Abuse comes in many forms: emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Those who have suffered the emotional devastation and pain of abuse of any kind understand that these experiences remain very present during the course of your life, and are often remembered as traumatic memories. Talking about the shame, guilt, and isolation that comes along with abuse is extremely difficult.
Counselling and Psychotherapy can provide support in the area of past and current domestic, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Abuse counsellors at KMA are trained to understand the feelings that arise while re-living painful and difficult memories, and have a breadth and depth of experience working with victims of abuse of all kinds. Aims and objectives for treatment in psychotherapy include helping you process traumatic events in safety and confidence, dealing with the by-product of trauma and abuse including nightmares and flashbacks, and relieving accompanying symptoms such as depression, anxiety and low confidence.
Psychotherapy and Counselling here at KMA Therapy begins with a 30 minute consultation with our director, Kimberly Moffit, or one of our intake counsellors. In these thirty minutes, we will ask important questions to determine the nature of the problem and treatment approach needed to increase your self-esteem and self-worth. We’re also asking questions to get a better sense of your personality.
We believe the consultation is very important so we find you a counselor who is the ‘right fit’. The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions and concerns you may have. Here we will also provide you with a customized ‘plan of action’ – this includes the recommended abuse counselor who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and any additional testing or psychological services we feel would be helpful.
The fee for 30-minute consultations is $120 and this is usually covered by your workplace benefits package.
After the consultation, clients attend sessions at our clinic on a weekly basis with your assigned therapist for the recommended treatment duration. Here, our objective is to work through the treatment plan, goals, and objectives set in your initial consultation. All sessions after the consultation are 50 minutes in length.
After completing the recommended program, we check in for another consultation appointment to check in on what your experience was like. If you’re still struggling (and everyone takes a different amount of time to work through issues), we may recommend continued therapy to keep you on the right track. If you’re feeling like you’ve made significant improvement in your issues, your weekly therapy ends here. We will likely give you reading materials to help you along the way and you’re welcome to come back for a check-in session at any time. After your therapy, we always love to hear how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished!
“Invisible Girls – the Truth about Sexual Abuse” Feuereisen (2009)
“The Verbally Abusive Relationship” Evans (2010).
“Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem” by McKay and Fanning (2000).