Open Forum – Ask Me Any Questions Related to Psychotherapy, Mental Health, and/or Relationship Difficulties

I wanted to create this open forum to give others the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have related to mental health and psychotherapy, which includes questions about love, relationships, assertiveness, boundary setting, death, goal setting, avoidance, anxiety, depression, procrastination, self-esteem, negative thinking, making friends, finding a good therapist, dealing with change, etc… I will try my hardest to answer them to the best of my ability.


    1. Hi,
      Try using what’s called an empathy prompt. Tell them how much you love them and how much they mean to you, and then let them know how their behavior and/or emotional states have affected you and why it’s important for you that they receive treatment. Depending on the type of relationship, if the other still refuses, boundary setting may be the next step. I hope this was helpful.

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  1. Yes, it is 🙂

    Sometimes it’s just hard when the person doesn’t accept there is an issue and that they need help.

    I’ve turned to fighting against the social stigma on mental health. Not sure this is the right approach, but maybe this will show that person that Mental Health is important and it’s okay to not be okay. Mental illnesses are more common than most people think. Thanks for the forum!

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  2. How would you get to the point from having anxiety where you can learn to trust people with your love? And also how do you differentiate between when it’s your anxiety talking and when it’s a genuine mistrust?

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    1. With any potential relationship, it takes time to get to know, really know, someone else. You can start by asking yourself what the red flags are. Have I caught that person lying before? Are they too interested? Do they seem too secretive? If you find that someone is showering you with compliments on a first date, that’s a sign of love bombing.

      Otherwise, if you’re finding it difficult to trust anyone, I would highly recommend therapy to help you analyze your fears and overcome hyper-vigilance. Someone our hurt from past relationships carries over to the present, and we transfer feelings from the past onto the present. But, sometimes people give us reasons to distrust them, and therapy would be a big help in helping you differentiate between the two.

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  3. I am a graduate student taking a culturally competencies course. I was wondering if you have any insight into the “Cultural Identity Model” present by Garrett McAuliffe in Culturally Alert Counseling 2013. I have been unsuccessful at finding more information about the 5 statuses in this model and appropriate interventions for each.


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