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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?

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One of the main characters, Celeste White, is the envy of every other kindergarten mother. She seems to have it all: friends, romance, money, children, beauty, comfort, and more. Celeste’s real life, however, is a world apart from the public life people see. Celeste guards a deep, dark secret: her husband hits her. Most victims of domestic violence know what it is like to have a private home life that is drastically different than its public perception. Things are not always as they seem. Escaping from an abusive relationship is harder than it seems too. Leaving often requires support from family, friends, and a skilled therapist.

Thriveworks Kennesaw offer therapy to victims of domestic violence. Our counselors and psychologists understand the dynamics of abuse and know what it takes to help people find safety. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, consider working with one of our therapists or counselors.

Domestic Abuse and the Cycle of Violence

The particular details of the abuse will be unique to each victim, but in general, domestic abuse has a recurring and escalating cycle:

  1. Honeymoon Phase: A large part of what makes domestic abuse so confusing is that there are often times of peace and seemingly progress in the relationship. During the honeymoon phase, the violent partner is usually on their best behavior, but if it feels too good to be true, it is.
  2. The Tension Building Phase: Soon, tension will seep into daily interactions. Victims will begin to walk on egg shells, trying to appease the violent partner and hoping that this time, it will be enough. The violent partner may begin to demand more and more unreasonable things from the victim.
  3. The Abusive Phase: At some point, the violent partner will choose to act. The violent may be physical, sexual, verbal, or some combination of the three. Violent partners almost always blame their victims for the abuse, but harming another person is always a choice. The fault lies solely with the violent partner.

Each phase of the cycle can be a short as a few minutes or as long as a few years. Most often, the cycle escalates, and each reiteration is more violent than the previous. Violent partners may promise, “that was the last time,” during the honeymoon phase, but the cycle rarely ends without substantial intervention.

One victim illustrated the extreme challenge of living 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.”

Is This Relationship Violent?

The warning signs for domestic abuse may be easy to dismiss or minimize, but remember that the cycle of violence almost always escalates. Seemingly harmless but controlling behaviors will likely grow worse over time. The following behaviors are red flags for a violent or potentially violent relationship. They almost all center around the idea of control: one partner dominates and manipulates the other. Think about your current relationship. Does your partner do any of the following?

  • Use derogatory names for you
  • Discourage you from being with family or friends
  • Subtly or overtly belittle you
  • Threaten, intimidate, or scare you
  • Try 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)
  • Hurt you, your kids, or your pets
  • Discourage you from working or going to school
  • Blame you or others for their behavior
  • Forcing you into sexual acts after you have said, “no” or where you feel uncomfortable
  • Has your partner said or done anything on this list? If so, know that nothing on this list is part of a healthy relationship. Quite the opposite, this list includes serious warning signs or toxic relationships. Know that the abuse is not your fault and that help is available.

Schedule Therapy for Domestic Abuse at Thriveworks Kennesaw

The counselors and psychologists at Thriveworks Kennesaw have helped many victims of domestic violence who are facing a wide range of dangers and pitfalls. We know what it takes to find safety, and we are ready to give the guidance and support our clients need.

We hope that you feel cared for from the first time you call our office. When you schedule an appointment, a person will answer your call and help find a time that works for you, possibly even for the following day. We offer evening and weekend appointments. We also accept many different types of insurance.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, going to counseling may be the first step toward the safety that you deserve. Call Thriveworks Kennesaw 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 Kennesaw therapists and counselors accept 21 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

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Kennesaw
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

