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Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays The holidays are supposed to be joyful and fun-filled. Sometimes they are, but often that is not our experience. The holidays can be especially painful for you if you are depressed, are mourning a loved one, or…

The Voice of a Sexual Abuse Survivor

The Voice of a Sexual Abuse Survivor

The more I work with domestic violence survivors, the more I realize how many have been sexually abused as children. I am no longer shocked in my counseling sessions when someone begins sharing how their father, uncle, brother or cousin…

A Mother’s Blessing

A Mother’s Blessing

Many of us have had difficult relationships with our moms. Perhaps they were narcissistic, and treated us like a queen one day and like a beggar the next. Perhaps they abused us, or ignored us. Perhaps they did not give…

Do You Have A Father Wound?

Do You Have A Father Wound?

Do you have a father wound? Many of us do. Perhaps your father was verbally, emotionally or even physically abusive to you and/or your mom. Maybe he was an adulterer or abused drugs and alcohol. Maybe he sexually molested you….

How to Forgive the Unforgivable?

How to Forgive the Unforgivable?

Forgiveness? What the heck? Why am I even talking about this? Most of you reading this today have been abused, either in childhood or by an intimate partner. The things that have happened to you should never happen to any…

Don’t Hide Your True Self

Don’t Hide Your True Self

We all want people to think well of us. Do you find yourself hiding your past, (even your present) from others? Why do we do this? Maybe we think we aren’t good enough. Maybe we are ashamed of some of…

Are You Being Abused?

Are You Being Abused?

One of the most difficult things about domestic violence (DV) is that we often don’t know if we are experiencing it. Abusers are wily and manipulative, and often act like the victim. They blame their victims for their actions, or…