sexual & physical abuse

The effects of sexual and physical abuse can be devastating and long-lasting. Although individual experiences of abuse may differ, there are common symptoms, feelings, and thoughts that both victims and survivors share.


SYMPTOMS:

Dissociation

Nightmares

Disturbed Sleep 

Flashbacks

Avoid closeness with others

Self-Harm/Addiction

Depression/Anxiety

Emotional Numbness

Mood Changes

Suicidal Thoughts

Isolation


FEELINGS & THOUGHTS:

Fear

Shame

Powerlessness

Denial

Guilt

Hopelessness and Despair

Self-Blame

Anger

Loss of Control

Low Self-Esteem

Loss of Confidence


HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP?


Coming forward and seeking professional help for sexual and physical abuse can be very difficult. However, it can be the first step to helping you regain a sense of control and personal power in your life. Through counselling, you can develop coping skills to help you improve your day to day functioning. It can also guide in processing the trauma and give you the safety and space to heal and move beyond it.


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