Domestic Violence

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence can usually be defined to include threatening, violent, or abusive behaviour in the home, between adult children and/or other adult family members. However, the term is frequently used to mean that this particular behaviour is used by one intimate partner to push power and control over the other partner through fear and intimidation. This fear and intimidation can also be mental abuse, not just physical.

Taking into account that emotional abuse in a relationship can happen equally regardless of gender, the more threatening and dangerous forms of domestic violence are usually committed by a man against a woman. Often the aggressor in a violent relationship feels ownership over the other partner, which all too often ends in injury or even death if this person tries to leave the relationship.  Sadly, children are also harmed by witnessing violence within their families.

Just Leave?

Leaving a threatening or dangerous situation is always the safest choice albeit not the easiest. But at the same time, it has to be the victims decision to leave. Of course this won’t always be a realistic choice in the case of a culture that condemns women for leaving a relationship and does not offer any resources or backup. Even in various cultures where a woman may have a safe place to go, there are obstacles that make it hard for an abused partner to walk away.

How Much Domestic Violence Goes On?

According to ONS (2014), Crime Survey England and Wales 2013 – 14. London: Office for National Statistics, every year around 2.1m people suffer a form of domestic abuse –  1.4 million women (8.5% of the population) and 700,000 men (4.5% of the population). This goes to show that if you are suffering from domestic abuse, you really are NOT alone.

Why Do I Stay With An Abusive Partner?

Some families may end up living with domestic abuse for a quite a significant period before finally getting any effective help. 

Saying that, there are many reasons for living with domestic abuse for a significant period of time, or even return to their abuser after attempting to leave and it’s not always apparent to the victim that a relationship is abusive. Feeling afraid of the abuser is normal, and fearing the consequences for others if they disclose the abuse will always deter a victim from leaving. The victim may not even know where to turn for help.

One thing that stands out with victims of domestic abuse or domestic violence is that they are almost embarrassed to admit that they are suffering at the hands of someone whom they thought loved them. One of the sad parts about that statement is that the abuser probably does love them very much, however simply can’t control themselves or their own issues and feel that taking it out on the partner instead helps them to cope.

Can It Happen To Me?

Domestic violence happens regardless of age, gender, social class, ethnicity, disability or life style. There is no definite pattern but what we do know is that domestic violence and its impact upon those who experience it is dangerous and common.

Experience has also shown that children are usually aware domestic violence and will experience it with all their senses. They are sadly often involved in the dynamics and incidents of abuse through no fault of their own. Many will and have witnessed the physical and emotional impact that domestic violence has on their mothers.

Without a doubt, every child’s experience of domestic violence is different, and every child WILL be affected differently. Domestic violence can impact upon all areas of their lives, including, health, education, the development of relationships, recreation and social activities. The effects are deep and wide-ranging for children, but the main thing here is that it WILL affect them.

I Need Help With Domestic Violence

I am here to work with both adults, teenagers and children who have or are suffering domestic abuse. Whilst there is really great support out there for families/victims to move away from the violence, I can help you piece things back together and start to rebuild all your lives.

Clare Kiernan is the sole owner of Essex Therapy and can be contacted on 01268 527757 or 07840 416633 or if you feel more comfortable sending an email, please do so to:




Anger is a very healthy, normal and vital emotion felt by millions each and every day. It can be a necessity for the survival of individuals and communities. However, it will become a problem if you find it difficult to keep it under control.

When anger strikes, it can take you over within seconds. Anger is an all consuming, intense emotional response and sometimes cannot be controlled in the worst case scenario. Anger is an emotion that brings a strong uncomfortable and hostile response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat, and it can also occur when maybe your personal boundaries are being or are in danger of being violated. Of course there are many reasons why you would feel anger, these are just a few examples.

Why Am I So Angry?

Some people can have a learned tendency to react to anger through retaliation as a way of coping. Even through it is learned behaviour, it can become completely debilitating and can ruin your life; alert the angered person, or the receiver of that anger.

What Is Anger?

When you look at the definition of the word anger (below), to me it’s straight to the point, however it does not pack the punch enough to cover the whole array of feelings, reactions and outcomes that it brings.



noun: anger; plural noun: angers

  1. 1.
    a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.

