Domestic Abuse Therapists in Dallas, TX

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Steffanie Shea Strawbridge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75206
A few areas that I specialize in are Attachment issues, Adoption, Kinship Care, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Behavioral Issues in children, and general Trauma.
I believe that everyone needs someone who will give them a safe, non-judgmental place to work through problems or stresses. I see the role of a therapist as someone who dives into the deep end of your emotions/problems and helps guide you on how to swim your way out. I will be there if you start to drown to help keep your head above water, but I will also help you develop the skills to get out of the deep end and know how to navigate it should you end up there again.
A few areas that I specialize in are Attachment issues, Adoption, Kinship Care, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Parenting, Behavioral Issues in children, and general Trauma.
I believe that everyone needs someone who will give them a safe, non-judgmental place to work through problems or stresses. I see the role of a therapist as someone who dives into the deep end of your emotions/problems and helps guide you on how to swim your way out. I will be there if you start to drown to help keep your head above water, but I will also help you develop the skills to get out of the deep end and know how to navigate it should you end up there again.
(512) 714-3403 View (512) 714-3403
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Emari Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, EMDR
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75201  (Online Only)
Whenever we experience interpersonal betrayal or abuse, we often feel as if we have lost a part of ourselves. We can experience a range of feelings such as shame, isolation and have difficulty offering ourselves compassion. After such pain, it can be hard to trust other people again as well as yourself. You may have trouble forming a healthy relationship with yourself and creating deep connections with other people. Together, we can create a safe space for you to find your voice, discover who you are, and build meaningful experiences again. My approach is to meet you where you are by working from your values and belief system.
Whenever we experience interpersonal betrayal or abuse, we often feel as if we have lost a part of ourselves. We can experience a range of feelings such as shame, isolation and have difficulty offering ourselves compassion. After such pain, it can be hard to trust other people again as well as yourself. You may have trouble forming a healthy relationship with yourself and creating deep connections with other people. Together, we can create a safe space for you to find your voice, discover who you are, and build meaningful experiences again. My approach is to meet you where you are by working from your values and belief system.
(512) 862-0842 View (512) 862-0842
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Out Of the Blue
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75219  (Online Only)
Do you feel like you're going crazy? That you just cannot do anything right? Do you feel stuck but want to leave? Are you being: belittled, criticized, stalked, harassed, accused of cheating, or threatened? ​ Or maybe, you are the one feeling insecure in the relationship and are doing these things. ​ Relationships can be hard and confusing so I am here to help with guidance. This is individual counseling. I do not provide couples counseling due to the toxic nature of abuse. I want the person to feel safe coming to me and sometimes, people can hold back or feel unsafe due to a partner's actions.
Do you feel like you're going crazy? That you just cannot do anything right? Do you feel stuck but want to leave? Are you being: belittled, criticized, stalked, harassed, accused of cheating, or threatened? ​ Or maybe, you are the one feeling insecure in the relationship and are doing these things. ​ Relationships can be hard and confusing so I am here to help with guidance. This is individual counseling. I do not provide couples counseling due to the toxic nature of abuse. I want the person to feel safe coming to me and sometimes, people can hold back or feel unsafe due to a partner's actions.
(940) 283-7524 View (940) 283-7524
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Johanna Horstman
Licensed Professional Counselor
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75229
Areas of specialization include premarital, marriage, divorce intervention, pornography and/or sex addiction, intimate partner violence, communication, conflict resolution, trauma, grief/loss.
I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with degrees in Christian education and Biblical counseling. I believe that all people should be treated with dignity, grace, and mercy, and that everyone struggles with the basic building blocks of society: relationships. My work is focused on individuals, married couples, families, employees, and small groups.
Areas of specialization include premarital, marriage, divorce intervention, pornography and/or sex addiction, intimate partner violence, communication, conflict resolution, trauma, grief/loss.
I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with degrees in Christian education and Biblical counseling. I believe that all people should be treated with dignity, grace, and mercy, and that everyone struggles with the basic building blocks of society: relationships. My work is focused on individuals, married couples, families, employees, and small groups.
