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

This book expands on information gathered from an initial research project undertaken by the author in her transition to becoming a counsellor.

The aim is to help counsellors who are at the beginning of their training, or those with limited experience, to understand the challenges facing people who have experienced domestic abuse and to give them a voice.

The seven short chapters – which reference key international research projects – cover therapy, domestic abuse, counselling styles, empathy, care and comfort.

The focus lies in the relationships between victim and therapist, counsellor or support agent.

First, it gives a voice to those affected by domestic abuse and an insight into the barriers and difficulties faced by the therapy relationship where trust is precious and the victim fragile.

Second, is the inclusion of the male victim, who can be overlooked in domestic abuse.

The different responses from female and male clients demonstrate varying needs and expectations during therapy.

It will be a valuable tool for those involved in general counselling, independent domestic violence adviser roles, 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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