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Overcome Abuse

You Can Overcome!

No matter what form abuse takes, the results are similar – the erosion of spirt, esteem and worth. You can rise above the pain and heal the scars.

LifeStar Counseling can help you:

  • Find comfort by exploring the full definition of abuse
  • Develope a strategy for achieving safety and wholeness
  • Find healing for wounds left by abuse

What would be your definition of abuse? While it definitely includes sexual assault and physical harm, abuse also encompasses more than those two offenses. Abuse can also include verbal assault, emotional control over another, or when someone seeks to control every aspect of your life. Abuse covers a broad spectrum of offenses. When someone is exposed to abuse over a long period of time, there is a definite erosion of a person’s soul and self-esteem.

Our typical human response to any kind of abuse is to tuck those experiences away and try to move forward. However the impact of abuse doesn’t just go away. The scars and messages from past abuse keep emerging over and over again. It is like a broken record that keeps singing the same words in our heads.

Those stories of deep pain need to be heard and honored with compassion and understanding. New messages need to be embraced regarding one’s identity, self-worth and freedom from guilt. Whatever abuse we may experience will always be a part of our story. But those stories of abuse don’t have to weigh us down, control us or diminish who we are. There is a way to rise above and see that those stories still exist but without the sting that they used to hold.

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"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live."
Mae C. Jemison, first African-American woman astronaut
"We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies."
Emily Dickinson, American Poet
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, author of "On Death and Dying"
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
Beverly Sills, former American opera soprano
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
Rosa Parks, African-American civil rights activist
There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
Elbert Hubbard
"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security."
Gail Sheehy, American journalist
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
Marie Curie, chemist and physicist
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
Ella Fitzgerald, African-American Jazz singer
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women"

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