Therapy for Bullying

Many people believe that bullying is just something that occurs when we are young but in truth, it can occur at any age. If you have been on the receiving end of bullying you may know that it can happen at school, during work or even in your personal life.

What bullies do

Most bullies have just one goal in mind and that is to make you feel bad; frightened, powerless, worthless, incapable – the list goes on. No matter their aim, they usually rely on the same kinds of tactics i.e. being very aggressive, playing with a position of power or simply causing you distress and pain; physical and mental. Being bullied is a terribly traumatic experience. If you are on the receiving end you might find yourself suffering from depression and anxiety and in some of the worst cases, bullying can bring about suicide. Whether you are being bullied in your relationship, at school, on-line (cyber bullying) or in any other way, counselling can help you deal with it and take control of your negative feelings.

How a counsellor will help

Taking the time to see a therapist can help whether your bullying event was in the past or is occurring now. Either way, they will discuss what is happening, how you feel, what you can do to change your situation and the various ways of coping. Side-effects can be many and varied, with some people finding their self-esteem and confidence plummeting. Once your analyst or counsellor understands the full details of your case, they may use one of several techniques to help you:

  • Transactional analysis – this may involve you taking a step back and looking at the other person’s behaviour as well as the way in which you react.
  • Assertiveness techniques – showing you how to deal with the bully by standing up for yourself in a confident and assertive way.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – changing the way you think and behave in any given situation.

If you would like us to put you in touch with a counsellor that can help you to deal with bullying, fill in the form below. We will identify a practitioner that is suitable for you and who will be able to assist.