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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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

Many clients that I see have experienced sexual abuse or assault within their relationships or in childhood and these experiences become a focus of the trauma processing work that we do together. I have also completed the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Therapist Core training and implement this with my clients.

— Georgiana Peters, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am a sexual abuse survivor. I have advanced training in trauma therapy with a primary focus on treating PTSD. I have compassion for all sexual abuse survivors.

— Erika Laurentz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA

#metoo. I believe you. I'm here to offer you a safe space to cry, grieve, scream, question, rage, mourn, and go through all the waves of emotions that arise after a sexual assault. I am here to listen, hold empathetic space, ae will take the healing journey at your own pace. If you’ve been feeling alone in life lately, feeling like no one truly understands the depths of the pain you are in, or feeling like you’ve lost parts of yourself and the person you used to be, let's get in touch.

— Janelle Stepper, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Roseville, CA

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 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

I have worked with survivors of sexual trauma for over a decade, both as a therapist and as a community based advocate. I recognize the unique challenges healing from sexual based trauma, and believe that building a unique treatment plan for you and your individual needs is essential when creating a working partnership with your therapist.

— Emily Nayar, Clinical Social Worker

While therapy for trauma/sexual abuse/assault is inherently a challenging process, it is a vital, necessary, empowering labor, and it is typically effective in meaningfully reducing symptoms and negative impacts. I am continually amazed by my clients strength, resilience, and ability to heal and to flourish. I always feel honored when invited to assist clients in their journeys to overcome and to triumph over their traumas. I sincerely hope that you will invite me to become a part of yours.

— Dr. B. J. Ferraccio (Dr. F. / Brian), Clinical Psychologist in Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 specifically work with survivors of sexual trauma. As a survivor myself, I intimately know and understand the challenging process of recovery. I hold safe and validating space for survivors, and offer feminist justice-based interventions to repair trauma, rebuild a life worth living, and reconnect to community.

— Kelsey Harper, Clinical Psychologist in Santa Monica, 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

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