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How do you know if something is abusive? Start by looking at what love does...and does not. 

Am I in an Abusive Relationship?

Understanding what an abusive relationship looks like is a key step toward getting help.

But abuse can be hard to spot, especially when it is not easily visible. When we think of abuse, it is common to think of physical abuse because it results in scars and bruises that we can see.

Yet physical abuse is just one kind of abuse that can happen. Abuse can also be emotional, sexual, psychological, financial, or spiritual. For Emily, the abuse she endured was emotional and financial.

What to do if you think your friend is in an abusive relationship

How to help survivors of domestic violence

Knowing how to help a survivor of domestic violence or intimate relationship violence can seem like an overwhelming challenge. Several questions can flood your mind when you are presented with the opportunity to help someone who confides in you that they are surviving abuse.

How to talk about abusive relationships

When I tell people what I do for a living, they usually say, “Wow! I could never do that. It must be so hard!” I always respond with, “Oh, but it’s so rewarding.” 

Every time this conversation topic comes up, I am struck by how intense people’s reactions are. Few people believe they would be capable of handling the kind of work that I do, and I want to change that.

I am a mental health counselor who specializes in working with people who have experienced sexual assault or intimate partner violence at some point in their life...

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