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...
INTERVENTION SUPPORT for ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE, GAMBLING, SHOPPING, SEX ADDICTION, PORNOGRAPHY. and INTERNET CYBERSEX ADDICTION, and OTHER BEHAVIORAL COMPULSIONS.
What is an Intervention?
An Intervention is the action taken by family, friends, employer and/or concerned others to actively assist someone to change unacceptable behaviors.
The ARISE method (Addiction Recovery in Supportive Environment):
ARISE is designed to work from the concerns of family and others to get a resistant addicted person started in treatment.
The ARISE process is designed to protect and enhance the long-term nature of family relationships, while at the same time ending the addiction's control over the family.
The ARISE method of Addiction...
Are you, or a Gay or Lesbian loved-one dependent on drugs, alcohol, or compulsive sexual behaviors such as cruising, cybersex or internet porn addiction,to boost confidence?
To feel socially accepted?
To feel sexually connected and desireable?
To self-sooth from distress or trauma?
To fit into the bar culture?
Gays and Lesbians are three times more likely to struggle with chemical dependency, drug abuse, or other compulsive behaviors or addictions than the general population, not because of their sexual orientation or genetics, but because of societal/cultural, and psychological factors that result from external and internalized homophobia, including: Lack of self-acceptance. Self-medication to deal with coming out and daily stressors. Social acceptance...