Domestic abuse, also known as domestic violence, can happen to anyone. Domestic violence can take many forms including emotional, verbal or physical abuse. An abusive relationship can have a huge impact on your life and may affect your self-esteem, cause depression or anxiety, and trigger feelings of guilt, stress or fear. Although it can be tough to admit that you are in an abusive situation, even to yourself, it’s important to recognize it and get help (if you are in immediate danger, call 911). Domestic abuse often becomes worse over time. A qualified mental health professional can help victims of domestic violence to make a plan to safely end the relationship and recover from the trauma they have experienced.
Local Experts in Domestic Abuse
I have an extensive background in domestic violence advocacy and have worked as a counselor in a domestic violence shelter setting. I have a knowledge base and aptitude for using a variety of techniques to help domestic violence survivors heal from the after-effects of trauma.
Domestic abuse is the cruel or violent treatment carried out by one\'s romantic partner. The abuse can be characterized as psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical. Abuse by one\'s partner typically starts with efforts to maintain power and control through manipulation, blame, minimization of one\'s feelings, and lying. It may amplify to more overt acts of violence over time.
I began working in domestic violence in 1985 with shelter and crisis experience as well as groups for empowerment. Safety planning, exit strategies, and building an understanding of power and control issues is provided as we walk together towards a life of peace.
I have completed internships with the Domestic Violence Resource Center & Portland Women's Crisis Line. I provided individual counseling and art therapy-based groups to those seeking assistance at the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services through the City of Portland. I have provided talks and have led a number of workshops regarding the topic to local community & govenmental agencies.
I spent a number of years volunteering and working with SafePlace, an organization that provides advocacy and services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I love working with survivors no matter what their relationship status is. It is important to me that people know that you don\'t need to be out of an abusive relationship to reach out for support.
I worked for five years with victims of domestic violence. I have experience working in a shelter for women and children fleeing DV, as well as court advocacy and crisis care immediately following the arrest of a DV abuser.
Domestic abuse is a relational pattern of emotional and psychological harm in intimate relationships. It can leave behind deep wounds that most people don\'t see, although the impact of these experiences are evident in the painful memories, anxiety, depression, and self-loathing of the person who was harmed.
I have worked in the field of domestic violence and understand the system. I have counseled those who have sought help.
Domestic abuse is confusing and isolating. Whether you are currently in an abusive relationship or you have gotten out of one, I am here to offer a safe environment in which you can heal and grow.
Over the past three years, I have been trained in and have worked with individuals who have or are experiencing interpersonal violence, coercive control, and emotional abuse by an intimate partner. I have worked with individuals at all stages in of the relationship, including living in or ending the relationship, and will meet you wherever you are at as you consider how to move forward.
Having left an abusive marriage, I understand the pain that domestic abuse can cause. Domestic abuse can be physically & psychologically damaging as well as traumatizing.
Working with survivors of abusive relationships and domestic violence including verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse is one of my specialties. I am experienced in supporting individuals whose partners are exhibiting manipulative and controlling behaviors.
I have worked at the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence as a therapist for over two years now. This experience has allowed me to develop the unique ability to be sensitive to the unique needs of survivors of intimate partner violence, something that I am very passionate about. I enjoy helping survivors find their inner strength, and to become empowered to make new choices.
I have been trained to assist survivors of domestic violence. I also have experience in this field.