Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Mindful Journeys MFT is conveniently located in Manhattan NYC  and Teaneck, NJ and provides individual therapy, to support your mindful journey of healing and becoming.

Emotional abuse toward a spouse is increasingly common among couples because of the nature to not directly associate it with abuse when one partner is being condescending, dismissive, aggressive, or taking away a partner’s experience of an issue. The struggle for power and control in a relationship is real.

How do I Know if I Need Domestic Violence Individual Counseling?

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Emotional, verbal, physical and psychological abuse all constitute forms of violence.

Domestic violence is intimate partner violence. Domestic abuse knows no socioeconomic status; both the wealthy and impoverished are plagued with its effects. Domestic violence also does not discriminate within sexual orientation. Intimate partner violence remains the most common form of violence against women, while numbers are also increasing with violence against men.

  • Are you struggling with anxiety and depression?
  • Are you a victim of domestic violence?
  • Have you witnessed domestic violence growing up?
  • Are you looking to improve your self esteem after a past relationship?
  • Do you live your life feeling guarded/protected, not allowing people to get close to you?
  • Are you having trouble connecting with yourself or others due to trauma of abuse?

Intimate partner violence is usually a maladaptive familial pattern that is passed down throughout generations due to the profound effects it has on family members and children exposed to the violence.  It is learned and can be un-learned. If you were a child exposed to domestic violence in your early development, you might be carrying the effects of this trauma alongside childhood unmet needs and wants.

Survivors of domestic violence often feel much shame, guilt, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress. Survivors of domestic violence, especially women, find it difficult to assert themselves with others. Women are cultured and socialized to be the caretakers of their families, and are often not allowed to fully be themselves and focus on their needs and dreams. Similarly, men are also cultured and socialized to suppress their emotions, maintain tough guises, and not be vulnerable. Both genders are stuck in a vicious cycle of rigid gender constructs that do not allow for appropriate expressions of feelings and emotions. The constructs are extremes and perpetuate cycles of violence.

How Domestic Violence Individual Counseling Can Help You

I can help you on your journey to move forward, break the cycle of abuse of self and others, find understanding in being vulnerable, and empower you to be who you are at your essence, your innermost peaceful nature.

I do not work with couples that have active or past incidences of domestic violence. If you are a couple seeking couple counseling and I am informed of physical abuse, or if a partner feels unsafe to share his/her thoughts and feelings for fear of partner, it is in my duty to terminate couple counseling and refer individual(s) to individual counseling until a safe environment can be fostered. Also note that I am a Mandated Reporter and there are exceptions to confidentiality if someone is at risk of harm.

If you are currently in an unsafe relationship or feel unsafe in your home, then it is very important to get to an environment where you feel safe. If you are currently in an abusive relationship, it can be helpful to contact the police or shelters in your area during an emergency. You can also call the Safe Horizon’s Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.621.HOPE (4673)

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