In my journey, I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible women, many of whom suffered from some form of depression and/or anxiety. An outsider would look at most of these women and say that their lives looked perfect; that they had it all. But that’s not how they felt. As I listened to many of my client’s stories, there was often a common theme: a sense powerlessness and a disconnection from their core selves. These were commonly shared experiences.
These feelings are not unique to my clients. In fact, they are not unique at all. My greatest hope is for people to know that they are not alone, and that it is often through suffering that we grow and increase our capacity to connect with others as well as ourselves.
Nearly half of all women—and men—in the United States experience psychological abuse without realizing it. Manipulation, deception, and disrespect are hard to detect because they leave no physical scars, but they can be just as traumatic. In this groundbreaking book, Avery Neal, psychotherapist and founder of the Women’s Therapy Clinic, helps you recognize the warning signs of what she terms “subtle abuse.” As you are able to accurately identify patterns that have never made sense before, you are better equipped to make changes to free yourself from ongoing aggression and control. As an expert in the field, Neal has guided countless individuals to regain their self-esteem, their joy, and their lives, in the wake of this type of unhealthy relationship.