Counselling can help free you from the effects of an abusive relationship
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.
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, I am here for you.
The effects of an abusive relationship can be wide-ranging, and while everyone is different, you may recognise some of the following experiences:
How I work as a counsellor
I have personal insight (I'm a survivor too) and professional knowledge of domestic abuse, and I am committed to providing an environment where you feel safe, accepted, valued and understood.
I can offer space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions. I can support you in making sense of and coming to terms with your experience, rebuilding your confidence and self-esteem, and establishing healthy relationships in the future.
I can work sensitively at your pace, and while healing may take time, I trust that you can heal and move forward. I can journey with you for as long as you need.
Are you experiencing abuse in a current relationship, or do you think you might be?
Domestic abuse can take many forms - physical, sexual, emotional, online, financial, yet it always involves feeling controlled, dependent on the person, anxious, isolated or scared.
While domestic abuse is often associated with partners and ex-partners, it can occur in the family - relationships with parents, grandparents, siblings, children. And, it may not be easy to acknowledge or recognise.
Counselling sessions provide a space to talk and be yourself without judgement and feel a sense of empowerment. Perhaps you'd like to understand if your relationship is abusive, come to terms with what is happening, and explore your options for the future.
I'm here if you want to talk through the possibility of counselling or arrange an introductory session.
If it's not the right time for counselling, yet you're feeling confused, alone or scared, please do contact one of the organisations below.
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 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 the abuse.
You can contact me to book an introductory session or to ask any questions you may have
I have a comfortable therapy room at Wessex House in Eastleigh, or can provide online counselling through VSee or Zoom.
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 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.