Abuse or Issues from trauma related to Abuse can cause victims to feel isolation, fear, and distrust, which can translate into lifelong mental well-being and health consequences.  Experiencing any abuse may result in long-term difficulties that can manifest as educational difficulties or attention deficit; it may cause low self-esteem, also may result in long-lasting depression, anxiety, panic, and many may find it difficult to form bonds, develop trust ,or maintain a meaningful relationship.

Will it get easier?

While all trauma is a terrible thing for a person to experience, abuse is an experience which, with help, counselling and healthy habits, you can move past. You do not have to live with any resulting symptoms or feelings: there is a way forward, and Dr. Michael Dadson can help you.

Common effects of abuse and when to reach for help:

Many effects of trauma stem from abuse. Common effects include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Panic attacks and anxiety
  • Substance use
  • Eating disorders
  • Flashbacks of sexual/physical violence
  • Feelings of self-hatred and low self-esteem
  • Fearing people and relationships
  • Depression
  • Difficulty focusing 
  • Lack of interest in activities
  • Feelings of low self-worth

If you notice any of these warning signs, it is important to address your trauma and seek professional help.

Can I cope with abuse alone, without help?

Creating, sharing, and overcoming obstacles is easier for some; in counselling we recommend healthy habits, positive affirmations, and creative projects for those who are able to cope without assistance; however, if you find negative self-talk, unhealthy habits or feelings, it is important to call and book an appointment with a counsellor to assist in dealing with the trauma and having your progress and well-being monitored.

Types of Counselling Available


One-on-one options for individuals needing help in overcoming issues or maintaining optimal mental health in their lives' daily challenges.


Couples counselling can be challenging, but the positive impact on your relationship, potential family members, and other external relationships in your life make it worth the effort.


Father and child or entire family counselling can provide your family with the tools, language, and behaviour to successfully communicate and overcome obstacles.

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