I am a Senior Mental Health Clinician and have treated nearly every mental illness listed in the DSM. You may ask, what does Love have to do with those troubled by mental illnesses? Everything. The one thing that every person wants is to be loved. He or she also needs to be able to love another as well. Whether you are depressed, psychotic, schizophrenic, bi-polar or are riddled by the many classifications of anxieties, you need to be loved and to love.

As a Marriage and Family Counselor, I have studied for 27 years what exactly prevents one from loving another. You have no idea. You think you have trouble loving or being loved because of money, sex, and selfishness, but those barely scratch the surface of reasons barricading you from the love you want and need.

I don’t believe there is a person capable of maintaining a good, intimate loving relationship without help from a professional licensed counselor. Lives are simply too complex and riddled by traits of various mental illnesses and conditions for any normal person to understand what is preventing the love they need.

You want and need love. That is a scientific and religious fact. So either call me or call another professional licensed counselor for assistance in learning the skills needed to love and be loved. Never email or text. Only call. It is the ONLY reliable communication. My business cell number is 404-487-1956. If I don’t answer, leave a message with a phone number so that I may call you back.

Life is too short to live without LOVE.

Lane A Stokes, LPC  Counseling Services Atlanta Group, LLC