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Childhood Issues Counselling

Childhood issues

In my work as a counsellor I have worked with many clients whose problems can be connected to their childhood. Very often issues such as: depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol and drug dependency have their roots in childhood.

Some of the childhood issues that may still be impacting on the adult’s life today may include:

  • Adoption
  • Abandonment
  • Bullying
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Neglect

If you feel your life has been affected by any of these issues you may wish to consider counselling. Alternatively, you could explore the availability of a relevant self-help group or simply explore the wealth of books and information available.

Child abuse

Child abuse occurs when a child experiences physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Statistics show that every year thousands of children suffer abuse. This will usually be someone known to the child such as a: parent, carer, friend or relative.

Effects of childhood abuse

If a person has experienced traumatic childhood events or poor parenting they may be left with the negative consequences of such treatment:

  • Guilt
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Unassertive
  • Indecisive
  • Low self esteem
  • Destructive behaviours (alcoholism and drug addiction)

Seeking help

It is important to seek the help of a counsellor who is trained and experienced in the field of abuse. By providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental atmosphere the counsellor will endeavour to help you come to terms with past abuse. It is very important for the counsellor to work sensitively and at a pace that suits you. Counselling aims to heal your damaged “inner child” and help you become the person you were meant to be.

Further help may be sought through relevant agencies and children’s charities.

Content written by Karen Dyer MBACP in 2010. The content is for general information only and may or may not relate to your individual situation. Lakeside Counselling Weston Super Mare

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