Therapist in PDX specializing in treatment of child abuse victims?
August 10, 2011 8:41 AM Subscribe
Where in Portland, Oregon can I find a female therapist specializing in treating victims of long-term abuse, starting from early childhood?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (4 answers total)
I recently escaped a long term abusive family situation and am now living with a wonderful partner of many years (who went with me), over a thousand miles away from my horrible "family". Initially things were very difficult and I suffered from very high anxiety and constant flashbacks to the abuse. Now, about a year later, the flashbacks have greatly lessened but have been replaced by crippling depression. I have suffered from depression since I was young, but always thought it to be situational and attributed it to my environment.
Despite having my own living space and a decently paying job I am somehow feeling worse than before, which might be due to the fact that anxiety and extreme stress were paradoxically the only things keeping me together. There was no time to think, because I've gotten used to living in a constant state of emergency. These days I am finding myself struggling more and more to function and perform day to day tasks. My partner has a job, but it is not enough to support both of us. A nightmare scenario is finding myself unable to work, causing both of us to end up in a very bad situation.
I did go to several therapists, both before and after my move, but nothing seemed to help. Eventually, I stopped going. I know this was not the best choice, but the therapists I tried simply did not help me feel better (and in some cases made things worse). There were also money issues involved in this decision.
Since I have health insurance now, it may be a good idea to try therapy again. I'm not sure how to ask for what I need, or how to figure out whether someone is qualified or not other than an (exhausting and painful) process of trial and error. My only requirements are that the therapist is a woman (and hopefully accepts Health Net insurance).
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