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Beating isolation

  Experiencing sexual violence or abuse is difficult enough in itself, but the feelings of loneliness and isolation that can accompany this often make it even worse. There are many reasons why we might become isolated, whether it’s feelings of shame, fear of being with other people or social anxiety, and often after periods of […]

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Game plan

It’s got a label I believe. Positive psychology. I was coached in tennis as a boy. I wasn’t much for it. My coach, also young, used to put a tennis ball box on the other side of the court in a position where a serve should bounce. He told me to throw the ball up […]

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Mind management – tips for taking back control

We can no longer ignore it – Christmas is coming and, whilst a lot of people happily throw themselves into the festivities, for others it can be a real challenge.  Flashbacks can leave us feeling like we are reliving traumatic experiences from our past and the stress of the season and its associations can lead […]

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Self CPR and pitons

My breakdown, when I hit the wall, was about 3 years ago; since then I have been in recovery. The ‘wall’ was the realization I had been abused as a child. When I say ‘realisation’ I mean … I mean an all-consuming melt down (I could attempt to re-iterate this last sentence too but I […]

Coping

6 tips for coping with festivities

  As one of our counsellors wrote in our most recent blog, Christmas and New Year can be a stressful time for many people and for survivors of sexual abuse and assault, this time of year can feel a particular challenge. All of us have our unique set of strategies– usually on a spectrum between […]

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