Abuse and trauma


Being a victim of abuse or trauma, or witnessing abuse or trauma is life-changing, shattering your feelings of safety and trust, and giving rise to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability.

Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by one-time events, a series of events, or even stress that does not relent. Experiencing a natural disaster that threatened your life, a significant injury, surgery, the unexpected death of a loved one, or a violent attack are all examples of traumatic events. Living with a chronic disease, growing up in an abusive household, or experiencing war are examples of ongoing, unrelenting trauma. Abuse can include physical, sexual, and mental violence, sexual assault, rape, incest, child molestation, and sexual coercion that is non-consensual.

Common themes in abuse and trauma include:
  • It occurred in childhood
  • It happened over and over
  • It wasn’t expected
  • You were not prepared for it
  • It threatened your health, safety and life
  • You were powerless to prevent it

Everyone responds differently to difficult or traumatic experiences. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to respond; rather, how you respond is normal given an abnormal event or experience. Each victim has a unique emotional and psychological reaction that may include humiliation, guilt, fear, feeling a loss of control, depression, and grief. Associated behaviors might include social isolation, self-harm, addiction, and anger.

While abuse and trauma are life-changing, recovery is possible. Our Healthwise team can help you process your feelings and offer the support you need to heal and feel whole again. Our abuse and trauma therapy approaches include:

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