Trauma and Abuse
Traumatic experiences are situations that are overwhelming, frightening and difficult to control. It can often be very helpful to process traumas with a professional as unprocessed trauma can often lead to harmful psychological issues later on.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help with specific traumatic events such as rape, accidents, loss, bereavement, personal injury, assault and mugging. It can also help with trauma which may have been ongoing over many months or years of your life such as abuse or childhood events and situations as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Trauma counselling is designed very specifically around your individual needs and is based on a full early assessment of your symptoms which may include; anxiety, depression, guilt, sleep disturbances, flashbacks or nightmares.
If you have suffered the pain and devastation of abuse, it can be extremely hard to confide in those around you and talk about the painful memories and unwarranted feelings of guilt, shame and anger that you may be experiencing. Many who have been abused carry the heavy weight of these memories and emotions around alone.
If you have suffered from abuse of any kind, including the types listed below, you may benefit from counselling and psychotherapy.
- Physical Abuse : Physical abuse is any act 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 includes violations such as being constantly criticised, threatened, bullied, dismissed, or being shouted at. Emotional abuse can be equally painful and damaging as physical abuse.
- Neglect: Neglect can occur when adequate food, housing, clothing or medical care is not provided e.g. in childhood. Additionally, emotional neglect can occur when sufficient support, love and attention are not provided.
Counselling and psychotherapy can offer you a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space to talk about the impact of your abuse and help you to deal with the intensity of emotions you may be experiencing now.
I will support you by offering new perspectives and tools to help you develop healthier coping strategies and provide you with the reassurance to deal with unwanted symptoms such as flashback and nightmares which can keep the pain of abuse alive.