Are you in crisis? Healing TREE is not a crisis center but there are 24/7 free and confidential crisis hotlines that can help. Call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



Recommended Books

The Betrayal Bond

Patrick J. Carnes, Ph.D.

Exploitive relationships can create trauma bonds–chains that link a victim to someone who is dangerous to them. Divorce, employee relations, litigation of any type, incest and child abuse, family and marital systems, domestic violence, hostage negotiations, kidnapping, professional exploitation and religious abuse are all areas of trauma bonding. All these relationships share one thing: they are situations of incredible intensity or importance where there is an exploitation of trust or power.

In The Betrayal Bond Patrick Carnes presents an in-depth study of these relationships, why they form, who is most susceptible, and how they become so powerful. He shows how to recognize when traumatic bonding has occurred and gives a checklist for examining relationships. He then provides steps to safely extricate from these relationships.

This is a book you will turn to again and again for inspiration and insight, while professionals will find it an invaluable reference work.

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Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Lundy Bancroft, Ph.D.

In this groundbreaking bestseller, Lundy Bancroft—a counselor who specializes in working with abusive men—uses his knowledge about how abusers think to help women recognize when they are being controlled or devalued in a relationship, and to find ways to get free of abuse.

He says he loves you. So…why does he do that?
You’ve asked yourself this question again and again. Now you have the chance to see inside the minds of angry and controlling men—and change your life. In Why Does He Do That? you will learn about:

• The early warning signs of abuse
• The nature of abusive thinking
• Myths about abusers
• Ten abusive personality types
• The role of drugs and alcohol
• What you can fix, and what you can’t
• And how to get out of an abusive relationship safely

“This is without a doubt the most informative and useful book yet written on the subject of abusive men. Women who are armed with the insights found in these pages will be on the road to recovering control of their lives.”—Jay G. Silverman, Ph.D., Director, Violence Prevention Programs, Harvard School of Public Health

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Approved Care Network

With proper treatment, healing is possible.



Due to the lack of integration between the trauma, mental health and medical fields, mental health and medical professionals often have not had the extensive trauma training necessary to approach their clients’ conditions in a way that promotes healing rather than simply managing symptoms. When helping professionals understand interpersonal trauma’s impact on the brain and the science behind the symptoms, effective treatment can take place, rather than blaming and re-traumatizing the victim.

Trauma-focused treatment modalities that engage the survival part of the brain – where the “fight or flight” response takes place – allow for the reprocessing of trauma as opposed to the more common “talk therapy” which engages only the logical, cognitive part of the brain and often results in obtaining coping strategies rather than real healing. Healing TREE has, to the best of our ability, vetted the practices of the providers in our network and made sure that they understand, are capable of, and trained in treating trauma.

Our Approved Care Network is made up of Individual Mental Health Professionals (Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, etc.) Supplemental Care Providers (Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructors, Art Therapists, Equine-Assisted Therapists, etc.) and Treatment Facilities. Click on your state to see the approved providers/ facilities in your area.

Get A “Break Free” Bracelet


This “Break Free” bracelet designed by Ladies of Iron was inspired by the Public Service Announcement (PSA) “Bound”. It is a perfect gift of encouragement or celebration for someone who is considering breaking free from trauma bonding or celebrating a life free from abuse.


50% of the profits from these bracelets will be donated directly to Healing TREE to support our mission.

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