Domestic Abuse Therapists in Columbus, OH

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Have Faith Christian Counseling
Counselor, LPCC-S, LCDC, III, SAP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43203
Using an integrative approach we help adults, clergy/clergy families, couples, therapists and other professionals practically address issues of anger; anxiety; compassion fatigue, depression; career; grief/loss; behavioral/substance issues; relationship conflict; sexual abuse /trauma; spiritual issues; stress and life transitions.
You are a spiritual being living a human experience, which may result in challenges wounding your body, mind and spirit. At Have Faith Christian Counseling you're offered "a caring hand in life's journey," and encouragement to take a mustard seed step of faith. A step toward your healing journey of achievement, awareness, creativity, forgiveness, fulfillment, joy, self love, love of others, peace and spiritual growth. There is hope! Be encouraged. Empower yourself today to begin living the positive life you were created to live.
Using an integrative approach we help adults, clergy/clergy families, couples, therapists and other professionals practically address issues of anger; anxiety; compassion fatigue, depression; career; grief/loss; behavioral/substance issues; relationship conflict; sexual abuse /trauma; spiritual issues; stress and life transitions.
You are a spiritual being living a human experience, which may result in challenges wounding your body, mind and spirit. At Have Faith Christian Counseling you're offered "a caring hand in life's journey," and encouragement to take a mustard seed step of faith. A step toward your healing journey of achievement, awareness, creativity, forgiveness, fulfillment, joy, self love, love of others, peace and spiritual growth. There is hope! Be encouraged. Empower yourself today to begin living the positive life you were created to live.
(614) 515-4452 View (614) 515-4452
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Tami L Childs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43214
I feel the most helpful with clients who experience unmanaged symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Addiction, Grief and Trauma. Left unmanaged, these disorders can decrease our sense of self worth. A variety of other issues might develop such as relationship conflicts, loneliness, phobias, panic attacks, and substance abuse . Along with empowering individuals to become mentally strong, I enjoy helping Couples improve their relationship. Whether it's teaching communication skills, conflict resolution skills or endeavoring to heal from specific events and issues, there are gains we can make by working together.
I feel the most helpful with clients who experience unmanaged symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Addiction, Grief and Trauma. Left unmanaged, these disorders can decrease our sense of self worth. A variety of other issues might develop such as relationship conflicts, loneliness, phobias, panic attacks, and substance abuse . Along with empowering individuals to become mentally strong, I enjoy helping Couples improve their relationship. Whether it's teaching communication skills, conflict resolution skills or endeavoring to heal from specific events and issues, there are gains we can make by working together.
(614) 714-5021 View (614) 714-5021
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Diane K. Dodge J Rosen Warrior Llc Co-Owned By Lpcc-S
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LSW, CSOTS
Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
Therapist, educator, & consultant who specializes in domestic violence , and sexual offenders.
Seeking relief from relationship stress, trauma, sexual abuse , sexual offending, domestic violence offending, intimate partner abuse , infidelity, emotional abuse , etc.? Do you feel emotionally abandoned, lonely, sad, angry, resentful, maybe just a lack of satisfaction in your relationship, unfaithful partner or spouse, guilty over your own affair and helpless or trapped to end it? Do you want to untwist negative beliefs and reveal truth in a safe place? We serve individuals, teens, couples, families & groups, & courts. We also do consulting for individuals, corporations, courts, attorneys, etc. as well as expert witness work.
Therapist, educator, & consultant who specializes in domestic violence , and sexual offenders.
Seeking relief from relationship stress, trauma, sexual abuse , sexual offending, domestic violence offending, intimate partner abuse , infidelity, emotional abuse , etc.? Do you feel emotionally abandoned, lonely, sad, angry, resentful, maybe just a lack of satisfaction in your relationship, unfaithful partner or spouse, guilty over your own affair and helpless or trapped to end it? Do you want to untwist negative beliefs and reveal truth in a safe place? We serve individuals, teens, couples, families & groups, & courts. We also do consulting for individuals, corporations, courts, attorneys, etc. as well as expert witness work.
(614) 368-0287 View (614) 368-0287
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Starks Counseling & Consultation Services, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
grief/loss, community violence , domestic violence , divorce, caregiver of a disabled parent or child, etc.
Stephanie K. Starks, LISW-S, is a therapist and owner of Starks Counseling & Consultation Services, LLC . She 20 years of experience providing trauma-focused therapy. The goal at Starks Counseling is to provide “hope and healing” in a calm, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. She and her staff do this by empowering their clients with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be active participants in their own healing, as they believe that they are all simply vessels in which to help facilitate the healing process.
grief/loss, community violence , domestic violence , divorce, caregiver of a disabled parent or child, etc.
Stephanie K. Starks, LISW-S, is a therapist and owner of Starks Counseling & Consultation Services, LLC . She 20 years of experience providing trauma-focused therapy. The goal at Starks Counseling is to provide “hope and healing” in a calm, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. She and her staff do this by empowering their clients with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be active participants in their own healing, as they believe that they are all simply vessels in which to help facilitate the healing process.
(614) 831-1396 View (614) 831-1396
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Kimberly S Bozeman
Counselor, MAPCC
Verified
Columbus, OH 43207
Not accepting new clients
I specialize in Martial/Divorce distress, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Spiritual Issues, Domestic Violence , Pastors/Pastors Wives, Chronic Pain, Stress, Geriatric, Self-Esteem, Bi-polar Disorders, and many others.
