Bullying is a deliberate, distinctive and repeated pattern of harming and humiliating others. While often associated with physical and verbal shaming, electronic or cyber bullying has risen in the past decade with the growth of social media and online communications, and the increasing ubiquity of hand-held technology. At least one third of Canadian youth report being bullied according to the non-profit BullyingCanada. The charity also reports bullied kids can become withdrawn, often perform poorly in school due to the loss of confidence/focus, can suffer from physical pain (stomach aches, headaches, panic attacks etc.) and suffer nightmares..
Bullying is also not an age designated trauma, it can happen amongst adult peers; colleagues and at the workplace. Adult bullying has become predominantly visible since the pandemic. Toxic workplaces are real and it can have a detrimental effect on a person’s psyche.
Parul Shah is an experienced registered social worker, a psychotherapist and private counsellor through her practice Embracing Empowerment Counselling Services. She specializes in clients from ages 13 and up, and is empathetic to the pain caused by the trauma of repeated bullying.
She guides clients to embrace their challenges and difficulties, so they are empowered and can grow. Her therapeutic approaches are tailored to her clients’ needs and she is qualified in:
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