Guilt. Shame. Neglect. Worthless.
If you’ve suffered from any form of abuse, you may find that you’ll experience it alone and thus it is difficult to talk to anyone about what’s going on because of the level of fear/anxiety, the abuse has caused. Abuse can create several intense negative feelings including shame and guilt although you’ve done nothing wrong. Having such intense feelings can make you believe you can’t talk to anyone for several reasons; no-one will understand me, they’ll judge me, it hurts too much, I would rather not remember it.
There are several types of abuse:
Physical. This can include but isn’t limited to – hitting, biting, slapping, burning, choking, any behaviours will harm you physically.
Sexual. Any sexual act which causes you harm e.g. rape, sexual assault/child abuse
Emotional. Coercion, control, constantly criticising you, bullying etc.
Physical neglect. This is not being provided with the necessities e.g. food, clothing
Emotional neglect. Lack of support, lack of love and affection
Abuse can make you feel unsafe, vulnerable, ashamed and guilty, as though you‘re responsible for what’s happened however this isn’t the case. There is no justification for abuse.
With the help and support from the right therapist through Counselling or Psychotherapy, you’ll find you’re able to talk through things at your own pace, you’re able to process situations and deal with your feelings without the fear of being judged. Find a therapist on our directory; we are very selective about whom we allow on our directory, we aim to have therapists who have the expertise to help you resolve your issues.