"If you can’t fly, then run.  If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

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Dr. Sharleen McDowall, Psy.D., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist
Abuse Counselling Toronto Abuse Counselling Toronto

Abuse Counselling Toronto


“Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you.” ~ C. Kennedy

Abuse comes in many shapes and forms, lowering your self-esteem. Our psychologist and counselling Toronto can help you regain your self-esteem and become a stronger person.

Does someone abuse you by: calling you names, putting you down, physically hitting you, or doing sexual activities that you are not comfortable with and don’t consent to? Do you find that they are easily jealous of others that you spend time with?

It is important to remember that abuse is always unwanted by the recipient. There are different types of abuse: physicPsychologist Toronto for Abuse helpal, emotional, sexual, financial, or neglect.  Physical abuse could include such actions as your partner hitting, beating, pinching, and/or choking you. Verbal abuse involves yelling, name-calling and any forceful communication that is disrespectful or degrading. Sexual abuse is comprised of any unwanted touching or intimacy, or any sexual act performed without your consent. Emotional abuse involves threats, demands, commands and any behavior that would reasonably be experienced as forceful and without concern for psychological well-being. Neglect could involve a parent giving little attention to a child or elderly person, or your partner not speaking to you. Financial abuse includes a partner not letting you have a job, or alternatively, them not having a job and making you pay for everything. 

There are many possible reasons why the person who is being abused may not be able to leave their situation. Some examples include: if there are children involved; if a partner threatens to hurt them (or someone close to them) or treat them even worse if they leave; not knowing how to leave; not having the ability to gather the resources and support required to end the abuse. These individuals might have low self-esteem, low confidence and may have been involved in previously abusive relationships or situations.

How we can help:

Have you tried using self-help books as a way to improve but have found them unhelpful? Have you tried calling support lines but feel that you are still stuck and not moving on? Our psychologist Toronto can help you work on your self-esteem and confidence, which may have been affected by abuse. We can also help you explore the troubles you face in your intimate moments with your current partner and how the past has influenced that. At McDowall Counselling & Consulting Group, we provide a confidential, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment where you can feel safe.  Most importantly, we will help you or a loved one find the strength within to regain control of your/ their life. There is help, there is hope. Contact McDowall Counselling & Consulting Group and get the help you need.


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