Love Is Kind- Emotional Abuse Therapy in Colorado Springs, CO
48.4% of women and 48.8% of men experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner sometime in their life, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Love- between intimate partners, family members, friends, religious leaders, coworkers, anyone really- should be kind, uplifting, and patient. Heartbreakingly, millions around the United States alone don’t have the caring relationship they deserve and instead carry the terrifying scars of an emotional abusive relationships in their hearts and minds. Although no one can change the past, our therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Colorado Springs, CO can mend the wounds that are cut deep and get you back on track to a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle full of love and respect for yourself and others.
Emotional Abuse- What Is It and How to Recognize It
All relationships have conflict and arguments; it is normal and healthy. Emotional Abuse on the other hand is not normal or healthy, and most often occurs when one person tries to gain control of the other through manipulative tactics that use emotions as arsenal. Red flags that may signify emotional abuse in a relationship include:
- Ridiculing, embarrassing, and condemning in public (“you are so dumb.”)
- Taking no interest in other’s opinions and emotions (“stop being so sensitive.”)
- Objectifying people (“man-up” or “stop being such a girl”)
- Threatening, intimidating or guilt-tripping others to get what they want (“can’t you think of me just this once?!)
- Coveting the other partner and making them a possession (“you are mine”)
- Making them think they are crazy (called gaslighting)
- Showing uncontrollable anger at the slightest misstep of partner
- Destroying a prized possession of partner (harming a favorite family picture)
- Denying requests to vital resources such as money, transportation, food, or health care
- Falsely accusing (“You broke…” when they know you did not)
- Withholding love to get what they want
- Guilt tripping them for spending time with loved ones (isolating person from family and friends)
- Refusing to accept responsibility for their actions
These red flags have one thing in common: control. Emotional abuse happens when one partner tries to dominate another. Often times these behaviors begin very subtle, so you may not realize you are being manipulated until the relationship is already detrimentally abusive. But, there is still hope! Our Thriveworks therapists and counselors know the signs of emotional abuse and how to help you rebuild the amazing empire of your heart, soul and mind!
The Cost of Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse is just that- emotional. It does not leave bruises and broken bones, but it cuts deep in a very different way- it cuts into your self-esteem, self-worth, view of love, ability to express and feel emotions, and your general quality of life. One person in the fight against Emotional Abuse described the detrimental effects of the abuse like this:
“You drained me of my identity and injected self-doubt into my veins. Left me questioning my own sanity. Walking around aimlessly. At war with my own body every day. Trying to scrub your heavy words off my skin. My mental state has been shaken to its core. I don’t know who I am anymore.” E.S.
This is a heartbreaking reality for so many souls who have been affected by emotional abuse. We are here to help you heal and overcome the effects of emotional abuse, because victory is possible!
Healing from Emotional Abuse with Thriveworks Colorado Springs
You may be wondering how a bunch of therapists and counselors in nice offices could guide you towards freedom from the chains that have been keeping you down. Or, even if healing for the deep wounds you have is even possible. It is. And, the journey is always easier if you have a companion. Our therapists and counselors can help you:
- Identify and process the trauma.
- Prioritize your safety and well-being.
- Grow your self-esteem and confidence.
- Learn to communicate and love in healthy relationships.
Sure, right after I find the holy grail, you may think. But trust us! Our therapists and counselors are professionally trained to give you back the life you deserve! We use tried and true techniques like helping you process feelings (cognitive behavioral therapy), or using physical sensations to rebuild broken hearts and minds (somatic experiencing). We use methods as simple as journaling to the more complex weapons of a trained therapist such as unlocking, revisiting and effectively “de-arming” negative memories that were too painful and/or traumatic for the brain to fully process (the technical term is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, but you can leave all of that nerdy stuff to us if you prefer!). Thriveworks Colorado Springs, CO wants you to have the quality of life you deserve: a stunningly amazing one. Sure, life will bring bumps and tall mountains, but our therapists and counselors will make sure you can fight your next battle with a clear mind, strong heart and free soul.
To begin your path to recovery, schedule an appointment with us now! Working around busy schedules is no problem to us. Because we believe you shouldn’t have to wait another minute to invest in your health, there is never a long wait for appointments. Call us today: 719-266-3919
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