By Lisa Bergquist
If someone is controlling and manipulating you, is that abuse? Where is that line, and when do you start to draw it between what you accept from others and what you don’t? What validates a victim’s feelings and when do you call for help?
Doreen Weiss, one of our therapists at the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute has founded Enduring Hope Christ Centered Counseling – a non-profit ministry for women who are spiritually, emotionally and/or physically at risk. Recently Doreen has started to share her “Hope & Insight Blog” on domestic violence. Her first post is titled “Feeling Hopeless” and within that post she says, “Time and time again I hear this in the counseling office – women who feel hopeless and alone in abusive situations. Another common thread is depression. Often the isolation of being in what she perceives as a shameful situation, contributes to the depression and a feeling of being stuck.”
Coming up this May 19th she will present “Be Still” – a day long retreat of teaching, worship and time of quiet meditation, at the Pittsburgh Baptist Church from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.