Sue Crocombe's story
It took me a while to find the right counsellor. I tried at least four before I settled with one lady who I found - but also was personally recommended to me. It's a long drive as she lives 50 mins away but well worth it. I'm a victim of incest and was also abused in a "ring" where images and film were made. Two years ago my personal life unravelled and in desperation I sought help. Many of the sessions have been so hard because I make myself take the lid off a metaphorical coffin and exhume some smelly rotten contents. But I just want to say that I'm thankful for the way that my counsellor has always been able to "hold" or "contain" my rubbish. At the end of difficult sessions I always put the lid back on - but now it's getting easier to remove it and let her have another look inside. I never EVER thought I'd be able to trust ANYONE with this amount of information - but its her wise, sensitive and experienced counselling that has made it possible. I still battle with PTSD but am able to cope much better since I started therapy. I'm able to finally start to put down the guilt, shame and self blame that has haunted me for years. It's a work in progress but I'm getting there.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Sexual abuse