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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many people have suffered from abuse and have ptsd. i will help free you from these obstacles and give you tools to achieve freedom from abuse, anxiety, depression and ptsd

— Mitchel Eisenstein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Setauket, NY

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
 

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
 

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

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

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 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

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
 

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

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
 

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

I specialize in Narcissistic Abuse, Psychological, Emotional, and Verbal Abuse. Narcissistic Abuse is a paralyzing form of abuse. Tactics employed are psychological abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, gaslighting, love bombing, crazy making, narcissistic rage, betrayal and sometimes physical and sexual abuse. Victims of this type of abuse lose their true identity in the relationship. I empower clients to rediscover their true self and inner strength to overcome the abuse they endured.

— Cindy Hyde, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

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 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
 

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 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
 

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