If you have suffered some form of abuse in your childhood or have experienced assault or rape as an adult, it is likely that you may be experiencing emotional difficulties.

Some of these difficulties might include:

  • Flashbacks and intrusive memories
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Self-harm
  • Distrust and difficulty maintaining healthy relationships
  • Use  of alcohol or drugs, to mask painful emotions or to cope
  • Anger
  • Low-self esteem and feelings of worthlessness
  • Work stress, difficulty finding a work-life balance.
  • Being taken advantage of or not getting your needs met

Counselling may well help you find more balanced, healthy ways of living. It may help to talk to someone in confidence about your experiences and to help find you a way through your difficult thoughts and feelings. New perspectives and optimism for the future are possible.