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

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
 

Abuse can take many forms, such as; an unhealthy romantic relationship, parent/child, possibly a family member. Maybe you witnessed abuse? Memories can have a way of resurfacing later in life from childhood trauma. Are you finding others don't seem to understand the situation when you share your story? Having a safe space to talk about your thoughts and develop healthy ways to cope can be healing and needed. I'm here to help.

— Michelle Nosrati, Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

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
 

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

Hurt people hurt people. I offer tools to learn to love and accept yourself, to full realize that your story of abuse does not define who you are and how to overcome the trauma of abuse and move into a vibrant full life.

— Michelle Kelley, Counselor in Cedar Vale, KS
 

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 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
 

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

Emotional, physical and verbal abuse are different forms of tormenting abuse. The various forms will take a hold on an individual’s life carrying a new set of problems. I am passionate in assisting my clients to gain freedom by understanding the root causes and patterns in relationships with intimate abuse with significant others, possible childhood traumas or future patterns choices.

— Shawdi Spencer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sherman Oaks, 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'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
 

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

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, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Denver, CO
 

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

Dr. Geneva (she/they) is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in working with survivors of trauma and abuse, particularly relational traumas in BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations. This includes abuse from family/in childhood, friends, romantic partners, and employment situations, including the sociocultural and systemic forces that allow such abuse to occur. I work from an empowerment-based, relational psychodynamic approach.

— Geneva Reynaga-Abiko, Clinical Psychologist in Washington, DC
 

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

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
 

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 Fort Wayne, IN

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