The psycotherapist Lori Gottlieb answers a reader trying to set a boundary with her father.
Monday, April 25, 2022

Here’s the latest installment of “Dear Therapist,” the column in which the psycotherapist Lori Gottlieb

Woman hides on her roof from a man standing at her front door as storm clouds gather. (Bianca Bagnarelli)

Dear Therapist: My Dad Is Trying to Force His Way Into My Life

“My parents divorced more than a decade ago after nearly 30 years of marriage. My dad has always been verbally abusive and an alcoholic, and he was awful to me and my siblings when we were growing up—he would occasionally not remember to pick us up from school, and would choose to do other activities over being present at our various events. After the divorce, he used money to control everyone in his life, evading paying my mom any alimony or child support. This caused a lot of financial stress for her, a stay-at-home mom who raised me and my siblings. She did not have money to pursue bringing him back to court. I’m very resentful and do not like him as a person.”

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