For those who have suffered the pain and devastation of abuse, it can be extremely hard to confide in those around you the painful memories and unwarranted feelings of guilt, shame and anger that you may be experiencing. Instead, you may carry the heavy weight of these memories and emotions inside making life seem simply unbearable. However, counselling and psychotherapy can offer you a safe space to talk through abusive memories and discuss how they are affecting you in the present.
An abuse counsellor can provide a supportive and non-judgemental environment to help you to deal with the intensity of emotion as you walk through painful memories. They can also equip you with new perspectives and tools to help you develop healthier coping strategies, and provide you with the reassurance to deal with flashbacks and nightmares that keep the pain of abuse alive. The journey to overcoming abuse is a difficult one, and it may be the case that it has to become harder before it gets better, but no matter the circumstance I can support you through every step, empowering you so that you are able to move on and live life without such devastating burdens.
How can counselling help with abuse?
- It can help process traumatic events in safety and confidence
- It can help you deal with the by-product of trauma and abuse including nightmares and flashbacks
- It seeks to relieve accompanying symptoms such as depression, anxiety and low confidence
- You are your therapist will devise tailor-made coping strategies to deal with the effects of abuse.
If you have suffered from abuse of any kind including the types of abuse listed below, you may benefit from counselling and psychotherapy.
- Physical Abuse: Physical abuse constitutes acts of physical violence such as hitting, shaking, burning, choking and other actions that can cause physical injury to the body. Mugging can also be constituted as physical abuse.
- Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse covers actions of a sexual nature such as rape, sexual assault, or 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 criticised constantly, threatened, bullied, dismissed, 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 and attention are not provided.
As a certified abuse therapist, I have helped many people in coming to terms with abuse and dealing with the after effects of it. Please call me now on 087 653 8837 for more information.