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Abuse

Abuse can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or economic situation. Abuse causes serious trauma that can have long-term implications on a person’s health and well-being and it can take many forms – both physical and non-physical.

With the help of an experienced professional, patients can address the emotional consequences of their abuse and begin to regain control over their lives.

Types of Abuse

  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Elder abuse

In addition, abuse can take the form of humiliation, intimidation, neglect, domination or control, isolation from others (especially friends and family), and unwanted sexual attention or attempts to force sex through pressure or coercion.

Effects of Abuse

All types of abuse – physical or non-physical – can have serious, long-term consequences for the person experiencing them. People who experience abuse may exhibit symptoms that effect all other aspects of their lives, from their careers to their personal relationships.

These symptoms may include

  • Low self-esteem and feelings of helplessness
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Self-destructive behaviour
  • Difficulty sleeping or eating
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach/digestive problems, and fibromyalgia

These symptoms can be very disruptive and can be difficult to overcome without the help of a trained professional.

Counseling for Overcoming Abuse

Dealing with the effects of abuse can be extremely difficult but with the help of an experienced psychotherapist, people who have experienced abuse can begin to regain control over their lives and become happier and better-adjusted.

Trained therapists can help patients to

  • Talk about their experiences in a safe environment
  • Acknowledge and begin to address the impact of the abuse
  • Increase self-esteem and regain a healthy, positive self-image
  • Improve their ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships
  • Feel positive, healthy and strong
  • Stop having strong reactions to things that remind them of their abusive experiences

Abuse is a traumatic experience with persistent, long-ranging consequences. But with the help of a qualified therapist, patients can begin to address the emotional effects of abuse, greatly improve their self-esteem, and regain their positive outlook on life.

If you or someone you love has experienced abuse, we hope that you will contact us to learn more about how we can help.

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