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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting emotional abuse counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our therapists in Silver Spring are booked, but we have 11 other therapists in MD available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Emotional abuse counseling

What is Emotional abuse counseling?

Emotional abuse counseling helps victims heal from abusive relationships. Emotional abuse includes Examples of emotional abuse may include:

  • Blaming others for their own behavior.
  • Publicly mocking, humiliating, name-calling, embarrassing, criticizing.
  • Separating someone from their family and friends.
  • Withholding affection or love.
  • Downplaying another person’s experiences, perspectives, emotions, or thoughts.
  • Using or objectifying people.
  • Denying access to money, medical care, food, transportation, or other crucial resources.
  • Using guilt, threats, or intimidation.

How does Emotional abuse counseling work?

Emotional abuse counseling with our Thriveworks therapists in Silver Spring gives people the safe space they need to identify and understand the harm they've experienced and move forward. Through therapy, many victims have rebuilt their self-esteem and self-worth; recognized that they did not cause the abuse, but their perpetrator is responsible for the choice to harm; identified their wounds and found the treatment they need; healed from the trauma; re-established their personal safety; grieved their losses; formed new, loving relationships; and learned to trust their experiences and emotions.

Is Emotional abuse counseling conducted in person or online?

Emotional abuse counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Emotional abuse counseling last?

Emotional abuse counseling with one of our Thriveworks therapists in Silver Spring, MD can last for a few weeks, months, or longer, depending on the individual's exact needs and preferences.

Need more help deciding?

There’s no question of doubt that emotional abuse can be debilitating and devastating for the victims. In some homes it’s so bad that people feel as though they’re walking on eggshells in slippers made of lead. Victims of this kind of abuse often lose some degree of dignity and autonomy. Emotional abuse is something that can really destruct the life of the abused.  Many people experiencing emotional abuse feel like they can’t escape the everlasting effects of the harm they have dealt with.  Typical examples of the effects include:

  • Aggressive passive behaviors
  • Can’t have fun without mind altering substances (drugs, alcohol)
  • Inability to concentrate for long periods
  • Lack genuine self-esteem
  • Susceptible to anxiety attacks and bouts of depression
  • Unable to sleep properly.

Anyone who experiences any or all the above symptoms can’t possibly function in a “normal” capacity.  Emotional abuse may not be visible physically, but the toll it takes on someone mentally can be extremely harmful.  If you feel as if your heart and mind have been wounded by the effects of emotional abuse, you are not alone.  The emotional abuse counselors at Thriveworks Silver Spring listen to your experiences and strive to help the victims of emotional abuse recover.

Forms of Emotional Abuse 

Emotional abuse can occur in many different forms.  Examples of emotional abuse may include:

  1. Refusing to accept personal responsibility for one’s own behavior
  2. Falsely accusing others and/or blaming victims for the abuse they suffer
  3. Publicly and openly embarrassing, humiliating, mocking, name-calling, or criticizing another
  4. Cutting off others from their loved ones
  5. Holding back affection or love to gain a desired result (When you… I will…)
  6. Denying or downplaying another person’s experiences, feelings, and thoughts (“You’re too sensitive; you’re overreacting.”)
  7. Objectifying other people
  8. Using guild, intimidation, or threats to control other people
  9. Without permission, harming or trashing another’s personal and prized possessions (a meaningful letter, a special photograph, etc.)
  10. Using anger and moodiness to keep others on edge
  11. Displaying possessive or jealous behaviors

A Life on Hold

Anyone who can’t think, feel or function normally is not going to have the ability to thrive in life. They may have the potential, but if the emotional abuse has gone on for too long and the scars are too deep, then it’s difficult to move forward. Emotional abuse therapy can help, but only for those who recognize their problem for what it is and reach out. Some of the challengers the abused face in everyday life will include:

  • Problems liking themselves (there are many negative spin-offs with this alone)
  • Unable to realize their potential no matter how hard they try
  • Have problems feeling safe and secure
  • A tendency to major in minor things all the time
  • Relationships with others are hard work and uncomfortable

Psychological abuse can touch every area of the victim’s being. It is something that can put their life on hold indefinitely, unless they seek professional medical help.  There is safety and healing in searching for help to overcome the effects of emotional abuse.

