"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
Counselling offers a safe space where you can release the effects of domestic abuse and move forward
Fleeing (and ending) an abusive relationship can take real strength and resourcefulness, yet the effects of that relationship may still haunt you.
The effects can be profound, including difficulties with confidence, trust and intimacy, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt, fear and shame.
Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress may also emerge or worsen because of your experience.
If you are struggling in any way, it matters. And counselling offers a space where you can explore and express your feelings and emotions.
I can be of support to you if you've witnessed or experienced domestic abuse, including in your childhood or teenage years.
I 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, my approach is caring, respectful and non-judgemental, and I can listen attentively to how things are for you.
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.
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.
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 out of fear, anxiety, feeling on edge or worn down.
You may feel confused or ashamed about what is happening in your relationship, 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.
If you're co-parenting or parenting with an abusive partner, you may have concerns about your child or children's safety, development or behaviour or your relationship with them.
Talking to a counsellor can help with what you are experiencing, and I'm here to offer support - not tell you what to do.
As a person-centred counsellor, my approach is caring, respectful and non-judgemental, and I can offer an environment where you can:
You can also contact one of the following organisations in confidence.
For women experiencing and who have previously experienced domestic abuse.
Call 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
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
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 offer sessions online or by phone - I'm happy to explore the options with you.
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.