Abuse can occur in many forms and at any time in a person's life and is not always obvious to the person and/or those around them. Those who have suffered the pain and devastation of abuse in their lives may experience long term effects such as guilt or shame, painful memories, engaging in harmful behaviours and feelings of hopelessness and sadness. People who have been abused can often find it difficult to talk about it, there may be fears that they will be judged or ridiculed and often people feel they are to blame for what happened.
We have experience at working with many different types of abuse. These may include:
Physical Abuse: This is an act of physical violence such as shaking, burning, hitting, choking and any action that can cause physical injury to the body.
Sexual Abuse: This covers a range of actions of a sexual nature. It may involve the victim being forced or pressured into engaging in sexual acts that they are not wanting to take part in, this can include rape, sexual assault or forms of child abuse
Emotional Abuse: This can be difficult to identify as there are usually no obvious signs of abuse. Emotional abuse involve actions such as being dismissed, constantly criticised, threatened, bullied and shouted at and can be as painful and devastating as physical abuse.
Neglect: This aspect of abuse concerns inadequate clothing, medical care, food and housing. It also covers emotional neglect whereby love, attention and support are not provided for.
We understand that the feelings and memories relating to abuse can be very intense and difficult to understand and manage. Often this can impact on your relationships with others and on the relationship you have with yourself. If you have experienced any type of abuse or even if you feel unsure about this, counselling and psychotherapy may be able to help you explore the issues you are facing and your feelings around them.
How can counselling help with abuse?
Counselling for abuse can help you process the traumatic events and the memories or the abuse that took place in a way that is non-judgemental,
safe and confidential.
Counselling can also help you deal with the symptoms of abuse such as flashbacks, panic attacks and nightmares to name a few. It can help to relieve mental health difficulties and the consequences caused by the abuse such as depression, anxiety, difficult relationship forming and unhealthy behaviours such as alcohol dependency and self harm. Your therapist may look at alternative ways of coping with your abuse and support you in expressing the way you feel about what happened to you in a manner that is respectful and helps you feel valued and supported.
We have are fully training and are experienced in working with many different types of abuse and we welcome all experiences and the feelings that come with them.