Abuse can take many forms, including emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical. Regardless of the form it takes, abuse can cause lasting mental and emotional harm. Survivors of abuse may find themselves struggling with shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, anger, trust problems, or self-destructive behavior. A qualified mental health professional can help survivors of abuse, both children and adults, to recover from the trauma they have experienced. Family members of abuse survivors can also benefit from therapy, which can help them develop healthy and supportive ways of coping.
Local Experts in Abuse
I have spent over five years working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and studied somatic and cognitive practices to help individuals understand and heal from abuse.
My work at Allies in Change, a local organization that specializes in domestic violence, for a year during graduate school and gave me a great education about abuse and power and control issues. I also see a lot of clients who were physically, psychologically, or sexually abused as children, which often results in what's been named 'complex trauma.'
I follow trauma informed theories which recognize how abuse affects a survivor in the moment and long term. To address symptoms that are linked with surviving abuse, I approach treatment with a focus on relationship, safety, and empowerment. I have a background as an advocate at a domestic violence shelter and continue to be active with local advocacy programs.
I offer safety and empowerment counseling to survivors or current victims of domestic violence, interfamilial abuse, intimate partner abuse, psychological, and narcissistic abuse. Please note that I do not treat offenders.
Abuse is defined as the cruel and violent treatment of a person. Abuse can be psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical and may have long lasting effects depending on the type and duration of the abuse.
Physical, Emotional, and/or Sexual abuse either current or in childhood.
Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) is something that happens way too often in our society. If you\'ve survived abuse, like other survivors you may feel alone in your pain and unsure of how to deal with intense emotions. You also may not be aware of the incredible strength and resilience you possess to be here. Together, we can find ways for you to not only survive but thrive.
The impacts of childhood or ongoing sexual, physical or emotional abuse can deeply impact one\'s ongoing level of safety, belonging, freedom, self-respect/esteem, spontaneity, joy and ease. Some of my deepest satisfaction comes from supporting abuse survivors in reclaiming their access to their aliveness and power.
Any form of abuse can have long-term implications on how individuals feel about themselves and those around leaving a feeling of isolation and depression. Sometimes all it takes is a safe place to begin to process and heal.
I have experience with victims of abuse and working through the depression and anxiety as a result of abuse. I find EMDR as well as Lifespan Integration to be extremely effective to adapt inward false information to be more congruent with the present value of individuals.
Working with parents/adults, sometimes there is an inner child who had to deal with abuse of all kinds. I can help you connect with her and bring healing.
I have been studying abuse dynamics from a social justice perspective for many years, and received extensive training in abuse intervention through Allies in Change during my internship year in graduate school. I continue to put a lot of focus on healthy communication and conflict transformation in my work with clients.
Abuse and trauma are excruciatingly painful violations that leave a human being with a range of complex and painful experiences. Whether it be one horrific event or many years of traumatic experiences, I have worked in depth with people struggling to find new paths out of their history. The goal of treatment is to contain the trauma and begin to live more outside of its web.
Trauma can be a single event or a series of adverse experiences that occur over time, these may include relational and interpersonal violence. Firefly believes in integrated trauma treatment approach, meaning there is no one-size-fits-all approach to trauma. This work is individualized and collaborative with the client and family integrating treatment practices for trauma recovery.
Coping with an abusive situation, no matter how far it is in the past, can be devastating. I work from a compassionate, trauma-informed perspective that can help to safely untangle your experience from yourself and set you on the path to healing, integrating, and moving forward.
I am fully trained in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is an effective approach for shifting core negative beliefs about self and freeing you from effects of past trauma, including abuse and neglect. I also use IFS, an approach aimed at healing wounded parts of self and easing rigidity of protective defensive mechanisms.
I worked at the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Hillsboro Oregon and completed professional training in assisting victims of domestic violence.
I've worked with sexual assault survivors, and individuals impacted by religious trauma, spiritual abuse, and manipulative and coercive people or groups.
'The past is never dead. It's not even past.' -- Faulkner. Psychotherapy can bring up old patterns or memories and help you unravel traumas. When abuse traumas are not resolved, the consequences can be harder to deal with than the process of change. They live inside you as if it just happened yesterday. A transformational process can release you into a whole new way of life.
