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Bullying Counselling

We’ve all experienced it.  That snide remark while walking down the hallway at school. The rude sarcastic comments from a colleague going down the hall. Everyone, at some point in their lives has been on the receiving end of rude and hurtful comments. While not all of us would consider ourselves bullied, we all know what it’s like to have our feelings hurt by someone else’s thoughtlessness.

People who are bullied can suffer from depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem as a result. A counsellor or psychotherapist can provide the objective support necessary to help you learn how to assert yourself and live a healthier and happier life.

Symptoms of Bullying

Bullying usually involves an individual being subjected to the physical or verbal harassment of another. For a child this can look like physical intimidation, assault, or name calling. For an adult it can look like put-downs, unfair treatment, verbal abuse, humiliation, or repeatedly being given an excessive workload.

Identifying that bullying is happening can be the first step to finding a solution. If you or someone you know is a survivor of bullying, it may be time to seek professional help. A survivor of bullying may have unexplained injuries, missing belongings, or a limited number of friends. They might begin showing up tardy to work or school or even begin taking days off.

They may exhibit physical symptoms associated with stress (e.g. general aches and pains, headaches, changes in appetite, stomachaches, dizziness). A bullying survivor can exhibit psychological symptoms also such as anxiety, tiredness in the morning, trouble sleeping, sadness, irritability, feelings of isolation, loneliness, and/or helplessness. If pressed far enough, the bullied individual may try to retaliate.

Treatment & Support Options for people being bullied

There are a number of great resources available for bullying survivors. In a school, a teacher, administrator, or other school employees are there to provide support to students not only in academic areas, but also when they are being bullied by a peer. Additionally, there are bullying helplines such as Kids-cape available where the bully survivor or witness can get advice for how to cope with the bullying. There are also support groups available that will provide an opportunity to share personal stories with other kids who have been there. Friends, family and church members are great resources who can lend an ear and emotional support.

Adults have many similar options to children, though they are less likely to report bullying. In addition, adults can report workplace bullying to their HR department for support. ACAS is a bullying helpline that specialises in helping companies improve employee relations and solve work place problems.

For individuals who need additional help coping with the trauma caused by bullying, speaking with a counsellor or a psychotherapist can provide a safe place to process the thoughts and feelings that have been provoked.

How can Bullying Counselling or Psychotherapy help me?

In counselling the survivor will look at the thoughts and feelings about what has happened. The counsellor can help the sufferer learning both effective communication and assertiveness skills so they can better stand up for themselves in future situations.

Part of the counselling will be to help the person learn to cope with some of the effects of the bullying. The counselling will help to treat any depression, anxiety, suicidal ideations, and/or low self-esteem that has resulted from the bullying.

The overall goal is to help the individual lead a healthy and happy life equipped the tools needed to take care of themselves.