Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual Family Systems

Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual

The area of abuse counselling includes both physical, emotional and sexual abuse therapy effectively conducted in a safe and caring environment. While not visible on the outside, emotional abuse is also a form of assault which, if left untreated, can leave lifelong emotional scars. Abusers often use intimidation to create guilt and fear to make the victim feel ashamed and isolated from other people.
 
● The symptoms of physical abuse are usually the easiest to see, with victims making excuses for scars and bruises.
● Children who are sexually abused will often have an age-inappropriate knowledge of sexuality and may even suffer from sexualy transmitted diseases, or pregnancy.
● Emotional abuse often goes hand-in-hand with either sexual, and or physical abuse. The victim will usually display a poor self-esteem, anxiety, withdrawal from social interactions, lack of trust, pessimism, and suicide attempts, to name but a few.
 
Abuse is often carried through generations, causing victims to become abusers, too. However, abuse can be stopped.
 
Therapists in this directory use a range of approaches to address abuse victims to deal with their fears, anxiety and feelings of shame. They can also help perpetrators to put an end to the abuse.  Psychologists and counsellors utilize a variety of approaches to help victims  heal from sexual, emotional or physical abuse. Couples,  group and family therapy can often be helpful.
 
If you need a counsellor or psychologist to help you address the effects of abuse, you can search through the list of names below to find a professional with the approach best suited to your situation.

Family Systems, Spiritual Counselling

Family Systems therapy is a type of counselling specific to helping interpersonal relationships within a family system. Family Systems counselling is facilitated by marriage and family therapists who work with the various family combinations, including siblings, couples, parent and child, or step families.

The principle of family systems counselling is to help each individual to first learn to understand his or her own emotions, and how to manage interpersonal relationships effectively, as that influences all future relationships. Once family members understand themselves and the emotional system within the family, it is easier to be flexible in relationships with family  members, marriages, community, school and other relationships.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Family Systems Therapies, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Spiritual Counselling incorporates the different uses and understandings of spirituality that are in use today. In Spiritual Counselling, the word spirit refers to the essence of living.

Some people see spirituality as a set of rituals or traditions, while others follow a different faith. These beliefs are handed down from previous generations, or in some cases, people are drawn to a religion.

Spiritual Counselling encompasses all of that, as well as a person's personal well-being and that of other people. It incorporates beliefs, values, associations, arts, culture, worship, meditation and purpose. Therapists use Spiritual Counselling to help clients to connect with their own spiritual beliefs and communities. They will also point out issues where spiritual beliefs, relationships or practices might be contradicting values, beliefs or goals.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Spiritual Counselling, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Terry Folks

M.A., RCC
Next Steps on Your Healing Journey… Whether you are considering a change in your life or are in the midst of one, it helps to have a trained and professional counsellor listen and explore options or... Read more

Ruth Nyman

M.S.W., RSW
Ruth S. Nyman, MSW, RSW      Therapy and Counselling Services From time to time, serious problems come up in life; such as job-related stress, family and child issues, couple and marriage... Read more

Fay Ferris

M.Ed., RCC
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I have focused my practice on Couples Counselling and Individuals struggling with Depression and Anxiety and relationship isssues. Using research-proven effective approaches, I offer caring, sensitive, and respectful... Read more

Nancy Nigro

M.S.W., RCC
I am a Psychotherapist in private practice with over 30 years of clinical experience. I have specialized training in Relationship issues, Self Esteem, Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Trauma, Life Transitions. If you... Read more

Eva Helpard

Ph.D., RCSW
We all encounter challenges and difficulties that at times frustrate and overwhelm us. They may prevent us from living our lives the way we truly want. But these struggles also present us with a Time for Change- an... Read more

Celine Brouillette

Ed.D., R.Psych
Thank you for visiting my website. As a registered psychologist, I’ve been practicing in Vancouver and North Vancouver for over 20 years, providing psychotherapy and psycho-educational assessments. I work with... Read more

Mary Yan

M.Ed., RCC
Get relief with effective strategies to cope with your child’s behaviours. Mary Yan Counselling in North Vancouver can help Mary Yan Counselling Services offers child and family therapy in North Vancouver. Mary... Read more

Gabriela Ionita

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist providing therapy to children, youth, and their families in North Vancouver (at Nova Mental Health). My focus is on creating a warm, collaborative, and engaging atmosphere while... Read more

