Trauma & abuse


Non-recent abuse is of neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse made relating to an incident or incidents which took place when that person was a child.

Many people who were abused in childhood believe that they are to blame and that the abuse was their fault. But this is never the case – a child cannot consent to abuse.

and are too young to fully understand or share what is happening to them. Some victims may have asked for help at the time but just weren’t believed. Others may have been too embarrassed to tell anyone or had no one to turn to.

For many, the abuse may have been traumatic and too difficult to process and they may only remember parts of what happened For others this can mean living with the memories all their lives.

No matter how long ago the abuse was, or however many times it may have happened, regardless of severity, there is always someone who can help you to work through this so that it doesnt impact on your current life and relationships.

There can be many types of abuse a person suffers from, but they come under:


Emotional or Psychological Abuse


Emotional or psychological abuse is defined as the infliction of anguish, pain, or distress through verbal or non verbal acts. Emotional/psychological abuse includes but is not limited to verbal assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation, and harassment. In addition, treating an older person like an infant.




Sexual abuse is defined as non-consensual sexual contact of any kind with another person. Sexual contact with any person incapable of giving consent is also considered sexual abuse. It includes, but is not limited to, unwanted touching, all types of sexual assault or battery, such as rape, sodomy, coerced nudity, and sexually explicit photographing.

Often sexual abuse is hidden as a person can feel shame or guilt for what has been done to them. Both of these are of course unjustified. It can be difficult talking this through for fear of the other persons perspective.




Physical abuse is defined as the use of physical force that may result in bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment. Physical abuse may include but is not limited to such acts of violence as striking (with or without an object), hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, shaking, slapping, kicking, pinching, and burning. In addition, inappropriate use of drugs and physical restraints, force-feeding, and physical punishment of any kind also are examples of physical abuse.

Signs and symptoms of physical abuse can be extensive, and often not seen by others.

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What I can help with

There are times in life when things become too difficult for us. Often friends and family can offer support, but sometimes this isn’t enough.

Therapies I offer

My practice provides Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling that is appropriate for my clients individual needs.

My private practice

My Private practice studio is based in the heart of Ulverston, Cumbria,  however I also works using SKYPE.

About Lakeland Therapy


My work is integrative in nature, offering Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervision to clients across the region

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01229 583305

07904 543722



2 Bolton Place
LA12 7FE