Therapeutic Issues in Couples Therapy with Emotional/Verbal (Psychological) AbuseMoshe Rozdzial, PhD, LPC*
Intimate partner (domestic) abuse is a pattern of intentional physical, emotional, verbal (psychological), and sexual mistreatment to gain and maintain differential power and control within an intimate relationship. Verbal and emotional abuse in relationship are part of a range of coercive behaviors and tactics that include domestic violence, but, without direct physical harm, are often dismissed, as there are no legal ramifications, yet, have deep psychological harms to the victim, including depression, isolation, fear, and guilt, and vulnerability to various health issues.
Working with Gay and Lesbian Couples with Emotional/Verbal (Psychological) AbuseMoshe Rozdzial, PhD, LPC*
Intimate partner abuse exempts no race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or social status. On a daily basis, issues of dominance, power, and control in relationships are rooted in the oppressive systems to which we are all conditioned. Heterosexual hegemony normalizes the types of abusive behaviors that are both physically and mentally harmful, with the identified victim typically being the female and the perpetrator being male. Less universally recognized is the occurrence of domestic abuse among same-sex partners.
Regardless of habitation status, research indicates...
A Proceedure that engages the whole Mind-Body interrelationship.
A tool that allows for trauma work using the body’s natural internal support system known as resourcing.
A Process that supports deep healing and new understanding and growth.
What is Brainspotting?:
Resource BRAINSPOTTING utilizes the body's capacity to engage in self soothing and grounding from which to process traumatic or stressful events, memories, or fears.
BRAINSPOTTING therapy is a brain-based tool that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with human suffering. It is the latest tool in the arsenal of trauma work that is coincident with new physiological understanding of...
Infidelity by powerful men is not far from the headlines. Yet, regardless of age or race, both men and women cheat. The statistics of infidelity in monogamous relationships range widely from reports that about 28-60 percent of married men and 14-40 percent of married women being unfaithful. The higher rates or recent infidelity statistics probably represent more current data as a result of internet and proximity applications that make infidelity more anonymous, accessible, and affordable. So why is it that infidelity is more skewed towards males?
Most common indicators of infidelity seem to focus on men’s emotional dissatisfaction. Dr. Gary...
7 Warning Signs Of A Troubled Relationship
Other than obvious major relationship problems, such as physical violence, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse or affairs, many relationship problems are much more subtle or indirect. Yet, they may suggest that there are underlying unresolved issues that continue to erode the fabric of your relationship.
By recognizing the signs of relationship trouble, you can then begin to directly address the problems with the necessary tools and solutions to improve your connections. If you’re noticing one or more of these warning signs in your relationship, consider couples counseling to address underlying issues, the sources of these...
One of the hardest things in any relationship is to truly listen to the other person. It means putting your own thoughts and feelings on the side long enough to truly hear the other person. Unfortunately most couples never learn how to do this. There is no Relationship 101 in school; If you are reading this article than your probably didn't have the greatest role models at home to teach you how to resolve an argument.
I guess a question to ask ourselves is: "Do I want to win this argument or Do I want to resolve this problem." You may...
Sex After Prostate Cancer
Moshe Rozdzial, PhD
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer (representing about 25% of all new cancer diagnoses) in men in the USA. While radical prostatectomy, or surgical removal of the prostate, is the medical treatment of choice, the major urological complications of this procedure are incontinence and erectile dysfunction (ED), regardless of the surgical method used. After surgery, the risk of erectile dysfunction is as high as 90%, significantly impacting the quality of life and taking up to 3 years for the return of partial erections.
Don't wait for recovery from surgery to address sexual dysfunction. While various...
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Are you avoiding sex because of physical or emotional pain or
Do you want to be sexual but are afraid or don’t feel the desire?
Are you pressured or blamed for low sexual function?
Are you experiencing anxiety while engaging in sex?
Is sex addiction or porn and cybersex addiction impacting your life?
Women's sexual desire and relationship therapy in my Denver
Although every women is different, and may have a different relationship with their
sexuality, low sexual desire is a common issue, especially for perimenopausal
women. What is uncommon is for people to do something about those problems
before they irreparably damage their self-esteem and relationships.
Do you spend hours on the internet or seeking sex, unable to stop?Do you find yourself having anonymous sex, frequenting prostitutes, bookstores, strip clubs, or unsafe cruising spots?Have you had unsafe sex even after you promised yourself: "never again?"Are you worried that your spending on sex or internet porn is out-of-control?Are your sexual compulsions hurting your personal relationships and work?Are you using sex to try to manage your anxiety, stress, or anger?Is pornography and cybersex addiction impacting your life?
Sex addiction recovery in my Denver, Colorado, psychotherapy and addiction intervention practice:If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may...