Children who have grown up with alcoholic parents or families that were emotionally, physically or sexually abusive, may have become co-dependent adults or those who have developed their own addictions. When one grows up with poor or non-existent boundaries, unpredictable, unsafe surroundings, it can be difficult to trust or build appropriate relationships.
Sexual abuse is a shameful secret that affects self-esteem, sexuality, relationships and a sense of self. Sexual abuse survivors may be anxious, depressed and/ or self-destructive. Getting the secret out in the open with a supportive counselor, can be very helpful.
While discussing the past can be painful, difficult and scary, therapy can help you heal those childhood wounds in a safe and caring environment.