Writings from Christine

The Deadly Progression of Abusive Text Messages

by on November 29, 2019

“I know, you just have to do it like you said.” Michelle Carter at 17-years-old sent this text message to her boyfriend just before he committed suicide in 2014. It was one of many text messages that she sent encouraging him to perform the act. In 2017, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for her… (more…)

13 Ways to Support a Domestic Violence Victim

by on November 23, 2019

Margaret was a respected physician in her community with a successful practice, numerous accolades for her work, and patients who loved her empathetic demeanor. Yet, despite her accomplishments, she had a personal secret that she covered up under her clothing, her bruises. It wasn’t too long after the wedding that her husband began hitting her…. (more…)

5 Dangerous Love Attractions

by on November 22, 2019

Three divorces later, Susan finally discovered that she kept marrying the same type of abusive person over and over. In the middle of an argument, Brian yelled and accidentally called his new girlfriend, “Mom.”  Naturally, she ended the relationship. Steve, who was shy, conservative, and introverted his whole life, married a flamboyant salesperson. Why is… (more…)

The Paranoid Narcissist: An Amalgamation of Frustration

by on November 17, 2019

She was impossible to console. Larry tried to reassure her that the stove was not on when they left the house. But his wife refused his reassurance. She accused him of lying and then turning on the stove before they left so the house would burn down by the time they returned. Larry tried to… (more…)

8 Lessons from Living with Dyslexia

by on November 13, 2019

It wasn’t unusual for my mother to receive a note from one of my teachers when I was a child. The notes were filled with comments about me talking too much, interrupting the class, causing a disruption, not doing my homework/classwork, or picking on another kid. So, in 3rd grade, when my teacher handed me… (more…)

10 Types of Friends to Avoid

by on November 9, 2019

The friendship starts off great. A casual encounter sparks a conversation that turns into coffee, cocktails, and then double date. There is a natural connection with mutual likes, acquaintances, and even occupations. Yet, something is off. All logic dictates that this should be the start of a beautiful friendship so what is the problem? Sometimes… (more…)

13 Reasons Why Therapy Is Not Effective

by on November 6, 2019

Over the course of my career counseling thousands of clients with everything from mild anxiety to severe personality disorders with criminal behavior, I have come to realize that therapy doesn’t work for everyone. It does, of course, work for anyone who is invested, willing to put in the time, patience, and energy to make it… (more…)

What is Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy?

by on November 1, 2019

Kelly Gant, a Colorado mother, was charged with 13 criminal counts for the 2017 death of her 7-year-old daughter, Olivia. Olivia was a Make-a-Wish recipient in which she was dressed up as a “Bat Princess” so she could rescue Disney princesses from their villains. Her mother claimed that Olivia had a terminal illness that attacked… (more…)

What is Munchausen Syndrome?

by on October 31, 2019

Bill’s medical doctor sent him into counseling after several test results verified that his pain was not physical. Over the course of several sessions, Bill’s therapist began to discover the underlying reason for his pain. He has accumulated grief in several parts of his body. As a child, Bill was told that he could not… (more…)

Is Your Spouse Constantly Lonely?

by on October 27, 2019

Ann regularly told her husband, Andrew, “I feel all alone in this world (within our family, at my job, or in our neighborhood).” At the beginning of their marriage, Andrew erroneously believed that he could fill that void in her life and went to great lengths to demonstrate that Ann was not alone. However, she… (more…)

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