Monique Silverman

M.A., RCC
  My Approach My work is primarily relational, experiential and emotion-focused. This approach is called Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic Therapy (AEDP) and seamlessly encourages you to engage with your... Read more

Lu Lam

M.Ed., CCC
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples. It’s an honour to be living and working on their unceded home territories as a respectful visitor. I am truly... Read more

Kelly Kavanagh

M.A., R.Psych
My name is Kelly Kavanagh (MA, MEd, R.Psych) co-owner of Richmond Couples and Child Counselling (RCCC), located directly across from the Richmond Hospital. I am a psychologist working exclusively with children,... Read more

Lisa Webster

M.A., CCC
  What makes Lisa stand out is her warm personality and her straight forward approach. With gentleness and humour, she guides clients to find their own insights, while providing tools and teaching techniques... Read more

Mercedes Baines

M.A., RCC
Mercedes Baines is a Registered Clinical Counsellor & a Certified Adlerian Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology & a research focus in grief & loss. Inspiring fully embodied living... Read more

Christine Piercy

M.D., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#1523) and I see individual adults in my home office in North Saanich, BC. I work with people with a wide variety of concerns, including anxiety and depression, loss... Read more

Tiffany Brown

M.A., CCC
  Tiffany Brown, MA, CCC provides confidential, professional, client-centered counselling services at her practice Inspiring Pathways Counselling in Burnaby, BC. Tiffany combines her natural warmth... Read more

Heike Dumke

Ph.D. (cand), RCC
Individual as well as caregiver counselling to help you regain your footing in life: Depression Anxiety Stress Management Acquired Brain Injury Brain Health & Aging Caregiver support Heike's... Read more

Colleen Stewart

M.S.W., RSW
Therapeutic Approach Colleen’s training and therapeutic approach stem from an anti-oppressive lens that underpins her praxis - where theory and practise meet.  Anti-oppressive theory acknowledges that... Read more

Morgan McKusick

M.A., RCC
I'm Morgan - Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Yoga Instructor. To me, one of the greatest trials and rewards in life is to feel at ease with who you are, how you experience the world and how... Read more

Susan Rungta

M.A., R.Psych
Susan is a registrant of the College of Psychologists of B.C. (CPBC # 1647). She has been helping individuals, couples, families, and groups for over 25 years. Susan works with a wide range of issues including stress... Read more

Mark Choi

M.S.W., RSW
I am an individual and family therapist who works with youth, adults and families who are feeling overwhelmed. Common struggles include social and emotional challenges, mental health and/or substance use concerns. I... Read more

Marcia Moitoso

MC, RCC
I have specialized training in working with people who have been affected by trauma, addictions, anxiety, sexual concerns, and relationship issues. Many of my clients come in with a combination of concerns or a vague... Read more

S Lorraine McAteer

M.A., RCC
Lorraine McAteer has dual accreditations as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Canadian Counsellor. She has 12 years Post-Secondary Education in Medical and Psychological Sciences, was awarded an MA in... Read more

Shannon Simms

M.A., CCC
*Due to COVID-19, I am conducting sessions remotely, by telephone or web-meeting, I have received training in both modalities. For over 15 years I have been working with people struggling... Read more

Phoebe Tsang

M.C., RMFT
Background and training: Master of Counselling from Trinity Western University Registered Clinical Counsellor #1830 of BCACC Registered Marriage & Family Therapist- Supervisor of CAMFT #2017290 BC... Read more

Douglas Ozier

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Are you ready to finally start feeling “good enough”? Your friends would probably be surprised if they knew how deeply you doubt yourself. They might be surprised at how shaky you often feel, how quickly... Read more

Kyla Yaskowich

Ph.D., R.Psych
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In my work as a Registered Psychologist in over 18 years of practicing, I have had the honor and privilege to accompany individuals and couples along their journeys to discovering the emotional and spiritual growth... Read more

Tara Chotem

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and a Certified Group Therapist. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University, Montreal (1980) and my M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the... Read more

Jill Culver

M.S.W., RSW
I provide warm, collaborative and client-centered counselling services from my office located in the Gorge area of Victoria, and across Canada by phone or video chat. ​ I specialize in pregnancy and... Read more

Mary Smyth

M.Sc., CCC
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I am a Certified Canadian Counsellor and I trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist which enables me to work with clients drawing from  many modalities according to the individual client and what he... Read more

Sharon Jeyakumar

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a Registered Psychologist, with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I provide individual psychotherapy to adult and older adolescent clients for a variety of presenting issues, including... Read more