Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual Gestalt Therapy

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.

Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Transformation

Gestalt Therapy helps clients to understand the connection between their physical bodies and emotional states. When a person understands their internal motivations, it is easier to understand the external behaviours and reactions. Gestalt Therapy can help a client to develop that awareness through self-discovery. It will empower a client to develop coping skills to help him or her through stressful situations.

Gestalt Therapy beliefs that we all have all the answers within us, and it can help us to develop a greater sense of acceptance, of ourselves and of other people. As such, Gestalt Therapy can help people to improve relationships, improve decision making and gain confidence. It is a useful approach for dealing with a range of psychological issues, including PTSD, addiction, anxiety, tension and depression.

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

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

Janna Straley

M.A., RCC
Janna's focus is on the treatment of Eating Disorders as well as anxiety, depression and family related issues. She has numerous years of experience working with individuals, couples and families and advocates a... Read more

Danelle Barnard

M.Sc., RSW
People and institutions are always trying to force us into boxes – you shouldn't have to deal with that when you come to therapy. As a queer person myself, I'm passionate about... 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

Lynda Murdoch

Ph.D., R.Psych
Not currently accepting new clients as my practice is full.  Dr. Murdoch uses a client-centred, non-judgmental approach to help clients face current challenges. Although issues of the past may be explored,... 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

Antanina Firer

Psy.D., R.Psych
Psychological assessments are tailored to each family and child and can vary greatly in length and complexity. Your child’s psychological assessment will take place in Dr. Firer’s office in... Read more

Jude Weir

M.A., RCC
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For some counseling is about transforming relationships and lives. For others, it's about addressing a specific problem and moving forward with more confidence and less anxiety. I offer long and short-term... Read more

Manpreet Athwal

MCP:AT, RCC
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Hi there, interested in seeing a counsellor?  Wanting to gain mental health support?  Are you noticing that your anxiety, depression, or mental health concerns are coming up or worsening?  Experienced... Read more

Max Innes

Ph.D., RMFT
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Max Innes, Ph.D., a family therapist with a general practice, has provided services for individuals, couples and families, including children and youth, throughout the Lower Mainland during the last fifteen years.In... Read more

Sandra Clark

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Clark has been a psychologist for over 20 years and works in a variety of capacities including direct service, teaching and supervision to professionals and students, and she is involved with provincial and... Read more

Matty Devenish

M.S.W., RSW
Many people express feeling stuck with the issue or problem they are facing. In fact, many people's lives are completely consumed by the issue they are facing. Having worked in the counselling field since 2006, I... Read more

Mary Longworth

M.Sc., RCC
Mary Longworth is in private practice (Delta Counselling) in the South Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner and New Westminster regions since receiving her M.Sc. in marital, family and child counselling in 1995. Mary is a... Read more

Don Davies

Ph.D., RCC
 Dr. Don Davies has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Counselling Psychology.  With over 35 years of experience as an individual, couples and group therapist, Don’s unique counselling style... Read more

Pam Paquet

M.Ed., CCC
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Before I try to impress you with credentials, accomplishments and experience, I want to introduce myself on a personal level. I love change. I love helping people create their change. I am passionate about seeing people... Read more

Meera Dhebar

M.S.W., RSW
Most people seek out counseling with me when they find themselves stuck in the same repetitive patterns and are looking to break out of them. I help clients to better understand their habits and thoughts, and... Read more

Chantal Bourke

M.A., RCC
Chantal Bourke is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients in North Vancouver and Vancouver. Chantal has worked with children, adolescents and their families for the last 10 years. Chantal’s focus has... Read more

Heather Rennie

M.A.Sc., RCC
Life got you down? Feeling alone? Want more peace and joy? Don't wait another day- take a "leap of faith".  I offer affordable, expert counselling to individuals, couples, families and... Read more

Abby Petterson

M.A., RCC
Abby Petterson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) offering psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, couples and families. Abby has specialized training and... Read more

Geraldine Brooks

Ph.D., R.Psych
My counselling is holistic, informed by scientific advances in psychology and neurology as well as Transpersonal, Jungian (the theories of C.G. Jung) and Energy Psychologies. I address a wide variety of client concerns... Read more

Dennis Dion

M.A., RCC
Often in the beginning, people share being tired of struggling with one or more of the following: depression anxiety addiction (substances, gambling, pornography) disordered eating or self-harm "... Read more

Patrick Myers

Ph.D., R.Psych
  Is life pushing you too hard? Do you feel like you can't keep up? Do you worry too much? Is your mind always racing? Do you find you no longer enjoy doing the things you once did? Do you... Read more

Teesha Morgan

M.A., CCC
Dr. Teesha Morgan is a Psychotherapist, published author, and the co-founder of the Westland Academy of Clinical Sex Therapy. Dr Morgan specializes in Sex Therapy and Couples Counselling, and has had a successful full... Read more
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Who am I? I’m a psychotherapist in private practice in West Vancouver. I work with individuals, couples, and families in the following practice areas: relationship counselling, depression, stress and anxiety,... Read more

Jeff Ross

M.A., RCC
 Feel good about the possibilities that life has to offer. Are you seeing life clearly? Do you tell your family and friends “I’m fine” even though you know you are not? Do you feel... Read more

Deena Chochinov

M.Ed., RCC
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Deena is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in Vancouver since 2000. She works with individuals, couples and families and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to help clients find the self-... Read more

Catherine Moore

M.A., RCC
  Do you want to feel better? Feel better prepared to meet the challenges of life? We cannot always control what happens to us, however we can control how we respond to events. This... Read more

Cathy Hill

Ph.D., R.Psych
  PLEASE NOTE:  I AM CURRENTLY FULLY BOOKED AND NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS.  I DO MAINTAIN A WAIT LIST FOR THOSE SEEKING COUPLES THERAPY.            My practice includes... Read more

Jason Lehmann

M.A., RCC
*NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS, CASH, CHEQUE, OR E-TRANSFER *Over 10 years of clinical practice.  Some Information about the work  Clients present a number of problem areas, or life issues. Jason has... Read more

Carly Goodfellow

M.A., RCC
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*I am pleased to offer both in-person and online Videoconferencing and TeleHealth options for counselling and hypnotherapy appointments. As we all maneuver through this unprecedented change,... Read more

Curt DeWolff

M.Ed., CCC
In my counselling sessions I work to maintain and ensure a safe environment for my clients. I try to create a space where clients feel free of judgment or saying the "wrong" thing. I believe a strong... Read more