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.

Meet the specialists

I have extensive knowledge and professional experience working with victims and perpetrators of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. I particularly specialize in working with victims of childhood abuse and neglect.

— Evan Wilson, Social Worker in Baltimore, MD

I have been very focused on abuse for many years, especially emotional, mental, and mental abuse. I believe that while, thankfully, physical violence is now coming out of the closet and being talked about, emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and women have trouble seeing it for what it is, and can often deny it, or feel they just need to live with it. Emotional abuse can be very insidious, but many times can be just as damaging as physical abuse. My experience includes working wit

— Patricia Field, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Over a period of 19 years I have worked closely with parents in the child welfare system (or therapeutically) who were separated from their children often due to domestic/intimate partner violence. I have also worked with children/adults/elderly who were survivors of abuse. Many individuals I have worked with over the years are victims of generational abuse. My goal is to support you therapeutically, regain your confidence and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

— Bethanie Milford, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY
 

As a survivor of both childhood & adulthood abuse in many forms, I understand how it impacts your ability to trust, love & live free of shame, guilt & despair. It took me having many anger outbursts at work before I was able to accept the truth & seek help for myself. I will not say it will be easy because i would be lying, but I can say that finally facing it will be worth the pain & hurt once you make it through to the other side.

— Monique Randle, Clinical Social Worker in Malvern, AR

I am a traumatologist dealing with vicitms and I have devloped a court approved domestic violence program

— Mark Kolodziej, Counselor in Calgary,

I work with clients who feel broken, unlovable, and stuck. This is often the result of hurtful messages they received growing up that they continue to believe. Abuse often takes away self-confidence and leaves shame, self-doubt and self-hatred in its place. This self-loathing leads us to continue to hurt ourselves through toxic relationships, unsafe sex, drugs and alcohol, and self-sabotage. I can help you reclaim yourself and help you get in touch with your inherent worthiness.

— Diana Teich, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

See above regarding my work with trauma.

— Krista Verrastro, Creative Art Therapist in Reisterstown, MD
 

I have been very focused on abuse for many years, especially emotional, mental, and mental abuse. I believe that while, thankfully, physical violence is now coming out of the closet and being talked about, emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and women have trouble seeing it for what it is, and can often deny it, or feel they just need to live with it. Emotional abuse can be very insidious, but many times can be just as damaging as physical abuse. My experience includes working wit

— Patricia Field, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

I have been very focused on abuse for many years, especially emotional, mental, and mental abuse. I believe that while, thankfully, physical violence is now coming out of the closet and being talked about, emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and women have trouble seeing it for what it is, and can often deny it, or feel they just need to live with it. Emotional abuse can be very insidious, but many times can be just as damaging as physical abuse. My experience includes working wit

— Patricia Field, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Abuse is such a broad word, and can encompass far more than being physically struck. I work with emotional, financial, physical abuse and its impacts on your life. Focusing on tools to change behavior combined with relief from emotional triggers can make a big impact on your life and the loved ones around you.

— Taunya Gesner, Counselor in Gresham, OR

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

Our staff has extensive experience working with clients struggling with overcoming the impact of any variety of traumas (sexual, psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, medical, domestic violence, traumatic events, military, stalking, victims of crimes, human trafficking, and a variety of forms of abuse/trauma. Our staff takes a holistic approach interpersonaly and intrapersonaly. We do our best to provide education, stabilization, coping, healing, and increased healthy support

— Bet Shaddinger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I have extensive knowledge and professional experience working with victims of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence and perpetrators of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. I particularly specialize in working with victims of childhood abuse and neglect.

— Evan Wilson, Social Worker in Baltimore, MD
 

Experiencing any form of interpersonal trauma and abuse can impact your quality of life in fundamental ways. Trauma symptoms and triggers often take over and make you feel out of control or crazy. Trauma and abuse in childhood can also affect your mental health, physical health, and your relationships with the people around you. Understanding the effects of trauma and abuse can help you connect your past experiences with your present challenges, and find pathways to a healthier future.

— Smadar Salzman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I have been very focused on abuse for many years, especially emotional, mental, and mental abuse. I believe that while, thankfully, physical violence is now coming out of the closet and being talked about, emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and women have trouble seeing it for what it is, and can often deny it, or feel they just need to live with it. Emotional abuse can be very insidious, but many times can be just as damaging as physical abuse. My experience includes working wit

— Patricia Field, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, 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, Counselor in Rochester Hills, MI

I work with children and adults to help process and heal from trauma and abuse. I am nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

— Anna Fadem, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA
 

I have been very focused on abuse for many years, especially emotional, mental, and mental abuse. I believe that while, thankfully, physical violence is now coming out of the closet and being talked about, emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and women have trouble seeing it for what it is, and can often deny it, or feel they just need to live with it. Emotional abuse can be very insidious, but many times can be just as damaging as physical abuse. My experience includes working wit

— Patricia Field, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

I have experience working with teens and adults who have experienced emotional, sexual and physical abuse, as well as neglect

— Louisa Lombard, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Angeles, CA
 

Childhood sexual abuse Survivors, emotional abuse

— Lisa Langstraat, Counselor in Newberg, OR
 

I work with children, families, and adults to help clients process and heal from abuse. I am nationally certified in and specialize in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

— Anna Fadem, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN DIEGO, CA

Are you the survivor of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse? Do you find yourself isolating from others, feeling empty, numb, stuck, angry, hyper-sensitive to touch, anxious, depressed, experiencing physical symptoms that you or your doctor can’t explain? I practice trauma therapy using mind-body counseling approaches which enable you to feel the connection between the traumatic memories stored in your body and the thoughts and beliefs that cause problems for you throughout your life. With this body-centered approach, healing these wounds becomes attainable. Together, we will start to engage your body’s inner wisdom to propel you towards feeling comfort, ease, and vitality in your mind and body again.

— Jon Fox, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

At RISE our staff has extensive training and experience working with survivors of all types of abuse. We move beyond stabilization, trauma informed care, and learning to cope...and move into healing, personal growth, healthy relationships, and learning how to LIVE in the present and enjoy life.

— Bet Shaddinger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

I have been very focused on abuse for many years, especially emotional, mental, and mental abuse. I believe that while, thankfully, physical violence is now coming out of the closet and being talked about, emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and women have trouble seeing it for what it is, and can often deny it, or feel they just need to live with it. Emotional abuse can be very insidious, but many times can be just as damaging as physical abuse. My experience includes working wit

— Patricia Field, Clinical Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

I help clients break down their abuse-related stress so they can use problem-solving and coping techniques. I also help clients build new ways to view themselves and the world. I help clients construct narratives that fit their circumstances, are coherent, and that are adequate in capturing and explaining their difficulties. I allow clients to retell their stories in a way that allows them to understand the origins, meanings and significance of present difficulties, and to do so in a way that makes change conceivable and attainable.

— Melissa Higgins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Brunswick, NJ