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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Whether it's been days, months, or even years, I believe you can still heal your sexual trauma. Perhaps you feel yourself minimizing the event or feel undeserving of help, but I want to remind you that you are HUMAN, and deserve the space to process painful experiences. I've worked with trauma for the last year and have seen significant progress in survivors. The light may be dim, and I'd like to help ignite it once more.

— Emerald Aueyong, Sex Therapist in Culver City, CA

I've worked with sexual abuse survivors for over a decade. I provide a safe environment where you can feel at ease, heard, and seen. I have seen countless times that sexual abuse survivors often blame themselves. I am here to tell you that you are not to blame and 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 safely and effectively as you feel ready.

— Kandace Ledergerber, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tempe, AZ

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, 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 am especially sensitive to the survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault, with concerns including but not limited to: Boundaries and Trust; Familial Trauma; Domestic Violence and Relationship Issues; Sexual Violence; Shame; Pleasure; PTSD; Working through Pain vs. Pleasure; Recurring Dreams and Nightmares; Reporting or Not-Reporting; Creating a Personal Sexuality; Early Sexual Experience; Processing of Trauma - Putting Words to the Experience(s); Relationship Patterns; Fear; Reclamation of Self

— Sarah Farnsworth, Psychoanalyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

I will do everything I can to make my clients feel safe when discussing these sensitive topics. Some clients like to discuss the actual event(s), and some like to focus on how it has impacted their relationships, their self-esteem, their attachment style, their relationship to sex, and more. I provide psychoeducation on the impacts of abuse and assault and offer various paths of healing. And sometimes you just need a safe place to cry, and I can provide that too.

— Jennifer Kulka, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , CA

In addition to working clinically with survivors of sexual abuse and assault, I am a Staff Trainer for MVP Strategies, a gender violence prevention program founded by Jackson Katz, PhD., utilizing the Bystander Approach. I have worked for over 10 years training individuals in the US Military, the entertainment industry, college and university athletic programs, and community groups to recognize and intervene in sexual violence in their immediate cultural contexts.

— Lauren Grousd, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portland, ME

EMDR is a useful modality for people who are experiencing symptoms caused by traumatic events like sexual abuse and sexual assault. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can also be useful for sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors because it teaches strategies to become more mindful of the present moment, cope with painful emotions in safe and healthy ways, and establish healthy boundaries and communicate effectively with others.

— Kristen Hornung, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Encinitas, CA

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

For most of my career I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual/physical assault. I've also facilitated groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse/assault. In my practice, I also support people in understanding other factors that influence experiences of sexual abuse/assault, such as other marginalized or stigmatized identities that might magnify feelings of powerlessness. Approaching my work through an intersectional lens allows a more integrated understanding of the impact of abuse/assault and allows for growth/change to be a more integrated process as well.

— Jeff Levy, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Any sexual assault, harassment, or even unwanted advances from another person is a big deal. I hear all the time, “it’s fine,” nothing really happened,” I’m just overreacting,” or “I am making a big deal out of nothing.” I want every person to know that those statements are ideas and beliefs that the brain creates as a way to make sense of something that doesn’t make sense, a way to cope with the feeling of helplessness, and a way to make something feel okay even though it’s not okay. Accepting

— Sydney Phillips, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chandler, AZ

Working with folks who have be impacted by sexual abuse or assault is my area of speciality and passion. I am a certified facilitator for the training: Stewards of Children, which is a training gear to adults on learning how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse. I have worked with youth, adolescents, and adults who have experienced severe and complex sexual assault(s). I believe wholeheartedly that a person who has experienced sexual abuse or assault can heal.

— Lou Bradford, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tacoma, WA

I am a certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR can look very different from traditional talk therapy. I work to integrate talk therapy processing and EMDR together. It is considered the “gold standard” treatment for traumatic episodes and PTSD. Evidence shows it is also effective in the treatment of: phobias, philias, addiction, grief and loss, attachment disorders, depression, anxiety, etc. My niche' is sexual trauma combining my two specialties.

— Regan Rowell, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Based in Seattle, providing care across, WA

I have years of experience working with trauma and related disorders I am trained in EMDR, EFT, DBT, ACT and Clinical Hypnosis my intervention program is designed to address relationships, life stages and life changes from an integrative perspective affirmation guided imaginary meditation anger management psychoeducation on communication skills and coping skills The program is directed to individuals presenting PTSD, sexual trauma, and eating disorders

— Maria Puentes, Psychotherapist in Altamonte Spring, FL

After surviving sexual assault, you may feel numb and disconnected from the world or you might feel overwhelmed by emotion. I use EMDR (rapid eye movement) therapy and other techniques to help you reprocess traumatic memories to reduce debilitating trauma symptoms like “flashbacks,” panic attacks, and feeling on edge. When you no longer have that gut-wrenching feeling of fear when you’re reminded of your trauma, you’re able to make clearer decisions, feel calmer, and connect with others safely.

— Alicia Dlugos, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

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, and the impact of trauma on the brain.

— Relationship & Trauma Therapist Sarah Nunes, Social Worker in New York, NY

All forms of trauma can cause excruciating symptoms. Trauma perpetrated by other people, especially when sexual in nature, comes with its own particular challenges. I spent over four years working exclusively with survivors of sexual trauma and can bring extensive training and experience to the conversation. If past trauma is still infringing upon your present, you deserve to have space and support for healing.

— Lauren Green, Mental Health Counselor in Knoxville, TN