I am passionate about helping people live at their fullest potential. I believe everyone has a story to tell, and I am interested in listening and learning about each one! My gifting is identifying client strengths, and the barriers that prevent fulfillment and success.Whether if you are dealing with depression, OCD, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADD, Grief, Marital, issues, etc., there is hope for you through integrated disciplines in a warm, genuine, safe, caring, nurturing environment. Contact me today to begin your new journey!
I specialize in Martial/Divorce distress, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Spiritual Issues, Domestic Violence , Pastors/Pastors Wives, Chronic Pain, Stress, Geriatric, Self-Esteem, Bi-polar Disorders, and many others.
I am passionate about helping people live at their fullest potential. I believe everyone has a story to tell, and I am interested in listening and learning about each one! My gifting is identifying client strengths, and the barriers that prevent fulfillment and success.Whether if you are dealing with depression, OCD, Anxiety, Bipolar, ADD, Grief, Marital, issues, etc., there is hope for you through integrated disciplines in a warm, genuine, safe, caring, nurturing environment. Contact me today to begin your new journey!
(614) 585-8344 View (614) 585-8344
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Cora Mayfield
Counselor, MS, LPCC-S
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43228  (Online Only)
Some of the specific areas I have experience in is working with people who are first responders or veterans, and people who have experienced violent trauma such as domestic abuse or sexual assault.
Sometimes life’s challenges can leave us feeling lost, hurt, angry, or confused. We all have unique experiences that shape who we are and sometimes we need a little support navigating those experiences and feelings. My style is to partner with you to identify and work through the struggles while building on the strengths that make you uniquely you. I enjoy working with individuals of many different races, religions, genders, and cultures. Counseling sessions with me are collaborative and laid back. My approach to each session is as unique and individualized as each person I serve.
Some of the specific areas I have experience in is working with people who are first responders or veterans, and people who have experienced violent trauma such as domestic abuse or sexual assault.
Sometimes life’s challenges can leave us feeling lost, hurt, angry, or confused. We all have unique experiences that shape who we are and sometimes we need a little support navigating those experiences and feelings. My style is to partner with you to identify and work through the struggles while building on the strengths that make you uniquely you. I enjoy working with individuals of many different races, religions, genders, and cultures. Counseling sessions with me are collaborative and laid back. My approach to each session is as unique and individualized as each person I serve.
(614) 908-2870 View (614) 908-2870
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Counseling, Ltd.
Counselor, MS, LPCC-S
Verified
Columbus, OH 43228
We are a professional counseling firm with experienced counselors in Sexual Abuse , Relationship/Marital Counseling, Family counseling, Codependency Counseling, Gender Identity, Incarceration/Probation Counseling, and specialize in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling for adults and teens, as well as Trauma and PTSD.
We are a professional counseling firm with experienced counselors in Sexual Abuse , Relationship/Marital Counseling, Family counseling, Codependency Counseling, Gender Identity, Incarceration/Probation Counseling, and specialize in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling for adults and teens, as well as Trauma and PTSD.
(614) 932-2425 View (614) 932-2425
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Cope Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD
Verified
Columbus, OH 43220  (Online Only)
I work with individuals struggling with trauma, PTSD, grief, self-esteem issues, domestic violence , terminal illness, depression, and anxiety.
My ideal client is struggling with some emotional and decisional issues. They have a myriad of conflicting emotions and several options before them. They want to make the best choice with bearable consequences.
I work with individuals struggling with trauma, PTSD, grief, self-esteem issues, domestic violence , terminal illness, depression, and anxiety.
My ideal client is struggling with some emotional and decisional issues. They have a myriad of conflicting emotions and several options before them. They want to make the best choice with bearable consequences.
(614) 541-1595 View (614) 541-1595
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Christina R Hall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, life adjustments, and also specialize in working with domestic violence , sexual abuse , and oncology.
I enjoy working with clients who may be struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, emotional management, poor self-esteem, experiencing grief and loss; who are motivated and open to change and doing homework, and who desire to be a healthier version of themselves.
I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, life adjustments, and also specialize in working with domestic violence , sexual abuse , and oncology.
I enjoy working with clients who may be struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, emotional management, poor self-esteem, experiencing grief and loss; who are motivated and open to change and doing homework, and who desire to be a healthier version of themselves.
(614) 892-9939 View (614) 892-9939
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Dr. Mitch and Lisa Marriages/Couples Workshops
PsyD, MSW
Columbus, OH 43215
We Specialize: Communication, Narcissism, Anger, Control, Alcohol, Emotional Abuse , Co-Dependency.
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
We Specialize: Communication, Narcissism, Anger, Control, Alcohol, Emotional Abuse , Co-Dependency.
Relationships in Crisis: We Have Several Private Couples/Marriage Workshops & Individual Sessions, in order to Rapidly Accelerate Your Healing & Your Communication Process (Traditional 45 min. session Simply Does Not Work). During these 2 to 4 weeks, we will see both of you Together & Individually, as well as Help each of you Learn the Art of Empathy, Sensitivity & Compassion. These Workshops are Informative & Powerful, in order to Accelerate the Healing Process & Stop any further Damage from Occurring. In Addition, Our Success RATE is 85% of Our Couples that have Successfully Completed Our Couples Workshops or Alcohol Treatment.
(380) 204-9224 View (380) 204-9224
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Krystle Collins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
Not accepting new clients
I understand what it's like to feel like a victim of circumstance.
