07 Jun

Low Self-Esteem and Childhood Sexual Abuse 

Low Self-Esteem and Childhood Sexual Abuse  Written by: Adewale Atoyebi, (He/Him/His) Placement Student, Diploma Student for Community & Justice Services at Humber College Low self-esteem has been highly linked to childhood sexual abuse. Children who have low self-esteem are vulnerable to sexual abuse because of their natural need for affection. Most children with low self-esteem feel the need to search for acceptance and admiration. Perpetrators know this. The elements are common among children bullied in schools or whose...

28 Apr

Inner Child: A Visitor From the Past

Hello, fellow survivors!! I am a survivor and am taking part in the phase one peer support program at The Gatehouse. Since we began, we’ve discussed topics such as anger, addiction, and triggers. This week: the sixth session, was the first of three sessions that focus entirely on our “Inner Child.” I looked over the entire program when we first received it, but I had forgotten about this part of it, and it caused just a...

28 Apr

Parenting During the Pandemic

Parenting during the Pandemic By: Maria Barcelos, MA, Executive Director, The Gatehouse & Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) The pandemic has been emotionally and psychologically exhausting. I recently read an article through the New York Times and a statement in there resonated with me “parenting through grief.” This is how I felt, and I know many more felt this way too. If being a parent was not difficult enough already at times while trying to address childhood...