Yes. I have worked with offenders, including those who have committed acts of violence against their family members and intimate partners. I have a very deep understanding about the reason why offenders engage in power and control, why victims stay in the relationship, and the general cycle of violence, much of which I have not yet published. I am a Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor in addition to my licensure and several other credentials. Forgiveness therapy is a proven method for working with offenders and I am endorsed as “the best Forgiveness Therapy clinician in the country” by Robert D. Enright, Ph.D. who is regarded as “the Father of Forgiveness Therapy”.
No. I do not do couples counseling because of the risk of violence between partners. It is unethical, dangerous, and potentially illegal for any counselor or psychotherapist to engage in couples counseling or to make a referral to another psychotherapist for couples counseling when there is a history of violence or threat of violence between the couple, particularly if there is a recent history.
I also do not work with minors (under the age of 18 years old) or families, although on occasion, I have helped some clients who are already engaged in individual therapy to speak with a family member. My role, however, is simply to serve as a facilitator of healthy communication. In other rare circumstances, it may be important to speak with a family member to better understand a client’s developmental stages in order to ensure that there’s not another underlying condition if the client is showing signs of that and has reported other things to me in session.