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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.

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Domestic Violence Counseling—Therapists in Durham, NC

Are you in an abusive relationship? Or, maybe you recently got out of one? Perhaps it’s been years since you left, but those memories are looming. Regardless of where you are in the process, you’re likely wondering: When is the right time to get counseling the domestic abuse? The answer is now.

If you feel like you’re suffering from the effects of an abusive relationship, it is the right time to seek counseling. The skilled and caring domestic violence counselors at Thriveworks Counseling in Durham are awaiting your call—our trained professional domestic violence counselors know just how to help you and will work alongside you to collect all of the pieces of your life again. All you have to do is give them the chance.

Understanding Signs and Implications of Domestic Abuse

Oftentimes, an individual denies the need for counseling because their partner rarely or never acts violently. The sad truth is, however, that abusers work in many ways. In addition to physical abuse, an abuser may use emotional, mental, or sexual abuse. The following behaviors are common signifiers of domestic abuse:

  • Name-calling
  • Threatening
  • Criticizing or blaming
  • Putting you down
  • Coercing you into sexual acts
  • Talking you out of going to work or school
  • Outright harming you or your kids

In any form—physical, emotional, mental, and sexual—abuse is wrong, as well as harmful. And the implications are often devastating. Some of these effects include:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Social isolation
  • Ongoing aches and pains

The above conditions and psychosomatic disorders can hinder your life in more ways than one. Fortunately, however, getting the help you need from a trained counselor at Thriveworks Counseling in Durham can help you handle these and other fallouts from the abuse you’ve lived through.

The Pattern and Repetition of Domestic Abuse

No two cases of domestic abuse are exactly the same, but a similar pattern proves to emerge: the couple enters and exits the honeymoon phase, tension builds, and then the abuse recurs. Take a look at the stages of this pattern below.

The Honeymoon: When a couple first enters a relationship, everything is new and exciting. Feelings are predominantly positive and they’re focused on making each other happy. This is why we refer to those first few weeks or months as the “honeymoon stage.” Unfortunately, however, these happy, peaceful times are what make domestic violence so inconceivable, so hurtful. When it comes to the honeymoon stage in the domestic abuse cycle, this is the time for apologies and reassurance. Violent partners say they’re sorry and promise it will never happen again. The couple then looks hopefully to the future.

The Tension: As the honeymoon stage comes to a close, the couple enters the tension-building stage. Here, tension returns and continues to build. The victim of the abuse often tries to ignore returning signs of abusive behavior, does their best to keep their partner calm, and even refuses to believe the tension could escalate further—into the abuse they’ve previously experienced.

The Abuse: The aforementioned tension escalates and escalates until the violent partner chooses to abuse again—physically, emotionally, mentally, or sexually. It’s important to note that it is never the victim’s fault; the responsibility is solely the abuser’s. Another significant note is that domestic violence is illegal. Nobody deserves to be abused and left with the detrimental effects that follow.

Start Domestic Abuse Counseling at Thriveworks Counseling in Durham Today

As you read through the warning signs, the implications, and the cycle of domestic violence, did anything strike a chord? We know just how hard it can be to admit, even recognize, when a relationship is unhealthy. But doing so is crucial to your well-being and starting on the road to recovery.

Many people have incorrect beliefs about what exactly it means to get domestic violence counseling. Some suspect it’ll help them come to terms with what they’ve gone through, but they often fail to understand all of the different ways it can help. This is because they often don’t realize the extent of the impact of their abuse.

You can trust that the counselors at Thriveworks are willing, able, and eager to help you. They’ll help you in more ways than you can count, you just have to give them the chance. Give Thriveworks Counseling in Durham a call at (919) 629-3854 to schedule an appointment today.

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 Durham therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Durham
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

