Abuse recovery therapy helps those who have experienced the trauma of abuse learn to manage emotions and regain control of their life.
Abuse is any consistent long-term dominant or controlling behavior by one individual towards another. An abuser manipulates their victims through fear or intimidation, guilt or shame (constant criticism and/or disapproval for example.) In time, if they don’t know how to manage the negative feelings brought on by their abuser, an abuse victim can develop harmful behaviors or substance abuse.
Common feelings in an abuse victim:
- depression / social withdrawal / isolation
- low self-esteem / feeling worthless
- anxiety or panic attacks
- medical issues such as persistent headaches or stomach pain
How does Abuse Recovery Therapy help?
The right approach to therapy depends on you and your individual needs. We work with you to first get you to a place where you feel comfortable and safe. Then we help guide you through a process of exploration to determine your correct path to recovery. We counsel you on positive ways to cope with emotions and establish healthy boundaries in your relationships. Our goal is to help get you to a point where you can not only accept, but most importantly, move beyond the past abuse you’ve suffered and become a better you.
Some of the types of therapies that might be used in abuse recovery include:
- Play therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Narrative therapy
If you have experienced the trauma of abuse and are looking for counseling services within the St. Peters, MO area, let us help you.