Do You Believe These Common Myths About Domestic Violence Counseling? – Therapy in Andover
Domestic abuse can be a tough subject to talk about – especially for those who’ve been on the receiving end of it. Because so many people feel uncomfortable talking about it or asking questions about it, there are some myths that too many people believe. We’ve compiled a few of them in the hopes you can finally learn the truth.
Myth 1: It’s best to try to heal on your own before seeking out domestic abuse counseling
Many people feel that they should be strong enough to handle these issues on their own. Others don’t want to make their private business public. The reality is that your counselor won’t share your information with anyone – it will remain public. It’s also true that being strong has nothing to do with getting better. In fact, it often takes more strength to ask for help than to try and muddle through it on your own.
Myth 2: Only people who’ve suffered physical abuse need domestic abuse counseling
There are many kinds of abuse: physical, sexual, and emotional. All of them are serious. All of them can lead to long-term consequences including PTSD, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, aches and pains, and a difficulty trusting or getting close to people. All of them can benefit hugely from domestic abuse counseling.
Myth 3: Once a person who’s gotten out of the abusive situation they don’t need help anymore
As we mentioned above, the consequences of abuse can be long-lasting and devastating. Just because you’re out of the abusive situation doesn’t mean your brain has healed itself. It doesn’t mean you won’t deal with issues for years – unless of course you get help.
Myth 4: You can’t get counseling until you’re out of the abusive situation
On the other side of the coin, some people believe that they must get out of the abusive situation before they can seek help. At Thriveworks Andover Counseling & Counseling we have only one goal: your health and safety. We will work with individuals at any point of the process. We never force anyone to do anything. We are only here to help.