’t Breathe During Times of Stress

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, September 6th, 2014
My spouses ex is consistently in our life trying to cause extreme stress in our life by threatening to withhold my step-child as a way to torment us, by threatening to cause us financial hardship, by overall just being overly hostile in any ...

I Want to Tell My Parents about Depression but Mother Thinks It’s Foolish

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Since I was in elementary school I use to pinch myself or punch my stomach, as I grew I began to cut in 7th grade and began to think of suicide in 8th and tried to with pills but didn't work for it ...

How to Support My Wife Who Has a Fear of Being Controlled

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
It has become evident to me that my wife has a fear of being controlled. She experienced mild sexual abuse as a child and didn't have very emotionally supportive parents. Her dad left when she was in ...

Relationship Issue

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, August 30th, 2014
I have been dating Jack for about two years. Recently, we have been discussing marriage, but there is an issue and I don’t know how to resolve it. I have been in two other long term relationships before Jack: one was for a ...

I Don’t Know What’s Wrong. Mum Drinks and I’m Scared.

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
I will sum everything up quickly, over the past four or more years my mum has been drinking heavily and my dad works away so he has no power to help, my mum is abusive and very scary when she is drunk. She ...

Why Am I This Way?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, August 25th, 2014
Well, let me make this very short. When I was younger, I used to isolate myself a lot. I had a computer, so I was addicted to it. I couldn't spend a single day of my life without it. It was similar to ...

Length of Therapy Concern

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, August 22nd, 2014
I've been reading a lot about therapy not needing to last very long. I just started seeing someone and I'm terrified of letting myself trust her. I'm afraid she will tell me we are done with therapy before I'm ready....

Violation of Mental Health Privacy and How to Rebuild Trust

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
I spoke to a psychiatrist at the request of my doctor to fill out a form for my employer. That doctor mailed form, wrote a letter disclosing my diagnosis' and the psychiatrists notes and recommendations to my employer without my ...

Traits or a Personality Disorder?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, August 18th, 2014
How can you know if you have a particular disorder, say Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder, or if you only display some of those personality traits? Is it common for most people to display behavioral traits of several personality disorders?...