Control and power are important. Mental illness, life stressors, change, relationship problems, are all things that make us feel like we are spiraling out of control. My clients are individuals that understand that regaining control and power in their own lives is the first essential step to achieving wellness. While my main focus is trauma, I work with a wide variety of people who are ready to make the essential changes in their lives to be the happiest, healthiest version of themselves.
I understand what it's like to feel like a victim of circumstance.
Control and power are important. Mental illness, life stressors, change, relationship problems, are all things that make us feel like we are spiraling out of control. My clients are individuals that understand that regaining control and power in their own lives is the first essential step to achieving wellness. While my main focus is trauma, I work with a wide variety of people who are ready to make the essential changes in their lives to be the happiest, healthiest version of themselves.
(614) 698-1402 View (614) 698-1402
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Karen Weiman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S, LMSW, PMH-C, LICDC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43230  (Online Only)
Trauma & PTSD, Sexual Abuse , and Anxiety, are my top specialties, though I have numerous years helping those heal from most all traumas.
I have been in the mental health field, working with anxiety and trauma, for 20+ years! YOU appear driven and put together on the outside, but are struggling internally. You are wanting relief. Perhaps the anxiety is the result of something that happened to you. If your life is inhibited by your past in any way, this is the right place for you. I can help you find what is on the other side of the anxiety and fear, which could be peace, relief, and authenticity. I have intensive and specialized training in Trauma, PTSD and the resulting anxiety that comes from overwhelming or unsafe situations & people.
Trauma & PTSD, Sexual Abuse , and Anxiety, are my top specialties, though I have numerous years helping those heal from most all traumas.
I have been in the mental health field, working with anxiety and trauma, for 20+ years! YOU appear driven and put together on the outside, but are struggling internally. You are wanting relief. Perhaps the anxiety is the result of something that happened to you. If your life is inhibited by your past in any way, this is the right place for you. I can help you find what is on the other side of the anxiety and fear, which could be peace, relief, and authenticity. I have intensive and specialized training in Trauma, PTSD and the resulting anxiety that comes from overwhelming or unsafe situations & people.
(740) 685-4452 View (740) 685-4452
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Arin Wade
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
With seven years-experience in the field of Mental Health Counseling, Arin enjoys working with youth and families, women, couples, hoarders, and domestic violence survivors and offenders.
As we progress into the second year of being limited in traveling, gathering and socializing, we are finding ourselves less able to avoid our triggers, struggles, self image and overcome messages of being misunderstood and alone. For some, these last two years have caused more strain than strength within your relationship with children, family and or your partner. No matter the situation that brings a person to counseling the goal is to find a supportive, strength based, experienced, and compassionate clinician who will also challenge them to see that beyond the immediate storm there are blooming flowers.
With seven years-experience in the field of Mental Health Counseling, Arin enjoys working with youth and families, women, couples, hoarders, and domestic violence survivors and offenders.
As we progress into the second year of being limited in traveling, gathering and socializing, we are finding ourselves less able to avoid our triggers, struggles, self image and overcome messages of being misunderstood and alone. For some, these last two years have caused more strain than strength within your relationship with children, family and or your partner. No matter the situation that brings a person to counseling the goal is to find a supportive, strength based, experienced, and compassionate clinician who will also challenge them to see that beyond the immediate storm there are blooming flowers.
(614) 418-6814 View (614) 418-6814
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Tiffany D Hayes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S
Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43235
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in trauma, sexual abuse and assault, psychological abuse , domestic violence , spiritual abuse , anxiety, depression, grief and loss, caregiver stress and much more.
I am located in Columbus/Worthington area and I offer in person and tele-health visits. I consider myself an eclectic therapist who uses a multitude of therapies to create the best fit for each client. I am trauma focused and am trained in EMDR, IFS informed EMDR, in addition to DBT and CBT. My goal is to help each of my clients work through their traumas, embrace their strengths and become an empowered and confident person. I do have a therapy dog in training and she will eventually attend all counseling sessions.
I specialize in trauma, sexual abuse and assault, psychological abuse , domestic violence , spiritual abuse , anxiety, depression, grief and loss, caregiver stress and much more.
I am located in Columbus/Worthington area and I offer in person and tele-health visits. I consider myself an eclectic therapist who uses a multitude of therapies to create the best fit for each client. I am trauma focused and am trained in EMDR, IFS informed EMDR, in addition to DBT and CBT. My goal is to help each of my clients work through their traumas, embrace their strengths and become an empowered and confident person. I do have a therapy dog in training and she will eventually attend all counseling sessions.
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Olena S Sowers
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC, MS, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience working with childhood trauma, abuse and neglect, medical trauma, first responders, veterans, motor vehicle accident victims, domestic violence victims, gun violence survivors and more.
Tired of feeling stuck, falling into the same old patterns, or reliving the past? Other therapy hasn’t helped as much as you hoped? People often come to me when they are tired of feeling anxious, depressed, angry, on edge, hyper vigilant, or traumatized but talk therapy treatments have not had much success. I am here to tell you that you don’t have to live this way. Healing is possible. I believe that clients are experts on their lives, and ultimately know what is best for them and what they need. I won’t make decisions for you, but together, we will collaborate on how to best move forward and improve your wellbeing.
