Domestic Abuse Therapists in Houston, TX

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A Place of Peace Therapeutic Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77084  (Online Only)
Hello! I am DeEdra Powell LMSW, LCSW licensed in the state Texas. I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors in Communication and a Masters Degree in Social Work in 2016. I have spent the last 15 years of my career working with children and families in the child welfare system helping to mend families while treating the individual. I have a wealth of knowledge in issues related to parenting, attachment, substance abuse, trauma and child development.
Hello! I am DeEdra Powell LMSW, LCSW licensed in the state Texas. I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors in Communication and a Masters Degree in Social Work in 2016. I have spent the last 15 years of my career working with children and families in the child welfare system helping to mend families while treating the individual. I have a wealth of knowledge in issues related to parenting, attachment, substance abuse, trauma and child development.
(832) 521-8251 View (832) 521-8251
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Lisa B. Layne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77058
For over 20 years in the Clear Lake, Baytown and Galveston areas, Ms. Layne, has provided child( ages 6+), adolescent, adult, couples, and family therapy. She has provided trauma-recovery, cognitive behavioral, behavior modification, and insight oriented therapy, to survivors of sex, physical, emotional abuse and other life changing events. Ms. Layne has extensive experience working in juvenile justice systems, and under the guidance of psychiatrists, and psychologists providing assessments, crisis, short, and longer term therapy services.
For over 20 years in the Clear Lake, Baytown and Galveston areas, Ms. Layne, has provided child( ages 6+), adolescent, adult, couples, and family therapy. She has provided trauma-recovery, cognitive behavioral, behavior modification, and insight oriented therapy, to survivors of sex, physical, emotional abuse and other life changing events. Ms. Layne has extensive experience working in juvenile justice systems, and under the guidance of psychiatrists, and psychologists providing assessments, crisis, short, and longer term therapy services.
(281) 942-4093 View (281) 942-4093
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Fatima Ali
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77084
I have had the privilege to work with clients dealing with a variety of struggles like depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, relationship issues, self-esteem, domestic/sexual violence, trauma, grief, and loss.
I believe in empowering individuals by helping them reach their full potential through emotional healing and mindful choices. Life can be uncertain, and I am here to support you through those uncertainties by helping you process your thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment. If you are here today, I am proud of you for being courageous and taking the first big step towards making a change in your life. If you are ready to reach out to me, I would love to walk along with you on your healing journey.
I have had the privilege to work with clients dealing with a variety of struggles like depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, relationship issues, self-esteem, domestic/sexual violence, trauma, grief, and loss.
I believe in empowering individuals by helping them reach their full potential through emotional healing and mindful choices. Life can be uncertain, and I am here to support you through those uncertainties by helping you process your thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment. If you are here today, I am proud of you for being courageous and taking the first big step towards making a change in your life. If you are ready to reach out to me, I would love to walk along with you on your healing journey.
(281) 801-7073 View (281) 801-7073
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Clarissa B. Sourada
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77004
I earned a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a BA in Victim Studies from Sam Houston State University.
I want to help you be your most successful, healthy, and authentic self, and am here to support and empower you as a guide to overcoming your personal struggles. I believe everyone is the expert in their own lives, and I treat others with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. As a friendly and relatable professional, I deeply honor the client’s unique perspective and strive to develop a successful therapeutic relationship. I also push clients out of their comfort zones by challenging their existing thought processes and patterns.
I earned a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a BA in Victim Studies from Sam Houston State University.
I want to help you be your most successful, healthy, and authentic self, and am here to support and empower you as a guide to overcoming your personal struggles. I believe everyone is the expert in their own lives, and I treat others with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. As a friendly and relatable professional, I deeply honor the client’s unique perspective and strive to develop a successful therapeutic relationship. I also push clients out of their comfort zones by challenging their existing thought processes and patterns.
(832) 346-8898 View (832) 346-8898
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Scott D Altamirano
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77063
To me, a large part of therapy is about grieving, acceptance, and peace within ourselves and others; I am particularly good at helping people get in touch with their feelings. I tend to work with the heavier side of therapy, that include drug/ alcohol /cannabis addiction, domestic violence, narcissism, borderline, sex/porn addiction, sex offense, sexual shame, couples working through sobriety-recovery dynamics, infidelity, poly relationships, court, and anger management. I tend to work really well with those who enjoy dark humor, who are avoidant by nature, and those who are seeking redemption from guilt/shame.
To me, a large part of therapy is about grieving, acceptance, and peace within ourselves and others; I am particularly good at helping people get in touch with their feelings. I tend to work with the heavier side of therapy, that include drug/ alcohol /cannabis addiction, domestic violence, narcissism, borderline, sex/porn addiction, sex offense, sexual shame, couples working through sobriety-recovery dynamics, infidelity, poly relationships, court, and anger management. I tend to work really well with those who enjoy dark humor, who are avoidant by nature, and those who are seeking redemption from guilt/shame.
