"Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals".
- L. J. Isham
Counselling can enable you to release and move forward from the effects of domestic abuse
If you are affected by domestic abuse, including exposure to violence and abuse in your childhood or teenage years, I can be there for you.
Fleeing/leaving an abusive relationship can take real strength and resourcefulness, yet the effects of that relationship may still be with you today.
The effects of domestic abuse can be wide-ranging and different for each person, yet you may experience some of the following:
Whatever you are feeling and experiencing, it matters. And support through counselling can enable you to move forward with your life.
I have personal insight and professional knowledge of domestic abuse and have worked with men and women survivors, including young adults (18-25 years).
I have also worked with many people affected by mental health issues, loss and grief.
As a person-centred counsellor, I'm committed to creating and providing an environment where you can feel valued, accepted, heard and understood.
I will not judge or define you in any way.
I can work with you at your pace, use creative mediums (art, journal writing, emotion cards) if this is helpful for you, and nurture feelings of safety, trust and a sense of coping.
Healing from domestic abuse can take time - it may feel challenging to be patient with and kind to yourself. However, you can heal and move forward, and I can support you in your journey.
Counselling can help if you are experiencing, or think you might be experiencing domestic abuse
Sadly, many people experience or are exposed to some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime - by a partner, parent, or other family members.
Domestic abuse includes experiences such as being controlled, coerced, threatened, harmed and isolated, and types of abuse such as:
If you're experiencing domestic abuse, you may have changed or altered your behaviour because you feel scared, anxious, on edge, or stressed about the other person's reactions.
You may feel confused or ashamed about what is happening in your relationship, a sense of responsibility, weakness, or of being a failure, or prevented from confiding in those you can trust.
If you're parenting while in a relationship with an abusive partner, you may feel undermined, lacking in confidence in your parenting abilities, a sense of guilt, frustration, or of being trapped.
You may also have fears about your child or children's safety, concerns about their emotional wellbeing or behaviour, or have worries about your relationship with them.
As a person-centred counsellor, I can listen attentively and sensitively to how things are for you, and I will not judge or define you.
I can offer a safe and supportive environment where you can and may wish to:
An introductory session can help us establish if we could work well together, and you can contact me to arrange this session or ask questions.
You can also contact the organisations below for confidential advice and support.
T: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Men's Advice Line
T: 0808 801 0327
Galop: The LGBT and Anti-Violence Charity
T: 0800 999 5428
Please trust that no one has a right to abuse you - no matter who they are.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I'm a counsellor in Hampshire and offer online or telephone sessions from Eastleigh near Winchester and across neighbouring counties.
If you would like to book an introductory session or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or use my contact form.