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Emotional Shut Down

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Problem with being emotional shut off. I have a problem where I’m completely shut down, I don’t have pain, anger sometimes even happiness. Once I get to a point of sadness or anger its like a switch and I don’t feel anything. I was all ...

Dreams Feel Real

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, March 24th, 2014
I have Autism and I am in a relationship and have two children with this man. I had a bad dream about sexual abuse between my partner and my child and I know it was not real but I have this awful realistic feeling about ...

Fiancé’s Deadbeat Dad Is in the Picture

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Let me start by saying I love my fiancé. He's my best friend and partner. We've been together for 3 and half years and recently got engaged. His mom has always been overbearing (he's an only child to a single mom) and until recently his ...

What Am I?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
I will try and establish all of my issues directly; I am currently seeing a therapist, who I frequently lie to. 1) I cannot sleep through the night and subsequently spend all day and most of the night on the Internet. Once I get to sleep ...

Embarrassed In Front of Children

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 16th, 2014
I'm 24, mother of twin 5-year-old girls. I've always been outgoing, athletic, intelligent, very pretty, very competent. Never experienced depression. A week ago my husband took our daughters to the zoo while I stayed home to shop and relax. When I returned from shopping I ...

Ex-Boyfriend Has Trust Issues

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Long Distance relationship. I went up to see him and he thought I had been cheating on him. Now, he doesn't trust me. I have never cheated on him. I would never cheat on him or anyone. He was going through a low period in ...

My Father Tries To Control Our Lives

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 9th, 2014
My dad has always been at the center of my nightmares since forever. He is an abusive person and believes what people say about us and torture our lives without asking us about the truth. He hates that my mom finally got a job and ...

My In-Laws Abused Me

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, March 8th, 2014
I feel mentally tortured by how badly my inlaws have treated me and I don't know how to deal with what they have done to me. When i first got married and I moved in with my husband and his family the trouble occurred. I didn't ...

My Mom Doesn’t Like My Girlfriend

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, March 8th, 2014
I'm 21 and me and my girlfriend have been dating for a couple of years. Recently my girlfriend stayed over at my house for a few days. This is not the first time she has stayed over or met my parents, but after she left ...

Disconnected from Mom

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
I don't feel a motherly connection to my mom. I would feel more comfortable talking and leaning on just a woman her age rather than her. She wasn't a BAD mom as I grew up. I always had what i needed pretty much. But she ...

I Can’t Deal with Them Anymore

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Whenever I bring up something that genuinely upsets me, my father and brothers actively ignore it, and let my emotionally abusive mother talk me down. No matter what topic I introduce, it always ends with her segueing into how ungrateful and unforgiving and irresponsible I ...

Traumatic Childhood Events & Self-Confidence

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Okay. This all started from when I was eight years old. My mom and step dad both worked a lot so they would have my cousin Amber babysit me. One day she kept me inside the house and pulled all of the blinds shut. ...