Sexual abuse is an act of violence by a perpetrator on an innocent persons body. It includes sexual harassment, looking, touching and penetration, oral sex, exposure to inappropriate sexual body parts and resources. Sexual abuse also includes the forced stimulation of sexual responses.
Can we help?
Our expert counsellors and psychotherapists are highly skilled at helping you understand what is causing you difficulties, their specialist knowledge covers all kinds of abuse issues including:
- Physical Abuse : Physical abuse constitutes acts of physical violence such as hitting, shaking, burning, choking, and other actions that can cause physical injury to the body. Mugging can also be constituted as physical abuse.
- Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse covers actions of a sexual nature such as rape, sexual assault, or forms of child abuse.
- Emotional Abuse: This can be the most difficult to identify, this is because there are usually no outward signs of abuse. Emotional abuse constitutes actions such as being criticised constantly, threatened, bullied, dismissed, or being yelled at. Emotional abuse can be just as painful and damaging as physical abuse.
- Neglect: Neglect can occur when adequate food, housing, clothing, or medical care is not provided, for example a child not being given all they need to grow. Additionally, emotional neglect happens when support, love, and attention is not provided.
How can abuse counselling help you?
For those who have suffered the pain and devastation of abuse, it can be extremely hard to confide in those around you, sharing the painful memories, the unwarranted feelings of guilt, shame, and anger that you may be experiencing. Instead, you may carry the heavy weight of these memories and emotions inside making life seem simply unbearable. However, counselling and psychotherapy can offer you a safe space to talk through abusive memories and discuss how they are affecting you in the present.
What do abuse counsellors do?
Abuse counsellors can provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment to help you to deal with the intensity of emotion as you walk through your painful memories. They can also equip you with new perspectives and tools to help you develop healthier coping strategies, and provide you with the reassurance to deal with flashbacks and nightmares that keep the pain of abuse alive. The journey to overcoming abuse is a difficult one, and it may be the case that it needs to become harder before it gets better, but no matter the circumstance, your therapist can support you through every step, empowering you so that you are able to move on and live life without such devastating burdens.