You are the ideal candidate for counseling. You already know what the problem is. Knowing what’s wrong is a great starting place. Many people enter counseling without knowing what the underlying problem is. Abuse and trust issues are some of the most common reasons why people enter counseling. The counselor can guide you to the solution.
Trust is a fundamental element of relationships. Your ability to trust and to know who to trust has been eroded because of your history. That’s okay because you can relearn how to trust and how to distinguish between the people who you should trust and should not trust.
Ask your parents to assist you in finding a counselor who specializes in trauma. A trauma-informed counselor would be in the best position to help you. In the meantime, you might start keeping a journal. It will help you process your feelings. You might also read books about overcoming trauma. Read reviews on Amazon and check out books at your local library. Journal writing and reading about the healing of trauma will prep you for the emotional experience and healing effects of counseling. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle