Martha is a 52-year-old divorced woman with three grown children.

Martha works as a legal secretary and lives on a tight budget.

She is considering returning to college, and maybe even dating, now that her children are older.

Tina’s mom tells her that she looks too thin, but Tina still believes she needs to lose more weight. When Tina’s father encourages her to eat more, she argues with him during dinner.

Tina’s brother teams up with Dad, sometimes calling Tina names.

Tina counts calories and exercises each morning and evening.

Despite her weight loss and low-average size, Tina says that she is “fat” and she weighs herself several times a day.

Could spilling my guts to faceless strangers on an online message board or chat room possibly compare to "real" therapy? Paul Hokemeyer, a NYC-based addictions and family therapist, is dubious.

"Therapy that changes people's lives is a nuanced process," he says.

WWC therapists encounter scenarios similar to those above every day.

In fact, they welcome individuals and families with these kinds of concerns and help them to discover positive solutions.

Frankly, all those aforementioned deep-seated issues are still very much alive and kicking, therapy be damned.