Author Archive for Holly Counts, Psy.D.

My Wife is Being Paranoid

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Hello. I am having hard time with my wife, she has some serious diagnosed paranoia and chronic anxiety. She has started to be paranoid about anything I say, like nothing is ever true that I am telling ...

I am Hurt and Ashamed, and So Are My Parents and Sibling

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 28th, 2014
My parents have always been ashamed of me because I married the man that they did not want me to marry. And after almost 20 years of my marriage, I ended up in a divorce. My parents' reaction was mixed -- they were ...

Angry Reaction to Help

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, July 26th, 2014
An acquaintance of mine (age 21) had suicidal ideations and revealed she was depressed. She had not sought out professional help, and I was supportive as much as possible. One day she texts me that she wants to jump off a bridge and ...

How Do We Confront Our Eldest Son about Abusing His Siblings?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, July 25th, 2014
There has been an ongoing issue between our 3 sons.  The eldest along with his wife & daughter live with us and can't seem to get on their feet after losing their son to SIDS 6 years ago....

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 ...