“Abuse is the misuse of power with the intent to harm or control another person. Abuse in any form can harm someone”.
A therapist can help you to discuss and understand you and how to overcome any fears surrounding abuse so that you can live more fully in the present. If your abuse is connected, to depression, anger, anxiety, dissociation or obsessive-compulsive disorder, they will also work with you on these issues.
What is abuse?
Physical, emotional and sexual abuse, whether past or present, causes pain and psychological distress that can affect your life. It can be very hard to confide in those around you the abuse you have suffered and the feelings that you may be experiencing as a result. If you are suffering from the consequences of abuse, it is important to seek help, for example from a support group, GP or therapist.
Therapy for abuse provides a non-judgmental environment to help you deal with the painful memories and trauma, giving you new perspectives, healthier ways to cope and helping you to overcome flashbacks, nightmares or other symptoms that may be troubling you. In this way, you can transform your life.
While overcoming abuse is a difficult journey, a therapist can support you through each step, helping you to move forward.
How can Counselling help with abuse?
Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to process painful memories of abuse in a safe environment and to deal with the effects that trauma has left with you, such as flashbacks, depression and anxiety.
A qualified, professional therapist will work with you to examine your thoughts and behaviours and improve how you feel. You will build a relationship based on trust, giving you the confidence to share your feelings and emotions with them. Your counsellor will listen to all that you have to share with empathy and openness.
Helpful UK phone numbers
– 0808 802 9999
– 0800 1111
Refuge (domestic violence helpline)
– 0808 2000 247
National Association for People Abused in Childhood
– 0800 085 3330
NSPCC (helpline to prevent childhood abuse)
– 0808 800 5000