(214) 530-0021 View (214) 530-0021
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Faith Brugner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75204  (Online Only)
My background experience is with survivors of abuse and children/teens in foster care using attachment models to improve family dynamics.
I am thankful and encouraged that you have started exploring therapy. I acknowledge this first brave step. I don’t believe therapy is a “one size fits all,” and place high priority on working to find a treatment model that best fits your goals and needs. Whether you are seeking therapy to heal from a history of or recent trauma, learn healthy coping skills, process grief, identify patterns of negative thinking and behavior, improve family dynamics or find new parenting strategies, we can find a treatment plan that uniquely suits you.
My background experience is with survivors of abuse and children/teens in foster care using attachment models to improve family dynamics.
I am thankful and encouraged that you have started exploring therapy. I acknowledge this first brave step. I don’t believe therapy is a “one size fits all,” and place high priority on working to find a treatment model that best fits your goals and needs. Whether you are seeking therapy to heal from a history of or recent trauma, learn healthy coping skills, process grief, identify patterns of negative thinking and behavior, improve family dynamics or find new parenting strategies, we can find a treatment plan that uniquely suits you.
(469) 646-7513 View (469) 646-7513
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Brittany Stilwell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75243
I work closely with family members of personality disordered individuals, abuse victims, and challenges unique to being in the LGBTQ+ community.
First things first... You are not "broken"; there is not something "wrong" with you. Oh yeah, and you're not "crazy." We all develop views of the world and coping behaviors based on our life experiences. It's what your brain does naturally to help you adapt and survive! I enjoy helping my clients become aware of these skills and utilize them effectively. Simultaneously, I enjoy aiding clients in the development of new skills and tools to assist in places where the old ones just aren't working anymore.
I work closely with family members of personality disordered individuals, abuse victims, and challenges unique to being in the LGBTQ+ community.
First things first... You are not "broken"; there is not something "wrong" with you. Oh yeah, and you're not "crazy." We all develop views of the world and coping behaviors based on our life experiences. It's what your brain does naturally to help you adapt and survive! I enjoy helping my clients become aware of these skills and utilize them effectively. Simultaneously, I enjoy aiding clients in the development of new skills and tools to assist in places where the old ones just aren't working anymore.
(903) 225-2738 View (903) 225-2738
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Lisa Brune
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75240  (Online Only)
Extensive experience with victims of crime including those effected by domestic violence, sexual assault & abuse.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience, licensed both Texas and Louisiana. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, I work with adolescents, adults, and seniors. I see individuals, couples, and families in the Telehealth setting. A Certified Family & Divorce Mediator, my skills and experience allow me to be compassionate, ethical, and effective. I am also certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) which targets managing stress in Critical Incidents and abnormal situations, helping with the “healing process” so that the likelihood of long-term trauma is lessened.
Extensive experience with victims of crime including those effected by domestic violence, sexual assault & abuse.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience, licensed both Texas and Louisiana. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, I work with adolescents, adults, and seniors. I see individuals, couples, and families in the Telehealth setting. A Certified Family & Divorce Mediator, my skills and experience allow me to be compassionate, ethical, and effective. I am also certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) which targets managing stress in Critical Incidents and abnormal situations, helping with the “healing process” so that the likelihood of long-term trauma is lessened.
(214) 731-4047 View (214) 731-4047
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Shannon Purtell
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC-S, CART
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75287
Many people suffer abuse, neglect or trauma.
I have a passion for helping clients through difficult life circumstances and transitions. Helping clients improve their health and well-being is my one of my greatest joys and the reason I became a therapist. I have over 20 years experience helping clients with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma and problematic anger.
Many people suffer abuse, neglect or trauma.
I have a passion for helping clients through difficult life circumstances and transitions. Helping clients improve their health and well-being is my one of my greatest joys and the reason I became a therapist. I have over 20 years experience helping clients with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma and problematic anger.
(972) 316-7325 View (972) 316-7325
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Alyssa Vargas
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75248
I have a passion and experience working with clients across the lifespan who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, abuse, sexual assault, relationship conflicts, grief, life transitions, and more.
