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Dear Susan:   I was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.  People have been calling me bipolar for a long time and I was aware that my moods could switch very abruptly.  I’m seeing a counselor and taking medication and I have to say that I’m feeling better.  The problem is my parents.   They tell […]

Most of my clients know about the recent conflict I had with my landlord about the heating and AC.  They’re also VERY aware of the fact that it was 50 degrees in the waiting room all winter and it was getting up to 90 degrees in there just recently.   Now I could keep my […]

Dear Susan: I’m a 26-year-old guy. I’ve dated around since I was a teenager and have had some long-term relationships. I’ve been with my current girlfriend for about three years now and she is pushing for us to get married. She’s a great woman, smart, beautiful, accomplished. I know love her, but I just don’t […]

I seldom say anything that I regret because I m just such a quiet, retiring person, so loathe to stir things up or to make my opinions known. NOT! No one who really knows me would buy that line for a second. When asked to describe me, my friends – and these are my FRIENDS, […]

Dear Susan: What do you think of the trend of having coed baby showers? I’ve been to a couple and it just isn’t the same. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think it’s a lot more fun when it’s just the girls. My niece is expecting and I wanted to throw her a shower. Should I […]

I tell my clients all the time not to worry so much about what other people think of them. First you have to consider the source. Your abusive, generally absent father told you that you would never amount to anything. Now that you’re grown and know what a good father is, do you REALLY care […]

Dear Susan: I think my grandmother is abusing her prescription pain pills. She used to be very sharp, but now she slurs her words and forgets who I am. She has also been falling a lot. I love this woman dearly. What, if anything, can I do? Signed: Concerned Granddaughter Dear Granddaughter: Not knowing how […]

If you read last weeks blog (and I KNOW you did) you learned about the struggles some of my clients have with moral issues. Turn about is fair play, so here’s a dilemma I deal with. I’ve been seeing a client for several months and she’s made terrific progress. She’s handling her emotions well, she’s […]

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