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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I have worked with quite a few people who have experienced sexual assault or abuse and have found that focusing on working through the shame associated with the trauma and providing a safe place for clients to face their trauma is helpful.

— Diana Dunigan, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Fort Worth, TX

Sexual Abuse and Assault robs us of the ability to feel safe in our own bodies. There is no one way to recovery from this kind of trauma. My compassion focused, strengths-based approach, allows for clients to work through their experiences at their own pace and in ways that feel most comfortable and safe to them. With support, you may return to a feeling of autonomy, power, and safety.

— Abby Streitz, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in San Antonio, TX

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 Santa Rosa, CA

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

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 Lawrenceville, NJ

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

I am trained in several trauma-informed strategies. I currently hold certification in Complex PTSD and Trauma (CCPT) Levels I and II, which incorporates EMDR, Parts Work (IFS), CPT, and Polyvagal Theory. I am well-versed in Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT), DBT, CBT, Family Systems, Somatic Psychology, and the impact of trauma on the brain.

— Sarah Nunes, Social Worker in New York, NY

Whether the abuse happened long ago, recently, once, or was ongoing, please know that it is possible to heal and reclaim your power. With comprehensive experience helping survivors of sexual abuse and assault, I am here to help you navigate and manage the painful emotions, overpowering memories and thoughts, and persistent experience of being on edge. My experience includes supporting children, teens, and adults process and cope with sexual abuse, as well as helping family members respond.

— Krystal Ying, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

I have worked with sexual abuse and assault since I was a therapist in 2011 and even before that as a mental health case manager.

— Samantha Bryant, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fulshear, TX

Before working in private practice I worked for several years as a Victim Therapy exclusively with sexual abuse victims.

— Amanda Leno, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ

Many of my clients have experienced something scary or that just didn't quite feel right with another person. Some may hesitate to call it sexual assault or abuse and that's ok. What's important is that if you aren't feeling like yourself after something like this happens, I can help you get back to feeling like YOU again.

— Rachel Stanton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

My clients include adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, adult sexual assault survivors, and survivors of multiple assaults.

— Julie Collura, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

James Foley LCSW 60 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10165

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

I am a survivor and have specialized training in working with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. When I was certified as a rape crisis counselor, I supported survivors through crisis, and dealing with the medical and justice systems. I have worked with a large number of survivors in groups, individual therapy, and couples work. My goal in addressing your sexual trauma is to help you move toward empowerment, which informs how you are in relationships and the world.

— Marjorie Boggs Vazquez, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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

Sexual trauma is one of the most painful traumas as it's often surrounded by so much shame and self-blame that it can take a very long time to reach out for help. As someone who has worked at sexual assault agencies in Boulder, CO, San Antonio, TX and San Francisco, CA as well as treating trauma in my counseling practice, I have seen first hand the wide spread pain and havoc that sexual trauma causes. The good news is that relief from your pain is possible and freedom is within reach.

— Lalo Rivera, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

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