Therapy for Trauma and Abuse

Whether you experienced abuse during childhood, adolescence or as an adult within a relationship, it can have a profound impact on your life, if left untreated.

Types of Abuse:

  • Emotional & Psychological - Name calling, putting you down, intimidation, control, manipulation, criticizing, accusing, emotional abandonment, restricting your friendships or relationships with family members, or telling you where you can go and when.
  • Physical - Hitting, punching, pushing, throwing, kicking, or restraining.
  • Sexual - Any type of non-consensual sexual act, refusing to wear contraception, causing unwanted pain or humiliation during sexual acts, or deliberately passing along sexual diseases.
  • Religious - Psychological manipulation using religious doctrine to justify behavior, or using one's religious beliefs against them or to justify abusive acts.
  • Financial - Controlling access to money, restricting access to shared accounts, refusing to allow you to buy necessities, forbidding you to work or earn money, opening credit cards in your name without your permission, getting you fired from your job, or preventing you from going to work.

Abuse can alter the way you feel about yourself, your physical and emotional health, feelings of safety, and the health of your relationships with friends, family and romantic partners.  It can also lead you to develop a way of defending yourself that was once effective in keeping you safe, but may no longer be working to your best benefit. 

Common Effects of Abuse:

  • Feelings of anxiety, sadness or panicPerson experiencing abuse
  • Hyperaware/hypervigilant of your surroundings
  • Feeling like you don't have a voice in your relationship
  • Low self-esteem
  • Indecisiveness
  • Startle easily
  • Feeling wound up and easily fatigued
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks to the abuse
  • Dissociation
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Avoidance of people and places that remind you of the abuse
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling detached or estranged from others

At Center for Shared Insight, therapy focuses on helping you heal from your experience of abuse. Dr. Hick helps you understand the impact it has had on your life, identify how you respond to your environment, learn new ways of coping with triggers, and strengthen your relationships with others. Therapy will help you resolve harmful experiences of your past and create the life and relationships that help you become your best self.

Surviving abuse takes tremendous strength and beginning the work of healing yourself takes a great deal of courage. Contact Dr. Hick, Denver therapist, today to start your healing.

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