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/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 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

I have been supporting the survivors of violent acts since I was an undergrad in college. Since 2007 I have been an advocate for those who most often feel voiceless. It is so important to provide a safe place for survivors to share their story, find safety and work to rebuild their life. I use a variety of tools to help you combat trauma and increase safety.

— Alison Murphey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

My first job out of college was as a case worker in an intimate partner violence housing program, and it is what ultimately brought me to psychology. Sadly, working with young adults also means working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, as this is the highest risk time. I work with folks to heal from trauma, returning towards a place of feeling safe and empowered.

— Alison Gurley, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

Domestic violence can affect people of all genders, sexualities, and social backgrounds. I worked in a domestic violence counseling center with clients experiencing on-going domestic and family violence, childhood family violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence across many types of relationships.

— Stacy Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX
 

Many survivors find that, as time goes on, the impacts of specific traumatic events begin to affect them differently. As challenging as it may feel to share your story, it is so important to find a safe place to process and cope with trauma and abuse you have survived. I am able to provide a safe place for all survivors to process, share and navigate their story. Together we will work on rebuilding your sense of self and increasing your quality of life.

— Alison Murphey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have worked with not for profit women's organizations that are shelters for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Through these experiences I have gained a passion for working with women that feel like they that don't have a voice, choice, or feel trapped. My goal is to empower you from the confidence within to use your voice, make choices for yourself and find freedom.

— Melanie Mosbarger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA
 

My first job out of college was as a case worker in an intimate partner violence housing program, and it is what ultimately brought me to psychology. Sadly, working with young adults also means working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, as this is the highest risk time. I work with folks to heal from trauma, returning towards a place of feeling safe and empowered.

— Alison Gurley, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

When appropriate, EMDR therapy is used with trauma patients.

— Tiffany Corjay, in Hot Springs, AR
 

I have worked both individually and also in a group setting with survivors of intimate partner violence. I have experience with therapeutic interventions as well as navigation of the legal system. I have both a baseline and advanced training and certification in domestic violence.

— Colleen O'Brien, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

I have worked with not for profit women's organizations that are shelters for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Through these experiences I have gained a passion for working with women that feel like they that don't have a voice, choice, or feel trapped. My goal is to empower you from the confidence within to use your voice, make choices for yourself and find freedom.

— Melanie Mosbarger, Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia Beach, VA
 

One of my driving passions as a therapist is to provide safety and support for victims of domestic violence or intimate partner violence. This is the issue I have spent the majority of my career working with and would be honored to assist anyone who is seeking safety from abuse in their relationship.

— Kelly Slaven, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dallas, TX

I am a clinically certified domestic violence counselor. I am an expert on the topics of abusive personalities, abusive relationships, targets of abuse and recovery from abuse. This is something that can be so hard to talk about because the only people who understand are your peers who have endured psychological warfare and/or crossed paths with dangerous personalities. Overcoming Stockholm syndrome can be one of the most difficult parts of recovery for some clients.

— Mandy Friedman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH
 

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is any physical, verbal, economic, or emotional abuse inflicted by a significant other (boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, dating partner). You do not have to be living together, and it does not need to be a committed relationship. If you have experienced issues of control and coercion, it likely qualifies as intimate partner violence. Counseling can help you work through issues, find self-empowerment, and encourage you to be resourceful.

— Kelly Gentry, Counselor in Nutley, NJ

I have worked with many survivors of intimate partner violence. I can help you find yourself again, I can help you heal the emotional wounds from you experience. I can assist you in learning how to recognize unhealthy patterns in relationships and how to recognize a healthy and supportive relationship.

— Nohemi Medrano, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boca Raton, FL
 

I specialize in healthy relationships. Having worked in a domestic violence shelter for multiple years, and finding many of my clients have experienced some form of partner violence. I find great passion in assisting clients in understanding what is unhealthy and finding ways to grow and heal into a stronger and healthier person.

— Natalie Coriell, Counselor in Shrewsbury, MO

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
 

Domestic violence is also known as intimate partner violence, spousal abuse, and domestic abuse. Staying in an abusive situation can have negative long-term effects. But recovery is possible. Being Clinically Certified Therapist in Domestic Abuse, I work with woman in understanding the types & cycles of abuse, creating a safety plan, and how to stay safe. I also work with children. 1 in 3 women are impacted by domestic violence in their lifetime. If you need help right away, please call 911.

— Tammie Holt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL