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Azalea Counselling Counselling from Eastleigh near Winchester
with Vicky Mould

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"When someone really hears you without passing judgement on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good". - Carl Rogers

Domestic Abuse Counselling. Domestic abuse counselling

Counselling provides a safe and non-judgemental space where you can heal from domestic abuse

Fleeing domestic abuse can take real strength and resourcefulness, yet rebuilding your life may take a while. You may need to attend to practical matters, the needs of a child or children, as well as your emotional and mental wellbeing.

The effects of domestic abuse can be profound, such as issues with self-esteem, self-worth, making decisions, confidence, trust, intimacy.

Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress may also emerge or worsen because of what has happened to you.

You may struggle with feelings of shame and feel responsible for the abuse. You may experience a loss of identity and waves of grief - sadness, anger, guilt, fear, confusion, loneliness.

Whatever you are experiencing, counselling can help you - it's not always possible to talk to friends and family, or you may need a bit of extra support or a different kind of support.

As a domestic abuse counsellor, I can be there for you in a safe and supportive way.

I've been a counsellor for over ten years, yet have prior professional knowledge of and personal insight into domestic abuse, including as a Helpline Volunteer for Women's Aid.

In my counselling practice, I support women and men survivors, including those who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse by a partner, parent, and other family members.

I also support people impacted by bereavement, loss and grief, and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, postnatal depression, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder.

As a person-centred counsellor, my role is to nurture your healing, and my approach is naturally warm, welcoming and non-judgemental.

I can work at your pace to explore thoughts, feelings and memories that may be difficult to cope with, affecting how you are in a current relationship or difficult to talk about with others.

Creative mediums, such as art or journal writing, can be utilised to support self-expression and coping skills - if this may be of interest to you.

Working together in sessions can help you gently process and understand your experience and build confidence and trust in yourself through the development of self-worth and self-esteem.

I can support you with redefining and maintaining your boundaries in relationships and identifying and proceeding with what's important to you now.

Moving forward from domestic abuse can take time - it may feel challenging to be patient with and kind to yourself, yet I can journey with you.

If you would like to explore the possibility of counselling with me, please get in touch.

Counselling can help if you are experiencing or think you might be experiencing domestic abuse

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or think you might be, please let someone know - you deserve to feel supported, heard and understood.

Domestic abuse is controlling and harmful behaviours by a partner, ex-partner or family member, and may include types of abuse such as stalking, harassment, physical, sexual, online, financial, emotional, psychological abuse.

Physical and sexual abuse are well-known forms of violence, yet emotional and psychological abuse (invisible wounding) can be just as harmful in a relationship yet challenging to recognise.

If you're experiencing domestic abuse, you're likely to have altered your behaviour out of fear, anxiety, or a feeling of walking on eggshells.

You may feel silenced - unable to express your thoughts, feelings and perspectives or make your own choices or decisions. You may have to keep adapting to situations - to cope with what's happening or even survive in the relationship.

You may feel exhausted or worn down, confused or ashamed about what is happening, a sense of responsibility, weakness, or of being a failure.

If you're parenting while in a relationship with an abusive partner, you may feel undermined, lacking confidence in your parenting abilities, a sense of guilt, frustration, or of being trapped.

Please know that no one has a right to abuse you. And, there are people you can talk to in confidence without feeling judged or blamed.

I'm here to offer support as a person-centred counsellor, and there are things we can put in place so that your sessions feel private/safe.

I have professional knowledge and personal insight into domestic abuse, and I can work with you at your pace, offer non-judgement, attentive listening, compassion, and understanding.

I appreciate that it may feel challenging/scary to talk about your experience - and it's up to you if we do talk about it, yet I can offer a calm and quiet environment where you may choose to:

  • Explore how things are for you
  • Express/release your feelings and emotions
  • Understand abuse tactics
  • Consider safety planning
  • Explore pregnancy or parenting concerns
  • Find ways of dealing with anxiety/panic attacks
  • Build confidence, self-worth and self-esteem.

    If you would like to explore the possibility of counselling with me, please get in touch.

    If it doesn't feel safe or the right time to access counselling, support is still out there, including organisations such as the following:

    For women experiencing domestic abuse.
    Call 0808 2000 247

    Men's Advice Line
    For men experiencing domestic abuse.
    Call 0808 801 0327

    For LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence.
    Call 0800 999 5428

    Karma Nirvana
    For people affected by honour-based abuse or facing a forced marriage.
    Call 0800 5999 247

    Victim Support
    For people affected by domestic abuse or any other crime.
    Call 0808 1689 111

  • You can contact me to book a free consultation or to ask any questions

    I can offer a free consultation over the phone or online using Whereby, FaceTime or Zoom.

    If you would like to book a consultation or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or use my contact form.

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