(214) 617-1662 View (214) 617-1662
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Scott D Altamirano
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77063  (Online Only)
To me, a large part of therapy is about grieving, acceptance, and peace within ourselves and others; I am particularly good at helping people get in touch with their feelings. I tend to work with the heavier side of therapy, that include drug/ alcohol /cannabis addiction, domestic violence, narcissism, borderline, sex/porn addiction, sex offense, sexual shame, couples working through sobriety-recovery dynamics, infidelity, poly relationships, court, and anger management. I tend to work really well with those who enjoy dark humor, who are avoidant by nature, and those who are seeking redemption from guilt/shame.
To me, a large part of therapy is about grieving, acceptance, and peace within ourselves and others; I am particularly good at helping people get in touch with their feelings. I tend to work with the heavier side of therapy, that include drug/ alcohol /cannabis addiction, domestic violence, narcissism, borderline, sex/porn addiction, sex offense, sexual shame, couples working through sobriety-recovery dynamics, infidelity, poly relationships, court, and anger management. I tend to work really well with those who enjoy dark humor, who are avoidant by nature, and those who are seeking redemption from guilt/shame.
(442) 203-6839 View (442) 203-6839
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Out Of the Blue
Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77098  (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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Mary Wilson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77064
Hi there, my name is Mary Wilson. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 9 years of clinical experience. My expertise and training are working with adults during significant life transitions, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, grief, perpetrators, and victims of domestic violence. ​I utilize several theoretical approaches, including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, and Jungian. I believe that our journey together will be collaborative and productive when I follow and go at the pace that you want.
Hi there, my name is Mary Wilson. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 9 years of clinical experience. My expertise and training are working with adults during significant life transitions, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, grief, perpetrators, and victims of domestic violence. ​I utilize several theoretical approaches, including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, and Jungian. I believe that our journey together will be collaborative and productive when I follow and go at the pace that you want.
(469) 772-4366 View (469) 772-4366
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Mirna Rodriguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77001  (Online Only)
Mirna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling /Therapy. She has experience working with couples, families, teens, and children. She uses family systemic approaches, and EMDR to offer a personalized approach to each client. She also has experience working with individuals that have experienced trauma-related events such as domestic violence or sexual assault. With compassion and understanding, she will join you in your unique journey.
Mirna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling /Therapy. She has experience working with couples, families, teens, and children. She uses family systemic approaches, and EMDR to offer a personalized approach to each client. She also has experience working with individuals that have experienced trauma-related events such as domestic violence or sexual assault. With compassion and understanding, she will join you in your unique journey.
(832) 583-2201 View (832) 583-2201
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Dr. Allison C Davis
Counselor, MS, LPCC, LPC, PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77094  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with the too-often invisible chains of domestic abuse / coercive control? You don’t have to face it alone. I understand the unique challenges and emotional turmoil that coercive control can bring. I’m a compassionate and experienced trauma-focused therapist specializing in empowering women to break free from psychological abuse and rebuild their lives with confidence and strength. I have a background in child development and further specialize in helping protective mothers raise resilient children within post-separation abuse. (NM & TX Telehealth)
Are you struggling with the too-often invisible chains of domestic abuse / coercive control? You don’t have to face it alone. I understand the unique challenges and emotional turmoil that coercive control can bring. I’m a compassionate and experienced trauma-focused therapist specializing in empowering women to break free from psychological abuse and rebuild their lives with confidence and strength. I have a background in child development and further specialize in helping protective mothers raise resilient children within post-separation abuse. (NM & TX Telehealth)
(505) 587-5294 View (505) 587-5294
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Innovative Alternatives, Inc.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, S
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77058
Victim Assistance Programs provide FREE counseling to crime victims regardless of when the crime happened and whether or not it was ever reported to the police.
Innovative Alternatives, Inc. has a mission of serving our community through mediation, counseling and training since 1989. We find solutions to life's most difficult people problems! Our agency serves clients from 4 y/o to elderly, and every issue except active substance abuse and active psychosis. Upon 30 days sobriety or 30 days stabilization on psychotropic medications, IA can see these clients as well. IA clients include these cultural specialties: 1) Spanish-speaking, 2) Clients seeking Christian-based services on request and definition of what this means to them, 3) Children in play therapy, and 4) the elderly.
Victim Assistance Programs provide FREE counseling to crime victims regardless of when the crime happened and whether or not it was ever reported to the police.
Innovative Alternatives, Inc. has a mission of serving our community through mediation, counseling and training since 1989. We find solutions to life's most difficult people problems! Our agency serves clients from 4 y/o to elderly, and every issue except active substance abuse and active psychosis. Upon 30 days sobriety or 30 days stabilization on psychotropic medications, IA can see these clients as well. IA clients include these cultural specialties: 1) Spanish-speaking, 2) Clients seeking Christian-based services on request and definition of what this means to them, 3) Children in play therapy, and 4) the elderly.
