“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”
- Shannon L Adler, Author
It is not always obvious that you are in an abusive relationship until you are able to step outside and see the control that overpowers you.
Abuse has the potential of happening to anyone regardless of class or age. For those who have suffered abuse, confiding in someone may feel very challenging, evoking unwarranted feelings of guilt and shame. Carrying these feelings can be very lonely and isolating.
Counselling and psychotherapy can provide a safe and supportive space where the painful memories can be talked about understand how they are effecting life in the present or the future.
One of the main factors of abuse is control where one person is more dominant and more forceful in a physical and emotional capacity. Abuse in any form can lead to traumatic effect, are often kept as a closely guarded secret.
Abusive relationships are usually progressive displaying, jealous and insecure behaviors leading their partner to feel wanted, needed, and subsequently dependent.
Partners who do something to control or manipulate the others behavior
It can provide a secure and non-judgmental space to process the trauma
It can support and work with the effects of the trauma such as nightmares and panic attacks
Working with low confidence and self-esteem and understanding the disabling triggers
Issues in ending an abusive relationship and re examine healthy ways of relating.