Dallas (CBSDFW.COM) – When a Dallas mom needed a therapist to help with her teen daughter’s anxiety and depression, a friend of hers offered to help.
“I said, ‘I’ll do it,'” Sarah Johnson, 33, told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.
But the Dallas-area mother couldn’t find a therapist who could help her.
“They were so expensive and I was really nervous,” Johnson said.
“And I was just looking for somebody to help me.”
Johnson said she needed help with “a little bit of everything.”
She said her daughter, a freshman at the University of Texas at Dallas, had been bullied, bullied, and had been repeatedly beaten up.
She had a history of self-harm and depression.
She needed a psychiatrist and a therapist, she said.
So she turned to a Dallas psychologist.
She said she was referred to Dr. Michael Siegel.
But he was not a therapist.
She didn’t even have to go to the Dallas County Medical Center.
The psychologist didn’t want to work with her because she was too young.
So, she asked Dr. Siegel for help.
She was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
She told CBS DFW she would never work with anyone who abused children again.
“She was like, ‘It’s not going to work,'” Johnson said, noting that her daughter had been kicked out of her school and had suicidal thoughts.
The psychiatrist and psychologist were able to help Johnson get better and get the help she needed.
“Dr. Sigel was the first person I went to,” Johnson told CBS.
“He was like the first to tell me about this.”
But she said Siegel also told her she could have an appointment with a psychologist but the psychologist wouldn’t be able to treat her PTSD.
Johnson said the Dallas psychologist recommended a therapist in the Dallas area, but she needed to find one in the area where she lives.
Johnson did an online search, and a Dallas area psychologist told her the clinic would only have two hours to come to her house.
“So I went over to their house and they had to drive me back,” Johnson recounted.
Johnson and her husband drove there.
She described the house in which she lived in a large, dark and cluttered house.
She says it was a place she thought she was going to be safe and comfortable.
“You would have to walk across a parking lot to go into the house,” she said she told the psychologist.
“We were just so worried about her safety.
I was so afraid of being in there alone.”
Johnson told the therapist she would need to be accompanied to the therapist’s office.
But when she arrived at the therapist, Siegel and a psychologist were already there.
Johnson told The Dallas Morning News she was overwhelmed.
“My daughter was in her room, and they just sat down and talked,” Johnson recalled.
“At first, I was scared, but I just wanted to get in the room and get help.”
Siegel said the psychologist was “totally professional.”
“She came in and talked to me for a while and told me all about how her experience has impacted her,” Siegel told The Morning News.
“Her anxiety, her depression, and she was a very vulnerable person and very confused about what to do with her life.”
Johnson was able to get some help.
The therapist took her into his office to give her some support.
She went in and out of his office, and eventually he gave her medication.
But Johnson said that was only half of the treatment.
She also needed more help, she told The Daily Beast.
She still needed to be monitored for sleep, and the psychologist needed to come into the room every two hours and check on her to see if she was still in a good state of mind.
Johnson called Dr. Steve Lutz, a psychiatrist in Dallas, who suggested she go to a local therapist and get in touch with the psychiatrist in the city.
She asked for help finding a therapist because she felt like she was on the “slippery slope” of “being stuck.”
She wanted to find a psychiatrist who would be supportive and who could work with the family.
“This is a very complicated situation,” Lutz told CBSDFW in an interview.
“But the most important thing is to get a therapist that is treating this child and can help her.”
He said he also suggested a Dallas psychiatrist to be in touch and that she get in contact with Dr. Robert Lutz.
He said both doctors were very kind and helpful.
But she also said that he told her that he would be unable to help her if he didn’t have the funding.
Lutz said he would look into the matter.
“As a psychologist I know that if we don’t get the funding, then we can’t help them,” Luthys told CBS, adding that he felt the “psychiatric community needs to