Trauma Articles

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 ...

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 ...

Am I Making Too Much of What Happened to Me?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, August 4th, 2014
From India: There are a no. Of issues: 1. When I was a little girl, I was pretty cute and many guys took advantage of me, even my cousin used to slide his hands under my top. In a public place once a man slid ...

How Do We Confront Our Eldest Son about Abusing His Siblings?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, July 25th, 2014
There has been an ongoing issue between our 3 sons.  The eldest along with his wife & daughter live with us and can't seem to get on their feet after losing their son to SIDS 6 years ago....

Emotional Abuse in Childhood

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Hello all and thank you for having this option "ask the therapist". To be brief, I am 26 years old, I am the oldest child with a younger brother. My parents have recently divorced but their relationship was always awful, filled with physical, ...

Confusion of Childhood

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
First, I will start with some info about me, I am 21 with 2 kids and engaged with the father. I previously was having thoughts that I had sexual intercourse when I was 4 with someone who was only a few years older, I remember bits ...

My Mother’s Habits Worry Me

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
From S. Africa: So my mum was in a car accident a few years ago and has permanent damage to her back and neck. She struggles to sleep because she's in pain and is often surrounded by technology. She only eats dinner and she only ...

I’m Hearing My Voice In My Head Saying Bad Things

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, July 14th, 2014
I don't intend to those things. they just happen automatically: Hi, thanks for reading.please help me. I hear what sounds like my voice saying bad things in my head everyday. The strange part is... these sounds pops up out of nowhere and its not me ...

I Confronted My Abuser by Letter and He Responded Negatively

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 14th, 2014
35 years ago I was in a 5yr relationship with an abusive boyfriend. After being admitted to hospital for complete breakdown two years ago, last week I found the strength to write a letter to him telling him how I felt about what ...

Would Therapy Do Me Any Good?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
I have a serious issue with self motivation. I cannot seem to force myself to do anything I don’t have the urge to do ie: housework. I am wondering if my past can affect me in this way. I grew up in a ...