Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor offers abuse therapy and counseling to help individuals emotionally heal after the trauma of abuse.
Abuse describes any behavior that is designed to control or subdue another person through the use of fear, humiliation, intimidation, guilt, shame, coercion, or manipulation. Emotional abuse can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics, like repeated disapproval or even the refusal to ever be pleased.
People who have endured any of the various types of abuse often struggle with feelings of powerlessness, hurt, fear, and anger. They may “self-medicate” with alcohol or other substances to cope with these feelings. Abuse counseling with an empathetic and experienced therapist can help you recover from the negative impacts of abuse.
What You Can Expect With Abuse Therapy
There are a variety of therapeutic approaches that can be utilized to help someone overcome the effects of abusive relationships, emotional abuse, and other forms of abuse. Abuse counseling will depend on the individual, but the counseling process starts with finding the right healing relationship with your therapist.
After a sense of physical and psychological safety has been established and you feel ready, your therapist will help you move through the exploration of memories and the emotional pain associated with those memories. The goal is to help you reduce the intensity of the corresponding emotions brought on by abuse, allowing you to accept your past and live life with a newfound sense of freedom and fulfillment.
Therapies used in abuse counseling can include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Brief therapy
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Play therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Narrative therapy
When to Ask for Help
Signs of abuse are varied and will depend on the type and extent of abuse experienced. Symptoms of mental and physical abuse include:
- Low self-esteem or feelings or worthlessness
- Symptoms of depression
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Fear of the abuser
- Anxiety and/or panic attacks
- Medical issues, like persistent headaches and stomach pain
- Signs of physical violence, like cuts and bruises
If you have been the victim of abuse and you feel hopeless, depressed, or overwhelmed, abuse therapy and counseling can help.
Throughout therapy, you’ll learn concrete ways to help yourself cope with your emotions, how to establish healthy boundaries in your relationships, and how to identify some of the more subtle signs of abuse. Regardless of the origin of abuse, a structured therapy plan combined with a caring therapist has the power to reshape the way you live your life.
Set up a Free Consultation
If you or someone you know would benefit from abuse therapy, please contact Foundations Counseling in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Windsor to arrange a free consultation.