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What Is Mental & Emotional Abuse?

Mental and Emotional Abuse (also called domestic violence, family violence, domestic emotional abuse and intimate partner violence) – the deliberate and unethical misuse of power – encompasses a wide range of behaviours and situations. It can be physical, sexual, mental, emotional and financial, and it can happen in any human relationship, but occurs most often in the closest relationships: romantic and familial.

Ongoing periods of mental and emotional abuse can eventually undermine a person’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem through a multitude of repeated behaviour patterns and constant criticism; demeaning one’s abilities; name-calling or other types of verbal abuse; damaging a partner’s relationship with the children, or not letting a partner see friends and family.

Many types of therapy have proven effective in helping domestic and emotional abuse survivors express, process and manage their feelings, and rebuild their lack of self-esteem and confidence. Some types of therapy focus on integrating and processing traumatic experiences (such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Tension & Trauma Release (TRE)).

Other therapy modalities such as Gestalt therapy and mindfulness therapy techniques can help you deal with domestic and emotional abuse by focusing on the present moment rather than the past. Additionally, some forms of creative arts therapy can help you to express and process your emotions if the verbal expression isn’t enough.

Transactional analysis, or  family systemic therapy might be helpful if emotional abuse has occurred within your family, or if you recognise patterns of behaviour from other areas of your life.

Children or adolescents and teenagers who have been abused might show signs of self-harming behaviour, problems with language development, difficulty in forming and maintaining healthy relationships. They might also benefit from play therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Therapy Modalities That Deal With Mental & Emotional Abuse

Current or past emotional abuse is a common reason for people to seek therapy. No matter how long ago, or how ‘minor’, emotional abuse can leave deep psychological wounds and can trigger serious mental health issues as well as cause long-lasting distressing feelings. People who have been involved in intimate partner violence have had their trust violated and can struggle to form healthy relationships.

Therapists can help their clients work through a wide range of problems together. We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your practitioner as this is important in order for you to progress your therapy.

These are some of the therapy modalities we deal with that are closely related to mental and emotional abuse.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

Therapists Working With Mental & Emotional Abuse at HQ Therapy

Unfortunately, emotional abuse is one of the hardest forms of abuse to recognize in both yourself and the friends and family around you. It can be subtle and insidious or overt and manipulative. Either way, it chips away at the victim’s self-esteem and they begin to doubt their perceptions and reality. Left untreated, mental and emotional abuse can manifest and lead to a number of different emotional and behavioural disorders, including co-dependency, self-harm, and addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Below is a selection of our current therapists and counsellors who are fully trained to work with clients experiencing mental and emotional abuse using different types of therapy modalities and a wide range of techniques.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy For Mental & Emotional Abuse?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.