Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic, or intimate partner violence, can take many forms. It is often violence used in an effort to gain and/or maintain control. Some of the more common types of domestic violence include physical abuse (hitting, pushing, hair-pulling, forced substance use), emotional abuse (insults, blame, or other methods to diminish a person's self-esteem), psychological abuse (threats, including against family, pets, friends, or the abuser themselves, stopping a partner from attending activities, or other manipulation), sexual abuse (coerced or demeaning sex acts), and financial abuse (controlling a partner's finances or restriction of financial resources like an allowance). The emotional effects of these types of abuse can be long lasting, and may cause depression, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), insomnia, emotional distance, and more. If you or someone you know is experiencing (or has experienced) abuse, a qualified therapist can help. It is also important for children who witness or experience domestic abuse to see a professional who specializes in the age group to prevent the trauma affecting adulthood and possibly perpetuating the cycle of abuse. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s abuse specialists for support today. 

Meet the specialists

DV is not just about physical. Emotional/Verbal abuse sometimes give you deeper wounds. Although I cannot give you legal advice, I'll support your decision. I have seen male victims of DV who express shame and guilt. I'd like to provide safe space for all victims.

— Junko Yamauchi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Clara, CA

Mind games, manipulation, jealousy, control, fear, and feeling worthless are major pieces of abusive relationships that people don't often talk about or acknowledge. I have been working for many years with women that have been through the ringer in their relationships and have lost their identities or feel trapped and don't know how to get out. I empower people to find their inner voice and learn the best techniques to speak up for themselves and set healthy boundaries with unhealthy people.

— Lindsey Lowrance, Counselor in Lakewood, CO
 

Research shows that both men and women can be victims of domestic violence or family violence, and both can be perpetrators as well. I have developed and published a domestic violence documentation format which also serves as an interview guide to thoroughly identify all forms of domestic or family violence. I perform domestic violence evaluations in immigration cases, and I also prepare extreme hardship evaluations in immigration cases. I can provide this service on a nationwide basis.

— Stephen Finstein, Therapist in Dallas, TX

Getting hurt by someone you’ve cared for is especially painful. While the physical traumas can be scary as hell, the emotional traumas can take a lot more work to heal. When I work with domestic violence survivors certain themes come up over and over again. Survivors often wonder if something’s wrong with them, why this person hurt them and why they might still care for them. These are complex questions worthy of exploration. Through a multi-modal approach that infuses relational, experiential and body-oriented approaches I help clients overcome trauma, create healthy boundaries, increase resilience, reclaim their sense of self and create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

I previously worked as a domestic abuse/sexual assault advocate in shelters and in an outreach capacity within the community. I also have provided emotional support for survivors when they have had SART exams completed. Since becoming a therapist, I have provided support groups for adults and children as well as worked with our local DV/SA agency to provide individual psychotherapy sessions at a reduced rate for clients.

— Nicole Olsen, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Mankato, MN

Sometimes we don't even realize when we're being abused. Instead, we may just feel that something is very wrong in our relationship, or in remembering a past relationship. Intimate partner violence can be physical, emotional, cultural, financial, social, sexual, cyber, and many more. It is a process to separate ourselves from abuse, but it is absolutely possible.

— Laura Angelucci, Therapist in Austell, GA
 

I specialize in working with individuals either currently involved in or recovering from narcissistic abuse. I have taken DV 101 Training through New Beginnings Domestic Violence Center in Seattle, WA, Family Law for the Mental Health Professional from Joseph Shaub, MA, JD in Bellevue, WA, and Sexual Assault Training though the Providence Hospital. Additionally, I have over 2 years of experience through community mental health working with both survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence.

— Christine Cuhaciyan, Counselor in Seattle, WA

DV/IPV can affect anyyone--regardless of sexuality, gender, age, religion, ability, nationality, neurodiversity. I validate clients' experiences, educate on dynamics of abuse within relationships, and work with you to remain safe, whether that means while in the relationship or not.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA
 

I have worked extensively with survivors of partner abuse, dating violence, stalking, and children, teens, and adult's who witnessed family violence. Some people may seek support in reducing harm in an abusive relationship, staying safe in leaving abuse, healing from past abuse, or finding intimacy after past abuse. I have also worked extensively with LGBTQ+ survivors of partner abuse, and am keenly aware of the barriers, stigma, and silence of LGBTQ+ partner abuse.

