Physical Abuse Therapy in Wichita, KS
Physical abuse is an action by one person that physically harms another, likely causing pain or injury. Physical abuse can occur as child abuse, domestic abuse, elder abuse and in other contexts. Being abused in childhood and sometimes adulthood can cause psychological conditions, including Dissociative Disorders and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Signs of Physical Abuse
- Constant injuries (burns, fractures, bruises)
- Making excuses for injuries
- Unexplainable physical markings on the body
- Not seeking medical attention for injuries
- Attempting to hide markings on the body
- Embarrassment when asked about markings
Causes of Physical Abuse
People who commit abuse can be family members, coworkers, or even bullies at school. Most theories of physical abuse hold that abusers use physical domination to control their victims. They may have learned at a young age that using physical aggression gains them power and gets them what they want. Other studies show that children who are exposed to abuse at a young age become part of a re-victimization cycle: either becoming an abuser later in life or finding themselves the victim in new contexts.
Therapy for Physical Abuse
If a person must regularly interact with their abuser then it is unlikely for them to seek treatment for fear of drawing attention to the situation and potentially angering the abuser. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be helpful for victims who struggle with the aftereffects of childhood abuse. A therapist will help you deal with shame surrounding experiences of abuse and create healthy behavior patterns to prevent it from happening.
Here at ACFC we have a team of experienced therapists who are committed to their patients every step of the way. We will help match you to the therapist on our staff best suited to meet your needs. We accept most major insurance providers. Check our Insurance page to see if your provider is accepted.
If you would like to seek physical abuse therapy with an ACFC counselor – simply fill out our contact form below, chat with us during business hours or call us at 316-945-5200 to get the process started. We look forward to meeting with you.