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What is Abuse?


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There are many different forms of abuse and they all result in behaviour towards a person that deliberately or intentionally cause harm. It is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights and in the worst cases can result in death. Victims may suffer severe neglect, injury, distress and/or depression and people without capacity, such as those people with severe dementia, are particularly vulnerable. It can occur anywhere and the abuser could be a stranger, a carer, a family member or someone else in a position of trust.

For those who have suffered the pain and devastation of abuse, it can be extremely hard to confide in those around you the painful memories and unwarranted feelings of guilt, shame and anger that you may be experiencing. Instead, you may carry the heavy weight of these memories and emotions inside making life seem simply unbearable. Victims of abuse may develop very destructive coping mechanisms, such as addictions, eating disorders, self-harming behaviours. However, counselling and psychotherapy can offer you a safe space to talk through abusive memories and discuss how they are affecting you in the present. Therapy can provide a supportive and non-judgmental space to help you to heal and find healthier coping mechanisms to deal with painful memories, flashbacks and nightmares that keep the pain of ab use alive. 

How can psychotherapy help?

  • It can help process traumatic events in safety and confidence.
  • It can help you deal with the symptoms of trauma and abuse, including nightmares and flashbacks.
  • It can help you relieve accompanying symptoms such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
  • It can help you find new coping mechanisms and a new way of being, free from the effects of abuse.

At Tree of Life Clinic we offer psychotherapy and counselling for any types of abuse, including the following:

  • Physical Abuse : Physical abuse constitutes acts of physical violence such as hitting, shaking, burning, choking and other actions that can cause physical injury to the body. Mugging can also be constituted as physical abuse.
  • Sexual Abuse: Sexual abuse covers actions of a sexual nature such as rape, sexual assault, or forms of child abuse.
  • Emotional Abuse:This can be the most difficult to identify because there are usually no outward signs of abuse. Emotional abuse constitutes actions such as being criticised constantly, threatened, bullied, dismissed, or being yelled at. Emotional abuse can be just as painful and damaging as physical abuse.  
  • Neglect: Neglect can occur when adequate food, housing, clothing or medical care is not provided for example in childhood. Additionally, emotional neglect happens when support, love and attention are not provided. 

Our therapists have extensive training and experience in supporting those who have suffered abuse. Our approach is holsitic and we will help you address the root causes of your difficulties, not only the symptoms. It is important that trauma therapy involves the body and it it not limted only to talking therapy. Our therapy options for abuse include:

individual therapy

> couples therapy

> family therapy

> group therapy 

> restorative pilates

> The Bowen Technique

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If you would like to discuss your therapy options with a member of our staff, give us a call on 08001934551 today or send us an email info@tree-of-life-clinic.com.

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