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

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

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

I specialize in complex trauma, which comes from early experiences of attachment difficulties with caregivers as well as any/all types of neglect, psychological, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse.

— Stacy Ruse, Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO

I have worked extensively with abuse and trauma victims, including those experiencing childhood trauma or neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. I take care in supporting my clients in learning about the effects of their experiences and gaining the skills they need to move forward with their lives and feel safe and secure.

— Anna Gavrishova, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

See above regarding my work with trauma.

— Krista Verrastro, Creative Art Therapist in Reisterstown, MD

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

My clinical experience includes working with child abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. I am trained in using TF-CBT, a trauma approach for children and teens, CBT, and use of creative expression to address experiences of abuse.

— Cathryn Glenday, Counselor in Albuerque, NM

I work with clients to overcome past abuse. Through EMDR therapy, you can feel free to move on and break old patterns. You don’t have to carry this pain alone.

— Mackenzi Kingdon, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

— Mark Kolodziej, Counselor in Calgary,

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 Hot Springs, AR

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

"Abuse" is an overused word. It does not begin to address the complexity of attachment wounds and lifelong suffering that comes in its wake.

— Eli Hastings, Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA