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.
We have therapists working from Kay’s Counselling office in Birmingham and online via video calling. All our therapists go through a rigorous interview process, aiming to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to help you work through your issues through counselling or psychotherapy.
All our therapists know the level of courage it takes for you to contact us to start your journey, we aim to match the same level of courage in our therapists, who have a desire to help you achieve your goals with their expertise