What Is It Like To Be A Survivor Of Abuse?
Abuse – be it physical, sexual or emotional – can leave you feeling distressed, frightened and helpless long after any threat or danger has passed. You may be left with disturbing or confusing memories, and struggle to feel safe in situations that other people seem to find easy or normal. This can make you feel painfully different from others, like an outsider, and can be accompanied by powerful feelings of shame and guilt, even though what happened to you was completely out of your control and not your fault.
If you’ve experienced abuse, especially when someone you loved or trusted was responsible, you may struggle to form new relationships, leaving you feeling lonely and isolated. The anger or hurt that you feel towards the person or people who abused you may feel unresolvable.
Abuse can leave you with very low self-esteem. It can be linked to feelings of anxiety and depression, as well as emotional eating, binge-drinking, and substance abuse as a way of blocking out distressing memories or thoughts.
REMOTE SESSIONS – WORKING ONLINE WITH OUR TEAM
The current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation is affecting us all.
We understand that the uncertainty and disruption to daily life this brings, can be an extra burden for people who are already struggling with anxiety, depression and other aspects of mental health.
All of our therapists are experienced in delivering remote sessions using Zoom, Skype and FaceTime, which means your therapy can continue online without disruption.
Our four central London locations currently remain open, and we are happy to see you in person as well.
Please book a call with our friendly and experienced assessment team who can explain how remote sessions can work for you.
We value creating a personal therapy that is tailored to your specific needs and requirements, and this month we have a Spring Promotion to provide greater access to our services.
Therapy is a space where you can work through challenging patterns, stressful relationships and compulsive behaviours that are limiting your life in some way.
We want to support people who struggle with their mental wellbeing and teach them new skills to manage situations in a healthier way.
Purchase a 6-session block of therapy, and get 1 session FREE
- This offer is available with all of our therapists, at all price points
- This offer is available to new EM clients only
- Offer ends on 31st March 2020
Treatment For Abuse
If you are experiencing symptoms connected to abuse, our psychotherapists and counsellors can provide you with a safe and non-judgmental environment to help you explore your story of abuse, and how it affects you today. Treatment may include:
- Creating a safe space and building trust
- Using specific tools to alleviate symptoms that may come as a result of the abuse such as flashbacks, anxiety, nightmares, depression and other forms of psychological difficulties
- Processing deeper feelings, such as anger and shame
- Working on identifying strengths
- Building self-worth
- Working on shifting from the victim position to the survivor position
Our Consultant Psychiatrist can prescribe medication to alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety and distress.
We offer eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) therapy that can further resolve and alleviate any devastating memories that interfere with your daily living, and help you feel more in control of your life.
Tell us what is going on for you, and let us explain how we can help
Abuse Self Help Now
- Challenge your critical inner voice by practising positive affirmations daily. They can help you replace self-sabotaging thoughts with loving ones that remind yourself that you’re beautiful and worthy.
- Participate in physical activities that you enjoy doing, such as running, kickboxing or swimming. Exercise can help heal your mind, and make you feel stronger and more positive about yourself.
- Mindful breathing exercises and meditation can help you manage flashbacks and ruminating thoughts.
- Take part in expressive art therapy, such as writing, painting, drawing, or making music. This can help you release tension you may be carrying, and relax your mind and body.
- Choose people and environments that surround you with positive energy. Spend time with friends and family who love you, and make you feel good. Go for a walk, spend time with pets, or go on a short holiday to feel re-energised.
- Take care of yourself by keeping your body healthy. Eat a balanced diet and get enough sleep. Good physical health will help you feel stronger and more emotionally resilient to deal with the emotional ups and downs, and the distressing memories, of abuse.