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Physical, verbal, or emotional maltreatment—can leave psychological wounds. Often intense negative feelings may plague the survivor, and he or she may struggle to cope and lead a happy, peaceful life. Many people experience distrust and anxiety, however, these challenges may be overcome with help. Distressing memories, anxiety, blocks to intimacy and trust issues are common, although many people are able to overcome or minimize challenges like these.

Counseling can help a person express and process difficult emotions associated with the abuse, in addition, the may be encouraged to develop self-compassion and self-care strategies……when he or she may feel emotionally overwhelmed.


Group counseling has demonstrated effectiveness in providing social support to help abuse survivors cope with and transform their feelings of shame, guilt, and alienation from others as they interact and bond with other people who have lived through similar experiences. For those who fear the vulnerability and exposure they may experience in a group setting, working one-on-one with a counselor can be a more intimate and personalized experience.