4.8 Thriveworks Durham reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Mindi Perry has extensive education, experience, techniques, etc. Mindi was my supervisor a few years ago. She would help me as we did Family Therapy and I was learning from her. I never left a session without being amazed. She cares deeply for the well-being of others, she does not judge, and she is the best listener I have ever met! She is truly authentic and genuine which is why you will feel completely at ease within moments of meeting her. She’s kind and funny but not at anyone’s expense. Simply put, she’s just a great human. You will be glad you have her in your corner.
Read more Mindi Perry has extensive education, experience, techniques, etc. Mindi was my supervisor a few years ago. She would help me as we did Family Therapy and I was learning from her. I never left a session without being amazed. She cares deeply for the well-being of others, she does not judge, and she is the best listener I have ever met! She is truly authentic and genuine which is why you will feel completely at ease within moments of meeting her. She’s kind and funny but not at anyone’s expense. Simply put, she’s just a great human. You will be glad you have her in your corner.
Durham Nov 2021
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★★★★★
I worked with Abena Bediako as a Victim Advocate when she was the contract CIT clinician at our local police department. She is very knowledgeable in every aspect of therapy and crisis intervention. She is tremendously receptive to your needs and ideas, and always provides great insights when problem solving. Abena is very easy to work with and always encouraged my creativity in developing community outreach projects that addressed the needs of special populations within our community. Abena is a wonderful person to work with and makes you comfortable in addressing problems by encouraging you to be part of the solution.
Read more I worked with Abena Bediako as a Victim Advocate when she was the contract CIT clinician at our local police department. She is very knowledgeable in every aspect of therapy and crisis intervention. She is tremendously receptive to your needs and ideas, and always provides great insights when problem solving. Abena is very easy to work with and always encouraged my creativity in developing community outreach projects that addressed the needs of special populations within our community. Abena is a wonderful person to work with and makes you comfortable in addressing problems by encouraging you to be part of the solution.
Durham Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Madina has been so helpful to me in working through anxiety! She’s very straightforward, and has allowed me to see patterns that have really impacted how I’m living in the world, and to start to challenge them. I can honestly say that I have changed more in the year I’ve been seeing her than in decades of previous therapy experiences. She is an exceptional mental health professional!
Read more Madina has been so helpful to me in working through anxiety! She’s very straightforward, and has allowed me to see patterns that have really impacted how I’m living in the world, and to start to challenge them. I can honestly say that I have changed more in the year I’ve been seeing her than in decades of previous therapy experiences. She is an exceptional mental health professional!
Durham Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Anthony has been the most helpful counselor I’ve met. I’d definitely refer friends and family to him.
Read more Anthony has been the most helpful counselor I’ve met. I’d definitely refer friends and family to him.
Durham Dec 2019
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★★★★★
Dr. Lundy proved to be everything I had heard about her abilities to connect, relate and counsel individuals who had been broken during life's journey. She maintained her professionalism throughout our sessions even when I was a total wreck. She was a Godsend and I thank her for all she has done to help me.
Read more Dr. Lundy proved to be everything I had heard about her abilities to connect, relate and counsel individuals who had been broken during life's journey. She maintained her professionalism throughout our sessions even when I was a total wreck. She was a Godsend and I thank her for all she has done to help me.
Durham Sep 2019
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★★★★★
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have had the pleasure of working alongside Giles Christman. Giles is an outstanding therapist, which his clients can attest to- but what I'd like to provide feedback on is what clients don't see. Giles goes above and beyond to identify resources for each client's need(s), including assisting the client in overcoming any barriers in accessing those resources. Giles exemplifies a holistic, compassionate therapist- I highly recommend him to assist you on your wellness journey.
Read more I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have had the pleasure of working alongside Giles Christman. Giles is an outstanding therapist, which his clients can attest to- but what I'd like to provide feedback on is what clients don't see. Giles goes above and beyond to identify resources for each client's need(s), including assisting the client in overcoming any barriers in accessing those resources. Giles exemplifies a holistic, compassionate therapist- I highly recommend him to assist you on your wellness journey.
Durham Sep 2019
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★★★★★
I have been speaking with Dulcie for a few months now and i have found her advice and coaching to be extremely helpful. Since I have started working with Dulcie i have found myself to be able to identify situations and reasonably work through them in a better manner. I would recommend her services to anyone in need of life guidance.
Read more I have been speaking with Dulcie for a few months now and i have found her advice and coaching to be extremely helpful. Since I have started working with Dulcie i have found myself to be able to identify situations and reasonably work through them in a better manner. I would recommend her services to anyone in need of life guidance.
Durham Jul 2019
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★★★★★
"Dr. Dee" listened and helped me through what I felt was the most difficult time in my life...divorce. Her guidance and words of encouragement inspired me to continue to be strong and move forward. Thanks for much Dr. Dee!
Read more "Dr. Dee" listened and helped me through what I felt was the most difficult time in my life...divorce. Her guidance and words of encouragement inspired me to continue to be strong and move forward. Thanks for much Dr. Dee!
Durham Jul 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Durham is located off Fayetteville Road, in the Sutton Station shopping center, next to Regional Pediatrics. We currently share a building with Nantucket Grill and Bela Trio Day Spa. Parking is located in front of the building and around the complex.

Phone number

(919) 642-4903

Languages spoken by NC providers

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