Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Relationship Dynamics: Traumatic & Abusive Relationships


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Relationship dynamics can be complicated. Even for the smartest among us.

Traumatic relationships are more common (and more perplexing) than you may think it is.

Have you ever wondered why some people struggle to get out of relationships that are abusive, demeaning, & crushing?

I had the opportunity of speaking with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C on her podcast TherapyChatPodcast.

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C and I discuss the complicated dynamics of abusive relationships and the role of traumatic bonding. Traumatic bonding describes the process of becoming emotionally and psychologically attached to someone who is dominating, uncaring, and abusive. Check her out on Twitter at @therapychatpod or @lauralcswc

What is traumatic bonding?

The attachment tends to occur when two individuals are engaging in emotionally and psychologically bonding events. It also tends to occur when the abuser is charming, calm, and in control of his or her emotions. Despite the bond that has occurred, the abuser may begin to display frightening, controlling, or dominating behaviors such as stalking, obsessiveness, physical violence, or any other behavior deemed abusive.

We discuss this topic at great length for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2017). Please share it! You never know who could use it.

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Listen to the full podcast below or by navigating to the home page of this website and clicking on the embedded tweet.

Episode 107: Abusive Relationship Dynamics & Traumatic Bonding

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

States across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

To keep everyone at Anchored Child & Family Counseling safe, I will only be opening the office for in-person sessions 1 day of the week. The other days of the week will consist of teletherapy sessions until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated and corona virus cases have gone down.

My office assistant and I will be monitoring insurance policies for any changes to corona-related cost share, copayment, and coinsurance policies. I will be checking and rechecking insurance policies to ensure you will be covered for teletherapy. At this time, all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy into September 2020.

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Thank you



Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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