The goal of working with each client is to help them in the following areas:
* Living authentically
* Transitioning from victim to survivor
* Understanding the long lasting effects of abuse
* Coming to terms with the past
* The idea of community involvement
Living authentically essentially means that you have:
Given thought to what you would like your future life to be like and you are actively taking steps to achieve that life. It is about being true to yourself and your goals in all that you do.
Transitioning From Victim to Survivor
The word ‘Victim’ implies passivity, or acceptance of one’s circumstances. It robs individuals of their ability to feel their own power and their ability to fight back.
The word ‘Survivor’ displays an individual’s ability to take action in the face of immense obstacles, and the day-to-day work of surviving despite immense trauma.
Understanding the Long-term Effects of Abuse
Studies have demonstrated that child abuse, neglect, and other circumstances that disrupt the parent-child relationship are significantly associated with many leading causes of adult death, such as stroke, cancer, and heart disease.
Battered individuals suffer physical and mental problems as a result of domestic violence. Battering is the single major cause of injury to women, more significant that auto accidents, rapes, or muggings.
The emotional and psychological abuse inflicted by batterers may be more costly to treat in the short-run than physical injury. Many of the physical injuries sustained by women seem to cause medical difficulties as individuals grow older. Arthritis, hypertension and heart disease have been identified by battered women as directly caused or aggravated by domestic violence.
Coming to Terms With the Past
The term forgiveness means different things to different people. To some, it means accepting those who have hurt us back into our lives. To others, the thought of reuniting is inconceivable. But for all of us, leaving negative things in our pasts unresolved, means leaving ourselves open to increased difficulties with anxiety and other mental and physical health problems. At Changing Perceptions forgiveness is about identification, acceptance, recognition and finding meaning.
Abuse symptoms thrive on isolation. The more you withdraw from the world, the happier your abuse, (and most likely your abuser) is. The single best way to overcome both is to become involved in your community. Give your experiences meaning and purpose by using them to create the good you want to see in the world.
Please call us at: 503 290-4513 or fill out our contact form.
P.O. Box 2071
Portland, OR 97208
If you know someone who has been abused, or if you are an organization that would like to schedule a speaking engagement, please contact us.
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