I have experience working with childhood trauma, abuse and neglect, medical trauma, first responders, veterans, motor vehicle accident victims, domestic violence victims, gun violence survivors and more.
Tired of feeling stuck, falling into the same old patterns, or reliving the past? Other therapy hasn’t helped as much as you hoped? People often come to me when they are tired of feeling anxious, depressed, angry, on edge, hyper vigilant, or traumatized but talk therapy treatments have not had much success. I am here to tell you that you don’t have to live this way. Healing is possible. I believe that clients are experts on their lives, and ultimately know what is best for them and what they need. I won’t make decisions for you, but together, we will collaborate on how to best move forward and improve your wellbeing.
(614) 412-5746 View (614) 412-5746
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Intrinsic Connections Counseling, LLC
Counselor, PhD, LPCC-S
Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
Areas of focus that I specialize in are trauma, grief, depression, substance abuse , and various other mental and emotional disorders.
There is a way to regain hope and confidence. I can help you as you work through difficult times to make sense of and overcome difficult life situations. Many times, it is the perception that things are impossible that can stop someone from moving forward and healing. I would like to work with you through whatever concerns you. My passion for this field and desire to help others, is what will make this a positive opportunity for you to achieve your goals.
Areas of focus that I specialize in are trauma, grief, depression, substance abuse , and various other mental and emotional disorders.
There is a way to regain hope and confidence. I can help you as you work through difficult times to make sense of and overcome difficult life situations. Many times, it is the perception that things are impossible that can stop someone from moving forward and healing. I would like to work with you through whatever concerns you. My passion for this field and desire to help others, is what will make this a positive opportunity for you to achieve your goals.
(614) 418-6694 View (614) 418-6694
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Maxine D. Sims
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MSEd, LPC
Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." ~Haruki Murakami.. Interpretations of events throughout our lives plays a fundamental role in our level of satisfaction in life. Understanding perspective, which shapes our view of the world, is essential in the change process. Because of this understanding I use an eclectic approach to counseling with an emphasis on Cognitive Restructuring to help my clients navigate through life's ups and downs. Working in several different areas of mental health including community mental health, substance abuse , and home- based family counseling has given me the opportunity to work with individuals and families from diverse populations and socioeconomic statuses.
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." ~Haruki Murakami.. Interpretations of events throughout our lives plays a fundamental role in our level of satisfaction in life. Understanding perspective, which shapes our view of the world, is essential in the change process. Because of this understanding I use an eclectic approach to counseling with an emphasis on Cognitive Restructuring to help my clients navigate through life's ups and downs. Working in several different areas of mental health including community mental health, substance abuse , and home- based family counseling has given me the opportunity to work with individuals and families from diverse populations and socioeconomic statuses.
(614) 940-4868 View (614) 940-4868
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Christina R Hall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, life adjustments, and also specialize in working with domestic violence , sexual abuse , and oncology.
I enjoy working with clients who may be struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, emotional management, poor self-esteem, experiencing grief and loss; who are motivated and open to change and doing homework, and who desire to be a healthier version of themselves.
I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, life adjustments, and also specialize in working with domestic violence , sexual abuse , and oncology.
I enjoy working with clients who may be struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, emotional management, poor self-esteem, experiencing grief and loss; who are motivated and open to change and doing homework, and who desire to be a healthier version of themselves.
(380) 600-8304 View (380) 600-8304
Naomi Harding
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified
Columbus, OH 43212
I am a Licensed Social worker and experienced in working with Intimate Partner Violence , Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance use.
Are you struggling with managing your interpersonal relationships, your responsibilities? Are you feeling overwhelmed and need a safe space to sort through your emotions? Therapy might be the answer to guiding you towards resolution and relief.
I am a Licensed Social worker and experienced in working with Intimate Partner Violence , Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, and Substance use.
Are you struggling with managing your interpersonal relationships, your responsibilities? Are you feeling overwhelmed and need a safe space to sort through your emotions? Therapy might be the answer to guiding you towards resolution and relief.
(614) 756-6698 View (614) 756-6698
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Robyn J Kelly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified
Columbus, OH 43219  (Online Only)
I specialize in narcissistic abuse recovery/low to no empathy abuse recovery, anxiety, depression, and gender dysphoria.
You're ready for change & prepared to embark on a new journey & I would like to help you do that. I would like to help you identify & work through the challenges keeping you from fully enjoying life. I am a compassionate and personable professional who offers personalized care in a warm & friendly environment. I offer a variety of services customized to fit your personal needs: Individual & Couples/Family/Group Therapy Services.
I specialize in narcissistic abuse recovery/low to no empathy abuse recovery, anxiety, depression, and gender dysphoria.
You're ready for change & prepared to embark on a new journey & I would like to help you do that. I would like to help you identify & work through the challenges keeping you from fully enjoying life. I am a compassionate and personable professional who offers personalized care in a warm & friendly environment. I offer a variety of services customized to fit your personal needs: Individual & Couples/Family/Group Therapy Services.
(513) 953-4579 View (513) 953-4579

