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Abuse Counselling Mississauga

Individuals who experience abuse can find it very beneficial to attend counselling sessions. Abuse can be very difficult and traumatic, and is experienced and interpreted differently by each and every person. Work with a therapist can help to restore self-confidence, integrity, self-worth, self-control, decision making abilities, and feelings of empowerment. It is important to work together to accept feelings of shame, guilt, and sadness in order to understand and move forward from the hurt and helplessness. Abuse counselling can apply in various forms. In couples counselling, abuse counselling can be helpful to assess and equate feelings of being in control for both partners.

Your first session involves initial assessment of your well being and a thorough intake of your personal history and background. Subsequent therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length, and are unique to each individual treatment plan.

What is Abuse?

Recognizing the signs of abuse can be difficult. Often, the person who is displaying abusive behavior tends to attempt to exert a certain amount of control and to manipulate the other person’s feelings and thoughts. This makes the person on the receiving end feel trapped, incapable of standing up for oneself, and agreeable to decisions they may not necessarily feel fully comfortable with. This often results in a power imbalance.

Childhood abuse and domestic abuse are two common forms. Abusive relationships may include: adult-child, adult-adult, child-child, coworker-coworker, or parent-child.

There are 3 main types of abuse: emotional abuse/ psychological abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse.

  1. Emotional abuse/ psychological abuse: a form of abuse characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to behaviour that may result in psychological trauma (such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder)
  2. Physical abuse: a form of abuse in which the act of one person to another involving physical contact intended to cause physical pain, injury, or other bodily harm
  3. Sexual abuse: a form of abuse where one person forces unwanted sexual contact upon another.

 

Abuse Counselling in Mississauga

Services offered by Carly Clifton include: abuse therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and interpersonal talk therapy.