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"What do you want out of life, and what is holding you back from that?" 

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Trauma

Emotional Abuse/Neglect

Emotional abuse/neglect can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics such as intimidation, manipulation, and refusal to ever be pleased. Emotional Neglect is much less tangible. It is the absence of real emotional connection, closeness, or a sense of belonging.

Emotional Abuse makes you doubt your worth. Emotional Neglect leaves you feeling empty and alone.

The Hurt

Emotional Abuse: Even though it is often hidden, emotional abuse/neglect is very real and debilitating.  The subtle put-downs, the mind games, the name-calling, the constant blame on you, the threats, the shaming, the intimidation, the direct or indirect insults, the stonewalling, the passive-aggressive responses, the insinuation that you’re never good enough.  It can wear you down and erode your self-confidence. 

Emotional Neglect: If you find yourself feeling empty inside, unfulfilled, ignored, disconnected, like you never belong, or that it’s easier to connect with animals than people, it may be due to emotional neglect. You may have a hard time identifying if you’ve experienced emotional neglect because it’s so invisible. You didn’t have a “bad” childhood, there was nothing you could point to that was obviously wrong, so it can be hard to validate the reality that you did not get your basic emotional needs met. Or it may be another factor on top of other more blatant trauma you experienced.

The Healing

You can heal from the horrible memories and the ways emotional abuse or neglect has made you feel unworthy and powerless.  You can experience positive emotions and positive connections again.

If you’d like to explore whether you experienced emotional neglect, I think Jonice Webb’s Emotional Neglect Questionnaire is a good place to start. You can find it by clicking here.  You can also find it by clicking here.

If you find that you have experienced emotional abuse or neglect, I would love to be a part of your healing journey.

Resources

These are resources I recommend exploring on the topic of

Emotional Abuse/Neglect

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