Author Archive for Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Emotional Abuse in Childhood

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Hello all and thank you for having this option "ask the therapist". To be brief, I am 26 years old, I am the oldest child with a younger brother. My parents have recently divorced but their relationship was always awful, filled with physical, ...

Do I Need Help for My ‘Eating Disorder’

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
I started binging and purging almost two years ago, because of my extreme depression. I also started reducing my food intake so much that I lost a lot of weight very quickly. I've never been the correct ...

Unappreciated by Mother

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 21st, 2014
My grandmother passed away this week and had been in the hospital for 5 days, stroke, spent days at hospital and mother took nights.  Sister went on vacation. Grandmother passes and now I'm helping my mother with ...

Mother’s Long-Term Depression

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, July 18th, 2014
I am in desperate need of guidance! I am primarily my mothers only support system when it comes to family or friends. My only brother also suffers from great depression as does my mothers only sister....

My Bipolar Boyfriend Is Pushing Me Away

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, July 17th, 2014
I started dating the most wonderful man 4 months ago. We hit it off instantly. He was so excited for our first date he told his parents and his family in England about me. Being with this man made me feel things that ...

Am I Depressed Due to Parents Drinking?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Hi, I'm a seventeen year old girl concerned about my mental health. My parents drink sometimes. My dad becomes violent and annoyingly strict when he's drunk, and we fight a lot. My mom becomes weak and she ...

Transgender Issues

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
I know it's a bit of a cliché, but for as long as I can remember, I have felt very different. As a child, I didn't have many friends, and could not really relate very well to others around me. Aside from this, ...

I Confronted My Abuser by Letter and He Responded Negatively

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 14th, 2014
35 years ago I was in a 5yr relationship with an abusive boyfriend. After being admitted to hospital for complete breakdown two years ago, last week I found the strength to write a letter to him telling him how I felt about what ...

Would Therapy Do Me Any Good?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
I have a serious issue with self motivation. I cannot seem to force myself to do anything I don’t have the urge to do ie: housework. I am wondering if my past can affect me in this way. I grew up in a ...

Depressed and Mom Won’t Get Me Help

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, July 11th, 2014
I tried telling my mom that I think I am struggling with depression and I bugged her for weeks about getting me a therapist. She agreed to it but never got one for me and it’s totally free with our insurance. I'm really ...

Fix It or Let It Go?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Hi, I’M 19 and I've been with my boyfriend/fiance for almost three years and now I just don't know what to do. He says he's tired of talking and that I just don't get what he's saying and maybe he's right. ...

Anxiety Induced Skin Picking Increasingly Violent

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
I have always picked my skin. When I was little, it was scabs, and not just your everyday children picking scabs kind of thing, I would bleed and scar terribly and I was at the nurse's office all the time. Then, shortly after ...