A person-centred approach in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse

A person-centred approach in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It was whilst I was in training that I first worked with a client who had experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA). I drew upon the resources I had acquired through my training and practice – a working awareness … Continue reading

Working Therapeutically with Trauma

Working therapeutically with trauma Trauma affects many people in unique and individual ways. You may be a survivor of sexual abuse, sustained violence, sexual violence or domestic abuse. You may be a survivor of trauma through the loss of a loved one in traumatic circumstances, you may have witnessed trauma … Continue reading

Local Support

Local Support Groups There are an ever increasing number of survivors who are now breaking the silence and coming forward to either report their abuse or to start the lengthy healing process.  However, it is still relatively difficult to find local help. As the overall awareness for survivors to start the healing process … Continue reading

Trauma

Why Trauma Should Be Duly Diagnosed and Treated Trauma can be defined as the response to an extremely negative event. Sometimes, its effects can be immediately gleaned; at other times, symptoms can take much longer to manifest themselves. If you or a loved one has had to face a traumatic … Continue reading

EVERY PERSON HAS A STORY – Tarese’s story

EVERY PERSON HAS A STORY – Tarese’s story I just wanted to reach out and write this blog for HAVOCA. I am an adult survivor of Childhood abuse. I suffered extreme depression, I was a self-harmer, and I suffered from an eating disorder. I never thought hope was possible, I … Continue reading

The Effects of Childhood Abuse and the Process of Recovery

The Effects of Childhood Abuse and the Process of Recovery by Malcolm Underhill Child abuse statistics Research on child abuse in the UK reveals shocking results. An estimated 1 in 20 children have been abused; over 23,000 sexual offences against children were recorded last year (source: NSPCC and ChildLine). Childhood trauma … Continue reading

Endings and New Beginnings…..

Endings and New Beginnings….. The decision to end counselling is I think as significant as the decision to begin the process. When is enough enough? How long is a piece of string? How much counselling can a person have? How do you know when to stop? When is the past … Continue reading

Disclosure

Disclosure I would like to be able to write that my disclosure was the best choice I had made but post disclosure I felt so out of kilter that I hadn’t found the initial relief I had always dreamt about. My therapist had been great when I did tell him … Continue reading

Break

Break My apologies for the break in my blogs – I’ve been away on holiday. We had a lovely time relaxing and enjoying the change of scenery and routine. It reminded me though of my early days of seeing a therapist and how different it felt way back then for … Continue reading

My Journey

My Journey by Silent Voice My journey on the road to healing started way back in 2000 when I disclosed to the psychotherapist I was currently working with at that time. I hadn’t planned on saying about it in that session. I just blurted it out very awkwardly as I … Continue reading