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COUNSELLING FOR ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA

You show the world that you can manage it all, taking care of everybody else, always looking happy and content. 
At the same time, you feel unseen, misunderstood and even a little lost.

Drawing upon my experience and deep understanding of childhood abuse, narcissistic abuse, and family and domestic violence, I empathize wholeheartedly with the profound impact that childhood abuse can have on our lives. It leaves behind emotional and psychological wounds that can endure for years, affecting various aspects of our being.

Nevertheless, I firmly believe in the power of healing and the transformative potential of counselling for survivors of childhood abuse. Through the therapeutic journey, we embark on a path of processing our trauma, cultivating resilience, and forging a life filled with meaning and fulfillment.

Counselling serves as a tool in our healing that offers a safe, nurturing and supportive space to explore the challenges of our experiences.  It allows us to uncover deeply buried emotions and gradually integrate beautiful changes to allow authentic healing.  Further, it helps us unravel the patterns of abuse, rebuild trust, and create boundaries that honour our well-being.

If you’re a survivor of childhood abuse and you’re considering counselling, I encourage you to take that first step. Remember, healing is possible, and you are worthy of care, compassion, and support. Healing is not only attainable but also your birthright. You are deserving of a life that is free from the shackles of abuse, filled with self-compassion, and marked by meaningful connections.

Types of childhood trauma

There are various types and presentations of traumatic childhood abuse, and it can be confusing when you start questioning your experiences from your life and how it has impacted the choices you have made throughout your life.  Some types of childhood trauma include.

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Narcissistic Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Reproductive Abuse

My approach to Child Abuse Trauma Counselling

For people who have experienced childhood abuse, It can be difficult to trust others, especially if you have experienced betrayal or hurt in the past. In counselling, the most important step is to create a safe and supportive space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement, in your own way and your own time.  I support you to identify and challenge negative beliefs and thought patterns and develop new skills and strategies for managing difficult emotions.

I use an integrative approach to develop individual treatment plans for each client.  I incorporate modalities of attachment therapy, CBT, EMDR, Clinical Hypnotherapy, ACT and more.  As we embark on this courageous journey, we gradually work towards restoring your self-esteem, re-discover your inner strength, and foster connections based on empathy, respect, and authenticity.