Bullying refers to repeated behaviours intended to cause physical or emotional hurt. It usually involves someone in a position of power using their advantage to intimidate someone in a weaker position.
Bullying can happen to anyone, at any age and in any situation. We tend to think of bullies as acting out in the playground at school, however, they can be found in the work place, online and in the home. Bullies will use any subject they think will cause hurt to their victim and this can range from continual taunts and criticism to physical threat and harm. This may happen in secret or in front of others who may join in and increase the victim’s sense of powerlessness.
If you have been bullied you may suffer from a range of issues including low self-esteem, social anxiety and stress. You may find yourself worrying about what people think about you and so may avoid situations where you might feel vulnerable.
In counselling, Anna can help you explore how bullying affected you when it was happening and how it still affects you now. She will work with you to understand how your experiences have affected your relationships with your family and the outside world.
Using CBT techniques Anna can help you challenge the way you think about yourself. You will be encouraged to think more positively about your abilities and how to recognise things that you do well. You will look at confidence building strategies to combat the situations that cause you anxiety.