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Our therapists offer domestic violence therapy in Grand Rapids, MI

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +18 more
Domestic Abuse, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +10 more

As an older woman who has been affected by much of what life has to offer, I can empathize with many areas of trauma and joy and learning how to heal ... As an older woman who has been affected by much of what life has to offer, I can empathize with many areas of trauma and joy and learning how to heal from and celebrate those events. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +20 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, +22 more

I am a white woman with nearly four years of experience working with many different populations and in various fields within social work.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +19 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +11 more

As a woman who is married, has kids, and has been working in mental health for a few years, I understand the impact of stress, depression, and trauma ... As a woman who is married, has kids, and has been working in mental health for a few years, I understand the impact of stress, depression, and trauma and the affect they have on everyday life. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +21 more
Self Harm, Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +18 more

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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“Honestly, a lot of the things he did seemed reasonable, because they sort of built up over time. Like, in the beginning he didn’t care if I went out, but then he would start calling my cell phone over and over. If I didn’t answer, he would leave me angry, irrational messages, yelling, asking why I even had a phone if I wasn’t going to use it. We were living together, so it seemed logical that he would be concerned about me, but when this kind of behavior became common place it made me not want to go out with friends much. 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. I got out, thankfully.”

Understand the Different Ways You May Be Suffering

Domestic abuse comes in many forms. It’s important to understand that domestic abuse doesn’t have to include physical abuse. It can be emotional or sexual abuse. The effects of domestic abuse are complex and can include long-lasting consequences such as posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Other consequences can include fear of intimacy, trouble sleeping, and a belief on the victim’s part that they must keep an emotional distance from others to prevent future abuse. Sexual issues can also be a common symptom. Physical issues can include central nervous system issues, headaches, and digestive issues.

If you’re experiencing any of the above signs of suffering, or even if your struggle looks different, Thriveworks Grand Rapids domestic abuse counselors want to hear from you. We know domestic abuse is difficult and painful, and we want to help you take the steps to create a healthier situation. With some effort and a little help from a counselor, many others have been able to move beyond domestic abuse and into a happier, healthier life. You, too, are capable of living your best life in a safe environment. We can help.

How to Spot Domestic Abuse

In the beginning, domestic abuse is often subtle, but it usually escalates over time (Mayo Clinic). You may be experiencing domestic abuse if your partner:

  • Calls you names or otherwise puts you down
  • Discourages you from working or going to school
  • Discourages you from seeing friends or family
  • Tries to take away agency, or your ability to make decisions about your own life—such as how you spend money, where you go, what you wear
  • Threatens you
  • Hurts you, your children, or your pets
  • Forces you to engage in sex or sexual acts against your will
  • Blames you for their behavior

None of these things are normal in a healthy relationship. If you’ve experienced even one of these, take it as a serious warning sign and consider seeking the help of a qualified counselor.

If you’re not personally experiencing domestic abuse, you may wonder how to spot it in friends or family. Well, the noticeable signs are much the same. If your loved one suddenly stops socializing or seems easily startled or withdrawn, they may be experiencing abuse. Though we often imagine we would want to escape such a situation as quickly as possible, the person experiencing the abuse may not yet have acknowledged it. They may be making excuses for the abuser, or ignoring the severity of the situation. Similar to getting help with addictive substances, the victim of domestic abuse will not leave the situation until they are ready to do so. With encouragement and support from their loved ones, and possibly help from a Thriveworks Grand Rapids counselor, the potential for making change becomes more tangible.

Break the Domestic Abuse Cycle

Every client is different, but it’s common for our clients to have dealt with the typical domestic abuse cycle. It generally begins with the abuser being tense and angry. They may pick an argument or go straight to threatening. Then the abuse happens. Generally, the abuse will get worse as the months and years of abuse go on. For example, someone with a bad temper who occasionally throws things or hits walls may eventually escalate to being violent toward their partner.

