Beverly Engel, LMFT

Beverly Engel, LMFT


Licensed as a Marriage, Family Therapist, CA
License # 8252

Professional Organizations/Associations

Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist. Board of Behavioral Sciences

Area of Focus:

  • Recovery from childhood abuse and neglect (emotional, physical and sexual)
  • Healing shame from childhood abuse
  • Trauma-informed individual counseling for abuse recovery and relationship concerns
  • Helping adult victims identify whether they are being emotionally abused and helping them to end their relationship
  • Working with men and women who have repeated the abuse they experienced in childhood
  • Recovery from childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault in adulthood
  • Empowering women to stand up and speak out against sexual pressure, sexual harassment, and sexual assault
  • Working with individuals who have sexual dysfunction and issues with their sexuality related to childhood sexual abuse
  • Teaching self-compassion as a healing tool


M.A. in Psychology, Antioch University

Online Publications:

  • Ongoing blog on Psychology Today entitled, The Compassion Chronicles
  • Huffington Post
  • Freedom at Last: Healing the Shame of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2022) 
  • Escaping Emotional Abuse (2020)
  • It Wasn’t Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the
    Power of Self-Compassion (2015)
  • Divorcing a Parent (2014)
  • The Nice Girl Syndrome (2010)
  • Healing Your Emotional Self: A Powerful Program to Help You Raise Your Self-Esteem,
    Quiet Your Inner Critic and Overcome Your Shame (2007)
  • The Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Syndrome (2007)
  • Breaking the Cycle of Abuse (2005)
  • Honor Your Anger (2004)
  • The Emotionally Abusive Relationship (2003)
  • The Power of Apology (2002) —Finalist for Books for a Better Life Award
  • Loving Him without Losing You (2001)
  • The Emotionally Abused Woman (1992)
  • The Right to Innocence, Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse (1990)

Beverly’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Beverly has been a practicing psychotherapist for 35 years. She specializes in recovery from childhood and adult abuse (emotional, physical and sexual) as well as relationship issues and sexual healing. Her clinical work has been informed by extensive training in trauma recovery and the principles and techniques of psychodynamic therapy, developmental therapy, somatic therapy, and trauma-sensitive and trauma informed therapy.

Beverly has written over 20 self-help books, many of which have been bestsellers. Her books have been translated into many different languages, including, Spanish, Chinese, Greek, Korean, Turkish, Japanese, and Vietnamese. She is an internationally recognized advocate for victims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Her work has been cited in such publications as: The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Denver Post, Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Shape and Ladies Home Journal.
She has appeared as a guest on Oprah, CNN and Starting Over to name a few and has been interviews on numerous radio programs and podcasts.