(281) 609-7690 View (281) 609-7690
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Maritza Martinez-Chinchilla Msw Lpc
Licensed Professional Counselor, MSW, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77057
I, Maritza Martinez-Chinchilla am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas with over 43 years of relevant post-Masters experience. My goal is to help my clients realize success in their personal and professional lives. I have excellent Spanish and English language skills, and extensive cultural diversity and gender identity training. In addition to expertise in trauma resolution, stress management, and anger management. I provide my clients with proven strategies to manage and overcome grief, depression, anxiety, and fear resulting from abuse and loss.
I, Maritza Martinez-Chinchilla am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas with over 43 years of relevant post-Masters experience. My goal is to help my clients realize success in their personal and professional lives. I have excellent Spanish and English language skills, and extensive cultural diversity and gender identity training. In addition to expertise in trauma resolution, stress management, and anger management. I provide my clients with proven strategies to manage and overcome grief, depression, anxiety, and fear resulting from abuse and loss.
(832) 780-3269 View (832) 780-3269
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Tamika McKindra
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LSOTP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77060  (Online Only)
I have experience working with various issues including but not limited to trauma, substance abuse, anger management, physical abuse, adjustment issues, and divorce. I assist clients in overcoming obstacles that are challenging to overcome in their lives. Additionally, I collaboratively work with clients to improve their overall functioning in their daily lives. I believe in meeting clients where they are in life, while facilitating an environment for change. I am an active listener who is attentive to clients' and their needs and wants. I believe the client is the expert in his or her life.
I have experience working with various issues including but not limited to trauma, substance abuse, anger management, physical abuse, adjustment issues, and divorce. I assist clients in overcoming obstacles that are challenging to overcome in their lives. Additionally, I collaboratively work with clients to improve their overall functioning in their daily lives. I believe in meeting clients where they are in life, while facilitating an environment for change. I am an active listener who is attentive to clients' and their needs and wants. I believe the client is the expert in his or her life.
(346) 206-0709 View (346) 206-0709
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Catrina M Scott
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77092
My experience includes, working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse and clients from a diverse community struggling with multiple issues.
Feeling alone, broken and misunderstood? Want to repair, rebuild and improve relationships? Your success and personal growth is in reach. Through collaborative therapeutic conversations, I strive to understand how each individual make meaning of their life story and world view. I encourage self-exploration to guide you toward greater self-awareness, self-esteem, confidence and independence. Although I encourage clients to take responsibility for their success in therapy, I believe the power of the therapeutic relationship will foster an inevitable transformation.
My experience includes, working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse and clients from a diverse community struggling with multiple issues.
Feeling alone, broken and misunderstood? Want to repair, rebuild and improve relationships? Your success and personal growth is in reach. Through collaborative therapeutic conversations, I strive to understand how each individual make meaning of their life story and world view. I encourage self-exploration to guide you toward greater self-awareness, self-esteem, confidence and independence. Although I encourage clients to take responsibility for their success in therapy, I believe the power of the therapeutic relationship will foster an inevitable transformation.
(346) 988-2125 View (346) 988-2125
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Katie Hueni Emdr Trauma Neurodiversity (Adhd Autism AuDHD)
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77056
I can support and guide you on your therapy journey using somatic therapy, trauma-focused/EMDR therapy, narrative, family systems, and feminist approaches which can help if you're struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, grief, neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, AuDHD), chemical dependency, abuse, religious trauma, body image, existential issues, and more.
Are you looking for an authentic connection with a therapist and appreciate an open, supportive dialogue? Are you searching for a therapist who will give feedback and explore with you rather than only offering a listening ear? Do you feel stuck, struggling to get through even one more day? Have you had trouble in the past connecting with therapists? If any of this sounds like you, then you are in the right place.
I can support and guide you on your therapy journey using somatic therapy, trauma-focused/EMDR therapy, narrative, family systems, and feminist approaches which can help if you're struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, grief, neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, AuDHD), chemical dependency, abuse, religious trauma, body image, existential issues, and more.
Are you looking for an authentic connection with a therapist and appreciate an open, supportive dialogue? Are you searching for a therapist who will give feedback and explore with you rather than only offering a listening ear? Do you feel stuck, struggling to get through even one more day? Have you had trouble in the past connecting with therapists? If any of this sounds like you, then you are in the right place.
