What Counselors Need to Know about Subtle Abuse

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I get to talk with the American Counseling Association about subtle and psychological abuse.

In this short discussion, I cover what counselors (and the rest of us) need to know:

• Myths and misconceptions about intimate partner abuse
• What therapists (and others) often miss when dealing with abuse
• Signs someone is being mistreated or abused that are often overlooked
• Why victims (really) stay in abusive relationships
• Why counselors need to learn more about subtle abuse
A heartfelt thank you to Emily St. Amant and the ACA for raising awareness around subtle abuse. I so appreciate the opportunity to have a much needed conversation about this issue that we all need to know more about.

Tune in to the full episode here:

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Avery Neal, PhD is a practicing psychotherapist, international author and speaker. In 2012 she opened Women’s Therapy Clinic, which offers psychiatric and counseling support to women. She specializes in depression and anxiety at all stages in a woman’s life.

Dr. Neal is the author of, If He’s So Great, Why Do I Feel So Bad?: Recognizing and Overcoming Subtle Abuse, which has been translated and published in twelve languages. Her articles and interviews have been published by Oprah.com, American Counseling Association, Counseling Today, BookTrib, Best Self Magazine, Hitched Magazine, Bustle, POPSUGAR and PKWY Magazine, and her courses have been taken by over 18,000 people worldwide. The International Association of HealthCare Professionals nominated her as one of the top psychologists in Houston.