Physical and Verbal Abuse

Verbal abuse is a form of abusive behavior involving the use of hostile language.  Physical abuse is a form of abusive behavior involving hitting, kicking, punching, pinching, biting, or other actions made with the intent of hurting another person.  Physical and verbal abuse is a pattern of behavior that can seriously interfere with a person’s healthy emotional development. Regular exposure leads to significant lowering of one’s self-esteem, emotional well-being, and physical state.  Physical and verbal abuse is best described as an ongoing emotional environment organized by the abuser for the purposes of control.  Verbal abuse can be as devastating as any other form of abuse.

Many physical abuse survivors experience life struggles that may be associated to their past or present abuse history. Physical and verbal abuse is always unacceptable and traumatic, leading to avoidance, dislike, or destroying relationships. Survivors often  experience flash backs associated with these painful events.  At Sunstone Counseling Center, we provide caring and compassionate physical and verbal abuse coaching & counseling.  Betrayal may also be felt when a child is abused by a parent or significant caregiver, or from a non-abusing adult who did nothing to protect the child. This may lead to feelings of loss and grief towards caretakers which later may transcend itself into a fear of relationships and mistrust towards one’s self and others.  Felicia Snell has specialized training  and believes the path to healing from abuse involves a process of telling your story, believing that the abuse was not your fault, processing anger in a healthy way, EMDR processing to help you relieve symptoms of PTSD and the intensity of memories, and understanding how past abuse affects your current life, and changing those behaviors.

As a result of physical and verbal abuse, our thought processes often become distorted and lead to unhealthy behaviors. Once you identify your thought processes we are able to help you recognize the underlying beliefs that can lead to destructive patterns of thinking. Emotional healing occurs when we understand how the painful events of our past and present shape a distorted view of ourselves and we make positive change