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Son Pushing Everyone Away

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, April 10th, 2014
My son is 19 and has been pushing his family away. He and his father were never close. Him and I were once very close. In the past few years I could see a change in him. If you look at his school pictures you ...

Emotional Abuse Question

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, April 4th, 2014
I was wondering if emotional abuse is really as bad as people say it is. I've been living with my grandma since I was little and she likes to call me names and says I'm worthless. I can't do much right to her and she yells and ...

Does My Daughter Have a Specific Disorder?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
My daughter, Sally, is 14 years old and she has been experiencing some unusual things for about 1 year now. She see shapes floating in the air, she will actually hear music, radio static, footsteps up and down the hallway, and people whispering. She will ...

How Do I Tell My Wife I’m in Love with Someone Else?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, March 29th, 2014
I am 33 years old and have been with my wife for 11 years and married for almost 8. We have one son who is 5. Our marriage has been failing since our son was born, and he has become the ...

My 3-Year-Old Son Has Found His Penis

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, March 29th, 2014
My 3 year old son has recently found his penis. We have been ignoring it thinking it’s just a phase. But now he has been wanting to touch between my legs and he laughs and says "I'm touching your penis." I ...

She Wants a Relationship with a Mother Who Hates Her

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 28th, 2014
From the U.S.: After a lifetime of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, my mom has stopped talking to me for 2 years now. Since I was born my mother hated me and the family knew it. She spread stories about me that were untrue and ...

Supporting an Unappreciative Mom

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 28th, 2014
From the U.S.: My mother and I have been coming to heads more and more often and I don’t feel like I have anyone I can turn to for help. Our latest fight was last night. Perhaps it’s best I give you some back-story first. I ...

Sister-In-Law Sent a Truly Hate-Filled Email

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Background information. I have two brothers that married later in life and each has one child. One brother(at 50 years of age)along with his wife grasp the responsibility of being a parent. The other brother (at 55 years of age) and his wife (50 years old) haven't the ...

My Girlfriend Is Having Our Baby and My Family Is Treating Me Like a Child

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: I'm 17 and I've been dating my girlfriend for a year now. She is pregnant and is having the baby which I am happy about. Her parents are a little more understanding and supportive while mine on the other hand aren't taking ...

I Can’t Trust My Baby Dad

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, March 21st, 2014
From the U.S.: My boyfriend and I have been together on/off for three years now. Our relationship started off great we could do everything together and didn't really care about anything else. Within a couple months we decided to date. I found out he was ...

My Daughter Misses Her Mother & I Don’t Know What to Do

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
My wife died 8 years ago from cancer. She died suddenly without warning. My daughter was only nine when she died. Her and her mother were really close. I did take the whole family to counseling. However my daughter refused to go and speak to ...

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 ...
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