Domestic Abuse Counseling

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Domestic Abuse Counseling

Domestic abuse and violence situations are severely traumatizing for anyone involved. In fact, the emotional scarring that goes on during this type of experience can often linger far longer than any physical harm that occurs. 

Unfortunately, domestic abuse is defined as being much more than physical or sexual abuse. Emotional and psychological abuse are also terrible tools that can be involved and will create lasting harm in victims. There is no age, gender, social, ethnic, economic, or race boundaries involved when it comes to this type of abuse, and there are no “common” types of victims.

Survivors of domestic violence are at a higher risk of developing other troubling conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and other stress-related problems. They can experience flashbacks, moments of irrational fear, or an overwhelming sense of danger they cannot overcome. Some may also develop feelings of numbness or detachment that leaves them in a state of disconnection from the world.

Seeking help and guidance to develop positive coping mechanisms while confronting lingering pain and anxiety is a central part of the healing process. With extensive experience and knowledge on these subjects, Christie Jones is committed to helping her patients confront the residual trauma that can result from these tragic situations.

Signs of Domestic Abuse

While outward physical signs of harm are an immediate indicator that abuse may be occurring, there are also other signs and symptoms of domestic abuse, including:

  • Chronic MigrainesDigestive Concerns
  • Bladder and Kidney Troubles
  • Hormonal and Reproductive Issues

Alongside these and other troubling physical symptoms that may not be immediately visible signs of harm, several mental and emotional indicators could be caused by abuse, including:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Inability to Maintain Employment
  • Detachment from Reality
  • Trouble Sleeping Normally
  • Problems Trusting Others
  • Suicidal Thoughts

It is important to remember that this is not a complete list of the potential mental and emotional concerns that domestic abuse can cause. 

The good news is that by working with an experienced professional, individuals who have experienced abuse can get the help they need to confront these conditions and find effective ways to manage and potentially even overcome them over time.

Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

In almost all cases, the severity of domestic abuse is escalated over time. At the beginning of a relationship, there may be no clear signs or indicators to warn individuals of the potential for abuse and violence. As time passes, however, the subtle behaviors that may be a cause for concern can intensify into clear indicators of abusive behavior.

When one partner or family member begins to exert dominance over what others say, what they think, what they feel, or even what they wear or buy, then there is an immediate cause for concern as this is a red flag that the relationship is unhealthy or even abusive.
Some indicators of abusive behavior include:

• Frequent Blame for Behavior
• Use of Derogatory Names
• Being Irritable when Spending Time Away with Family or Friends
• Making Belittling Comments or Jokes
• Demanding Control of Resources Such as Money
• Intimidating or Threatening Behavior

Again, this list is not complete by any means but can serve as a valuable starting point when thinking about whether or not the behavior of a partner or family member is harmful and abusive.

Break Free of the Cycle

It is extremely common for victims of domestic abuse to feel helpless and isolated, and these feelings grow more powerful the longer their situation continues. Deciding to step forward, speak out, and seek help with a situation like this is the first and most important step a victim can make when attempting to move forward.

As a safe, confidential environment, counseling sessions with Christie Jones in Fort Worth, TX can be a space where individuals are able to express their feelings, share their fears, and explore their thoughts with a counselor who is always ready to listen to them while helping them find a positive resolution for their struggle.

Overcoming a traumatic and abusive experience can be scary, and even overwhelming. To help reduce the stress involved, it is always important to seek counseling from a trained professional that you feel comfortable with. To find out more about how Christie Jones can help you confront the terrible struggle of domestic abuse situations, be sure to reach out today to schedule a consultation.

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