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An increasing numbers of my clients are bringing issues of abuse or neglect into their therapy conversations. This may not be the original focus of their sessions and it may take time to build trust in me before disclosing this kind of experience.

Abuse can take place in childhood, within an adult relationship or even in a work setting or organisational context, which is why I am professionally trained and I am sensitive in hearing about abuse in all its forms. It can be really helpful for you to realise that you are not alone, that abuse is sadly much more common than you might think. I encourage you to break the silence of denial and collusion as it can be very powerful. At Vale Therapy, I offer abuse counselling in the following areas:

Sexual abuse in childhood
Rape and sexual assault
Emotional and physical abuse

If you would like to set up an initial session or just get some advice when it comes to dealing with abuse through psychotherapy, please contact me online now.


If you think you have suffered from abuse in your childhood or in your current relationship, you may recognise some of the following difficulties:

Flashbacks or nightmares
Fear of not being believed
Lack of confidence and self-esteem
Relationship problems
Sexual issues or difficulty with certain sexual practices
Fear of intimacy and trust
Feeling unlovable, undesirable or unwanted
A sense of isolation and being different from others
Turning to food, alcohol or drugs, sex or porn to cope with the pain
Shutting off or closing down difficult emotions

Once abuse presents itself, I often find clients saying it was a struggle deciding whether to raise this topic with my family or with the authorities. This process naturally comes with its advantages and drawbacks, which is why abuse counselling can help you decide on the most appropriate course of action that will best support you. I have also found that there are other therapeutic or creative ways to work on resolving issues caused by an abusive past. I take the view that events from the past cannot be changed, but that you can move forward having been heard and believed, somehow reprocessing the experience with a different perspective – in order to live a more fruitful and fulfilling life in future.