Why Couples Counseling Doesn’t Work in Abusive Relationships


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Written by: Sharie Stines, PsyD
(Sharie’s Bio: Sharie Stines, MBA, PsyD is a “recovery expert” specializing in personality disorders, complex trauma, and helping people overcome damage caused to their lives by addictions, abuse, trauma, and dysfunctional relationships. Sharie is a counselor at New Directions Counseling Center in La Mirada, California. Her therapeutic approach is based on attachment theory, neuropsychology, and schema/modal methods. She places a strong emphasis on reality-based and resiliency interventions as well.)

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Why Couples Counseling Doesn’t Work in Abusive Relationships