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.
Leaving or ending an abusive relationship takes real strength and resourcefulness - even if it doesn't feel like that, yet the effects of that relationship may remain with you today.
The effects of an abusive relationship can be wide-ranging, and while everyone is different, you may recognise some of the following experiences:
What you can expect from me as your 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 support you in making sense of and coming to terms with your experience, rebuilding your self-esteem - so you feel okay with who you are, and in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.
We will work together in a way that feels 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, yet it isn't always easy to recognise or acknowledge.
Coming for counselling when you're currently in an abusive relationship can be difficult, and in some cases, even dangerous for you - for example, putting you at high risk of serious harm. However, it's up to you to decide if it's the right time for you, and you're welcome to speak to me about counselling.
It may be helpful to know that there are organisations you can contact now - if you're feeling scared, confused or alone, and I've listed them below.
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 to ask any questions you may have
If you feel that counselling with me might benefit you, please get in touch to arrange an introductory session. I'm also happy to answer any questions you may have. You can call or text 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.