What is bullying?

Bullying is the use of force, coercion, or threat to abuse, dominate or intimidate another person. Bullying is characterised by the following three minimum criteria:

  1. hostile intent
  2. imbalance of power
  3. repetition over a period of time

Bullying is the activity of repeated aggressive behaviour intended to hurt another individual physically, mentally or emotionally.Bullying ranges from individual bullying through to group bullying. Bullying culture can develop in any context in which humans interact with each other, this may include school, family, the workplace, in sporting teams or in friendship groups.

In the UK there is no legal definition of bullying, but it is usually defined as repeated behaviour with intent to hurt someone either emotionally or physically and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.

Bullying is divided into four basic types of abuse:

  • Psychological – Ignoring someone, leaving them out of plans, gossiping or spreading rumours behind their back or visually attacking them with threatening looks
  • Verbal – This includes calling someone unpleasant names, verbally attacking their appearance or threatening them with physical violence
  • Physical – Physically hurting someone by purposely hitting, kicking, punching or scratching
  • Cyber – The use of technology to harass, threaten or target another person

Online therapy for bullying

Being bullied can be an isolating experience, whether you are currently being bullied or have been bullied in the past many people find online therapy useful.  Your online therapist will be able to help you:

  • explore what is happening
  • manage complex emotions such as anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, or shame
  • enhance self-esteem 
  • provide healthy coping mechanisms
  • practice effective assertive communication
  • break the cycle of victimisation
  • address co-occurring issues such as low mood, PTSD, alcohol abuse, anxiety, suicidal ideation or depression


No-Obligation discussion

    Free initial telephone discussion

    If you are looking for online therapy please contact Teresa Lewis for a 15 minute no-obligation discussion. Teresa is a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist so she will be able to briefly discuss your issues, answer questions and explain more about how online therapy can address bullying.  At this time you can decide whether you would like to book an appointment. The discussion is conducted without any obligation to book an appointment.

    Make an appointment for online therapy

    If you would like to speak to one of our therapists regarding online therapy for bullying please call our Wolverhampton office on 01902 827808.  Alternatively, fill out our online contact form and we will contact you within 24 hours.


    Medical disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice by a qualified doctor.