Trauma Articles

Facial Scars from Car Accident

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Back in the summer of 2005 I was in a very bad car accident, I wasn't wearing my seatbelt so I went flying out the back windshield. It left multiple scars on the side of my face and neck along with my inner ...

After 10 Months Boyfriend Won’t Spend Time with My Kids

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, September 29th, 2014
I met my boyfriend about a year ago. He was coming out of a bad 6 month relationship. To start I need to say, from what he has told me, he has been scared from almost every relationship. Even his parents. When I met him ...

Wanting to Rape

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, September 27th, 2014
I am a 32-year-old man and I am suffering from severe depression, dissociative disorder, PTSD from physical and sexual abuse and anxiety disorder. I have noticed that I have been drinking a lot since I began dissociating and losing time. Once I drink I dissociate ...

Hurt by Daughter’s Lack of Disclosure

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, September 27th, 2014
My daughter was date raped six years ago. She did not tell anyone at the time. Last week she told my sister and wrote about it on her blog. As her mother I feel hurt that she did not take me aside and ...

Robbed of Control Over My Life

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, September 15th, 2014
From Germany: I’ve been feeling like I was robbed of control over my life by my ex-girlfriend made me avoid sex with all women. About 5 years ago, about a month after breaking up with my ex-girlfriend, she contacted me to let me know she took ...

Problems Because of Parents but I Can’t Tell Them

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Half of my problems are because of my parents but I cant tell them because I know they have done so much for us. I have had issues with my mum since I was 9 or 10 years old, being called stupid...

I Keep Losing Time

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, September 12th, 2014
From Canada: Ok, I really don't know what to do. I've been losing time. It started two years ago, but it would only be for a few minutes. It's gotten worse lately. It could be anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. I'm ...

I Have Been Advised to Try EMDR

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, September 5th, 2014
From the U.K.: Hi...I have been advised to try EMDR for trauma however my concern is that it won't alleviate the trauma. If this is the case...what other options would I have? (I currently see a therapist) Thanks A: Since you already see a therapist, she or ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Recurring Deaths

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 11th, 2014
I'm a 23 year old woman who has recently been thrown into a huge amount of responsibility due to the death of my father-and roughly a week later, the death of my mother. In Summer of 2013 my father was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer ...