The effect of abuse is often substantial and long-lasting, sometimes resurfacing years later, impacting on your relationships, your emotional wellbeing and even your health.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of overcoming it.” Helen Keller
Abuse Counselling and therapy offers you a safe place to work through your feelings and memories. The support and non-judgmental quality of our counsellors and therapists will help you to deal with the intensity of your emotions and to work through your pain. Therapy will help you to get new perspectives on your current life and, by teaching you coping strategies, help you to manage difficult emotions and flashbacks.
How can Abuse Counselling Therapy Help?
It is often that case that as a survivor you find it difficult to trust? And at times you may feel the impact not only from the actual memories of the events themselves, but also from the feelings that arise from them? Or perhaps you are carrying strong emotions of anger, guilt or shame which at times surface to affect your current life? Do you want to sort these issues out?
Whatever your specific circumstances, through the guidance and support of your counsellor or psychotherapist, we will work with you and support you to move on and will help you to fully live your life free from the trauma that you have suffered.
In short, abuse therapy helps you to:
- Resolve flashbacks and nightmares resulting from the abuse.
- Cope with the symptoms such as: depression and anxiety or low self-esteem or confidence
- Develop coping strategies to resolve the effects of your abusive experiences.
- Process traumatic events in a contained manner in an environment that feels safe.
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
Working through abuse is often a tough journey – one that can sometimes make clients feel worse before they start to recover and feel better. This is due to the suppressed feelings being processed and dealt with.
The Dark Shadow
Unfortunately, abuse is not limited to a particular aspect of our society but happens to males and females of all ages and in all parts of our society. Counselling or psychotherapy for abuse can be of use to you if you have been subjected to:
- Neglect: In childhood, children may not be provided with enough of the basic requirements: food, warmth, clothing, medicine or enough love and attention.
- Physical Abuse: This is about violence and is physical: hitting, choking, burning or shaking are examples.
- Sexual Abuse: Child abuse, sexual assault and rape
- Emotional Abuse: This is where you are hurt psychologically repeatedly being criticised or bullied or threatened. Being shouted at constantly leaves deep emotional scars and can be more damaging in the long term than physical abuse.
What is the Next Step?
At Reflexions Counselling and Psychotherapy we can help you to deal with these issues by working collaboratively with you in a supportive and non-judgemental manner. Does this sound like it would be helpful to you? Please contact us to take things forwards:
Or phone: 0191 5805080
Overcoming Childhood Trauma: A Self Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. (2000). Kennerley, H
The Survivor’s Guide: To Recovery from Rape and Sexual Abuse. (2005). Kell, R, Maxted, F. & Campbell, E
Link to excellent resources from Mind, mental health charity