A Therapist’s Guide to Growing Free: A Manual for Survivors of Domestic Violence

A Therapist’s Guide to Growing Free: A Manual for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Help victims and survivors break the cycle of abuse!

Trying to get victims and survivors of domestic abuse to recognize their own victimization can be a frustrating experience. They often become so frightened, isolated, and self-doubting that they make excuses for the abuser. Combining psychological insight with practical safety information, this book helps therapists guide their clients into understanding–and ending–the vicious cycle of wooing, tension, violence, and remorse.

A Therapist’s Guide to Growing Free provides a comprehensive outline of the issues, tasks, and goals involved in the treatment of victims and survivors. Its chapter-by-chapter breakdown of how violent relationships function and how to end them safely can help you guide a traumatized woman through her therapeutic journey.

The guide’s companion volume, Growing Free: A Manual for Survivors of Domestic Violence is the perfect handout for clients in individual therapy, group therapy, and battered women’s shelters. Reading stories like their own may provide the shock of recognition they need to be able to understand–and eventually to end–the cycle of violence that characterizes all levels of domestic abuse. It outlines a series of steps they can take to ensure their emotional and physical safety. Its stories of women in abusive relationships and discussions of the cycle of abuse are direct and easy to read without ever being condescending.

A Therapist’s Guide to Growing Free provides the insight and therapeutic models needed for effective intervention and treatment, including:

  • psychological effects and belief systems of victims and survivors
  • discussions and illustrations of the cycle of violence
  • the effects of domestic violence on children and adolescents
  • the therapeutic challenges of couple/conjoint therapy
  • handling crisis intervention
  • suggestions for conducting group and therapeutic therapy for victim and batterer
A Therapist’s Guide to Growing Free and its companion volume provide both therapists and clients with a practical, action-oriented approach to the problem of domestic violence. It is ideal training and reference material for counselors at women’s shelters, emergency room personnel, law-enforcement officers, and other professionals involved in the rescue, support, defense, and treatment of victims and survivors.

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What type of relationship do you have with your psych/therapist?

Question by Jackie Brown: What type of relationship do you have with your psych/therapist?
Do you talk them routinely after appointments? Are they always available? Just curious as to how my therapist compares.
We spend an hour in session. She is also available outside hours via phone or text

Best answer:

Answer by worry2much
My therapist spends five minutes with me. just long enough to write me a prescription. what does yours do?

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We Love Each Other, but… Simple Secrets to Strengthen Your Relationship and Make Love Last

We Love Each Other, but… Simple Secrets to Strengthen Your Relationship and Make Love Last

We Love Each Other, But...offers simple, practical tips that will help you restore and strengthen a relationship that has gone off track. It lays out the nuts and bolts of building relationships so they continue to be gratifying over the long haul. Dr. Ellen Wachtel shows how, even when you feel like giving up on a relationship or marriage, you can recapture why you fell in love in the first place. Dr. Wachtel promises that there is more and suggests simple ways to keep vitality in relationships. In fact, she shows you and your partner how you can stay interested in each other for the rest of your lives.

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The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients (P.S.)

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients (P.S.)

The culmination of master psychiatrist Dr. Irvin D. Yalom’s more than thirty-five years in clinical practice, The Gift of Therapy is a remarkable and essential guidebook that illustrates through real case studies how patients and therapists alike can get the most out of therapy. The bestselling author of Love’s Executioner shares his uniquely fresh approach and the valuable insights he has gained—presented as eighty-five personal and provocative “tips for beginner therapists,” including:

  • Let the patient matter to you
  • Acknowledge your errors
  • Create a new therapy for each patient
  • Do home visits
  • (Almost) never make decisions for the patient
  • Freud was not always wrong

A book aimed at enriching the therapeutic process for a new generation of patients and counselors, Yalom’s Gift of Therapy is an entertaining, informative, and insightful read for anyone with an interest in the subject.

Speaking directly to the current generation of counselors, The Gift of Therapy lays out simple suggestions that blend personal experience with professional objectivity. This is a book that will remind you why you entered the field in the first place. With tips on avoiding diagnosis (except for insurance purposes), when to disclose personal information, and why it’s important to leave time between patient appointments, the recommendations are aimed at therapists, but they may be useful to patients who want to know what to expect from their counselors. Some references to the DSM-IV may be a little over the layperson’s head, but in general the writing is clear and understandable for lay readers as well as professionals.

Each chapter is just a few pages long, a nice format for busy folks whose reading time occurs in snippets. A single topic is addressed in each chapter, and author Irvin Yalom doesn’t waste any time in getting to the point. Many of the sections revolve around balancing the “magic, mystery, and authority” that come with the job of freeing your clients of their reliance on you.

From when to offer an occasional hug to finding the perfect time for deeper questioning, Yalom’s experienced observations will help you achieve even greater professional effectiveness while avoiding some of the more obvious traps in this HMO-directed age of mental health care. –Jill Lightner

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Is there a professional relationship counsellor/therapist i can talk to?

Question by angelfire: Is there a professional relationship counsellor/therapist i can talk to?
Desperate for help..

Best answer:

Answer by Tuscon Charlie
Angelfire,

What, are you expecting a referral? No one on this board even knows what country you’re living in.

Ask your question on here, put in some details, and then you’ll get some free advice.

If you’ve got a job, then ask for a list of providers from Human Resources or from your healthcare plan. If you’re in school, then go to the Admin office and ask to see a counselor.

Good luck,
– Charlie

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