Domestic violence can be a deeply frightening experience. Whether you are just coming out of your experience of domestic violence, or it was many years ago already, counseling for domestic violence can be very helpful, and I'd say absolutely necessary, in the process of regaining your life and peace of mind. Helping both men and women who have experienced domestic violence is one of my main areas of expertise, and I feel called to do all that I can to help those who have suffered domestic violence to get their lives back on track.
PTSD was originally called shell shock, and it was first noticed in soldiers coming back from World War 1 and World War 2. As they began to study this psychological condition, they realized that battered women suffered all of the same symptoms. Experiencing domestic violence creates the same kind of trauma to the nervous system as being exposed to a war zone. Once the fear and sense of danger is blazed into your nervous system, it will stay there until we conduct the process by which we gradually calm and restore the nervous system to its healthy and true nature.
Although it can be very difficult, reaching out to talk to someone about your experience of domestic violence is an important and necessary step. Just beginning to talk about it and to disclose your experience to a caring, compassionate professional can bring a sense of hope and relief. Talking about the experience of domestic violence will set you on a path toward recovery. Please contact me with any questions you might have. It's important that you reach out and take that next step. But only you can make that choice. I encourage you to have hope, and to risk a happier, new possibility for yourself, your relationship, and your family.