Emotional Abuse

Emotional or psychological abuse occurs when one person exposes another to behavior that leaves lasting psychological repercussions. This may or may not be coupled with physical abuse, and can occur anytime there is a power imbalance – at home, in the workplace, at school, etc.

Emotional abuse is manipulative, and can cause the sufferer to believe that he or she is worthless.

Other symptoms include:

  • Fear of the abuser
  • Inability to break free from the abuser
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Feelings of shame
  • Pulling away from friends and family

How we can help

An evaluation by a counsellor or therapist is necessary to determine the extent of the abuse and the lingering issues that it has caused. Talk therapy is one such potential option, but this will be determined by the counsellor and the person who suffered the abuse. Insight Psychological has four locations – Calgary, Spruce Grove, Red Deer and Edmonton. Call us today to see how we can help.