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Kriss Mitchell, M.Ed, CRC, CNHP


I can answer questions regarding emotional and physical abuse in dating and marriage situations, however I am unable to give legal advice. Having had firsthand experience in an abusive relationship, I understand the feelings, the questions and the doubts we have as we try to make decisions about how to improve our situations. I am also able to address spiritual concerns regarding staying in or leaving these types of situations.

Experience in the area

Having been a victim of emotional abuse for many years and having family members who were in violent abuse situations, I have personal experience on many levels. I have since gone on to become a professional counselor and work with abused women.


American Mental Health Counselors Assn., American Association of Christian Counselors, International Association of Prayer Counselors


I currently maintain a blog at I also have links and currently written articles on my website at You can also follow me on TWITTER @livingwellcc, or on facebook at Living Well Counseling and Consulting. My writings have appeared in The Good News Northwest and the North Idaho Business Journal


Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Natural Health Professional

Awards and Honors

Board Certified Christian Counselor

What do you like about this subject?

This subject is one that effects a large majority of relationships, whether they are marital or dating. If I can be of help to anyone who is either in an abusive relationship or seeing they are getting into one, I want to be. Both the abused and the abuser need help in these situations.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Abusers have a profile that is predictable and clear. Most individuals who are in the midst of abuse have a hard time seeing the progression of the abuse cycle and where it is going, but through the help of outside professionals, they can learn to see it and heal from it.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Individuals on the outside of an abusive relationship often can't understand why the victim doesn't just leave. It seems like the obvious thing to do, however abusive relationships are more complicated than that. Statistics show that the most dangerous time in a relationship is when the victim leaves or shortly thereafter.

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Recent Answers from Kriss Mitchell, M.Ed, CRC, CNHP

2016-11-26 Silent Treatment:

Hi Manuel, in answer to your question, it depends on how many more times you want to go through the pattern.  Unless people make fundamental heart changes when confronted with these kinds of things, the

2016-10-27 Silent Treatment:

Dear Manuel,  Thank you for your question and I'm so sorry that you both are going through this type of situation.  Let me just say two things right up front.  You setting boundaries and keeping them is

2016-09-21 Feeling comfortable again after an abusive relationship:

Hi Sara,  Thank you for the question and I certainly understand how intimidating talking about such personal things can be.  However, your therapist is your best option with regard to moving past PTSD

2016-06-20 Disgruntled ex employee/friend out to get me:

Hi Jenna,  Thank you for your question.  I am so sorry that you find yourself in this kind of situation.  They are annoying to say the least and can be scary.    Let me preface my answer with something

2016-03-14 drugs:

You have some valid points.  However, it is possible that the pain management doctor might be able to assert the leverage on him to make some changes.  You would not know unless you spoke with him.   


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