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680 people sought domestic violence therapy help in Georgia in the last year

Discover how starting domestic violence therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Domestic violence therapy

What is Domestic violence therapy?

Domestic violence therapy is a specialized form of counseling that helps victims and their families heal from abusive relationships. It is a crucial component of the broader efforts to address and combat domestic violence, a pattern of abusive behaviors within intimate relationships that can encompass physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, or economic abuse.

How does Domestic violence therapy work?

In domestic violence therapy, therapists create a safe and supportive environment. Domestic violence therapy is often part of a broader support network that includes legal assistance, shelters, and community resources. Its aim is to break the cycle of abuse, promote safety, and foster healthier relationships.

Is Domestic violence therapy conducted in person or online?

Domestic violence therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Domestic violence therapy last?

Domestic violence therapy can last for a few weeks, months, or longer, dependent on the individual's exact needs and preferences.

Need more help deciding?

Big Little Lies has become a phenomenon, and this best-seller HBO series has accomplished more than thrills for its audience. Laine Moriarty’s storyline highlights an important but hidden problem: domestic violence. (Caution: small spoilers ahead!)

Celeste White is one of the main characters and a mother of two boys in kindergarten. Every other kindergarten mother is jealous of her fairytale life. Celeste seemingly has everything she could ever imagine: beauty, comfort, children, romance, friends, money, and more. But if people knew the reality of Celeste’s home life, they would never choose to take her place. Celeste’s husband abuses her. Celeste talks to herself, wondering about her experiences, “I don’t know why I stay. I don’t know why I deserve this. I don’t know why you do this, why we do this, why this keeps happening.”

Many people who live with domestic violence can relate to Celeste and her experiences. They know that outward appearances do not always match the private reality of a relationship. They also know that escaping domestic violence takes a lot of help—from family, from friends, and from a skilled counselor. Thriveworks Cumming, GA in Forsyth County has counselors and psychologists who understand the dynamics of domestic violence. They know what it takes to help someone find safety and recover from the trauma of a violent relationship. If you are a victim of domestic violence, consider working with one of our experts. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

Domestic Abuse: A Violent Cycle

In some ways, each victim of domestic abuse faces unique circumstances—the particulars of what their partner demands or what will trigger their partner varies from case to case. But in other ways, domestic violence is almost always the same, or at least, it follows a similar, predictable pattern:

  1. The Honeymoon Phase: Domestic abuse can be so confusing to victims because there are almost always good times—possibly even wonderful, fairytale-like times in the relationship. Victims are always guessing which partner they will meet today: the violent one or the one from their dreams.
  2. The Tension Building Phase: The dream, however, always fades in violent relationships. Tension creeps into daily life, and victims walk on egg shells. They may try to placate the violent partner with the hope of avoiding violence. The violent partner often responds by demanding more and more from the victim.
  3. The Abusive Phase: The violent partner, at any moment, can make a decision to abuse. The abuse may come in the form of verbal, sexual, or physical violence or a combination of the three. Violent partners inevitably try to attribute the abuse to some flaw in the victim, but no one deserves violence, ever.

The cycle could take a few minutes, a few hours, a few days, or a few years. Often, each cycle is more intense than the previous, and the violence escalates over time. During the honeymoon phase, violent partners may swear and cry and promise that they will change, but the cycle rarely ends without significant intervention.

One survivor illustrates what it is like to live in the cycle of violence, “He would be alternately kind and then fly off the handle for no reason. I always lived in fear of his temper. It was very stressful.”

Red Flags for a Violent Relationship

The red flags for a potentially violent relationship almost center around the idea of control: one partner in a relationship wants to manipulate or domineer the other. Consider how your current partner behaves. Do any of the following remind you of your partner? Does your partner…

  • Dissuade you from being with family or friends
  • Call you derogatory names (even as “jokes”)
  • Subtly or overtly put you down
  • Attempt to take away your agency (i.e., your ability to make decisions—such as how to spend money, where to go, what to wear, and more)
  • Scare, intimidate, or threaten you
  • Harm you, your kids, or your pets
  • Blame you or others for their behavior
  • Discourage you from working or going to school
  • Force you into sexual acts where you feel unsafe or when you have said, “no”

If your partner has said or done things on this list (or anything similar), know that it is not healthy behavior. In fact, these behaviors may be warning signs that your partner could become or possibly already has become violent.

Counseling and Support for Domestic Violence Victims at Thriveworks Cumming

Thriveworks Cumming, GA offers counseling that has supported and guided many victims of domestic violence. Our counselors and psychologists understand the dangers that victims face and the dangers of finding safety. They are ready to help support victims as they escape the violent cycle and as they heal from the trauma.

