Abuse is the misuse of power with the intent to harm or control another person. Abuse in any form can harm someone.
A counsellor or psychotherapist can help you to discuss and understand you understand if you have been abused, and how to overcome any fears surrounding abuse so that you can live more fully in the present. If your abuse is connected, to depression, anger, anxiety, dissociation or obsessive-compulsive disorder, they will also work with you on these issues.
Physical, emotional and sexual abuse, whether past or present, causes pain and psychological distress that can affect your life. It can be very hard to confide in those around you the abuse you have suffered and the feelings that you may be experiencing as a result. If you are suffering from the consequences of abuse, it is important to seek help, for example from a support group or therapist.
Therapy for abuse provides a non-judgmental environment to help you deal with the painful memories and trauma, giving you new perspectives, healthier ways to cope and helping you to overcome flashbacks, nightmares or other symptoms that are troubling you. In this way, you can transform your life.
While overcoming abuse is a difficult journey, a therapist can support you through each step, helping you to move forward. Find a therapist online here.
Abuse in any form can harm someone.
Types of abuse include:
Some of the issues or conditions that may affect survivors of abuse include emotional difficulties, anxiety, anger, mood swings, shame, and low self-esteem. Mental health problems can include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self-harm, suicidal thoughts, problems with alcohol or drugs, relationship issues, feeling numb, difficulties with trust and physical intimacy, flashbacks and nightmares.
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Counselling and psychotherapy can help you to process painful memories of abuse in a safe environment and to deal with the effects that trauma has left with you, such as flashbacks, depression and anxiety.
A qualified, professional therapist will work with you to examine your thoughts and behaviours and improve how you feel. You will build a relationship based on trust, giving you the confidence to share your feelings and emotions with them. Your counsellor will listen to all that you have to share with empathy and openness.
An experienced therapist or counsellor like those listed on the Harley Therapy platform can help you to manage your symptoms and find your own way forward.
Filter our qualified, professional and vetted therapists by cost, location, availability and approach so you can find and book the best therapist or counsellor for you here. Or find a therapist to help with Abuse below.
NHS - help after rape and sexual assault
National Association for People Abused in Childhood
Rape Crisis - 0808 802 9999
ChildLine - 0800 1111
Refuge (domestic violence helpline) - 0808 2000 247
National Association for People Abused in Childhood - 0800 085 3330
NSPCC (helpline to prevent childhood abuse) - 0808 800 5000
A list of international rape crisis helplines
National Domestic Violence Hotline USA
International sexual assault resources
NHS - see your GP and ask for a referral to a psychological specialist
Local charities and organisations - check with your council for support groups, therapy and advice in your local area
Private counselling and psychotherapy - search online directories for therapists in your area, or click here to find qualified therapists who specialise in working with clients affected by abuse