Recovery from abuse is possible and you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to support you through your abuse recovery journey and help you overcome your trauma.
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What is Abuse Recovery Therapy?
Abuse recovery therapy can help you mentally recover from abuse inflicted by your current or ex-partner, family member or another person in your life.
As a survivor of abuse, you may be in different stages of the abuse recovery journey. If you’re still trapped in an abusive relationship, therapy can help you find the strength to leave or escape the abusive situation. If you’ve already freed yourself from your abuser, therapy can help you heal from your abuse-related trauma.
Types of Abuse
In acquaintanceships, friendships, familial or intimate relationships there are a variety of different types of abuse that can occur.
Also known as psychological abuse, emotional abuse refers to when an emotional abuser attempts to scare, isolate or control you. In an emotionally abusive relationship, the emotionally abused person may experience verbal abuse or name-calling, threats, guilt-tripping, dismissiveness and belittlement of their emotions, and more. These are just a few of the many signs that could indicate that you are experiencing emotional abuse.
Physical abuse is abuse related to your physical health and it is often referred to as domestic violence. If your abuser has caused you physical pain, the trauma from this abuse can also have psychological consequences. After you have healed your physical wounds, therapy can be helpful to heal your mental and emotional wounds.
Sexual abuse involves any type of sexual act or behaviour that was performed without your consent. Sometimes it can be difficult to come to terms with sexual abuse, especially if you have a close relationship with your abuser. Therapy can help you address the trauma of sexual assault.
Narcissistic abuse is a type of abuse that is inflicted by an abuser who suffers from narcissism. Narcissistic abuse recovery is unique because it involves overcoming manipulation and rebuilding your self-worth. Healing after a narcissistic relationship may involve learning to set boundaries and rebuilding your sense of self.
Common Signs of an Abusive Relationship
Abusive relationships can come in many different forms. While it can help to recognize some common signs, it’s always best to trust your instincts. If you feel like something is wrong, it’s time to seek professional help.
How Abuse Can Affect Your Mental Health
Survivors of abuse-related trauma are more likely to develop a mental illness. If you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, depression, substance abuse or an eating disorder due to your abusive relationship, it’s important to know that you are not alone.
Negative thoughts and feelings of self-judgment, anxiety, guilt and shame are normal but you don’t have to suffer in silence. The sooner you reach out, the sooner you can start to improve your mental health and heal from your trauma.
Why You Should Seek Help with Abuse Recovery
Many victims of abuse remain silent due to feelings of shame and isolation. However, seeking help is not shameful. We want you to feel empowered by your decision to take charge of your wellbeing. Seeking help for abuse is often the best way to escape a dangerous or unhealthy situation and to start rebuilding the person you want and deserve to be.
Our Approach to Therapy for Abuse Victims
At Can’t We Just Get Along Counselling, our therapists have years of experience and expertise in helping survivors through the abuse recovery process and healing journey.
Each therapist’s top priority is to provide support with a focus on empathy and sensitivity so you always feel safe and comfortable in our hands.
To treat abuse, we find that body therapy is usually more effective than talk therapy. We often recommend eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to help survivors overcome abuse-related trauma.
Our other treatment methods include:
If needed, we can also consult with your doctor to provide medical advice and support for your abuse symptoms. Your doctor may also prescribe antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, or beta-blockers to help you manage anxiety symptoms.
Get the Help You Need to Recover After Abuse
We’re so proud that you’ve decided to begin the self-care and healing process. Now it’s time to take the next step towards getting the support you need to overcome your trauma.
Get in touch with us today to book your first abuse recovery therapy session.
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Our Abuse Counselling is led by highly-trained registered psychologists from our office in Calgary, Alberta.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, recovery from abuse is possible and abuse doesn’t have to rule your life forever. With support from the right therapist, many survivors have become free from their abuser and have gone on to have the healthy relationship they deserve.
Yes, PTSD can originate from any type of abuse and it is typically more complex than PTSD from other traumatic events. Often, PTSD is caused by a single event like a car crash. However, PTSD due to abuse is often caused by an ongoing cycle of trauma.
Typically, PTSD from abuse requires more treatment, but that does not mean it is incurable. You can recover from PTSD due to abuse and go on to live a better, healthier life.
In an abusive relationship, abuse tends to occur in a cycle. It starts with building tension, followed by the abusive incident, and then periods of reconciliation and calmness or false normalcy (AKA. the honeymoon phase). This cycle can make it difficult for victims to seek help. Abusers may promise the abuse will never happen again, but it almost always does and the cycle of abuse continues.
If you’re in an abusive relationship, it’s important to seek help, even when things seem calm. Abusers will almost always repeat their abusive behaviour unless they have undergone extensive therapy themselves.
Healing from trauma is a process that varies from person to person. Some people may take months to overcome their trauma while others may take years. The extent of the abuse can also affect how long it takes to heal.
No matter the length of your healing process, it’s important to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel and support is there for you when you’re ready.