Our expert says:
The point I was trying to make, not specifically about or limited to, yourselves, was that while its reasonable to be concerned as to whether one's partner has genuine positive feelings for you and about you, maybe we shouldn't seek to prescribe exactly how they should express such feelings. Sometimes it's like a bilingual marriage, and one has to learn the other's language.
Sounds like he could indeed benefit from working with someone onn his issues of self-esteem, etc. Why not USE his concern that you should see someone, to suggest that you see someone TOGETHER, because whatever problems he sees in you obviously affect both of you, and you'd need to work together to solve them. This may enable him to do this with you, without feeling bad about himself needing help.
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