Our expert says:
The sort of reactions you describe are not uncommon in people with a dificult and abusive background such as you experienced. But working with a good practical counsellor ( preferably one with a CBT orientation ) can transform the situation, and enable you to gain in confidence and the ability to enjoy life and people. You don't have to manage this important change all on your own --- a psychologist would be able to help you to do so succesfully, and I'm sure your husband would be delighted to help where necessary. It will need some work, but you can manage it, and i would be so very well worth it.
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