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...
5 Keys to Beat Overwhelm, Stress, and Anxiety, Fears, and Trauma Flashbacks
Our mind and body are constantly on alert to self-protect, scanning the environment for potential hurts. This is the essence of worry: projecting, preparing, and rehearsing a future danger that’s rooted in past painful experience, witnessing, or perceived victimization. Overwhelm happens when we are confronted with one or more negative, real or imagined, experiences that supersede our ability to manage or control them. This is often labeled as a “crisis”. It could be ignited by something as powerful as a relationship breakup or death of a loved one, or, by...
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...
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...
The “12 Ways of Christmas” Holiday Stress Reduction.
by Moshe Rozdzial, LPC
The holiday season is a time of great expectations. Often this leads to feeling pressure to
spend more money, overeat, use alcoholic beverages, postpone sleep, and to put on a holiday
“happy face”. There may also be challenges for those living alone or away from family. This may
lead to stress, overwhelm and depression. Some suggestions on how to handle holiday stress
in healthy ways are as follows:
1. Maintain healthy eating habits. Don’t let the holidays become a dietary nightmare.
Overindulgence may add to stress and guilt, and health risks....