What is abuse?
Abuse in any form is a single action – or multiple actions, especially if they’re regular or repeated – intended to cause you trauma or distress. In many different forms, abuse can cause physical and mental pain, and beyond the underlying issues, it’s often about someone maintaining power or control over you.
Abuse can occur in childhood or adult life, in relationships or even in a work environment and can take place anywhere and affect anyone. Abusers can be family members, friends, or strangers – even someone in a professional position of trust. Devon Therapy Services offer abuse counselling in the following areas:
Emotional Abuse Counselling
Emotional abuse can be any mix of name-calling, personal criticism, humiliation, embarrassment, or being controlled in any way.
Sexual Abuse Counselling
Sexual abuse in childhood is a traumatic experience and can be an uncomfortable and challenging issue to come to terms with for the victim, often causing severe mental health issues.
Rape or Sexual Assault Counselling
Rape and sexual assault are other distressing and scarring experiences and can cause considerable trauma in coming to terms with alone.
Victims of childhood sexual abuse or rape, or sexual assault can find it hard to report to the police or to look for counselling to help with the long-term effects of this abuse. Our Devon Therapy Services counsellors are trained in supporting victims of sexual abuse, providing a safe, non-judgmental environment where victims will be encouraged to open up and talk about their feelings in a safe, supportive, and confidential manner.
Physical Abuse Counselling
Physical and domestic abuse is a deliberate, physical attack on the victim using the body, such as punching, kicking, shaking or slapping, or even an object or weapon to cause harm.
No one has the right to physically or emotionally abuse someone else. Both experiences can be a one-off attack or repeatedly occur over a long period, causing extreme distress. Our Devon Therapy Services counsellors have experience in providing counselling support for victims of physical and/or emotional abuse, helping to give you a space to talk, feel safe, and be accepted.
Once you can open up about your abuse, we often find it difficult to decide whether to raise the issues with your family or the authorities. Counselling comes with positives and negatives, which is why effective abuse counselling can help you – and you alone – decide on how you wish to proceed moving forward.
We’ve also found other counselling or psychotherapy treatments that can work to help resolve issues caused by abuse in the past. We understand that past events can’t be changed or undone, but we can help you move forward to help you live a healthy and fulfilling life in the future.
If you’re suffering now from any abuse that’s happened in your childhood, your current relationship, or your workplace, some of the symptoms and difficulties you might be facing can include:
- Flashbacks or nightmares
- Fear that no one will believe you
- No self-confidence or self-esteem
- Relationship difficulties
- Sexual or intimacy problems
- Fear of trusting others
- Feeling unloved, undesired, or unpopular
- Feeling isolated or different from others
- Finding comfort in food, alcohol, drugs, sex, or porn to cope
- Shutting out difficult emotions
Our counselling and therapy sessions can cover:
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