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 can be a life changing experience that makes it difficult to cope with life. Trauma focused treatment which I am trained in can help you to understand what happened to you and how it impacted you. These treatments can also assist you in feeling capable of moving forward with a healthy and happy life.

— Elizabeth Kearney, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Redlands, CA

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
 

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

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
 

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

Many people who come to therapy have experienced some form of childhood trauma or abuse, which has lingering effects on almost every aspect of our lives. Sometimes we experience so many symptoms we start to think there’s something genuinely wrong with us! But the truth is, childhood trauma and abuse can cause us to develop a lot of coping mechanisms we eventually outgrow, and that process can be challenging to navigate! I’m here to help.

— Tracy De Soto, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Nolensville, TN
 

Emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, domestic, financial, and spiritual abuse all wreak havoc on your identity. You are not what the offender told you, you were. We can work to untangle those belief patterns with a deeper understanding of story-work.

— Kimberly Dudley, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I am a sexual assault advocate, certified by the Office of the Texas Attorney General. I worked for 4 years with witnesses to family violence and survivors of child abuse in a non-profit setting. This informed my understanding of crises and trauma. I'm passionate about building a safer world through compassionate healing.

— Joy Cannon, Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Trauma is heavily correlated with abuse of all types - interpersonal, workplace, and familial. Resolving trauma is important to being able to have healthy relationships. Leaving the past in the past and putting bad memories to rest is crucial to your emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational health. I am trained in EMDR to facilitate the process of healing from trauma and restoring you to your best self.

— Elaine Dove, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

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
 

I have worked with many clients recovering from past abuse. This kind of trauma can cause intense negative beliefs about self including shame and guilt. One therapeutic model I often use for these clients is EMDR. This treatment helps clients work through past trauma without having to verbalize specific experiences.

— Loren Schouest, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Birmingham, AL

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 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

I have worked with clients in current and previously abusive relationships and feel strongly that you can heal from any trauma you have endured. I use an EMDR framework when treating clients who have survived abuse.

— Gabrielle Fischer, Social Worker