It is important to practice your own self-care while you also try to help your loved one. You may find yourself experiencing anxiety, fear, anger, helplessness or a variety of other things after finding out about a loved one’s abuse.
Therapy is not just for survivors it is also for supporters. Therapy is an open, non-judgmental space to work through problems or challenges. In therapy, you may learn new coping skills, ways to deal with your feelings, and strategies to help cope with a traumatic incident. Counseling is a place you can explore thoughts that you might not say out loud to a friend or family member.
The immediate aftermath of a sexual assault or leaving an abusive relationship can be overwhelming. Finding a support group, therapist or case manager may help in addressing the trauma and starting over.