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.
Gay and Lesbian relationship and couples counseling:
Are you coming out later in life and wondering how to proceed?Are you dealing with a Gay relationship of disparate age, race, religion, or culture?Are you suffering through a breakup, relationship loss, or infidelity?Are you in a mixed-orientation marriage or going through a divorce?Are you seeking emotional and sexual intimacy in your Gay relationship?
Gay and Lesbian couples have the same vision of a mutually supportive, romantic, and emotionally intimate relationship as straight couples. However, because of external or internalized homophobia, GLBT persons may struggle with additional hurdles in forming healthy relationships:
Sense of self or relationship as worthless or...
Communication is an important aspect of all relationships. Couples that have healthy relationships communicate love and respect to each other. Effective communication requires not only listening and empathy skills but also the ability to express thoughts and feelings without criticism or attack of the partner. Feeling safe to express emotions and thought are therefore primary to good communication. If you are afraid of being hurt or rejected for your emotions or thoughts you will be reluctant to communicate. Good communication doesn't mean that you won’t have any conflict, it involves how honestly you express your thoughts, ideas, and feelings to others, especially in what you say and how you...
Are you challenged by gender roles and expectations in your relationship?
Are you wanting equality in your relationship but don't know how to manifest it?
Do you suffer with competition and one-upmanship in your relationship?
Do you struggle with differential power, racial, or religious dynamics?
Are you burdened by with issues of homophobia or bi-phobia?
Is one of you considered to be better looking by the culture?
Do you deal with unequal resources or finances in your relationship?
Do you have painful discussions about money?
Some power differentials in relationships include financial, educational, and ethnic or religious affiliation. Position differences include social support differences, beauty, sexual availability, emotional wherewithal, resiliency,...
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GLOW specializes in helping Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) persons come out and grow emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. GLOW's gay counseling is based on the premise that sexuality, creativity, and spirituality are intertwined and dependent on the affirmation of an authentic self-identity. Our work is informed by a philosophy that seeks equality and mental health and wholeness for all people.
GLOW is a gay mental health program dedicated to providing counseling services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, couples, and families, and current or retired...