Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Throughout adulthood, abuse that was experienced in childhood can have far reaching effects, with the degree of difficulties experienced varying from one person to another. If you were to answer yes to any of the following questions, then the information below may be useful to assess the effects having been subjected to abuse when you were a child. This can assist you to determine whether seeing a Psychologist who works with Adult Survivors of childhood abuse would be of benefit to you.
- Have you experienced abuse when you were a child?
- Have you experienced sexual abuse when you were a child, where someone older or more powerful than you abused their power and betrayed your trust?
- Have you kept the abuse a secret?
- Has someone close to you disclosed that they were subjected to sexual abuse when they were a child? Are you finding it difficult dealing with your reactions?
As an adult, do you experience any of the following, which are the range of possible effects of having experienced abuse when you were a child:
- feel confused and overwhelmed by distressing and painful feelings which come on ‘out of the blue’?
- have difficulty in identifying what you feel, or managing the intensity of your feelings?
- feel detached from yourself, or numb and unable to express your emotions?
- have intrusive memories, nightmares, or flashbacks where you feel as though you are reliving the abuse?
- feel anger or fear?
- feel a sense of shame or guilt?
- feel worthless or think that you are a bad person?
- fear confrontation?
- see the needs of others as more important than your own needs (due to not feeling worthy), seek to please, are “clingy” in relationships, or constantly seek approval from others?
- have a pattern of becoming involved with abusive, depriving, or controlling people?
- avoid closeness and/or intimacy?
- find it difficult to trust people, or find yourself repeatedly trusting the ‘wrong’ people?
With extensive experience in working with adults who have experienced abuse when they were a child, assistance is provided in overcoming your difficulties. Psychological therapy for adult survivors of abuse is provided in a safe and supportive way, utilising a range of therapeutic interventions. An approach is used drawing on therapy modes which include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma therapy, and interpersonal therapy (amongst others). A major focus of therapy from the outset will be restoring your sense of safety and control, and increasing trust.
Benefits of Psychological Treatment
We can help you to:
- Gain a better understanding of why you behave in specific ways, make particular choices, hold particular beliefs, and experience certain emotions
- Provide information about the effects in adulthood of having experienced abuse or and/or sexual abuse as a child
- Learn how abusers of children behave
- Learn to feel in control and safe again
- Break the silence around the abuse and/or sexual abuse experienced as a child
- Overcome feelings of shame and guilt – learn that responsibility for the abuse lies with the abuser, never the person who was abused
- Process emotions associated with the past abuse
- Change faulty beliefs and feelings
- Strengthen your personal boundaries and coping skills, and become more empowered
- Develop hope and more optimism about the future
- Come to terms with your past and increase your trust in people
- Assistance can be given to help people who had an adult close to them disclose that they had been subjected to sexual abuse when they were a child – to help you work through your reactions, provide you with information about adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, deal with any difficulties in your interactions with the person, and learn how to support them.
How we can help
- break free from the effects on adult life of the abuse
- become more empowered and strengthen coping skills
- learn about the patterns of behaviour of abusers – responsibility always lies with the perpetrator of the abuse.
- overcome feelings of shame, guilt or self-blame
- change faulty beliefs
- process the effects of the abuse, and reduce your level of distress
- improve self worth and become more secure
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Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse – Psychologist
Contact us to see a Psychologist so that you can overcome the effects as an adult of having been subjected to abuse as a child, and resolve the issues from your past that are affecting you.
Abuse manipulates and twists a child’s natural sense of trust and love. Her innocent feelings are belittled or mocked and she learns to ignore her feelings. She can’t afford to feel the full range of feelings in her body while she’s being abused—pain, outrage, hate, vengeance, confusion, arousal. So she short-circuits them and goes numb. For many children, any expression of feelings, even a single tear, is cause for more severe abuse. Again, the only recourse is to shut down. Feelings go underground.