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Azalea Counselling Counselling in Eastleigh near Winchester
with Vicky Mould

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“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

Carl Rogers

Domestic Abuse Counselling. Healing from domestic abuse

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.

Leaving or ending an abusive relationship can take real strength and resourcefulness, yet you may be experiencing and struggling with the effects of that relationship today.

The effects of domestic abuse can be wide-ranging and different for each person, yet you may be experiencing some of the following:

  • A sense of numbness/emotional withdrawal
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Dissociation
  • Being easily startled
  • Irritability and anger
  • A sense of guilt, shame and self-blame
  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • Disrupted sleep and nightmares
  • Replaying memories/flashbacks
  • Difficulties with trust and intimacy
  • Low self-esteem and a loss of confidence
  • Sadness and depression
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Self-harm, suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • A sense of 'I don't know who I am'.

    Whatever you are feeling and experiencing, it matters. And support through counselling can enable you to move forward.

    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 if this is helpful for you, and nurture feelings of safety, trust and a sense of coping.

    Mediums such as creating art, journal writing and using emotion cards can offer a way for you to:

  • Express and release feelings and emotions
  • Process difficult/troubling memories
  • Develop your coping skills
  • Increase your self-awareness
  • Relieve stress
  • Boost your self-esteem.

    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:

  • Emotional and psychological abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stalking and harassment
  • Financial abuse.

    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 or may wish to:

  • Explore how your relationship is for you
  • Express and release feelings and emotions
  • Gain clarity, new perspectives and awareness
  • Consider your options for moving forward.

    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 support and advice.

    Women's Aid
    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 am a counsellor in Hampshire and can offer online sessions or telephone sessions from Eastleigh near Winchester and across the UK.

    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.

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