Schedule an Appointment with Thriveworks Silver Spring

There can be no solution to any problem until the victim first identifies and accepts that they have an issue. Once they can do that, then there is a real potential for moving forward. Thriveworks Silver Spring emotional abuse therapy counselors have helped many people find peace and get balance back into their lives. Perhaps we can offer the solutions to your problems too.

Give us a call and schedule your first appointment. We are ready and eager to help.  It might turn out to be the best call you’ve ever made.  (202) 478-9619.

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 Silver Spring therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Silver Spring
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

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$1

Hear from our clients

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My zoom session was very worthwhile. Counselor was supportive and challenging- what I need! The email reminders very helpful and the zoom connections worked perfectly! 5 stars all around!
Read more My zoom session was very worthwhile. Counselor was supportive and challenging- what I need! The email reminders very helpful and the zoom connections worked perfectly! 5 stars all around!
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Alma is the best!!
Silver Spring Feb 2022
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Ive been seeing Stacey Scott for a few months now and she is an excellent therapist. Shes very organized, friendly, and easy to talk to. Ive been having issues with Anxiety and Depression lately, Stacey his been most helpful. Working with her has improved my mood a lot! 10/10 Would recommend
Read more Ive been seeing Stacey Scott for a few months now and she is an excellent therapist. Shes very organized, friendly, and easy to talk to. Ive been having issues with Anxiety and Depression lately, Stacey his been most helpful. Working with her has improved my mood a lot! 10/10 Would recommend
Silver Spring Oct 2019
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★★★★★
Stacey Scott is an exceptional listener. She uses her ability to listen to help you work through your situation and come up with strategies to help you overcome them. She hears what you are telling her. She is intentional with her responses. Stacey's professionalism and committment to her clients is enduring. Stacy is committed to ensuring her clients progress. It was one of the best experiences. I would recommend her with high regards.
Read more Stacey Scott is an exceptional listener. She uses her ability to listen to help you work through your situation and come up with strategies to help you overcome them. She hears what you are telling her. She is intentional with her responses. Stacey's professionalism and committment to her clients is enduring. Stacy is committed to ensuring her clients progress. It was one of the best experiences. I would recommend her with high regards.
Silver Spring Oct 2019
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A'Lisa made the whole required process of alcohol treatment not seem so bad. I should not have had to do it. But her approach to teaching the group made me actually look forward to coming. Her lessons could be applied as whole life lessons, not just in reference to recovery. I was actually so satisfied with her that I began individual sessions with her after program completion. Thanks so much for this experience.
Read more A'Lisa made the whole required process of alcohol treatment not seem so bad. I should not have had to do it. But her approach to teaching the group made me actually look forward to coming. Her lessons could be applied as whole life lessons, not just in reference to recovery. I was actually so satisfied with her that I began individual sessions with her after program completion. Thanks so much for this experience.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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Judy Upshaw has the years of counseling experience to help those individuals who are burdened with poor mental health and addictive coping styles. Her years of treating individuals from various backgrounds and cultures on our campus counseling center make her an excellent choice. You will find her committed to helping you overcome your personal problems.
Read more Judy Upshaw has the years of counseling experience to help those individuals who are burdened with poor mental health and addictive coping styles. Her years of treating individuals from various backgrounds and cultures on our campus counseling center make her an excellent choice. You will find her committed to helping you overcome your personal problems.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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A'Lisa Andrade is a most intelligent and knowledgeable counselor. Her insight, compassion, and counseling skills make her a top choice for individuals seeking mental health assistance. Her background, education, and experience make her a great choice.
Read more A'Lisa Andrade is a most intelligent and knowledgeable counselor. Her insight, compassion, and counseling skills make her a top choice for individuals seeking mental health assistance. Her background, education, and experience make her a great choice.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Silver Spring is located off Lamberton Drive, across the street from Truist Bank and CVS Pharmacy. We currently share the building with Champion Martial Arts and Ben Yehuda restaurant.

Phone number

(202) 915-2842

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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