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Counselling and Psychotherapy after Domestic Violence: A Client View of What Helps Recovery

Drawing on a research project undertaken by the author when she was becoming a counsellor, this book is intended to help counsellors with limited experience to understand the challenges faced by people who have experienced domestic abuse

Drawing on a research project undertaken by the author when she was becoming a counsellor, this book is intended to help counsellors with limited experience to understand the challenges faced by people who have experienced domestic abuse.

Its seven short chapters refer to important international research projects that cover therapy, domestic abuse, counselling styles, empathy, care and comfort. They focus on the relationships between the person who has been abused and the therapist, counsellor or support agent.

The book gives a voice to those affected by domestic abuse and an insight into the therapy relationship, where trust is precious and victims often fragile. It includes male victims, who are often overlooked in domestic abuse, and the different responses from female and male clients demonstrate how needs and expectations can vary during therapy.

This book will be valuable to professionals involved in general counselling, independent domestic violence advisers, therapists and those supporting victims of domestic abuse. It will also help improve nurses’ understanding of patients presenting with suicidal tendencies, self-harm, depression and abuse.

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