Author Archive for Holly Counts, Psy.D.

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?...

Feeling Numbness When Thinking of My Father Who Passed Away

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, August 17th, 2014
My father passed away two and a half years ago. I suffered from depression on and off over the past two years, though I thought it was related to school pressure (looking back, I'm not so sure). I did have the random bouts ...

Recurrent Thoughts, Conflicts and Impulses

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, August 16th, 2014
I am a 22 year old Medical Student. The problem I have is recurrent, frustrating thoughts and conflicts and checking and rechecking things. For example, while studying I feel an impulse to check under the bed for any pages I may have dropped. ...

Upset with My Therapist of 7 Years

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, August 15th, 2014
I've been seeing the same therapist for 7 years once a week like clockwork.2 months ago I got frustrated with therapy and my therapist because I felt like i wasn't improving or getting better. In fact, I felt ...

Therapy Advice

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
My therapist, a psychologist, is scaling back his practice as he nears retirement. Because of my difficult insurance provider and my lack of progress -- decline even -- during the 8 years I've been going to therapy ...

Worried that My Sister May Not Survive the Stress

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
I am desperately trying to help my sister, whose life is out of control with no way out that she can see. I fear for her mental and physical health. First, she is in a terrible marriage but her husband has health issues ...

Out of Control Nail Biting…When Is It Time to See a Doctor?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
I have been biting my nails since, according to my family, I was about 3 or 4 years old. I have been trying to stop, off and on, since age 10. I have done everything I can find online...fake nails, band aids on ...

There’s Something Seriously Wrong with Me

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, August 8th, 2014
A few weeks ago, I was at my best friend’s house and was awoken by the sound of her niece’s father shooting himself and her sister screaming. He didn’t die immediately but he did hours later. About a week later, my best friend ...

Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, August 7th, 2014
I grew up in a house with two heroin addicts for parents, so concern over my health usually wasn't addressed, however my sisters and other family members have recently noted that I have odd behavior and mannerisms associated with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). ...

The Little Voice in My Head Drives Me Mad!

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Hi there, so I can’t seem to find a definitive answer on this. I continuously have these voices in my head, which when I was younger didn't bother me but I find nowadays that instead of "that little voice" just being there to ...