Trauma & Abuse Recovery
Trauma and Abuse Recovery – How is it possible to recover from verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse or trauma?
Abuse recovery can seem like a distant fantasy. Survivors of trauma often report that it is impossible to imagine ever feeling good again. One of the terrible legacies of being abused is that the effects of abuse can be hard to shake – even years later.
All forms of abuse are damaging and can leave a lifetime of visible and invisible scars behind. Trauma can be hard to spot. It can also be hard to admit you’re dealing with trauma. Often abuse survivors hide the fact that they’ve been abused — sometimes even denying obvious effects of their abuse experience.
Here are some common symptoms experienced by trauma and abuse survivors:
- flashbacks to an abusive situation
chronic or recurring anxiety
depression – mild to severe
fear of relationships
confusion in relationships
walking on eggshells – even in safe situations
a heightened sense of danger
avoidance of sexual relationships
chronic feelings of shame and self-blame
feeling that you’re never good enough
feeling that being “damaged goods”
self-blame and self-hatred
self-harm or self-destructive activities
suicidal ideation or attempts
substance abuse or addiction
recurrent unexplained physical symptoms – such as muscle aches or fatigue
Abuse can happen to anyone – infants, children, adults and the elderly. And most often, abuse occurs within families or other close relationships and falls into one of the following categories:
- emotional abuse
Abusers are weak individuals who use power to manipulate and control others. The are brilliant manipulators and will often leave their victims confused and wracked with guilt and self-blame. Let’s be clear: abuse is not your fault. It is the fault of the person who abused you. Period. No exceptions.
You deserve to live a healthy, happy life, free of the effects of abuse. If you are recovering from abuse and are ready to seek help, Lifeologie offers a number of options, including talk therapy and the alternative therapies of EMDR, yoga therapy and equine therapy.
It is possible to recover from abuse and leave your trauma behind. Give us a call and start your recovery today!
Meet our counselors who specialize in this issue
- Christopher “Chris” JonesLPC, LPC supervisorDallas & Fort WorthSpecialties: Abuse Recovery, Adolescents, Adulting, Anxiety Disorders, Complex Trauma Recovery, Conduct Discorder, Depression, EMDR, Failure to Launch, Men's Issues, Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, PTSD Recovery, Quarter-Life Issues, Trauma & Abuse Recovery, Tweens & Teens, Young Adults in Transition
- Dieula PrevilonLPC & Life CoachFrisco & Plano/RichardsonSpecialties: Abuse Recovery, ADHD, Adolescents, Biracial Couples, Blended Families, Childhood Abuse Recovery, Christian Marriage Counseling, Couples Counseling, Divorce & Adjustment, Divorce & Breakups, Emotional Abuse Recovery, Infidelity, Life Changing Events, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, Physical Abuse Recovery, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Spousal Abuse Recovedry, Trauma & Abuse Recovery, Tweens & Teens, Veterans & Military, Young Adults, Young Adults in Transition
- Stephanie RobertsonLPCOak CliffSpecialties: Abuse Recovery, Anxiety Disorders, Child or Play Therapy, Depression, Parenting, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Tweens & Teens