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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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

Much of my passion lays in helping people who have experienced abuse reclaim their lives, feel fulfilled, and regain a positive outlook on the experiences that are yet to come. I have helped people who have suffered from incest, verbal, physical, mental, financial and sexual abuse process what they have been through and learn how to overcome the trauma that comes with abuse. I've also lead women's groups dealing specifically with abuse and seen how abuse can lead to substance use and addiction.

— Sydney Koenig, Counselor in Lone Tree, CO
 

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

I have worked extensively with survivors of all ages who have endured emotional, mental, spiritual, physical and sexual abuse. Often the abuse took place within the context of a relationship (e.g. parents, a trusted adult, family member or friend) resulting in sometimes severe struggles with trust of both themselves and others as well as self-worth and self-respect. I have walked along side many survivors to provide hope and healing.

— Jennifer Durbin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA
 

Abuse can be extremely difficult to bring up to your therapist and that's okay. You have control on when and how you want to open about this issue. I believe in creating safe space and having a connection with my clients is the start of the process.

— Alexandra Gomez, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

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
 

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

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 experience treating women and adolescent females who have experienced sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and depression.

— Stacy Lepley, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Kendallville, IN

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— June Rolph, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
 

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Lafayette, CA

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
 

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 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
 

Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse has been at pandemic proportions long before global events made the word commonplace. Untreated interpersonal trauma can wreck havoc on a person's sense of self and ability to live an authentic and fulfilling life. I have worked with countless women and men who have abuse histories and helped them find a path through the pain.

— Jeanine Moreland, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

Abuse is the area I have the most extensive training and experience with. Pia Melody says that anything less than nurturing is abuse. This ranges from shocking and heinous to 'I had a great childhood' denial.

— Matt Anderson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Edmond, OK
 

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

Trauma takes multiple forms- systemic, emotional, physical, financial, etc. You are the judge of what has felt traumatic to you. I am a trauma-informed therapist. I work with clients on reauthoring painful experiences of their past and present in order to heal and move forward. I support client moving from being a victim to a thriving survivor.

— Jessica Butler, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Denver, CO