Prior to seeking support with my mental health, through my GP fifty four years ago, I hadn’t actively given much thought to the child sexual abuse, I experienced from as far back as I could remember. The disassociation and denial had been a well learnt reactions. These reactions which I now know are very common for survivors, techniques’ learnt to keep my sanity as a child going through regular traumatic episodes at the hands of my ‘Dad’.
As a young woman I assumed that self-sabotaging behaviours and often debilitating mental health challenges I had, were all a part of my personality. As a society it is only relatively recently become acceptable to open up and talk about mental health. I consider myself fortunate that I started therapy in my early 20’s.
I’m now fifty seven years old, and yes I’m still in therapy! I have spent the majority of my adult life recovering from trauma associated with CSA. What can I say…it’s been a bumpy ride!!
One thing I do know to be true for me, without counselling It is doubtful that I would be here today. I also wish that I had ongoing support and encouragement over the years from a role model, recovery and healing processes can be lonely, challenging and hard graft.
One of the advantages of our service in regards to peer/mentoring support is, we are able to explain and offer information, around different types of therapy. We are able to provide information about counselling styles and functions, and anticipated outcomes. For someone new to therapy knowing what to expect gives valid and realistic expectations.
Victim/survivors of CSA, if you are considering going into therapy, or you are on a waiting list feel free to contact us. For those who have been in therapy and would like less formal support get in touch and have an informal chat.