We want our clients to feel how much we care for them from the moment they call our office. That’s why we have a person answer their calls and help them schedule appointments. It’s why we work with so many insurance companies. We hope nothing stands in the way of you getting the help—and safety—that you need. Call Thriveworks Cumming, GA today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Cumming therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Community Health Options

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Cumming
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 Cumming reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Nicole’s super power is relatability and her ability to empathize while assisting through to healing. She can transform pain into hope and peace.
Read more Nicole’s super power is relatability and her ability to empathize while assisting through to healing. She can transform pain into hope and peace.
Cumming Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Hannah is an incredible therapist. She has a unique ability to cut through the layers quickly and efficiently. She is wise beyond her years for sure!
Read more Hannah is an incredible therapist. She has a unique ability to cut through the layers quickly and efficiently. She is wise beyond her years for sure!
Cumming Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Dr. Cindy Armstrong is an outstanding therapist/counselor with extraordinary skills. She is very professional and highly regarded by patients and her colleagues. She is very knowledgeable in the field of counseling, intelligent, patient centered, smart, dedicated, efficient and one of the most ethical professionals I know. She is a hard worker and never stops until the job is successfully completed. Dr. Armstrong is a stellar performer and an asset to any practice or organization. It is without any reservations that I delightfully complete this statement of recommendation!
Read more Dr. Cindy Armstrong is an outstanding therapist/counselor with extraordinary skills. She is very professional and highly regarded by patients and her colleagues. She is very knowledgeable in the field of counseling, intelligent, patient centered, smart, dedicated, efficient and one of the most ethical professionals I know. She is a hard worker and never stops until the job is successfully completed. Dr. Armstrong is a stellar performer and an asset to any practice or organization. It is without any reservations that I delightfully complete this statement of recommendation!
Cumming Jan 2020
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★★★★★
Mental health is a profession that requires high integrity and strong moral character. Mental health professionals must demonstrate the ability to make sound moral decisions for themselves and for their clients. Having known and work with Cynthia Armstrong for nine years I can unquestionably say that she possess and consistently exercise these qualities. She is an exceptional and loyal team member that is always eager to provide support and share professional knowledge with peers. She is always reliable, responsible and extremely respectable. Ms. Armstrong patient and practitioner relationships are based upon therapeutic alliances. Her professional knowledge, competence and skills as paramount as she is constantly abreast of current treatment modalities through continuing educations and training.
Read more Mental health is a profession that requires high integrity and strong moral character. Mental health professionals must demonstrate the ability to make sound moral decisions for themselves and for their clients. Having known and work with Cynthia Armstrong for nine years I can unquestionably say that she possess and consistently exercise these qualities. She is an exceptional and loyal team member that is always eager to provide support and share professional knowledge with peers. She is always reliable, responsible and extremely respectable. Ms. Armstrong patient and practitioner relationships are based upon therapeutic alliances. Her professional knowledge, competence and skills as paramount as she is constantly abreast of current treatment modalities through continuing educations and training.
Cumming Dec 2019
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★★★★★
Cindy is an amazing therapist among many of her talents. I had the privilege of observing her work and the impact she had on our adolescent population and their families. Thriveworks is truly fortunate to have Cindy as part of their clinical team.
Read more Cindy is an amazing therapist among many of her talents. I had the privilege of observing her work and the impact she had on our adolescent population and their families. Thriveworks is truly fortunate to have Cindy as part of their clinical team.
Cumming Dec 2019
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★★★★★
Nichole is a compassionate therapist that is able to challenge individuals to be the best version of themselves.
Read more Nichole is a compassionate therapist that is able to challenge individuals to be the best version of themselves.
Cumming Dec 2019
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★★★★★
I have worked with Nichole for about two years and experienced the impact she has had on peoples lives. Such a kind person, and really makes you feel comfortable and non-judged. It’s hard to find someone who you are comfortable talking to and just being a co-worker of hers, I found myself looking forward to our talks.
Read more I have worked with Nichole for about two years and experienced the impact she has had on peoples lives. Such a kind person, and really makes you feel comfortable and non-judged. It’s hard to find someone who you are comfortable talking to and just being a co-worker of hers, I found myself looking forward to our talks.
Cumming Dec 2019
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★★★★★
I would like to recommend therapist Jennifer Butzen as an awesome counselor who cares about the well being of her clients passionately. I have known Jennifer for some years and seen her grow as a therapist and simply love her style of counseling and working with her clients. She is goals oriented, frank, and trust able. She does amazing job seeing teenagers and understanding their issues and helping them finding their directions and goals.
Read more I would like to recommend therapist Jennifer Butzen as an awesome counselor who cares about the well being of her clients passionately. I have known Jennifer for some years and seen her grow as a therapist and simply love her style of counseling and working with her clients. She is goals oriented, frank, and trust able. She does amazing job seeing teenagers and understanding their issues and helping them finding their directions and goals.
Cumming May 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Cumming is located on Southard Trace off of Castleberry Rd. We are next door to Skin By Design, and share a building with 400 North Sports Massage, Farmers Insurance, and Krixi Corporation. Caddyshack Golf Carts of Georgia is directly behind us. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(770) 824-3025

Languages spoken by GA providers

  • English
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