Edited by GoodTherapy.org founder and CEO Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, Dear GoodTherapy.org columns are published at least four times each month as an opportunity for people to get expert feedback about a variety of mental health concerns. Possible broad topics for questions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Relationships and marriage
- Sexuality/sex therapy
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
- Eating and food issues
- Family problems
- Grief and loss
- Trauma and posttraumatic stress
- Obsessive compulsion
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than one in four American adults experiences a diagnosable mental health issue each year. Relatively few of these nearly 60 million people will ever seek treatment or be diagnosed, however. And while diagnosis isn’t the point of Dear GoodTherapy.org—it is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, medical treatment, or psychotherapy—it is an opportunity for everyday people to ask questions about therapy and mental health concerns anonymously. Our therapist responders, including regular contributors Darren Haber, Lynn Somerstein, Sarah Noel, and Erika Myers, are highly experienced in addressing the issues brought forth in these questions, and can often point a person in the right direction, be it toward therapy, introspection, or otherwise.
It is our hope that Dear GoodTherapy.org will provide inspiration, encouragement, and guidance to those who most need it. If you would like to ask one of our licensed therapist contributors a question about therapy or mental health issues via Dear GoodTherapy.org, please feel free to submit your question here. Questioners will remain anonymous, and a “Sleepless in Seattle”-type pseudonym will be used if not provided.
© Copyright 2011 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.