Our expert says:
Unfortunately, to start wih, people need to remember that no psychologist has a crystal ball, and they can only work with the facts you present them with. So when you lie to them, or hide things from them, you are damaging only yourself, as your gf did. It sounds as if she is very ambivalent aboput actually seeking treatment and giving it a proper chanc of working. She sees a shrink, but avoids telling them imoprtant facts ; she sees one shrink and because he is discouraging, she gives up.
It is most unfortunate that she seems to have such a cruel and unhelpful mother, but many people have had o deal wih similar situations, and she can rise above that. She must never allow such a cruel person to determine her fate. She needs to be more demanding and persistent about seeking free or low cost counselling, probably through the university. I would suspect that, ever since the stupid decision was taken years back by one of the the previous govt's pathetic Health ministers, to avoid paying salary increases by giving university staff the right to do private practice, that the guy she saw in the psych dept could have been angling to persuade her to see him privately and pay for the privilege. She might try the Psychiatry Dept of her nearest Medical School as an alternative, or someone else in the Psychology Dept. And she must make it clear at the time how desperate she is feeling, rather than muting her complaints so it may not sound as if she significantly needs such help
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