Abuse

Abuse can take many forms – it could be verbal, emotional or physical. Even after the abuse has ended, survivors are often left with intense negative feelings. But the good news is, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse of any kind, contact one of our specialists today to get help.

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Abuse, and all forms of trauma, can interfere with not only daily functioning, but also with our physical bodies. Often our bodies will be the first to let us know that something is desperately wrong. I believe in a comprehensive approach where we examine physical factors, as well as emotional/mental factors to help a person overcome the trauma of abuse. I am also certified in EMDR to help process out the trauma from memories.

— Kenneth Nelan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mequon, WI

Abuse is the area I have the most extensive training and experience with. Pia Melody says that anything less than nurturing is abuse. This ranges from shocking and heinous to 'I had a great childhood' denial.

— Matt Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK
 

I've worked in the field of abuse for over 26 years. I have seen first hand how complicated and intertwined abuse and failure in adulthood are. Thanks to neurobiology and psychology technique advancement you can unlock all of that history and put it to rest. Make it a memory instead of a problem you face every day and struggle to overcome. Learning to trust yourself and the world is possible. Don't let the past dictate your future. You can take control of it.

— Sonya DeWitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Spokane, WA

Addiction and Substance abuse can leave the person suffering depleted and despondent with their repeated use and failures at staying sober. I believe addiction is a disease, but that does not mean there is not hope and a chance for the addict to take the right steps needed in their life to conquer their demons.

— Leon Banister, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami, FL
 

I specialize in those who have experienced religious and or spiritual abuse or have left a high control group or cult.

— Greta MacMillan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, CT

Trauma takes multiple forms- systemic, emotional, physical, financial, etc. You are the judge of what has felt traumatic to you. I am a trauma-informed therapist. I work with clients on reauthoring painful experiences of their past and present in order to heal and move forward. I support client moving from being a victim to a thriving survivor.

— Jessica Butler, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Denver, CO
 

I have worked for years on understanding the cycle of abuse and how to help clients work through processing this cycle.

— Ashley Schrad, Counselor in Omaha, NE

Learn how to take good care of yourself and recover yourself from ridicule, put downs and torment. Good self esteem is impossible without good boundaries and self care.

— annette pheby, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL
 

I worked with a non-profit agency serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse/assault for over three years before branching into private practice as a trauma specialist. In addition to helping clients, I've also served the community by offering training on the LGBTQIA2+ community and how they are uniquely impacted by abuse.

— Safrianna DeGroat, Counselor in Frederick, MD

It's important for me to know what my client means by "abuse". Abuse can be traumatic & it's equally important to understand what about the abuse may be traumatic for my client. From there we can work on resolving the abuse (trauma). This work may involve: decreasing the uncomfortable to distressing symptoms you're experiencing; increasing the ability to stay in your comfort zone (regulated) when "triggered"; helping your body process the experience (experience lives in the body) to resolve it.

— Brian La Roy Jones, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA
 

PTSD has multiple symptoms and it can feel overwhelming. If you have experienced a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, physical abuse, bullying, witnessing a family member or close friend experience a traumatic event, just to name a few, it's understandable if you are experiencing emotional distress. Healing is possible. You can start to experience understanding and control over your symptoms today.

— Julie Holburn, Counselor in Boulder, CO

Much of my passion lays in helping people who have experienced abuse reclaim their lives, feel fulfilled, and regain a positive outlook on the experiences that are yet to come. I have helped people who have suffered from incest, verbal, physical, mental, financial and sexual abuse process what they have been through and learn how to overcome the trauma that comes with abuse. I've also lead women's groups dealing specifically with abuse and seen how abuse can lead to substance use and addiction.

— Sydney Koenig, Counselor in Lone Tree, CO
 

I have extensive experience working with survivors of childhood abuse and other trauma. I use a somatic approach to assist with coping with flashbacks, and other trauma-focused tools and techniques as needed.

— Kirsti Reeve, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ferndale, MI

Childhood abuse is complex and challenging to heal from. It can leave you feeling low self worth, often thinking unkind and harsh things about yourself. It can leave you feeling unable to love and be loved, struggling to find healthy attachments, even as an adult. In therapy, I provide you with unconditional positive regard, with care and support, with a model of how a healthy relationship can be-- so you can experience the emotional repair you need to live your best life.

— Anna McDonald, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I have many years working with people who have experienced abuse in all forms - sexual, physical, emotional, and mental.

— Savanna Martin, Licensed Professional Counselor

Whether by a parent, bully, or teacher, being mistreated may have made it difficult for you to trust others, feel safe in the world, or even believe that you are good enough. EMDR Therapy can help you to leave all of that behind so you can do what you want to do and be who you want to be.

— Bryan Gower, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

Abuses comes in many forms, toward the self, other, and the planet. I have extensive experience with narcissistic abuse, substance abuse, the misuse of psychedelics, eating disorders and verbal/emotional abuse.

— Dr. Denise Renye, Sex Therapist

When the relationship with a caregiver represents trauma, lack of empathy and even cruelty, the implications last long past childhood. As an adult you may have dedicated yourself into work and/or your family in order to soothe that pain inside, yet something is still amiss. You struggle with self-worth and insecurity. In therapy, we can collaboratively work through that place of pain and loneliness towards a place of wholeness and connection. 

— Anny Papatheodorou, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA