Bullying is a repeated aggressive behaviour that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. It can take many forms, including physical, verbal, and emotional abuse, and can be carried out by individuals or groups either in-person or online. The effects of bullying can be devastating, including low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and even suicide.
Counselling and psychotherapy can be an effective way to help anybody who has been affected by bullying. In a safe and supportive environment, you can work through your feelings and experiences, and develop coping strategies to deal with the ongoing effects of bullying. Therapy will also support you in identifying and changing negative thought patterns that may be contributing to any feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression, and help you build self-confidence and resilience. Therapy can also help individuals identify the root cause of their bullying behaviour, and work to change this behaviour in a positive way.
Group therapy can also be helpful for individuals affected by bullying, as it provides a sense of community and support. Group therapy allows individuals to hear from others who have experienced similar challenges and provides opportunities for individuals to share their experiences and offer each other support.
Creative play therapy and art therapy with one of our specialist young person therapists can be particularly helpful for children who have been affected by bullying. Creative therapy allows young people to work through their feelings and experiences in a safe and non-threatening environment, while art therapy provides a creative outlet for children to express their feelings and experiences.
Additional Resources for Support with Bullying in the UK