Abusive Relationship Counselling Melbourne – We often fail to recognise abuse in intimate and close relationships. However, abuse and emotional behaviours by parents, close attachment figures and significant others is very common and can negatively affect the person physically, emotionally and cognitively.
Often it can be difficult to understand where the safe boundaries of a relationship are and it’s not unusual for individuals or couples to enter therapy with a sense that something is just not right but they just can’t explain it.
The work of counselling is to understand deeply what is happening in the relationship, and sometimes that can be learning what is and is not considered abusive.
Whether your partner or parents use power and control to get you to conform, or emotional manipulation to undermine your sense of self, it is important to understand these behaviours and the impact they can have in order to find workable solutions to difficult circumstances.
It may be that distancing yourself from these unhealthy relationships is the right approach, or there may be other ways around unhealthy or abusive relationships that create emotional safety and make your relationship less abusive.