Our expert says:
Remember the difference bwteen being a friend and a therapist. IF the situation is complex and/or her ractions are extreme, too severe or long-lasting, professional help is needed. Short of that, a friend can be invaluable. There are no magic phrases you can utter to make her feel good --- being available to listen and hear when she wants to talk, is valuable --- its so often the listening rather than the response that helps most. So often, too, friends feel so inadequate because they can't think of something really profound to say, that they withdraw, or fail to do the simple listening that is so helpful.
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