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Amberly Feb 2024
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I enjoy my visits w Mrs.Walters. She seems to really care, and she’s easy to talk to.
Amberly Jan 2024
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Carlene Battiste-Downie is an outstanding individual with clear vision and insightfulness. With her years of experience, I have no doubt that she would be able to provide the level of empathy and caring to help her clients to thrive.
Read more Carlene Battiste-Downie is an outstanding individual with clear vision and insightfulness. With her years of experience, I have no doubt that she would be able to provide the level of empathy and caring to help her clients to thrive.
Kennesaw Jun 2020
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★★★★★
Let's talk about Kelli Beechler for a second! This woman is an absolute God send to me! If you don’t believe in God, well then let's just say the universe or regardless of whatever it is you actually believe in, she has been an absolute gift in my life! This is a woman who NEVER makes you feel like you are just a number or a paycheck to her! I feel so thankful to know her! I can't fully express in words, how blessed I feel to have her in my life but I'm going to try just for the sake of someone else who might need to know her could be reading this. She is someone who’s beyond kind and compassionate and caring! She always meets me exactly where I am, and there has never been a single time that I don’t feel better after a session with her. My sessions change my week, my life, and also keep me sane when things go crazy! It brings me comfort in remembering no matter how hard things feel I get to see her and she will do whatever is in her power to help me help myself! She never fails to remind me who I am in my core, or what I’m trying to accomplish, or how to lead with a level head and not my emotions based on what I’ve told her I'm trying to accomplish. She helps me stay focused, determined, and accountable. Her soul is one of the best I’ve ever seen! I have been in and out of therapy the better half of my life and I'm about to be 28. I have had all kinds of people and teachings and nothing compares to the relationship I’ve developed with this woman in just a few short months. I don’t feel like she’s just a counselor, I feel like she’s my friend! Kelli shows up for me in a way no one else in my life does! I feel like I can tell her anything without fear. It's always a judgement free zone! I feel like she always comes from a place of love and of service in her heart! She’s always teaching me new ways and tricks and tips that help me. I am going through a great deal of things in my life right now and I’ve got to say I don’t really know what I would do without this woman and her support! The role she plays in my life is so significant. There is something so special about knowing you can count on someone, and not just count on someone but have great advice. There is something huge to say when a person is choosing to show up for you when you need them most, and I just want to express that I have literally never ever felt like I was just a way for her to make money. When I think about Kelli I can't help but want to express how beautiful her soul is. She is such a special person and anyone who knows her knows she’s a gift; the kind of pure magic! Don’t believe me? Set up a session with her and find out for yourself!
Read more Let's talk about Kelli Beechler for a second! This woman is an absolute God send to me! If you don’t believe in God, well then let's just say the universe or regardless of whatever it is you actually believe in, she has been an absolute gift in my life! This is a woman who NEVER makes you feel like you are just a number or a paycheck to her! I feel so thankful to know her! I can't fully express in words, how blessed I feel to have her in my life but I'm going to try just for the sake of someone else who might need to know her could be reading this. She is someone who’s beyond kind and compassionate and caring! She always meets me exactly where I am, and there has never been a single time that I don’t feel better after a session with her. My sessions change my week, my life, and also keep me sane when things go crazy! It brings me comfort in remembering no matter how hard things feel I get to see her and she will do whatever is in her power to help me help myself! She never fails to remind me who I am in my core, or what I’m trying to accomplish, or how to lead with a level head and not my emotions based on what I’ve told her I'm trying to accomplish. She helps me stay focused, determined, and accountable. Her soul is one of the best I’ve ever seen! I have been in and out of therapy the better half of my life and I'm about to be 28. I have had all kinds of people and teachings and nothing compares to the relationship I’ve developed with this woman in just a few short months. I don’t feel like she’s just a counselor, I feel like she’s my friend! Kelli shows up for me in a way no one else in my life does! I feel like I can tell her anything without fear. It's always a judgement free zone! I feel like she always comes from a place of love and of service in her heart! She’s always teaching me new ways and tricks and tips that help me. I am going through a great deal of things in my life right now and I’ve got to say I don’t really know what I would do without this woman and her support! The role she plays in my life is so significant. There is something so special about knowing you can count on someone, and not just count on someone but have great advice. There is something huge to say when a person is choosing to show up for you when you need them most, and I just want to express that I have literally never ever felt like I was just a way for her to make money. When I think about Kelli I can't help but want to express how beautiful her soul is. She is such a special person and anyone who knows her knows she’s a gift; the kind of pure magic! Don’t believe me? Set up a session with her and find out for yourself!
Kennesaw Apr 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Lamonica Green has a level of patience and compassion that I have never seen. She has a way of connecting with children. I have observed her on many occasions with her special needs clients. She has a unique ability to engage them and get them to respond no matter what they are struggling with. She's extremely knowledgeable about her craft, and she's a wonderful teacher and advisor.
Read more Lamonica Green has a level of patience and compassion that I have never seen. She has a way of connecting with children. I have observed her on many occasions with her special needs clients. She has a unique ability to engage them and get them to respond no matter what they are struggling with. She's extremely knowledgeable about her craft, and she's a wonderful teacher and advisor.
Kennesaw Mar 2020
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★★★★★
Kelli is an amazing counselor. She is very open minded and listens carefully. She also shows genuine interest and empathy. She takes a solution focused approach.
Read more Kelli is an amazing counselor. She is very open minded and listens carefully. She also shows genuine interest and empathy. She takes a solution focused approach.
Kennesaw Dec 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Kennesaw is located off of Cherokee St NW, west of Bozeman Lake and around the corner from the Kroger on Jiles Rd. Our building is right next to Todd Immigration and Shoemaker Pediatric Dentistry, and across the street from J & S Air Conditioning Heating and Electrical.

Phone number

(770) 343-4919

Languages spoken by GA providers

  • English
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