Hey Y’all! My name is Alyssa Vargas. I am a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I approach counseling through a collaborative and humanistic perspective. I believe every client should be met where they are in their healing journey. I enjoy working with clients as they explore ways their life experiences have impacted their present self. My goal is to create a safe space where you feel supported and free to be your most authentic self.
I have a passion and experience working with clients across the lifespan who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, abuse, sexual assault, relationship conflicts, grief, life transitions, and more.
Hey Y’all! My name is Alyssa Vargas. I am a bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I approach counseling through a collaborative and humanistic perspective. I believe every client should be met where they are in their healing journey. I enjoy working with clients as they explore ways their life experiences have impacted their present self. My goal is to create a safe space where you feel supported and free to be your most authentic self.
(469) 812-7203 View (469) 812-7203
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Zachary A Borynack Ph. D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75206
My areas of specialty are Depression, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Relational Problems.
It is my belief that psychotherapy has the best chance to be effective when the client and therapist have a strong therapeutic alliance. That is, they have a good working relationship and are working toward exactly the same goals using methods or approaches best suited for the client. I strive to achieve this by providing a warm and safe climate, listening closely to the needs of my clients, and discussing our options and strategies.
My areas of specialty are Depression, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Relational Problems.
It is my belief that psychotherapy has the best chance to be effective when the client and therapist have a strong therapeutic alliance. That is, they have a good working relationship and are working toward exactly the same goals using methods or approaches best suited for the client. I strive to achieve this by providing a warm and safe climate, listening closely to the needs of my clients, and discussing our options and strategies.
(214) 263-7386 View (214) 263-7386
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Kayla Bryant
LPC Associate, MS
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75214  (Online Only)
If you endured a traumatic relationship or event, whether recently or in childhood, I can help. I specialize in counseling individuals who have experienced trauma, especially relational abuse or loss. Trauma (or PTSD) can affect your confidence, your current relationships, your mood, or your ability to make changes in your life. You might experience panic attacks, feel persistent fear, feel stuck, or have physical pain. Anxiety is a common symptom of PTSD, but might stand alone. Living with severe anxiety can feel like you have lost control of your life. I can help you regain confidence and manage symptoms associated with PTSD.
If you endured a traumatic relationship or event, whether recently or in childhood, I can help. I specialize in counseling individuals who have experienced trauma, especially relational abuse or loss. Trauma (or PTSD) can affect your confidence, your current relationships, your mood, or your ability to make changes in your life. You might experience panic attacks, feel persistent fear, feel stuck, or have physical pain. Anxiety is a common symptom of PTSD, but might stand alone. Living with severe anxiety can feel like you have lost control of your life. I can help you regain confidence and manage symptoms associated with PTSD.
(972) 299-3422 View (972) 299-3422
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Alexa Marrach
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75231
I have extensive experience working with people coping with different types of issues ranging from mild adjustment difficulties to chronic and severe psychosis. I have worked with clients in various treatment settings, including out-patient clinics, a university counseling center, a partial hospitalization program, nursing homes, psychiatric in-patient treatment, residential substance abuse treatment programs, and private practice. My areas of specialization include relationship issues, loss / grief, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and post-partum adjustment. In addition, I treat both individuals and couples.
I have extensive experience working with people coping with different types of issues ranging from mild adjustment difficulties to chronic and severe psychosis. I have worked with clients in various treatment settings, including out-patient clinics, a university counseling center, a partial hospitalization program, nursing homes, psychiatric in-patient treatment, residential substance abuse treatment programs, and private practice. My areas of specialization include relationship issues, loss / grief, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and post-partum adjustment. In addition, I treat both individuals and couples.
(214) 519-8641 View (214) 519-8641
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David Hanson
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MDiv, CSAT, EMDR, SE
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75209
I address issues of sexual abuse and addiction, partners of infidelity or sex addicts trauma, substance abuse, developmental immaturity, divorce, and failure to launch young men.
Many people see therapy as a one-sided conversation, with little opportunity for interaction or getting to experience each other as real people. I can promise you that I am as real as it gets! I want to help you achieve whatever solutions and life changes you are looking for while enjoying the process as much as possible and experiencing yourself in new ways. Simply put, I don't believe therapy has to always be a painful thing. Calling a therapist can be intimidating, but I hope you will take a moment (and maybe a deep breath) to call and see how I can help.
