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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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

I worked at a non-profit for domestic and sexual violence survivors for the first several years of my career, wat which time I was trained in crisis counseling and safety planning. I now utilize these skills along with EMDR and other approaches to process various types of abuse.

— Elisa Colera, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX
 

I have worked in a child advocacy center since 2018 helping clients heal from various types of trauma including sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and witnessing traumatic events.

— Ashley Thwaites, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Macon, GA

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
 

Working in several in-patient settings and with women at the Meadows Ranch I worked with a lot of individuals that have experiences 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

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

— Savanna Martin, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have primarily worked with victims/ survivors of interpersonal trauma-- that's trauma that comes from abuse in relationships with other people. I have worked with people who have experienced emotional, verbal, sexual, physical, and financial abuse. With all trauma survivors, I tailor treatments to fit your needs.

— Mae MacIntire, Psychologist in Grand Junction, CO
 

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 can be caused by one or more traumatic events—either experienced personally or vicariously. The trauma then affects your day-to-day life after that. C-PTSD is another form of trauma, but it occurs over an extended period rather than from a singular event. I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy with clients who struggle with PTSD and C-PTSD because I have seen the changes personally.

— Kashif Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Las Vegas, NV
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

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

Abuse in any form, physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal, is never warranted and its effects are felt long after the abuse has ended. But, even after something as grievous as abuse, hope for the future are possible. Overcoming the trauma of abuse can be scary. I provide a safe and confidential environment in which abuse survivors can express and process their feelings, thoughts, and fears.

— Shiran Cohen, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL