How can counselling help?

HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP?
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP?

How can counselling help?

  • Responsibility for stopping abuse lies in the hands of those who use the violence.
  • For those willing to participate in counselling programmes and make the required changes, many positive outcomes can be achieved.
  • Trained professionals will work together with persons who abuse to develop alternative ways of expressing themselves while ensuring their loved one's safety.
  • The programme aims to challenge beliefs that have often contributed to the individuals' use of violence.
  • Addressing, rather than avoiding, the impact of violence through counselling, is the first step towards releasing fear, resentment and pain.
  • Talking to a trained professional breaks the silence that normally comes with survivors' experience of violence.
  • Survivors work with the professionals towards enhancing their level of safety and developing strategies to cope with the impact of the violence sustained.
  • Vulnerable family members include the children, older adults and family members with physical or mental disability of infirmity.
  • Children who were victims or witnesses of abuse carry scars of their experiences into adulthood, often seeing the negative consequences of the trauma manifest through lost jobs, troubled intimate relationships, challenges forming trusting relationships and unhealthy coping behaviours.
  • Counselling can help children make sense of what they have experienced. Children also need to know what they can do when they are hurt, fearful or confused.
  • When help is provided to the family, it also helps to increase the safety of the older adults and family members with physical or mental disability of infirmity, who are often limited or unable to protect themselves due to their condition.