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Discover how starting emotional abuse counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Emotional abuse counseling

What is Emotional abuse counseling?

Emotional abuse counseling helps victims heal from abusive relationships. Emotional abuse includes Examples of emotional abuse may include:

  • Blaming others for their own behavior.
  • Publicly mocking, humiliating, name-calling, embarrassing, criticizing.
  • Separating someone from their family and friends.
  • Withholding affection or love.
  • Downplaying another person’s experiences, perspectives, emotions, or thoughts.
  • Using or objectifying people.
  • Denying access to money, medical care, food, transportation, or other crucial resources.
  • Using guilt, threats, or intimidation.

How does Emotional abuse counseling work?

Emotional abuse counseling with our Thriveworks therapists in Bastrop gives people the safe space they need to identify and understand the harm they've experienced and move forward. Through therapy, many victims have rebuilt their self-esteem and self-worth; recognized that they did not cause the abuse, but their perpetrator is responsible for the choice to harm; identified their wounds and found the treatment they need; healed from the trauma; re-established their personal safety; grieved their losses; formed new, loving relationships; and learned to trust their experiences and emotions.

Is Emotional abuse counseling conducted in person or online?

Emotional abuse counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Emotional abuse counseling last?

Emotional abuse counseling with one of our Thriveworks therapists in Bastrop, TX can last for a few weeks, months, or longer, depending on the individual's exact needs and preferences.

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Recovering from Emotional Abuse in Bastrop, TX—Therapy and Counseling

Emotional abuse can occur in many different types of relationships: at work, within religious communities, among friends, between spouses, from parent to child, and more. When people are emotionally abused, they often feel…

  • Scared of their perpetrator.
  • As if they are walking on egg shells.
  • Helpless.
  • That everything they do is wrong.
  • Scared to talk about their own feelings and thoughts.
  • Depression.
  • As if they do not matter.
  • Responsible for how their perpetrator is acting.
  • Crazy.

Emotional abuse is never loving, and in certain instances, it may be against the law. If you think you may be or have been emotionally abused, know that many support systems are available for you, and one of the best ways to recover from emotional abuse is counseling.

That is why Thriveworks Bastrop offers counseling for emotional abuse. Our therapists understand the personal hell that is emotional abuse and the challenges of recovering.

Describing Emotional Abuse

All relationships have tiffs and disagreements. These are signs of healthy individuality within a relationship when they are carried out with respect. Emotional abuse, in contrast, is a pattern of control that uses emotional manipulation to gain dominance over another person.

Emotional abuse can be very subtle, but its harm is never subtle. Examples often help people to understand the seriousness of these destructive behaviors. Emotionally abusive actions may involve…

  1. Threatening, intimidating, or guilting to achieve a desired outcome.
  2. Gaslighting.
  3. Angry explosions or random fits of moodiness that keep others on edge.
  4. Ignoring or degrading another’s experience, perspective, and/or feelings.
  5. Without permission, throwing away or harming another’s prized possessions.
  6. Denying access (that should reasonably be provided) to vital resources such as food, transportation, health care, and/or money.
  7. Displaying jealous or possessive behavior.
  8. Accusing falsely.
  9. Objectifying others.
  10. Holding back love and affection to control another (If you don’t…I won’t …)
  11. Isolating someone from their loved ones.
  12. Openly mocking, shaming, humiliating, embarrassing, criticizing, or name-calling.
  13. Refusing to accept responsibility for their own actions.

Men and women, young and old, wealthy and poor—emotional abuse can happen to anyone. It often begins subtly and escalates as victims become desensitized to their poor treatment. For example, if someone did not see the pattern of abuse, many of the isolated behaviors of gaslighting seem relatively normal, possibly even harmless.

The term, “gaslight,” comes from the 1940s movie of the same name, starring Ingrid Bergman. In one scene, Bergman’s character sees the gaslights flicker. Her emotionally abusive husbands pretends he did not see the lights dim and brighten. Without knowing the pattern, many people may dismiss the scene as a small disagreement among spouses—no big deal. However, the movie shows the bigger picture. The argument about the gaslights is one of many similar scenarios where the husband undermines his wife’s trust in her experiences. She slowly breaks down because she does not know what is real and what is not.

The end game of emotional abuse is control. Feeling become weapons to take control of another person.

