Slide LDAS Counselling Services COUNSELLING It is completely understandable for someone
who has been through domestic violence
to be hesitant to seek help. But domestic abuse
counselling can be a crucial factor in emotionally
recovering from your domestic violence experience.

domestic abuse can be a very isolating experience.

please understand that you are not alone.

If you have experienced domestic abuse, you should never feel ashamed for wanting to keep your experience private.

There is nothing that can mentally prepare anyone for the physical and mental outcomes of domestic violence. Abusive relationships are notoriously difficult for an abused person to leave, and even once they do, many people struggle with depression, anxiety, stress or general emotional distress. Some people even experience PTSD following domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse counselling can play an invaluable role in helping people overcome an abusive situation. Having domestic counselling services readily available can make people in abusive relationships feel more confident about leaving an abusive partner. Support can make all the difference in whether someone leaves an abusive relationship, as well as the outcome once they do.

Our Counsellors are BACPS registered.

the benefits of counselling:

express your feelings

Being in an abusive and violent relationship usually means you have to hide your feelings. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, and you tell your partner how you feel, you might be in immediate danger. In counselling, you have a safe place to talk about all your feelings without fear of being judged or hurt because of them.

get your feelings validated

When you’re in an abusive relationship, it is easy to doubt your feelings. You want to believe that your partner loves you and wants the best for you. Yet, you have strong feelings that something is not right. A domestic abuse counsellor acknowledges your pain, fear, and confusion as you express it, letting you know your feelings are real and valid.

understand your emotions better

It’s common to think that your emotions are unreasonable when you’re dealing with an abusive partner. You may believe that your emotions don’t make sense. Yet, you’re feeling the way you are for a reason. Your life has been impacted by violence. Your counselor can help you think about your feelings and learn to understand that they’re a natural reaction to your situation.

find the causes

Domestic violence victims often blame themselves for the abuser’s actions. In fact, abusers create this impression to protect themselves and get what they want. One of the most beneficial aspects of therapy is that you can discover that the causes of the violence lie with the abuser himself/herself.

get support for your experiences of trauma.

Our counsellors are qualified and have expertise in supporting survivors of abuse.  They are skilled in their approach and understand the impact domestic abuse has on a survivor. 

If you think you may want to access specialist counselling then please contact us. 

other helpful services.

to support you.

Our services have been designed to meet the needs of all survivors and with an appreciation of one size may not fit all. 

At LDAS the experiences of those we support matter. If it doesn’t work, we change it and if it works then don’t reinvent the wheel. Our survivor panel help us to gather feedback and to develop what we deliver so the support offered is the best it can be.

one to one support

Your dedicated support worker will listen to you and help create a safety and support plan and provide external advocacy to get you to where to you need to be to live a life free from abuse.

group programmes

Our programmes provide a supportive environment which allow you to share and recover from your experiences whilst developing further understanding of your experiences.

bridge

Your dedicated Bridge Mentor will work with you at your pace. They are able support you to navigate what can often seem like complex systems to ensure you live in safe home and look forward to a happy future.

new horizons

Your support worker will help you to develop and build on your skills allowing you to plan for your future in learning, development or employment.

enterpise hub

Enterprise Hub offers high quality enterprise services and strategic engagement to ensure local residents can access support to assess their ideas and take them forward.

"It helps clients not feel alone and they’re getting listened to. This is especially relevant during the pandemic when people are stuck in the house with their thoughts and may not have access to the same support network. It gives people hope and encouragement to go forward. It encourages people that they’re doing the right thing and to stick with it"

we're here for you.

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