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    I've recently had a few counselling sessions for my chronic insomnia which I've had since I was 8, the time my mum got her first boyfriend since my dad passed away (I was 5 months old then).

    Anyway, I ended up telling the 'counsellor' (she was paid to sit and listen but didnt offer any constructive advice, she was more like an echo :rolleyes: ) that once he told me off for pulling a prank on him, but I can't remember what I had done. He took me outside and held me by my throat and put his face very close to mine and spoke very forcefully. I remember crying and telling him to stop cos it hurt and he just said 'well you should've thought about that before'.

    She kept referring to this incident as abuse? I dunno, I guess I just want to know other people's opinions on it. I just thought of it as a moment of force and anger, as I don't remember him doing anything else like that except once to my brother. Plus my mum used to smack me a lot but that was pretty standard.

    What are your thoughts?
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