Safe Harbor Audio Course


This powerful online course will help you become an advocate for victims of emotional abuse when they turn to you for help. Learn to spot the signs of emotional abuse, avoid secondarily harming the victim, and know when and how to refer victims to a specialist.

Online Training Course for Counselors:

  • 3 audio training sessions led by Sharmen Kimbrough, MA, CMRC
  • Section reviews to help you measure your progress
  • Printable reference materials


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1 in 3 women are experiencing emotional abuse

Emotional abuse happens when ongoing patterns of defensive behaviors are used to gain or maintain control over another person. In Christian marriages, the first place most women go for help is their pastor. Unfortunately, very few receive what they need.

There are two reasons these women leave often feeling helpless.

  1. Their true issue was not addressed. Emotional abuse is often covert, and the signs are hard to spot.
  2. They did not get the evaluation and tools they desperately need. When emotional abuse is uncovered, most pastors are not truly equipped with the tools to properly help these victims.

The result is secondary harm to the victim: additional confusion, despair and even a loss of their faith in God.

Bring Hope & Healing to Victims & Perpetrators of Emotional Abuse

  • Part One: Identifying Emotional Abuse

    In Part One, we will help you to better understand what emotional abuse is, how it presents itself in the context of marriage, and how to watch for signs of power and control dynamics – a key marker of emotional abuse. You will learn how to decipher what is really going on underneath the surface, and how use of language can reveal much more than the words themselves.

  • Part Two: Avoiding Secondary Abuse

    In Part Two, we go over, step by step, what we are doing at the Marriage Recovery Center to bring hope and healing to marriages struggling from emotional abuse.  You will learn how to utilize these same approaches to bring clarity and safety to an otherwise chaotic and destructive situation. We will talk about ways to jumpstart the healing process, including use of boundaries and intervention, as well as the real dangers of secondary abuse.

  • Part Three:  Become Their Hero

    In Part Three, we talk about keeping God in view as we develop a path through common issues of spirituality, sex, separation, forgiveness, and reconciliation. We look at what successful follow-up care looks like, and how we can partner with you to provide continuity of care to help couples in their journey of intentional steps toward connection.

Need More Info?

Please reach out to our Client Care team at 206.219.0145 and we’d be happy to answer your questions!