Experiencing childhood sexual, physical or verbal abuse and childhood neglect can affect people in many areas of their adult lives.
- Adults who have been abused or neglected will often experience:
- Increased rates of depression and anxiety.
- Increased rates of alcohol & other drug use and risk taking behaviour.
- Increased incidence of further abuse and adult abusive relationships.
- Increased feelings of shame, guilt, fear, mistrust, rejection and of being unlovable.
- Difficulty in managing strong emotions, mood swings, and emotional outbursts.
- Relationship difficulties - both personal and professional - including unhelpful relationship patterns, poor boundaries and difficulty forming and sustaining healthy relationships.
- Low self esteem and self confidence.
- Identity difficulties - not really knowing who you are.
- Experiences of numbing or dissociation.
- Fear around starting their own family.
- Feelings of hopelessness for the future.
Psychological therapy will help you work through your early experiences and identify how these experiences may be negatively affecting your thoughts and reactions currently. We will help you move past your experiences of your abuse by assisting you to develop a healthy self-esteem, learn how to better care for yourself and learn how to form the relationships and behaviour patterns that you can be proud of.