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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?

Liane Moriarty’s story, Big Little Lies, has people’s attention, constantly guessing which kindergarten parent is the victim and which is the murderer. This best-seller and HBO adaptation has people talking and not just about who-dun-it. Big Little Lies has also created a platform for a much-needed but difficult social dialogue about domestic violence.

(Big Little Lies spoilers ahead!)

One kindergarten mother is the envy of every other mom and dad. Celeste seems to have a dreamy life: money, beauty, comfort, education, children, and most of all—a perfect husband. Celeste’s husband, Perry, keeps a pristinely manicured Facebook page that details their perfect family with their perfect vacations and holidays. However, Perry keeps a big part of their family life a secret: he is violent with Celeste. Celeste loathes the violence, but she adores her husband. She struggles with these conflicting emotions, as many victims of domestic violence do. She often wonders, “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.”

Approximately 25 percent of women and 8 percent of men experience domestic violence. Physical, sexual, and/or emotional violence from an intimate partner is a common but hidden reality for far too many people. Escaping the violence is often more difficult than it appears. Victims regularly require support from a professional as they leave and recover from living in a violent home. If your partner has harmed you, know that it is not your fault and you are not alone. Help is available. Thriveworks CLexington, MA offers counseling for victims of domestic violence. We have helped many clients find safety and heal.

Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Domestic Violence

After leaving a violent home, one woman reflected upon her experience with domestic violence, saying, “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.”

Many people who have lived with a violent partner understand the constant stress this woman describes. If violence occurs—even once—then the threat of violence is always present. When people feel a threat, their brains naturally go into the flight-or-fight mode and release stress hormones that allow their bodies to respond appropriately to the threat. Flight-or-fight mode saves people’s lives when it is triggered on rare occasions. However, when it is triggered constantly because the threat is constant, then people experience long-term adverse health effects.

People who live in violent homes, therefore, face the immediate threat of injuries from violence. But they also must live with long-term health effects from the stress of their toxic environment. Violent partners inflict severe and serious harm upon their victims.

The Harmful Cycle of Domestic Violence

While the details of the harm vary from relationship to relationship, almost without fail domestic abuse follows the same cycle. Each phase varies in length from moments to years, but the cycle is repeated without significant intervention. The cycle also escalates, with each iteration more caustic than the last.

  1. Honeymoon Phase: To a significant extent, domestic violence is so disorienting to victims because there are almost always times of peace and possibly even happiness. Like Celeste, many victims love their partner, just not the abusive phase. And violent partners take advantage of the peaceful time to convince the victim to stay. Violent partners may even promise to get help or promise that the abuse will never happen again. However, they rarely follow through on these words.
  2. The Tension Building Phase: Violent partners eventually bring tension into the relationship and require more and more mollification. Often, victims speak about walking in a minefield, as if any small action could set off the violent partner. Victims may attempt to prevent the violence through sheltering their partner from difficulty or giving into untenable demands.
  3. The Abusive Phase: While violent partners often blame their actions upon some flaw in their victim, violence is always choice, and victims are not to blame for their partner’s choice to harm. When the violent partner chooses to abuse, it may be emotional, physical, and/or sexual violence. Domestic abuse is also illegal.

Recover from Domestic Violence in Counseling at Thriveworks in Lexington, MA

When you read through the phases of domestic abuse, did you recognize the cycle in your own relationship? If so, Thriveworks in Lexington is ready to advocate for you. We understand that you are living in a minefield. We understand the risks of leaving. Our counselors and therapists have supported many clients as they found safety and health again.

Our office aims to give client-centered care to each individual who calls to make an appointment. A scheduling specialist will answer your call and help schedule your first session. We offer weekend and evening sessions, next-day appointments, and many first-time clients see their counselor the following day. We also work with many insurance companies.

We do not want anything to stand between you and the safety you deserve. If your partner hurts you, we are here to help. Call Thriveworks in Lexington, MA 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 Lexington therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

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

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Talk therapy

Talk therapy

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

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Sara is a dedicated, compassionate, organized, and kinds therapist. She will work with your schedule and your specific needs as to why you are in therapy. I have had the chance to work with her and love her dedication to this field.
Read more Sara is a dedicated, compassionate, organized, and kinds therapist. She will work with your schedule and your specific needs as to why you are in therapy. I have had the chance to work with her and love her dedication to this field.
Lexington Sep 2021
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Genevieve is a caring and nurturing therapist. She goes out of her way to make sure that she finds the resources her clients need.
Read more Genevieve is a caring and nurturing therapist. She goes out of her way to make sure that she finds the resources her clients need.
Lexington Jul 2020
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Genevieve is an outstanding counselor that always shows her clients compassion and empathy. She's well informed about area resources and has a lot of experience. She is committed to confidentiality and always follows through. With a good heart and the best intentions she provides amazing support to the families and clients she works with. I would highly recommend her!
Read more Genevieve is an outstanding counselor that always shows her clients compassion and empathy. She's well informed about area resources and has a lot of experience. She is committed to confidentiality and always follows through. With a good heart and the best intentions she provides amazing support to the families and clients she works with. I would highly recommend her!
Lexington Jul 2020
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I've met with Francesca at her previous practice, and she is far and above the absolute best. From a personal one on one basics she helped me immensely. I recommend her to anyone.
Read more I've met with Francesca at her previous practice, and she is far and above the absolute best. From a personal one on one basics she helped me immensely. I recommend her to anyone.
Lexington Nov 2019
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Sumio Shinohara has provided me with outstanding counseling, life coaching and consulting services. His information, desire to be of utmost help and advocacy have been extremely valuable.
Read more Sumio Shinohara has provided me with outstanding counseling, life coaching and consulting services. His information, desire to be of utmost help and advocacy have been extremely valuable.
Lexington Jan 2019
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I had a lovely experience meeting with Emily, I’m looking forward to attending another session soon!
Read more I had a lovely experience meeting with Emily, I’m looking forward to attending another session soon!
Lexington Apr 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Lexington is located off of Massachusetts Ave. We share a building with other businesses, including Clay Oven and Limited to Endodontics. Our office is on the second floor. Across the street is a post office.

Phone number

(781) 386-0443

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