I address issues of sexual abuse and addiction, partners of infidelity or sex addicts trauma, substance abuse, developmental immaturity, divorce, and failure to launch young men.
Many people see therapy as a one-sided conversation, with little opportunity for interaction or getting to experience each other as real people. I can promise you that I am as real as it gets! I want to help you achieve whatever solutions and life changes you are looking for while enjoying the process as much as possible and experiencing yourself in new ways. Simply put, I don't believe therapy has to always be a painful thing. Calling a therapist can be intimidating, but I hope you will take a moment (and maybe a deep breath) to call and see how I can help.
(469) 300-5247 View (469) 300-5247
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Vanessa Gonzalez Hypnotherapy
CMS, CHT, FIBH
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75219
Are you curious about Hypnotherapy? I'm a Medical Hypnotherapist, with almost 10 years of experience and I love what I do. I am still in awe of how powerful the mind can be. My practice primarily focuses on healing past trauma, anxiety and letting go of fears/ phobias. I am the Hypnotherapist for you 1. If you struggle with anxiety, stress, or panic attacks 2. If you would like to heal a past trauma 3. If you feel stuck, lost, or lack clarity 4. If you want to learn about your mind and your intuitive gifts 5. If you are ready to let go of a fear or a phobia 6. If you are in the process of healing from narcissistic abuse.
Are you curious about Hypnotherapy? I'm a Medical Hypnotherapist, with almost 10 years of experience and I love what I do. I am still in awe of how powerful the mind can be. My practice primarily focuses on healing past trauma, anxiety and letting go of fears/ phobias. I am the Hypnotherapist for you 1. If you struggle with anxiety, stress, or panic attacks 2. If you would like to heal a past trauma 3. If you feel stuck, lost, or lack clarity 4. If you want to learn about your mind and your intuitive gifts 5. If you are ready to let go of a fear or a phobia 6. If you are in the process of healing from narcissistic abuse.
(214) 225-3115 View (214) 225-3115
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Jessica Endres
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75244  (Online Only)
Many of my clients have experienced a traumatic event(s) such as sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, or neglect. The last ones can be harder to define because invalidation is a common form of emotional neglect that is hard to label. Despite what the trauma is or if it falls into one of those categories exactly, if it affects you, then it matters. Clients come to me with confusion and emotional pain that I help them sift through and connect with in order to heal and return to their new normal version of life. I welcome all clients from all walks of life, races, cultures, genders, and preferences.
Many of my clients have experienced a traumatic event(s) such as sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, or neglect. The last ones can be harder to define because invalidation is a common form of emotional neglect that is hard to label. Despite what the trauma is or if it falls into one of those categories exactly, if it affects you, then it matters. Clients come to me with confusion and emotional pain that I help them sift through and connect with in order to heal and return to their new normal version of life. I welcome all clients from all walks of life, races, cultures, genders, and preferences.
(214) 983-0528 View (214) 983-0528
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Hazel Hill
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75202
I have provided treatment in individual and group modalities; for concerns that include: Dual Diagnosis, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and Domestic Violence.
Thank you for your willingness to begin a healing journey. I obtained a Master of Arts in Human Services: Marriage and Family (specialization) and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (in the State of Texas) since 2019. I have experience providing care in multiple treatment settings that include, private practice - Christian counseling - in training/referrals, inpatient/outpatient facilities, primary/secondary educational settings, and group practice - telehealth therapy services.
I have provided treatment in individual and group modalities; for concerns that include: Dual Diagnosis, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and Domestic Violence.
Thank you for your willingness to begin a healing journey. I obtained a Master of Arts in Human Services: Marriage and Family (specialization) and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (in the State of Texas) since 2019. I have experience providing care in multiple treatment settings that include, private practice - Christian counseling - in training/referrals, inpatient/outpatient facilities, primary/secondary educational settings, and group practice - telehealth therapy services.
