Family Articles

Negative Thinking About My Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
A few years my father passed away when I was in uni And we have a family business of a independent grocery store. My dad used to run everything and my life was pretty comfortable. I have a older brother and a older sister. My sister got married ...

My Girlfriend Doesn’t Show Me Love

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, September 8th, 2014
From the U.S.: Hi, my girlfriend and I have been together for 2yrs and we have and 8 month old together. The reason I'm here is because within the last couple months my girlfriend has changed a lot. When we first got together she couldn't ...

My Teenage Brother is Object of Bullying

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, September 6th, 2014
From Azerbaijan: Hi. We are 4 children in our family. 3 girls and a boy. My brother is the last child of the family being born after 7 years of silence. He is 17 now. This year he has graduated from high school and is ...

I’m Married and in Love with a Married Woman

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, September 4th, 2014
From S. Africa: My cheating habits started a few years back. I feel that I was pushed into the hands of another woman. My wife hadn't been working for some years at that time and we just had our second child a few months back. ...

Does My Stepbrother Have an Anxiety Disorder?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
From the U.S: Hi. I'm 14. I have a step brother that lives in my dad's house. His mom (my step mom) lives in the house as well. I recently moved in with my dad. My step mom is very protective over her son who ...

Behavior Issues?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, September 1st, 2014
My son will be 3 next month and for the longest time he has been a terrible toddler to say the least. He will not listen to anything I say. I try redirecting him, I try spanking him, the corner. Doesn't seem to phase him. ...

Boyfriend’s Controlling Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, August 31st, 2014
I have been in a relationship for four years now and I am at my breaking point. him and his mother have this relationship that isn’t normal every time I’m around she always makes sure to tell him that she loves him more then anyone ...

Is This Considered Sexual Abuse?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, August 28th, 2014
From the U.S.: My brother and I grew up with a narcissistic mother. I have read online that this causes a lack of nurturance. As a result when I was 6, 7, 8 my brother and I had sexual relations. I don't remember much, but ...

Wasn’t Allowed to Speak

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
My parents adopted me when I was six months old and kept me from talking as a child, but I was okay with it because they were usually working and had their business partners at the house, so I was always quiet and didn't interrupt. ...

Was My Daughter Sexually Abused?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 25th, 2014
I think my daughter was sexually abused. I took her to a doctor,unfortunately too late for physical evidence. Doctor and I talked. They didn't feel that daughter's behavior (my 3 years old) was that of one that was sexually abused. They said she seemed too friendly. ...

Our Daughter has Disengaged from the Family

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 24th, 2014
From the U.S.: Our 21 year old daughter recently told me and my husband that she does not feel close to our family and does not care at this point. My daughter is the youngest and has an older sister (three years older). My husband ...

Did I Make a Huge Mistake?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 44 and have a 15 yr history with husband. We have a 13 yo son with some special needs. Been through hell with this man, who started using crack before our son was 2, abusive while using. Verbally/emotionally and some physical. ...