Sexual Abuse or Assault
Sexual abuse and assault is not biased towards age, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation and is defined as any form of sexual violence, including rape, child molestation, incest, and similar forms of non-consensual sexual contact. Due to the complicated nature of how sexual abuse occurs, treatment can be difficult, but necessary for healing. Goals of psychotherapy often include preventing and reducing PTSD symptoms, anxiety and depression. A qualified mental health professional can help survivors of sexual abuse transform their experiences, empowering them to reclaim themselves, regain a sense of safety and feel like they have control over their lives again.
Local Experts in Sexual Abuse or Assault
Individual Therapy, Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy
Sexual abuse and assault are more openly discussed now than in the past, however there is still sometimes a stigma that comes along with it. I believe in getting help as soon as humanly possible. It is a very heavy weight to walk around this world with. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I understand what it is like to hold that secret. Feeling like nobody will understand.
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse often feel shame, anger, rage, and confusion. Most were perpetrated on by a loved one or someone in a position of power. If you have survived sexual abuse or rate, It\'s not your fault and healing is possible. I have specialized training to support LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault.
It can be extremely difficult to reconnect to the world when life transitions and traumatic experiences occur, leaving us feeling hopeless and depressed. I will help you rebuild what feels lost. In a safe environment, we will reclaim your life from fear, give you the back the control you had and re inspire your drive and passions in life.
Sexual Abuse can occur in intimate relationships. This can be very confusing because 'How can someone who loves me, hurt me?' Often times excuses are made for this abuse and it isn't until someone reaches their tipping point that they decide No More.
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy
If you have experienced a sexual assault this can be the hardest stuff to work through. I strive to establish safety and trust to explore the impact of these experiences without re-traumatizing. I have extensive experience and training with sexual assault and I have worked as a crisis responder for survivors. I am trained in trauma informed interventions and EMDR to assist your healing.
Individual Therapy, Group Therapy
Sexual abuse and assault are deep wounds and the damaging ripple effects continue far longer than the violation itself. Sometimes our bodies remember even when our minds do not. We hold trauma in our bodies so that we can survive painful and difficult moments, and this trauma can show up later in many different body ailments, shaking, or other panic attack symptoms.
I specialize in healing sexual trauma of any kind, whether looking to heal from sexual abuse encountered as a child/adolescent or sexual assault, rape, or intimate partner violence that can occur as an adult. Furthermore, I frequently work with survivors of incest who grew up in dysfunctional family systems. Although every person has different needs I often recommend EMDR for this issue.
Adolescent/Teen Therapy, Individual Therapy
Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, I offer my clients this remarkable modality which is a highly effective for treating traumatic memories and symptoms associated with sexual abuse and assault. Learn more at: https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/