Laura Streyffeler, Ph.D., LMHC, offers insight into abusive and controlling relationships in new book

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‘Wife Beater Shirt Optional’ dispels stereotypes of domestic abuse

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In her new book, “Wife Beater Shirt Optional: There is no dress code for domestic violence” (published by Balboa Press), Laura Streyffeler, Ph.D., LMHC, hopes to bring awareness of the impact of trauma into focus by giving examples of the mindset and behaviors of victims and abusers.

A mix of both the academic and real-life perspective, “Wife Beater Shirt Optional” presents information about abusive and controlling relationships from the perspective of a mental health counselor. The book was inspired by clients Streyffeler interacted with who didn’t think they were being abused because the abuse was in the form of emotional, psychological or sexual coercion rather than physical violence.

Streyffeler wants her readers to learn that “loving someone does not have to mean accepting unacceptable behavior.”

“Wife Beater Shirt Optional”
By Laura Streyffeler, Ph.D., LMHC
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 154 pages | ISBN 9781504388238
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 154 pages | ISBN 9781504388214
E-Book | 154 pages | ISBN 9781504388221
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Laura Streyffeler, Ph.D., LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor and a board certified expert in traumatic stress. She is also an expert in domestic violence and forensic counseling, Streyffeler maintains a psychotherapy practice while providing professional trainings and serving as an expert witness in domestic and sexual violence and other trauma related court cases.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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