Counselling can help free you from the effects of an abusive relationship
Domestic abuse takes many forms - emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, financial, yet it always involves feeling controlled, dependent on the person, isolated or scared.
If you're a survivor of domestic abuse, including being exposed to abuse and violence in your childhood or teenage years, and would like support in your healing journey, please get in touch.
The effects of an abusive relationship can be wide-ranging, and while everyone is different, you may recognise some of the following within yourself:
What you can expect from me as a person-centred counsellor
I will work to ensure you feel safe in my presence and that I'm someone you can trust.
I have personal experience (I'm a survivor too) and professional knowledge of domestic abuse, and I will believe what you tell me.
Whatever you're feeling or have experienced, I will relate to you with genuine compassion, respect, understanding and acceptance.
Healing does take time, yet hope is important, and I will trust in your ability to heal and move forward.
I can help you make sense of and come to terms with your experience, rebuild your self-esteem - so you feel okay with who you are, and form and maintain loving and supportive relationships.
We will work together at your pace - in a way that is helpful for you, and for as long as you need.
Are you currently in an abusive relationship or think you might be?
People who inflict domestic abuse are often partners - when you're dating, living together, married or in a civil partnership, ex-partners or parents, and sometimes grandparents, siblings or children.
Domestic abuse isn't always easy to recognise or acknowledge, yet an abusive relationship usually involves some or all of the following experiences:
If you're currently in an abusive relationship or think you might be, and are feeling scared, confused, alone or unable to confide in a friend or family member, please contact one of the organisations below. They are there to listen and support you without judgement.
T: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
T: 01823 334 244
Galop: The LGBT and Anti-Violence Charity
T: 0800 999 5428
Please hold onto the fact that no one has a right to abuse you - no matter who they are, and you are not responsible or to blame for any abuse you may be experiencing.
Contact me to book an introductory session or ask questions
If you're a survivor of domestic abuse, including being exposed to abuse and violence in your childhood or teenage years, or are worried about a person under the age of 18, please get in touch.
I can usually see you within a week for an introductory session, and then weekly or fortnightly after that.
If you would like to book an introductory session, or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629, email [email protected] or complete and submit the contact form on this website.