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Therapy For Abuse

At Your Counselling Service we understand that there are many types of abuse. Abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional. It wears different faces. It comes from different places and from different people. Sometimes those we least expect. The impact however – is huge.

No matter what type of abuse is experienced or witnessed, it can be very distressing for a person to go through.  People often only think of physical or sexual abuse, however emotional and psychological abuse can also leave very deep scars.  During and after abuse an individual can feel so confused, so alone, such a sense of loss of identity and a huge amount of shame. On top of that they can experience a huge level of hurt, anger, frustration, and an overwhelming sense of being alone.

At Your Counselling Service we understand that all these emotions and experiences are immensely overwhelming for people. They become all-consuming and they can take over. A very traumatic experience happens. For individuals trying to find their way through trauma can be incredibly painful and difficult. At times individuals can feel as though they are stuck in the darkest of moments and end up feeling totally alone.  

How we can help overcome abuse

Our therapists are here to help people work through the traumatic experiences that they have gone through.  We offer clients a space to rebuild their self-belief and confidence.  Our therapists provide a space where people can be truly heard. As a result, healing can then take place.

Working through traumatic experiences can take a lot of trust. That is why here at Your Counselling Service we prioritise building a relationship with our clients above everything. We understand and know that the therapeutic relationship is key. We spend time building it and invest in the importance of it. We aim for our clients to feel safe enough with us that they can explore any of the traumatic experiences that they have experienced.

Hear Lucy’s story

In this video Lucy very kindly volunteered to share her recovery experience with Your Counselling Service. It gives insights into how she was treated from the moment she enquired to the moment she recovered, and is a great example of how we like to treat and work with all our clients.

Our approach to helping those with abuse trauma

  • Starting the recovery process is the biggest step forward
  • Learn to respect and value yourself
  • Everything in moderation
  • Trust the process of recovery
  • Self-soothing and respect is key
  • Mood diaries can be very helpful
  • Everyone is individual with their own recovery plan
  • Emotional and physical health is so important
  • Change can happen and it can be positive
  • Fear can be overcome
  • Support network is important (and our service becomes a major part of this)
  • Feeling less alone and isolated aids recovery
  • Self-worth and esteem can develop through therapy
  • You are never alone
  • Recovery takes time, strength, and determination
  • We are here to help whenever you feel you can’t do it

Lets take your first step to recovery, together.

Making the decision to start therapy is both daunting and frightening. People often feel nervous and don’t know what to expect. To give you an idea, we would book an assessment as an initial chance for us to meet and talk. This would last an hour, and it is an opportunity to ask questions and to get to know you more. You can also ask about anything that you are unsure about. If you feel comfortable and are happy to go ahead, then we would book you in for weekly therapy. Each week would be different depending on where you are at, and what you are coming for. We can discuss all of your needs in the assessment and put a treatment plan in place. We have a great team and we are here to help.

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