Someone who experiences anger will also experience physical conditions, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased adrenaline and noradrenaline levels. Anger can also be viewed as an emotion which can trigger part of the fight or flight response.

Can Anger Be A Good Thing?

On the positive side anger is used as a protective mechanism to cover up fear, hurt or sadness and that anger can sometimes propel you forward, however there is a fine line that can easily be crossed into negativity. If anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviourally, cognitively, and physiologically a person can make the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behaviour of another outside force initially, but then maybe overcome with subconscious reactions without control – this is when you need help.

Who Does Anger Affect?

Anger has many physical and mental consequences on both the angry person and those around them. Not only will the angry person isolate themselves from Family and friends through frightening them, being too unpredictable, them having to walk on ‘egg shells’ around the angry person ‘just in case’ something sets them off to name a few, but they will simply become more and more angry because of others reactions to them and it becomes a vicious circle of anger, isolation and loneliness. And of course, when you reach the stage of your anger manifesting itself physically, you will start to put others in danger from physical harm by you.

With all that said, there is help out there, however, it has to be your choice, no one else’s. You can learn to control your anger, to deal with the reasons ‘why’ and allow calmness and light back into your life. Once you can recognise those feelings and signs that mean you’re getting angry, and can calm yourself down, you can start looking at ways to control your anger more generally and lead a calmer, happier life.

Can I Get Help For My Anger?

I have worked with many individuals who have come to me with anger issues. From anger control and feelings to physical reactions and isolation. There is a light at the end of your tunnel and I can help you both find it and reach it. You don’t have to feel that exhaustion that comes with feeling angry all the time and that frustration when you can’t control it or more so when it controls you. We can deal with this… more so, YOU can beat this.

Clare Kiernan is the sole owner of Essex Therapy and can be contacted on 01268 527757 or 07840 416633 or if you feel more comfortable sending an email, please do so to:



So you’re not really sure why but you’re not feeling as though you are on top form?

You feel tired more often than not, you’re emotional when you never used to be and the things you used to love doing now no longer hold the same appeal.

Depression is quite a common mental disorder that causes people to feel a depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in things they used to love, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. Depression is definitely NOT just feeling down or sad.

Why Me?

There’s not always a specific one-off reason for suffering with depression. There are usually a collection of things going on within your body that will affect your mood and how you feel. Stress, Health, and Hormones are big contenders in this. Stress, using alcohol or drugs, and hormone changes affect the brain’s delicate chemistry and mood balance. Of course there are also some health conditions that may cause depression-like symptoms. For example, hypothyroidism is known to cause a depressed mood in some people. You must always see your GP and not self-diagnose when it comes to your health.

On average, a person can suffer from a major depression with symptoms for at least four to eight months. Treatment might lessen this time frame of course. There is also a chance that depression may also recur, and 40% of those who have suffered a severe depressive episode will relapse within a year.

What Is ‘Major Depressive Disorder’?

Major depressive disorder is an extremely chronic condition that ebbs and flows throughout a person’s lifetime. And, whilst it’s always possible that an individual episode of depression may disappear on its own without treatment, there is no guarantee that things won’t get worse before they get better.

Depression can happen to anyone, it really can. With various successful and famous people who seem to have everything going for them, battling with this problem. Depression also is not ageist.

Half of people with depression will only experience it once but for the other half it will happen again and possibly again. The length of time that it takes to recover ranges from around six months to a year or more and is dependant on the sufferer swell as the treatment.

Where Can I get Help For Depression?

Living with depression is difficult for those who suffer from it and for their family, friends, and colleagues. People around you not knowing how to act or interact with you for fear of the reaction can make for some pretty lonely times. It can be very difficult to know if you are depressed and what you can do about it.

I have worked with many different levels of depression and reasons for it. I have found that with consistent support, guidance and help, a sufferer of depression really can turn their lives around and get back to a great balance. You don’t have to suffer alone or in silence anymore, together we can make your life enjoyable again.

Clare Kiernan is the sole owner of Essex Therapy and can be contacted on 01268 527757 or 07840 416633 or if you feel more comfortable sending an email, please do so to: