Abuse

The psychological wounds of abuse are often more severe and harder to heal than bodily injuries...

Abuse in any form, physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal, is never warranted and its effects are felt long after the abuse has ended. But, even after something as grievous as abuse, recover and hope for the future are possible.

Overcoming the trauma of abuse can be scary.  The counselors at Light the Way will provide a safe and confidential environment in which abuse survivors can express and process their feelings, thoughts, and fears.

We Can Help You:

  • Create a safety plan if you are currently in an abusive situation
  • Express and process difficult emotions associated with the abuse
  • Develop self-compassion and self-care strategies
  • Learn to trust again
  • Lean ways to cope with, manage, and reduce anxiety and anger
  • Work through the guilt and shame often experienced by survivors
  • Rebuild a sense of self-worth


Abuse May Look Like:

  • Scratching, punching, biting, kicking, pushing
  • Hair pulling
  • Name calling
  • Telling someone what to do and wear
  • Stalking
  • Preventing someone from seeing or talking with friends or family
  • Unwanted kissing or touching
  • Unwanted sexual activity or forcing someone to have sex or perform sexual acts
  • Refusing to use contraceptives or preventing someone from protecting themselves against STI's
  • Sexual contact with someone unable to give clear and informed consent
  • Forbidding someone to work
  • Giving someone an allowance and closely watching what they buy
  • Denying someone access to their paycheck
  • Pressure to send explicit videos or texts
  • Sending negative, insulting, or threatening emails, Facebook messages, tweets, or other messages online