(832) 219-7828 View (832) 219-7828
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Satoko Brigman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098  (Online Only)
I have experience in outpatient, residential, inpatient psychiatric hospital, while providing individual, couples and family therapies. Over the 27 years, I have acquired keen assessment skills and clinical interventions to assist patients with multiple issues, ranging from childhood, adulthood, abuse, trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety. I have served my clients using mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from systemic perspective. I personally believe in CBT (and other tools, including ACT: Acceptance Commitment Therapy). When these tools are fully embraced, it is truly an eye-opening, life-changing experience.
I have experience in outpatient, residential, inpatient psychiatric hospital, while providing individual, couples and family therapies. Over the 27 years, I have acquired keen assessment skills and clinical interventions to assist patients with multiple issues, ranging from childhood, adulthood, abuse, trauma, mood disorders, and anxiety. I have served my clients using mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from systemic perspective. I personally believe in CBT (and other tools, including ACT: Acceptance Commitment Therapy). When these tools are fully embraced, it is truly an eye-opening, life-changing experience.
(415) 941-5416 View (415) 941-5416
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Ruba M Afifi
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77074
You deserve to live your desired quality of life, and I am here to help you work towards the healthiest and happiest version of you! I counsel clients to aid them in understanding and overcoming personal, social, and behavioral problems. Throughout your healing and journey, we will work together to help you accomplish your goals, building a more satisfying and meaningful life. I provide services for adult clients, and specialize in Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, and Life Purpose Issues
You deserve to live your desired quality of life, and I am here to help you work towards the healthiest and happiest version of you! I counsel clients to aid them in understanding and overcoming personal, social, and behavioral problems. Throughout your healing and journey, we will work together to help you accomplish your goals, building a more satisfying and meaningful life. I provide services for adult clients, and specialize in Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Grief and Loss, and Life Purpose Issues
(832) 753-6231 View (832) 753-6231
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Nanci Loren
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77096  (Online Only)
Nanci Loren is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Psychotherapist who graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work. Ms. Loren received her Master of Science in Social Work in Clinical Practice. She works with all ages, from child to senior citizen and couples composed of various genders. She coordinates with her clients to help them become the best version of themselves and to achieve their goals. Ms. Loren specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, abuse, women's issues, change of life, trauma, grief and loss, PTSD, LGBTQ, and a the gamut of mental health issues.
Nanci Loren is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Psychotherapist who graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work. Ms. Loren received her Master of Science in Social Work in Clinical Practice. She works with all ages, from child to senior citizen and couples composed of various genders. She coordinates with her clients to help them become the best version of themselves and to achieve their goals. Ms. Loren specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and relationship issues, abuse, women's issues, change of life, trauma, grief and loss, PTSD, LGBTQ, and a the gamut of mental health issues.
(281) 843-3282 View (281) 843-3282
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Mylestone Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdD, LPC-S, NCC, CART
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77035
Mylestone Counseling offers effective help for clients struggling with anger management, domestic violence, family issues, childhood abuse, relationship recovery, sexuality, career, grief, rape victims and mental health.
Therapy should be a safe place where you can open up and speak freely and honestly. My goal is to provide you with the best mental health care possible in a courteous and efficient manner. I understand your need for confidentiality, trust and respect. My therapeutic approach is solution focused and cognitive behavior therapy. I work extensively with women issues, depression (including postpartum depression), anxiety, infertility, miscarriage and self-esteem. I provide help for marriage counseling and individuals with relationship problems.
Mylestone Counseling offers effective help for clients struggling with anger management, domestic violence, family issues, childhood abuse, relationship recovery, sexuality, career, grief, rape victims and mental health.
Therapy should be a safe place where you can open up and speak freely and honestly. My goal is to provide you with the best mental health care possible in a courteous and efficient manner. I understand your need for confidentiality, trust and respect. My therapeutic approach is solution focused and cognitive behavior therapy. I work extensively with women issues, depression (including postpartum depression), anxiety, infertility, miscarriage and self-esteem. I provide help for marriage counseling and individuals with relationship problems.
(281) 751-9321 View (281) 751-9321
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The Therapy Corner Counseling & Consulting, PLLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77074
We have a number of specialty areas which include: mood disorders, substance abuse, adolescents, offenders, self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
As your therapist and advocate, it is our goal to assist in navigating through life’s daily challenges. Picture being in a world where you didn’t have to travel alone. A world where you can feel safe and without judgment. Although stressors are inevitable, imagine changing your cognitions in order to handle the worlds sometime unfair yet intrinsic problems. Remember, you have not reached and impasse.
We have a number of specialty areas which include: mood disorders, substance abuse, adolescents, offenders, self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
As your therapist and advocate, it is our goal to assist in navigating through life’s daily challenges. Picture being in a world where you didn’t have to travel alone. A world where you can feel safe and without judgment. Although stressors are inevitable, imagine changing your cognitions in order to handle the worlds sometime unfair yet intrinsic problems. Remember, you have not reached and impasse.
(832) 990-7703 View (832) 990-7703
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.