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941 people sought domestic violence therapy help in Pennsylvania in the last year

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Sarah Babcock

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What is your go-to approach for domestic violence therapy?

My go-to approach for helping survivors of domestic violence who come to therapy is a person-centered approach. I find it important to treat a client with empathy, genuineness, and understanding, at their own pace, as domestic violence and the levels of emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse inflicted by the perpetrator can be incredibly shaming and scary for a survivor to confront.

What tools do you teach in domestic violence therapy?

I provide several tools related to psychoeducation in domestic violence therapy, including:

  • The Power and Control Wheel: a depiction of the different kinds of abuse that can be inflicted on a survivor, including emotional, financial, isolation, physical, etc. This graph discusses how the main reasoning behind DV is for the abuser to gain power and control over the survivor.
  • The Cycle of Violence: a description of how abuse cycles through the Honeymoon Phase, the Tension Building Phase, and the Acute Explosion Phase.
  • The Equality Wheel: similar to the Power and Control Wheel, but shows all the behaviors that should be present in a healthy relationship.
  • Documents from the National DV Hotline that answer questions such as: Why Don't You Just Leave?, What are Trauma Bonds?, How Does Alcohol and Drug Use Affect DV?, What is Consent?, and How Do I Make a Report?
  • Different types of boundaries and how to begin to set them
  • Trauma effects and responses from DV and abuse
  • If a client is still in an abusive relationship, I will help them complete the VIGOR (Victim Inventory of Goals, Options, and Risks): A detailed safety plan to help survivors examine the risks involved of staying in the relationship, the available resources they have within themselves and in the community, and the actual options they have to utilize if they should decide to leave.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in domestic violence therapy?

I know a client is making meaningful progress in DV therapy when they begin to recognize that the abuse was/is not their fault. When they begin to understand that the abuse occurred/is occurring because the perpetrator is seeking power and control, not because the survivor has done anything wrong to welcome the abuse.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement domestic violence therapy?

Clients can supplement their time in DV therapy with continued psychoeducation and exercises about the effects of DV. They can also engage in advocacy from DV agencies in their community, which can help with legal proceedings or speaking to the police, as well as just getting extra support. Additionally, group work can be effective for DV survivors, as they can feel supported and understood by others who have gone through similar situations.

What should someone do to prepare for starting domestic violence therapy?

To prepare for their first domestic violence counseling session, and individual can try to remember that while it will be difficult and emotional, the therapist is there to be judgment-free and to empower the client to regain a positive sense of self and emotional and/or physical safety. The therapist is there to support you, no matter what.

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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Big Little Lies, the murder-mystery best-seller and HBO adaptation, has kept audiences on the edge of their seats. Liane Moriarty’s storyline captured the world’s attention because of its good humor and twist-filled plot. But the story also focused people’s attention on an important but often hidden social issue: domestic violence.

(Small Spoiler Alert!)

Among the kindergarten mothers, Celeste White is the envy of all. Celeste is beautiful, smart, and rich. She has the perfect life: a beautiful house, twin boys, and a wonderful husband. But as Celeste admits at the end of the novel, domestic violence can happen to anyone. Far from perfect, Celeste’s life is actually a personal hell because her husband beats her.

Many survivors of domestic violence understand how a relationship’s public appearance can be drastically different than its private reality and how a partner who charms one moment can turn violent the next. Celeste puts into words what many victims feel, “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.”

Escaping domestic violence is not as easy as it seems either. But with support from friends, family, and a professional therapist, many find a new, safe life after domestic violence.

Thriveworks Media offers counseling for domestic violence. We have helped many clients escape the danger and recover from the trauma.

Domestic Abuse as a Cycle

Domestic abuse nearly always follows the same cycle:
The Honeymoon Phase: Even violent relationships have times of peace and possibly even happiness. It’s what can make the abuse so confusing for victims—they often genuinely love their violent partner, just not the abuse.

The Tension Building Phase: Tension, however, always builds, and often victims feel as if they must appease the violent partner. In hopes of preventing the looming violence, victims may give into outrageous demands, walk on egg shells, or shield their partner from any stress. Violent partners, however, choose not to be appeased.

The Abusive Phase: When the violent partner chooses to act, the abuse may come in the form of verbal, physical, and/or sexual violence. Abuse is never the victim’s fault, and it is illegal. The violent partner may try to blame the abuse on a flaw in the victim; however, harming another person is always a choice. Responsibility always lies on the shoulders of the person who chooses violence.

One survivor illustrated the effects of living in the cycle of abuse, “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.” Victims face the injuries incurred during the abusive phase, but living in a stressful war zone has many detrimental effects on a person’s long-term health.

Is This a Potentially Violent Relationship?

The cycle of domestic abuse escalates—that is, each reiteration is worse than the previous. Often, when the cycle begins, the concerning behaviors are so subtle, it is easy to dismiss them. However, these controlling, manipulative behaviors may worsen over time.

Many of the warning signs that a relationship is violent or will become violent center on the idea of control: One partner dominates what the other thinks, says, feels, wear, buys, does, and on, and on, and on.

If you are in a committed relationship, do you recognize any of these behaviors in your partner?

  • Showing annoyance that you spend time with family or friends
  • Intimidating you or others
  • Calling you or others degrading names
  • Putting you down
  • Harming you, your kids, or your pets
  • Coercing you into sex or sexual acts that you do not want or make you uncomfortable.
  • Limiting your agency (i.e., your ability to make decisions—such as how to spend money, where to go, what to wear, and more)
  • Discouraging you from working or going to school
  • Blaming you or others for their behavior

Counseling for Victims of Domestic Violence

Are any of the behaviors on this list familiar to you? Has your partner behaved in these ways or in similar ways? If yes, know that have support from Thriveworks Media. Our therapists understand domestic violence and the harm you may face. We have helped many clients find safety after enduring the cycle of abuse.

Living with a violent partner creates enough chaos in life, so scheduling an appointment for therapy should be simple and easy. When you call Thriveworks Media, PA a person will answer and find an appointment that works for you. Our first-time clients often see their counselors within 24 hours. We also offer convenient session times, and work with many forms of insurance.

We do not want anything to come in the way of you receiving the support you need. Call Thriveworks Media today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Media therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Media is located off of N Jackson St, and our building is in the center of Cooper St., W 6th St., W 7th St., and N Jackson St.

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(610) 557-1991

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