Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you ― Cody Kennedy
What is abuse & can counselling help?
Abuse is the mistreatment of another person, whether adult or child and can happen in many different ways. Counselling can help you to overcome the impact of abuse and maltreatment. A confidential space to talk through your feelings, allows you to heal and move forward.
If you have been subjected to abusive behaviour, you may experience tremendous torment following your ordeal because this can cause mental health to suffer. Therapy provides a way to help you learn to cope and get better.
Abuse can come in many forms
Sometimes a person may not be aware that they have been abused. Men can be affected as well as women and boys as well as girls. Types of abuse are explored briefly here.
Intentionally causing a bodily injury, pain, or impairment to another person, and this can happen to children and adults. This includes, but is not limited to, being slapped, burned, cut, bruised, punched, kicked or improperly physically restrained.
Emotional abuse, also known as psychological
An emotional abuser uses demeaning words or gestures to gain power over another person. Again, this could happen to a child or adult. This may include, but is not limited to, name-calling, making threats, destructive criticism, manipulation, withholding affection and belittling.
Sexual activity that happens when a person is forced or pressurised into taking part. This may include child sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation and sexual exploitation.
Neglect is the failure to provide necessary care, assistance, guidance or attention to a person. This may be considered to be about children, but a vulnerable adult or elderly person may also experience neglect. It can have a seriously negative effect on a person’s emotional and physical well-being.
Domestic Abuse may be sexual, emotional, psychological or financial and is generally within a relationship, but can also happen to other family members in the home. The abuser attempts to maintain power and control over the other person.
The victim may experience all different types of abusive behaviour including verbal, sexual, threatening behaviour, aggression, violence, bullying, insults and constant fault finding, among others. The majority of victims are women, but men suffer too, as do people in same-sex relationships. Furthermore, children suffer growing up in this environment, whether they witness the abuse or not.
Therapy helps you to trust again
My psychotherapy practice in Leamington Spa, Warwick and Stratford upon Avon allows you the space to talk openly about what has happened to you. As an experienced counsellor, trained to help survivors of abuse, I provide you with a safe and confidential environment. I will not be judge you but instead listened to, accepted and understood.
This work can be demanding for clients, however, with my understanding of the trauma caused by experiencing abusive behaviour, we can build a trusting relationship which will support and empower you. We can work together to enable change in whatever form you would like that to be.
Additionally, I am qualified in working creatively in the counselling room where we can use writing, art, poetry or stones as another form of communication. This can be particularly good for clients who find difficulty in putting their feelings into words. If you would like to work in a creative way, please feel free to discuss with me.
Call to discuss
You’re welcome to contact me for a chat. I would really like to hear from you. Or feel free to contact me via email or contact form whichever you prefer.
Jenny’s Mobile: 07886082333
Jenny’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can submit your query on my Contact Form.
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