Abuse in Childhood


Childhood Abuse – Emotional, Physical and Sexual

Childhood Neglect

Adults who experienced abuse as a child can often feel isolated and alone, unable to talk to friends or family about how they feel.  In Ireland currently, the publication of reports such as the Ryan Report and the more recent Murphy Report can be very difficult and painful for anyone who has tried hard to forget their own childhood experiences in an institution or at the hands of nuns, priests, brothers or anyone else working in the catholic church.  Abuse is not always sexual, it can be physical, or emotional, or some combination of these three elements.  Neglect is also a form of abuse, and many people who were brought up by people away from their family, may continue to suffer emotionally even now simply because they never felt loved as a child.

Quote from Abuse Survivor
“I always felt that I was like a sort of Martian – I wasn’t from this planet.  I was never meant for this earth.  And I was waiting to die, basically, just waiting for the day.  And I couldn’t relate to anybody.  I felt so inferior and all the negative things, you know, so unworthy.  But now I know that I’m alright”.  (Veronica*). 

Reaching out for help in overcoming the effect of childhood abuse is hard.  You might be worried about what a therapist will think of your story.  You may feel very ashamed or guilty about what happened, or perhaps you worry about other people in your life finding out about something you have kept to yourself for a long time. None of this is the case.  Our service is confidential and safe.  It is a place where you can tell your story and be heard, without being judged.  You will never be asked to go any further than you are ready to with any part of the therapy process.  We are here to support you in whatever way you need in order to move forward to a better way of living.

*Quote taken from “Adults Abused as Children” Experiences of Counselling & Psychotherapy, (1999) Dale, P. UK:Sage.

Barbara Doyle MIAHIP  Barbara Doyle

B.A., H. Dip Community & Youth Work, Professional Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of speciality: eating disorders, childhood abuse, rape, trauma and bereavement work

Barbara is an accredited Psychotherapist with the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (I.A.H.I.P). She trained with Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre, and works from a humanistic and integrative perspective. Barbara has over 14 years experience delivering therapeutic work to adults, teenagers and families in her work within child & family services, as well as the community and voluntary sector.

As the former Development Director of Bodywhys, The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland (2001 – 2004), Barbara has a particular interest in working with people experiencing eating disorders and also adults who have experienced abuse in childhood. Barbara offers clients a range of supportive and gentle ways to explore their experiences and feelings including bodywork, art, guided meditation, ritual etc. Her primary aim is to create a genuine person to person relationship with the client built on respect, equality, honesty and freedom.

Contact Barbara directly on: 086 171 9192, or use our contact form to make an enquiry.