Ashley utilizes Child Parent Psychotherapy with families with children ages 0-6 who are working to reunify and recover after incidents of alleged abuse or neglect. This intervention emphasizes safety, strengthens the parent-child relationship, and helps the parent better understand the child and the factors leading to abuse. CPP may be used with foster/adoptive families.
Abuse has many forms. Abuse is defined as when aggressors mistreat or misuse others; they often show little concern for the victims. Victims often feel they are being degraded and often don’t feel their abusers see their innate worth as a human being. The abuse often centers around control and they will use many harmful techniques to maintain and/or gain control over their victims. I have trai
Any form of abuse and/or trauma can have long-term implications on how individuals feel about themselves and relate to the world around them. Individuals can feel isolated, depressed, and on edge as they struggle with symptoms such as hypervigilance and difficulty with anxiety/depression. I strive to create a safe place where the process of healing can begin and resolve.
12 years experience working with many types of abuse and several training beyond what was taught in the masters program.
From my experience working in victims' services, I understand the profound impact that abuse of all kinds can have on one's mind, body, and soul. I provide a warm, safe, nonjudgmental space to navigate the pain of trauma without it overtaking you. Healing and relief lies on the other side and I will walk along side you to reach it.
I have had the privilege of participating in the healing of families whos children were removed from their homes due to abuse/neglect. I have also helped to rebuild the lives of battered women & their children, helped victims of abuse to rid themselves of the 'baggage' that often is carried as a result from the abuse. I see tremendous courage in all these clients.
I commonly use EMDR to help people overcome the impact of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse. EMDR is an evidence based, incredibly effective method for resolving trauma. I\'d be happy to talk with you more about this option if you\'re struggling with the impact of trauma in your past.
Trauma from abuse can be difficult to treat. I have sought out additional training in trauma treatment and trauma studies to help treat the aftermath of abuse.
Victims often feel they are being degraded and often don’t feel their abusers see their innate worth as a human being. The abuse often centers around control and they will use many harmful techniques to maintain and/or gain control over their victims. I have training and experience working with all forms of abuse and together we can create a safe space for you and break the cycle of violence.
Abuse comes in many forms and takes its toll in a variety of ways. Guilt, shame, confusion, and fear are just a few of the responses that people commonly experience after experiencing trauma and abuse. I work with clients to understand how these experiences shape our nervous systems and ability to feel safe in the world and relationships.
Many of our clients are in foster care, have experienced family trauma and/or abuse.
if there are painful events or patterns that are taking too much of your time--preoccupying you--getting in the way of living well--individual therapy can provide a safe space to attend to these urgent experiences and the pressing feelings with their underlying meanings that need to be heard, taken serioiusly, and fully addressed. Together, we move through these at your pace.
Recovery from child, spousal, and often times abusing ourselves. I work with generational trauma where we work on understanding the effects that parents and grandparents with mental health issues have had on your life.
Whether you have experienced emotional, sexual or physical abuse. Abuse will impact your life in many different ways. Lets work together on the symptoms you are experiencing in order to make you have a healthier life. \n
I have trained in working with offenders of domestic violence, so I have a better understanding of what abuse looks like, how it\'s expressed and what causes it. This enables me to better understand how you might be experiencing abuse and to clear up confusion you may be experiencing. This understanding combined with trauma relief offers effective treatment.
I have several years experience in counseling related to domestic and interpersonal violence , as well as trauma and abuse recovery. I believe deeply in a person's ability to heal from abuse, as well as a person's ability to change abuse behavior patterns. I believe that we all deserve to have happy, healthy and safe lives. Through therapy we let the healing begin and help you to reclaim your life
I have worked successfully with individuals who are impacted in their adult lives by abuse that they experienced as a child.
As a survivor myself, I have done extensive work and research around all types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, etc.). Many clients who have experienced abuse struggle with relationships, mood swings, boundaries, trust and vulnerability, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and a lot more. Sometimes it\'s nice to work with someone who understands your struggles on a personal and professional level.