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...
In our macho world, boys learn to control their feelings, to never cry, and that anger and violence is a problem-solving method. As a result, boys and men pay a huge toll for maintaining an image of manhood that keeps them isolated from women, children and other men.
-Stop the cycle of aggression and depression.
-Understand the root causes of your anger.
-Reclaim and promote emotional literacy.
-Choose and define for yourself what it means to be a man.
-Enhance the quality of communication and intimacy in your relationships.
STOP the anger:
The one emotion that is supported, as part of manhood, is...
All of us are on a journey of self awareness. However, this journey towards identity and individuality is marked by early negative events, stored as verbal (mind) or non-verbal (body) memories. These memories, coded as negative beliefs about the self, conditioned the mind into powerful protective strategies and focus. Protective attention is installed as negative perceptions, interpretations, and judgements, toward self and others. These can be projected into the present and future as worry and anxiety, perpetuating the strategies into negative life patterns. As negative thought and beliefs get reinforced through protective behaviors, they gain power and block us form...
UnderstandingSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
It’s that time of year. The days are getting shorter and many people experience symptoms of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The fact that the incidence of SAD increases at higher latitudes implicates the availability of light and light exposure as the major factors in inducing SAD. Humans respond to the decrease in ambient light by undergoing physiological changes akin to winterizing responses: weight gain, loading up on carbs, anxiety, listlessness, isolation, and lack of motivation. The body goes into emergency hibernation mode, taking the mind with it.
Other than psychotherapy and medication, the most...
Are you experiencing racing thoughts or persistent dread?
Do you want freedom from overwhelm and anxiety?
Are you constantly worried that something bad is going to happen?
Do fears keep you from engaging socially, sexually, or in other activities?
Does your anxiety lead you to think you are going crazy or having a heart attack or other physical disorders?
Are you afraid of being left alone?
It is common for people to encounter stress and anxiety in their lives, at any age. What is uncommon is for people to do something about anxiety problems before they irreparably damage their self-esteem, work, and relationships. Research has shown...
GLOW (Gays and Lesbians Out and Well) is psychotherapy and counseling with a gay-affirming focus for the Denver, Colorado, LGBT community.Depression & mental health counseling for the Gay and Lesbian community in Denver, Colorado:
By definition, depression is anger directed at one's self. I see individuals and couples struggling with internal anger and stuckness. Research has shown that Gay men and Lesbians may have higher rates of depression when compared with the general population. Homophobia may be part of the reason. GLBT folk struggle with both internalized homophobia (directed against oneself) as well as the homophobia many gay people encounter at school, work, home, and in society...