About The Author

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Mary Pat Haffey, MS, is a retired Licensed Professional Counselor. She worked with emotionally abused people during her internship and became interested in studying emotional abuse early in her career. She published an article, “Spiritual Principles and Partner Emotional Abuse” in the Georgia Journal of Professional Counseling in 2001. That article planted the seed that, after twenty years’ experience, grew into this book, Is It Supposed to Be This Hard? Telling the Difference Between Emotional Abuse and the Hard Work of Relationship.