Vibrant, healthy relationships respect each individual’s freedom, and people often flourish. Control and domination, in contrast, severely wound. Victims of emotional abuse often experience depression, fear, hyper-vigilance, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, fear, substance abuse, psychosomatic pain, and more.

Emotional Abuse Recovery

The wounds that emotional abuse inflicts are not visible, but they are very real. Just as people recovering from physical injury may need the help of a physician to heal, so many people who have survived emotional abuse need to see a mental health professional to heal. With a therapist’s help and support, many people learn…

  • They do not deserve the abuse—no one deserves abuse.
  • Their perpetrator is responsible for the decision to harm.
  • The injuries are deep and real.
  • It is possible to heal from trauma—difficult but worth it.
  • Their emotional and physical safety is important.
  • How to grieve and let go of the harm they experienced.
  • Their voice, opinion, and feelings matter.
  • They are worthy of healthy relationships.

Counseling at Thriveworks Bastrop

The counselors at Thriveworks Bastrop can see the invisible wounds that emotional abuse causes, and we have helped many people find healing and hope as they recover. We want our clients to know that they did not deserve to be abused.

From the first time people call our office, we hope they feel cared for and valued. That’s why we have a person who answers our phones—not a voicemail and not an automated response system. Many new clients see their therapist within 24 hours of their call. We also make evening and weekend appointments available, and we accept many forms of insurance.

We are ready to guide, support, and encourage. If you are ready for a mental health professional to join you on your recover from emotional abuse, call Thriveworks Bastrop today or book your first session online to get started.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Bastrop therapists and counselors accept 38 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Self-pay costs at Bastrop
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Bastrop reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have to say hands down Sheena is the best all around at skillfully helping those she works with to find peace and closure as well as the right healthy perspective needed
Read more I have to say hands down Sheena is the best all around at skillfully helping those she works with to find peace and closure as well as the right healthy perspective needed
Bastrop Jul 2022
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★★★★★
Trustworthy and reliable! Always felt like a priority with the services. Thank you!
Bastrop Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Kris Fredericksen has helped me immensely over the past couple of years. I have progressed in leaps and bounds since I first started attending sessions with her. I have had a traumatic childhood, stage 4 cancer, and was in an abusive relationship with an extreme narcissist. After that relationship, my self-esteem was almost non-existent. Shortly after that relationship I started having sessions with Kris. Since then, I have become more stable in life and very successful in my career. I still see Kris and will continue to as life will continue to have its ups and downs. I know I can rely upon Kris to help me take on and learn from anything that comes my way. Life is a great big learning lesson and sometimes you just need someone to give you the right perspective to help you understand, to cope and to grow. Kris is the highly trained professional that I needed and still need to help me continue on that path.
Read more Kris Fredericksen has helped me immensely over the past couple of years. I have progressed in leaps and bounds since I first started attending sessions with her. I have had a traumatic childhood, stage 4 cancer, and was in an abusive relationship with an extreme narcissist. After that relationship, my self-esteem was almost non-existent. Shortly after that relationship I started having sessions with Kris. Since then, I have become more stable in life and very successful in my career. I still see Kris and will continue to as life will continue to have its ups and downs. I know I can rely upon Kris to help me take on and learn from anything that comes my way. Life is a great big learning lesson and sometimes you just need someone to give you the right perspective to help you understand, to cope and to grow. Kris is the highly trained professional that I needed and still need to help me continue on that path.
Bastrop Oct 2017
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★★★★★
This office is set up professionally. It is welcoming and quiet. No waiting is very nice. has a great reputation.
Read more This office is set up professionally. It is welcoming and quiet. No waiting is very nice. has a great reputation.
Bastrop Mar 2017
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★★★★★
Thrive is a great service and my counselor is excellent. Having found this place is making a huge difference in my life and how I am approaching things. Service has been friendly and helpful, as far as administrative side. I would highly recommend Thrive to anyone.
Read more Thrive is a great service and my counselor is excellent. Having found this place is making a huge difference in my life and how I am approaching things. Service has been friendly and helpful, as far as administrative side. I would highly recommend Thrive to anyone.
Bastrop Mar 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

The Bastrop Thriveworks office is located on College Street which is the feeder road of Highway 71E close to the downtown area, between Highway 95 and the Colorado River. It is housed in the Bastrop Professional Building nestled between Advanced Pain Care and Austin Retina in Suite E.

Phone number

(512) 601-5809

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
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