Bullying takes place in the context of relationships, whether in the workplace, home, or school.

It is usually identified when people feel hurt, threatened, frightened or left out. It is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. Bullying can be experienced online, face-to-face, at school, work and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

As a result of incessant bullying many people start to feel the effects on their mental health such as increased stress, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. They may also start to feel sad and lonely. Sleep and eating patterns may start to change. Many people turn to substance use or even commit suicide. It can also have an effect on school or workplace performance where they lack concentration or have difficulty in making decisions. Bullying, whether workplace, relationships or school can leave the victim so traumatised that they feel powerless, disorientated, confused and helpless.

BWRT® Level 2 Bullying programme works with bullying that is current. BWRT Level 1 would be best for bullying in the past. We start by restoring a sense of value which has been diminished by the continual onslaught of bullying behaviour. This will empower you to make a decision as to how best cope with the bullying, either reporting it to a relevant body, standing your ground, or choosing not to respond, attempting to moderate or any other appropriate action.

Each programme will consist of a full assessment and four stages of work which will take place over five weeks. Sometimes, additional sessions maybe required if there are other factors that come into play (either recommended by your BWRT® therapist or at the client’s request) either to help reinforce and strengthen the new positive self-identity and behaviour, or to deal in more depth with any particular issues.

The act of bullying can include:
  • lying to others
  • unfair criticism
  • minimising their concerns
  • coercion for sexual favours
  • setting impossible deadlines
  • dismissing someone’s efforts
  • taking credit for other people’s work
  • personal belongings taken or damaged
  • shouting and bawling, threatening behaviour
  • personal intrusion from pestering, spying and stalking
  • hit, tripped, pushed or kicked/unwanted physical contact
  • personal insults/intimidating others/making snide remarks
  • being ignored, left out or having rumours spread about you
  • embarrassing people in front of their employer, co-workers, or clients
  • being targeted because of who you are or who you are perceived to be
  • sending abusive messages, images on social media, online gaming platforms or phone
  • behaviour which makes people feel like they are not in control of themselves or their lives
  • unwelcome remarks regarding age, appearance, race or marital status, jokes at the persons expense, offensive language, called names, teased, put down, gossip, slander or threatened