The final part of the cycle is what’s known as the “honeymoon” period. The abuser will express remorse, apologize, and promise they’ll never do it again. They may mean it at the time but inevitably the abuse cycle starts over again from the beginning.

During the honeymoon period, it’s easy to imagine that things will stay calm and safe. Unfortunately, domestic abuse rarely stops permanently, especially without some outside help. Thriveworks Grand Rapids counselors are passionate about helping you live a safe, happy life. If you’re experiencing any of the ramifications of domestic abuse, no matter what type, how often, or how severe, please contact us. We are waiting to help.

Get Help from a Domestic Abuse Counselor

When you work with a counselor or coach they can help you make sense of your situation. They can help you walk through a series of complicated emotions. Many victims of abuse blame themselves or feel guilty for still loving their abuser. A qualified Thriveworks Grand Rapids counselor can help with these emotions and help you find a safe place to learn to heal.

When you’re ready for help, contact Thriveworks Grand Rapids, Forest Hills Counseling & Coaching. We are here to help you. We are here to work toward your safety. We won’t judge you. We won’t push you. We will take the time to listen and understand you and your unique situation. We don’t use a waiting list, so we can usually see new clients within 24 hours.

Further Reading
Mayo Clinic. “Domestic violence against women: Recognize patterns, seek help.” Mayoclinic.org.

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 Grand Rapids Charter Township therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Grand Rapids Charter Township
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Psychiatry

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I am loving Thriveworks not only for the convenience of virtual appointments, but this is the first place I’ve tried that has actually helped. My therapist is incredibly kind and helpful and is amazing at helping me with any issues I’m struggling with. They paired me with a therapist that is experienced in the specific areas I needed help with, and it has been wonderful. I would absolutely recommend Thriveworks!
Read more I am loving Thriveworks not only for the convenience of virtual appointments, but this is the first place I’ve tried that has actually helped. My therapist is incredibly kind and helpful and is amazing at helping me with any issues I’m struggling with. They paired me with a therapist that is experienced in the specific areas I needed help with, and it has been wonderful. I would absolutely recommend Thriveworks!
Kelly Jan 2024
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I have worked with Pamela Rybka LPC both personally and professionally. I have found her compassion and expertise invaluable. She has helped with me issues related to aging and grief and loss. If you need someone to help you on life's journey, contact her. Her kindness and gentle confrontation will help you be the best person you can be.
Read more I have worked with Pamela Rybka LPC both personally and professionally. I have found her compassion and expertise invaluable. She has helped with me issues related to aging and grief and loss. If you need someone to help you on life's journey, contact her. Her kindness and gentle confrontation will help you be the best person you can be.
Grand Rapids Jul 2022
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Emily Warning is an amazing therapist. She is very professional and knows how to listen and respond to my concerns. She really makes me feel heard. Thank you Emily, you are great!
Read more Emily Warning is an amazing therapist. She is very professional and knows how to listen and respond to my concerns. She really makes me feel heard. Thank you Emily, you are great!
Grand Rapids May 2022
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I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cassie personally and professionally for over 10 years. She is an extremely kind and compassionate person. She is an excellent listener, she is very thoughtful, organized and you can tell she genuinely cares about her clients and wants to help. She’s an excellent communicator and I would highly recommend her as a counselor any day!
Read more I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cassie personally and professionally for over 10 years. She is an extremely kind and compassionate person. She is an excellent listener, she is very thoughtful, organized and you can tell she genuinely cares about her clients and wants to help. She’s an excellent communicator and I would highly recommend her as a counselor any day!
Grand Rapids Mar 2022
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Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
Read more Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
Grand Rapids Jan 2020
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Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
Read more Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Sep 2019
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My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
Read more My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
Grand Rapids Jul 2019
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I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
Read more I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
Grand Rapids Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Grand Rapids is located off of Kenmoor Ave SE. We share an office with Paper Plane Therapies, and are located near the ClearChoice Dental Implant Center.

Phone number

(616) 421-9387

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