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 takes on many faces outside of the physical violence many of us first think of. Regardless of the way it manifests, the outcomes are often very similar: low self-worth, fear and anxiety, lack of security, feelings of being stuck, and debilitating negative beliefs about ourselves ("I am not enough", "I can never trust anyone again", "I should have done something different", "I deserve it", "I am not lovable").

— Istvan Dioszegi, Student Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

Confronting trauma is a part of development. You may have learned that trauma comes in many forms. Many people live their whole lives without really dealing with it. There is a lot of uncertainty involved with making sense of your past. During these crucial explorations, you need the support that only an understanding and affirming relationship can provide.

— Alen Schwab, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Petaluma, CA
 

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

Weather you have had a “Big T” trauma or several “Little t” trauma, I understand how trauma shapes our mindsets and therefore our lives. Whether it happened directly to you or to someone higher up on our family tree (intergeneration trauma), you might be struggling with just how deeply affected you are by the trauma you had, even if it was years ago. It can be overwhelming and I can help, you don't have to go it alone.

— Elisa Blair, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

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

Did you grow up with parent(s) who were narcissist, controlling, alcohol abusers, not supportive or neglectful? Early childhood experiences can shape how we think and behave as adults, often in ways that are not helpful, such as: finding toxic partners, over-thinking, difficulty with decisions and knowing what we want, low self esteem, people pleasing (saying yes when we want to say no), poor boundaries and over-focusing on others. The good news is that change is possible.

— Allan Mouw, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA
 

I specialize in the unique treatment of survivors of narcsissistic abuse. My personal and professional experience with this type of abuse has led to being a an expert in this area. Please consider going to my website to learn more about my books, the podcasts, and the documentary I've been able to particpate in. www.stephenstherapy.com www.narctrauma.com

— Brenda Stephens, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Diego, CA

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
 

Too many of my clients' lives have been impacted by abuse, and my primary passion is to help them heal. To that end, I have training and experience in EMDR, an evidence-based technique first developed to treat soldiers suffering from PTSD. I have also had success using cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and grounding to help clients reconceptualize their traumatic experience and revise their negative beliefs about themselves and their inability to cope.

— Stephanie Clark, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

Do you sometimes wonder whether you're crazy, like you're not sure your experiences with another person are quite how you perceive them? This is a sign of abuse. There are many ways in which abuse can be inflicted on us, and even if we're not sure we're being abused, we always feel the effects in other ways, such as experiencing mood swings, feeling afraid even if you're not sure why, and difficulty sleeping or eating. I can offer you information on abuse so that you can feel empowered.

— Katharyn Engers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Spokane, WA
 

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

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
 

Too many people are dealing with the effects of abuse, either as a child , as an adult in romantic relationships, or both. I can help you heal from the trauma of abuse, and teach you coping strategies and how create healthy boundaries, so that you can stop the cycle of abuse moving forward.

— Jodie Solberg, Hypnotherapist in Lynnwood, WA

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a unique approach to psychotherapy. ART is unique because the ART Therapist guides the client to replace the negative images in the mind that cause the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress with positive images of the client’s choosing. And this is done quickly, most often within one session! Once the negative images have been replaced by positive ones, the triggers will be gone.

— Alexis Miller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS
 

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

Much of my work has been focused on helping teens and adults recover and grow from past trauma. I have worked in a teenage group home setting with girls with complex behavioral problems, as well as spent the last year specializing in domestic violence counseling.

— Kelly Cavanaugh, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Winter Park, FL
 

Working in several in-patient settings and with women at the Meadows Ranch I worked with a lot of individuals that have experienced trauma and abuse in one way or another. I have a passion for helping others, and trying to help them along in their journey in order to be able to live their best life and process what they have experienced in life so far.

— Rachel Hayes, Counselor in wellington, CO

Through my work at Trauma Resolution Center I have worked extensively with client's who have endured physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual abuse.

— Laura Pozo, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Coral Gables, FL