(214) 367-6789 View (214) 367-6789
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Mallori Thompson Lpcassociate Supervised By Martha Franek-Montanez
LPC Associate, MS
Verified Verified
Dallas, TX 75229  (Online Only)
I have experience in anxiety, depression, and domestic violence.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile! Women can experience many challenges in life such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, perinatal issues, trauma, and domestic violence. I have a passion for empathizing, sympathizing and encouraging women to conquer these hardships. We all have the tools we need to heal but I can assist you on how to utilizing those tools to enable your healing journey. I am committed to personalizing each client's treatment plan to fit their individual needs.
I have experience in anxiety, depression, and domestic violence.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my profile! Women can experience many challenges in life such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, perinatal issues, trauma, and domestic violence. I have a passion for empathizing, sympathizing and encouraging women to conquer these hardships. We all have the tools we need to heal but I can assist you on how to utilizing those tools to enable your healing journey. I am committed to personalizing each client's treatment plan to fit their individual needs.
(469) 807-7882 View (469) 807-7882
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Kaylah Hunter
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75208
Waitlist for new clients
I primarily work with issues surrounding anxiety, depression, domestic violence, sexual violence, self-esteem, PTSD, attachment styles, and relationship issues.
“When you’re not used to being confident, confidence can feel like arrogance. When you’re used to being passive, assertiveness feels like aggression. When you’re not used to getting your needs met, prioritizing yourself feels selfish. Your comfort zone is not a good benchmark.” - Dr. Vassilia
I primarily work with issues surrounding anxiety, depression, domestic violence, sexual violence, self-esteem, PTSD, attachment styles, and relationship issues.
“When you’re not used to being confident, confidence can feel like arrogance. When you’re used to being passive, assertiveness feels like aggression. When you’re not used to getting your needs met, prioritizing yourself feels selfish. Your comfort zone is not a good benchmark.” - Dr. Vassilia
(469) 389-2068 View (469) 389-2068
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Cindy Hyde
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA MFT, LPC, NACT, CPTT, CCTP-II
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75248
If Narcissistic Abuse, Toxic Relationships and Pathological Love Relationships are a pattern in your life or if you have experienced a Narcissistic Parent or Emotionally Immature Parent, Complex Trauma, Complex PTSD, love addiction/avoidance, codependency, infidelity, divorce or partner addiction, I can help. Do you stay in the wrong relationships too long? Do you keep picking the same type of person in relationships? Are family of origin relationships a problem? Are you an Adult Child of a dysfunctional family? Are you ready to have healthy relationships? If you answered yes to any of these, you have come to the right place.
If Narcissistic Abuse, Toxic Relationships and Pathological Love Relationships are a pattern in your life or if you have experienced a Narcissistic Parent or Emotionally Immature Parent, Complex Trauma, Complex PTSD, love addiction/avoidance, codependency, infidelity, divorce or partner addiction, I can help. Do you stay in the wrong relationships too long? Do you keep picking the same type of person in relationships? Are family of origin relationships a problem? Are you an Adult Child of a dysfunctional family? Are you ready to have healthy relationships? If you answered yes to any of these, you have come to the right place.
(469) 382-4375 View (469) 382-4375
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Stephanie Clanton
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Dallas, TX 75231
I specialize in treating victims of sexual, physical, emotional and psychological abuse, family members and loved ones of those impacted by addiction, PTSD, dissociative disorders and anxiety related disorders.
My clients would describe me as competent, easy to talk to and compassionate. I am passionate about creating an environment where you can feel safe and heard. Carl Rogers once said, “We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” I believe that therapeutic work is most helpful when you can sense that you are working with a therapist who genuinely cares and will listen. From that foundation, there will also be space for you to reflect and receive insight that will aid in meeting your goals.
I specialize in treating victims of sexual, physical, emotional and psychological abuse, family members and loved ones of those impacted by addiction, PTSD, dissociative disorders and anxiety related disorders.
My clients would describe me as competent, easy to talk to and compassionate. I am passionate about creating an environment where you can feel safe and heard. Carl Rogers once said, “We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” I believe that therapeutic work is most helpful when you can sense that you are working with a therapist who genuinely cares and will listen. From that foundation, there will also be space for you to reflect and receive insight that will aid in meeting your goals.
(214) 891-7484 View (214) 891-7484
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.