— Angelynn Hermes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

If you've been asking yourself "Am I crazy?" "Why can't I leave?", "Should I go no contact?" or even just "What is going on here?" you aren't alone! I offer a warm, positive and knowledgeable place to sort things out. As a survivor of domestic violence, I am a provider that can provide solid support, understanding and non-judgment. I also have specialized training in intimate partner violence, volunteered at the YWCA to facilitate survivor groups, and worked at the Portland Women's Crisis Line, Womens SAFES Shelter, and Washington County Crisis Team. I understand the difficulties involved in deciding how to manage these painful relationships, and how to heal what keeps you stuck. I also offer support groups so you can hear the perspective of others struggling with similar issues, and know you aren't alone.

— Tiffany Kettermann, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

If you've been asking yourself "Am I crazy?" "Why can't I leave?", "Should I go no contact?" or even just "What is going on here?" you aren't alone! I offer a warm, positive and knowledgeable place to sort things out. As a survivor of domestic violence, I am a provider that can provide solid support, understanding and non-judgment. I also have specialized training in intimate partner violence, volunteered at the YWCA to facilitate survivor groups, and worked at the Portland Women's Crisis Line, Womens SAFES Shelter, and Washington County Crisis Team. I understand the difficulties involved in deciding how to manage these painful relationships, and how to heal what keeps you stuck. I also offer support groups so you can hear the perspective of others struggling with similar issues, and know you aren't alone.

— Tiffany Kettermann, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Experience as a domestic violence counselor for adults, adolescents and children through group, individual and family therapy.

— Grace Gufler, Counselor in Chicago, IL

I have worked with both men and women for their intimate partner violence issues since 1997.

— Diana Groener, Counselor in Beaverton, OR
 

I work with a number of organizations to support survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence.

— Briana Lefman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Oceanside, CA

I have been working with those experiencing domestic violence since I started work as a therapist. I have received extensive training and have many hours of experience supporting those who are currently in, thinking about leaving, leaving, or have already left, unhealthy relationships. I hold a stance of non judgmental support as you contemplate whether to stay in your relationship-- a choice only you can make. I help connect you to resources when and if you're ready to leave.

— Anna McDonald, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I have clinical experience in a domestic violence shelter setting working with outreach clients -- individuals, families, and in group settings. Safety is my first priority for you. Learning to recognize and accept that possible abuse (physical, emotional, financial, verbal, etc.) could be playing out in your life -- whether male, female, LGBTQ, or other -- is a first step to reclaiming your personal autonomy.

— Cindy Purifoy, Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS

My entire life people that I love have been harmed by people who "love" them. From early high school to the present I come up against bullies that use the blunt and cowardly weapon of violence to preserve their personal world order or to expel their own hurt onto others. I have worked as a domestic violence advocate in confidential shelter, and with trafficked girls in jail. The meaning of helping someone find the call to freedom and joy from incarcerations of this kind is unspeakable.

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

Getting hurt by someone you’ve cared for is especially painful. While the physical traumas can be scary as hell, the emotional traumas can take a lot more work to heal. When I work with domestic violence survivors certain themes come up over and over again. Survivors often wonder if something’s wrong with them, why this person hurt them and why they might still care for them. These are complex questions worthy of exploration. Through a multi-modal approach that infuses relational, experiential and body-oriented approaches I help clients overcome trauma, create healthy boundaries, increase resilience, reclaim their sense of self and create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Survivors of violence and abuse (assault, domestic violence, trafficking, stalking, etc) face particular challenges in our culture and society to access services, achieve justice, and receive healing. Despite the extraordinary strength and wisdom that survivors possess, they may feel alienated, alone, or misunderstood. We live in a culture that often blames the survivors for the violence or abuse they have experienced, making the healing process especially difficult. I have specialized training and experience in working with survivors of domestic violence/intimate partner violence, including serving survivors in the LGBTQIA+ community.

— Arianna Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO
 

I am certified in the state of California as a Domistic Violence Counselor. I currently run 52 week Domestic Violence groups. *These groups meet the madated requirement of a Level 1 52 week DV group.

— Kristina Clancy, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA