Our expert says:
Struggling with multiple real-life and unavoidable problems tends to make any of us less emotionally available to others than usual.
Similarly, we are often aware that things are not right, without being able to articulate, even to ourselves, what exactly is wrong.
It is difficult to those of us who wish to help someone, when they are ambivalent, and ask for contradictory things - stay away, and come here.
You can't "make" her see you as a source of help. She probably already does, and apart from explicitly saying that you are available and await her requests, the rest is up to her.
Maria's comments are, as always, wise and experienced.
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