The best way to begin your journey toward recovering from child abuse is to seek help and support from safe and supportive friends and to receive help from a certified mental health counselor, according to Adults Surviving Child Abuse. It is important to find a counselor with whom you are comfortable and who meets your needs.
Child abuse can have lifelong emotional effects, according to Psychology Today. People can deal with these feelings of rejection and abandonment in numerous ways, including seeking love in unhealthy relationships or continually searching for the love that was never received from abusive parents. Although escaping from negative memories and emotions may solve the problem in the moment, the only way to truly move on is to actively recognize and deal with both the memories and effects of child abuse. This can be a lengthy and difficult process and should be done with the support of a counselor.
In addition to counseling, Psychology Today recommends using a journal to release and process memories and feelings related to the experience of abuse. This may be painful or frightening at first, so it is important to take your time and consult with a counselor during this process, especially if you begin to feel overwhelmed or depressed.
Although memories of child abuse are difficult to confront, it is possible to gain insight from the mature perspective you have as an adult and to heal your childhood wounds, especially with professional support. Psychology Today maintains an updated resource list of counselors in the Find a Therapist section of its website. Your insurance provider may also be a good resource for finding affordable options. If you do not have insurance that covers mental health treatment, be sure to ask if your counselor is willing to work on a sliding payment scale.