Sexual Abuse or Assault

Sexual abuse is a term uses to describe any type of non-consensual sexual violence, including sexual assault or rape, child sexual abuse, and intimate partner sexual violence. Sexual violence can have lasting psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. Survivors will commonly feel a range of emotions, including shame, fear and guilt and may develop symptoms of depression, PTSD, addiction or anxiety. If you have experienced sexual abuse or assault of any kind, there is help available. You do not have to handle your issues alone. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts specializing in addressing the trauma of sexual abuse or assault.

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Over the last ten years I have sought additional training in trauma, with particular focus on working with survivors of sexual assault. I previously worked in a rape crisis center and volunteered with RAINN for several years. My goal in addressing your sexual trauma is to help you move toward empowerment in your body, relationships, and in the world.

— Laurel Roberts-Meese, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Sexual violence impacts a large portion of our population. I have found that when you make it safe to talk about, many people have stories to tell. My research in graduate school focused on working with sexual abuse victim/survivors. I have worked with a large number of victim/survivors in support groups, as well as providing individual therapy to people struggling with a history of sexual violence.

— Mark Myran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

Yes, you can talk about. It will get better if you do. So often people try to shove the secret away inside and find, like a shaken soda bottle, it explodes and the worst times. Good news, if you stop shoving it away, you can get through it and have all the smiles and laughs you have been missing out on. I am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and have several years of experience using this technique with survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse as a child, and several other traumas.

— Josie Oldham, Counselor in Wichita, KS

I have specialized training in working with survivors of sexual assault, and I have volunteered as an advocate for a sexual assault hotline. In my private practice, I have also contracted with agencies that provide free therapy for survivors of sexual assault.

— Kate Smaller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

Discrete, life-threatening experiences aren't the only experiences that can impart traumatic stress. Trauma can be caused by anything that threatens your perception of self and who you are as a person, including oppressive systems and institutions. Maybe you developed coping mechanisms, but you're looking to thrive rather than survive. Trauma informed care is the cornerstone of my work. I strongly believe in the power of collaborating with you to ensure a trustworthy and empowered relationship.

— Anastasia Scangas, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Sexual abuse impacts 1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 males. It is a painful and personal experience that can affect every aspect of both your and your child’s life. I have over ten years of experience working with children, adults, and families that have experienced sexual abuse.

— Julie Klamon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

I have extensive experience working with survivors of sexual abuse, assault, and trauma - whether this occurred during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, and was a one-time or ongoing assault. I have helped children and young adults disclose sexual abuse to family members, survivors of all ages address and process past sexual trauma(s), and clients work through recent/current sexual abuse.

— Krystal Ying, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Willits, CA

Healing from sexual violence can be an incredibly challenging road. I work closely with the LGBTQ+ community, which is experiencing an epidemic of sexual violence. For LGBTQ survivors, their very identities and the fear of discrimination can prevent them from seeking help and healing. I stand with you and am here as a resource to aid in therapeutic and trauma processing.

— Leta Lawhead, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

I work with all trauma and am currently a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Certified Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I also work with ages 0-5 on trauma experienced, which includes DV, sexual abuse, physical abuse, exposure to substances.

— Ashlei Lien, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Inglewood, CA

In my professional life, I have treated many people who have experienced some form of sexual assault. One of the commom themes I found with my clients is the feeling of invisibility regarding their traumatic experiences. Over time, I have learned that one of my greatest services to these clients has been to bear witness to their pain. Often, it is the acknowledging of the pain of an untold assault, or of a childhood filled with sexual abuse, that opens the door to the start of a healing path.

— Alicia Williams, Psychologist in Ewing, NJ

Statistics show that roughly 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 4 boys have experienced sexual abuse, molestation or assault in their lives. These experience can wreck havoc on an individuals understanding of themselves, their worth, and their sexual identity. I work with you to release the bonds of shame and confusion that can surround these events by creating a safe and shame free environment. It is here that healing and restoration can occur.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

With over a quarter century & 40k hours of expert treatment for all types of sexual misbehaviors provided, I give you an evidence based, research oriented treating of “sex addiction”, Out of Control Sexual Behavior, App Hook-Ups, Strip Clubs, Massage Parlors, compulsivity, Professional Sexual Misconduct, serial affairs, porn, as a Certified sexual misbehavior professional. James Foley LCSW 60 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10165 718-208-6135

— "Sex Addiction", Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert James Foley, Psychotherapist in New York, New York, NY

I have assisted clients who are survivors of sexual abuse or assault. I have worked with past clients on desensitizing negative beliefs about self because of the abuse or assault using EMDR and Brainspotting. I have also worked with clients who become triggered and have flashbacks to the abuse or assault. Through EMDR, we shift the automatic reaction to these triggers and in the process, past clients have become freed and clear of the burden of these awful memories.

— Jordan Nodelman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilton Manors, FL

In healing from sexual abuse or assault we start by creating safety. Safety in your relationship with me, safety in your world, and safety with your body. I support you in connecting with your body and honoring your body’s signals. We will work together to build a healthy sex life that prioritizes your health, safety, and desires.

— Ciara Bogdanovic, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

Sexual abuse or assault is way too prevalent in our society yet it can be a huge source of shame, and embarrassment. Often when survivors have reported the story, it has led to more harm, shame and re-traumatization. I start with a foundation of safety and trust and from there work our way at your pace into healing when you are ready.

— Stephanie Boulton, Counselor in Boulder, CO

I have experience working with male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the confusing consequences of this unique type of abuse. Often, male survivors of sexual abuse struggle with intimacy, relationships, perfectionism, codependency, identity, dissociation, self sabotage, and overall boundary complications across different relationships. I can support you in the process of developing a treatment plan and following through to address your individual concerns step by step.

— Ross Kellogg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have extensive hours in the community, ER, and in private practice advocating and providing education to law enforcement/medical staff/general public for this population. Often society teaches victims/women to not get raped, rather than teaching abusers to not rape.

— Camden Huber, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Winter Park, FL

Sexual abuse can have an impact on almost every aspect of a person's functioning. It is sometimes hard to start the work to heal from sexual abuse, but our work together will assist you in discovering a life beyond the sexual abuse.

— Paula E. Bruce, Ph.D. & Associates, A Psychological Corporation, Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I've worked with sexual abuse survivors for the better part of a decade. I provide a safe environment where you can feel at ease, heard and seen. Something I have seen countless times, is that sexual abuse survivors often blame themselves. I am here to tell you, you are not to blame and you deserve to feel safe and find healing. With EMDR therapy, I can help you find strength in the resources you already have within you and process the trauma in a safe and effective way, as you feel ready.

— Kandace Ledergerber, Licensed Mental Health Counselor