If you have been suffering from the after math of abuse, it can be extremely hard to open up with the people around you. You might experience painful memories, unwarranted feelings of guilt, shame and anger that you may not necessarily even understand yourself. The weight of these memories and emotions can sometimes make us feel like life is unbearable and can never feel good again.
However, counselling and psychotherapy can offer you a safe space to talk through your experience and discuss how this is affecting you in the present. Abuse counselors can provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment to help you to deal with the intensity of emotions, as you process painful memories. Counselling can also equip you with new perspectives and tools to help in developing useful coping strategies. These tools can help you to deal with the intrusions of flashbacks and nightmares, which when they happen, can feel like they are keeping the abuse alive.
The journey to overcoming abuse can be a difficult one but no matter the circumstances, your therapist will support you through every step by empowering you to feel more able to move forward with your life. Counselling works towards managing symptoms such as depression, anxiety and low confidence and with your therapist you will be able to learn coping strategies, which are tailor-made for you.
We offer counselling on a variety of abuse types such as:
Physical Abuse: this type of abuse consist of acts of physical violence such as hitting, shaking, burning, choking and various other actions that can cause physical injury to the body. Mugging can also be constituted as physical abuse.
Sexual Abuse: this type of abuse covers actions of a sexual nature such as rape, sexual assault, as well as forms of child abuse.
Emotional Abuse: This can be the most difficult to identify because there are usually no outward signs of abuse. Emotional abuse constitutes actions such as being criticized constantly, threatened, bullied, dismissed, controlled, manipulated or being yelled at. Emotional abuse can be just as painful and damaging as physical abuse.
Neglect: Neglect can occur when adequate food, housing, clothing or medical care is not provided, for example in childhood. Additionally, emotional neglect happens when support, love, attention and validation are not provided.
Our counselors have extensive training and experience in supporting those who have suffered from abuse. To schedule an initial consultation, with no obligation to continue, please get in contact so that we are able to assist you.