Domestic Abuse

People that are involved in relationships where their partner is abusive, emotionally and/or physically, have a difficult time thinking clearly because they usually feel guilty for the situation that they are in. Domestic abuse creates confusion in the minds of the abused partners or relatives causing the victim to feel uncertain about the validity of the abusive behaviour. Usually the abusers intention is to put others down and make them feel worthless. This leads to the victims often not consulting until it has gone too far.

The abused partner usually requires a lot of validation of his/her feelings and empowerment in order to start thinking about taking any actions to improve their current situation.

The abusers usually come from families of origin where they witnessed abuse or have been victims themselves. They may repeat what they lived without being able to change or stop these negative cycles.

It may feel like an impossible cycle to stop but it is possible with the right support and guidance. Lots of people that were caught in abusive relationships have been able to change their situation and they are able to improve their self-esteem, self-confidence and quality of life.

People that are victims of abuse require a lot of support, validation and empowerment from a therapist who has experience and a deep understanding about dysfunctional family functioning and the cycles of abuse.

Children who witness or are victims of domestic abuse suffer sometimes in silence, sometimes by acting out. Children may present behavioural problems at school and/or at home and emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. A child’s psychologist can help children process traumatic situations and teach them ways to cope with their difficulties.

If you or a loved one is involved in an abusive relationship, don’t hesitate to contact us for advice and support. It is very difficult to disentangle this type of relationship without professional help.

We offer treatment for the victims of abuse, for the abusers, which includes anger management treatment, and for the children. We also offer couples therapy for this situation only when the abusive partner has expressed an honest intention to commit to change.

If you are interested in therapy in Thornhill, Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill or North York, or would like to ask any questions or schedule an appointment, please call us today at 905.597.4404 or email us at info@cbtpsychology.com.

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