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Domestic Abuse Therapists

What are the most effective ways to recover from domestic abuse?

Leaving an abusive relationship requires tremendous courage, so survivors in treatment should recognize that they have already completed the most important step. Still, the trauma of physical or emotional abuse can be difficult to process and overcome. Therapy can help survivors process trauma, grief, and difficult emotions, treat relevant mental health symptoms, and create a new framework for boundaries and relationships in the future. For some, support groups can also be an invaluable outlet for healing.

When should an individual seek help for domestic abuse?

Victims of intimate partner violence should seek help immediately. It can take substantial time, planning, energy, and courage to leave an abusive relationship, but starting the process—by seeking therapy, calling the domestic violence hotline, or simply confiding in a loved one—will help them get there. Those who have left abusive relationships but haven’t sought treatment can also greatly benefit from therapy to process and heal from the experience.

What are the consequences of staying in an abusive relationship?

Remaining in an abusive relationship has serious repercussions. In addition to the ongoing threat of physical danger and emotional abuse, research shows that intimate partner violence is associated with a range of mental health disorders including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and substance abuse. Therefore it’s important for individuals in an abusive relationship to seek help as soon as possible.

How can you get domestic abuse treatment for someone else?

It can be very complicated to identify and leave an abusive relationship; barriers include the threat of violence, financial instability, and family pressures. Those concerned about a loved one in an abusive relationship should talk to them about the situation, provide them with resources such as the domestic violence hotline, and introduce the idea of seeing a therapist due to their concern for the person’s safety and well-being.