TRAUMA & ABUSE

Childhood abuse

Whatever the form, Sexual, Physical or Psychological, the experience of childhood abuse is traumatic, which can have profound effect and can continue to have an impact on a person throughout their lives. Research tells us at least 1 in 6  boys are affected by abuse or assaulted, yes it is hard to believe,  1 in  4 girls will be abused before turn 18.

So many men and women suffer in silence, you are not only one, I have found Men often receive the message "they should not appear weak or vulnerable" this can act as a barrier to receiving help. Emotional impact in delaying recovery can lead to self-destructive behaviour, chronic health conditions mental health issues including PTSD, depression anxiety, social dysfunction, failed relationships and much more. 

Abusers can be a female or a male, quite often it is someone you know, a family member, a friend it could be anyone.

In my experience working with survivors of sexual abuse,  I have learned through my patients it can have a massive impact, leave a person with feelings of powerlessness, learned helplessness feelings of being inadequate "not good enough" vulnerable and isolated.

Stigmatised, feeling different as the experience of trauma is so isolating, leaves deep feelings of aloneness in your self and feelings of shame.

 

Trust, becomes a big concern, trusting themselves trusting "others no one is safe", the sense of betrayal is huge.

Trauma can damage the person's ability to enter into a trusting relationship, emotionally and physically. 

 

 sexual violence, abuse impacts health in many ways can lead to short or long term mental health problems.

Childhood or adult abuse counselling offers the chance to talk face-to-face in a safe, secure, and non-judgemental environment. My aim is to help survivors come to terms with their emotional issues and realise their ability to take control of their lives, and I place a strong emphasis is on personal empowerment.

 

 

 

Counselling for childhood abuse can offer safe space for recovery and bear witness:

  • Being able to talk about the abuse perhaps for the first time

  • Validating the survivor’s experience

  • Managing the abuse from an adult perspective

  • Overcoming self-blame and shame

  • Feelings of anger towards the abuser

  • Fear of violence and coercion

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Sexuality

  • Dissociate identity disorder

  • Fear of abandonment

  • Lack of self-worth

  • Addressing behaviours that have outlived their purpose

  • Reconnecting to bodily sensations

  • Living authentically

  • Building resilience and trust

  • Restoring hope

 

Talking to counsellor, can help you understand and gain awareness and hope help you build a better future and learn new ways help you manage your thoughts, reactions and emotions so you feel calmer. Work together on grounding techiques to feel  safer  in your body and confidence change your negative mindset and lift you mood. 

Give me a call or text, we can work together;

Gina 07947300015

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