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Therapy and Counselling for Abuse

What defines abuse?

Abuse is when a person is mistreated or physically hurt by another to their intended gain. Abuse can take many forms and the effects can be harmful far beyond the abusive event, often causing associated disorders such as depression, panic attacks, addiction, self-abuse and eating disorders. In the UK, it is estimated that 43,000 children and 34,000 adults suffered abuse between 2011 and 2012.

What kinds of abuse are there?

  • Domestic abuse – abuse within a marriage, relationship or partnership
  • Child abuse – any abuse of a child by an adult
  • Sexual abuse – physical abuse involving sexual assault and/or molestation
  • Bullying – intimidation, threats and physical abuse at school, home or work
  • Emotional abuse or harassment– blackmail, insults, possessiveness, controlling behaviour, stalking
  • Economic abuse – withholding money, shaming about money, disallowing work, travel or joint account facilities

What are the signs of abuse?

Physical signs of abuse:

  • Bruises and imprint or gag marks (old and new, clustered on one part of body)
  • Burns
  • Cuts or scars
  • Missing teeth
  • Spotty balding (from pulled hair)
  • Eye injuries (black eyes or detached retinas)
  • Unexplained broken bones
  • Vaginal or rectal pain
  • Bleeding from the ears, nose or mouth
  • Frequent urinary tract infections or yeast infections
  • Abrasions, bleeding, or bruising in the genital area
  • Incontinence
  • Sudden difficulty walking or sitting
Psychological signs of abuse:

  • Withdrawal from activity
  • Withdrawal from social interaction
  • Silence or refusal to discuss feelings
  • Obsessive behaviours or rituals
  • Eating Disorders
  • Reclusiveness
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma symptoms (link)
  • Poor self-care
  • Poor hygiene
  • Learning difficulties
  • Fear of certain individuals and/or locations

How can psychotherapy and counselling help me with abuse?

At Fresh Mind Therapy, we have extensive experience working with abuse victims and understand the challenges facing you as you try to recover. We provide you with a safe, non-judgmental and caring environment in which to recognise your abuse and take gentle healing steps. Working with a Fresh Mind therapist will help you to:

  • Recognise the extent of your abuse
  • Connect to and examine the emotions associated with your abuse
  • Identify and examine learned beliefs and behaviours surrounding or resulting from your abuse
  • Challenge any negative thinking and low self-esteem resulting from your abuse
  • Reduce trauma symptoms
  • Address associated symptoms such as depression and anxiety
  • Face your experiences and move on with your life with full support

No matter what age you are or when the abuse occurred, we can help. Get in touch with us now to start moving on with your life.