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 been working with survivors of sexual trauma for most of my professional life. I have worked with survivors of incest, sexual abuse, assault, and rape.

— Joanna Filidor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

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 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 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

Sexual abuse or assault, whether as an adult or as a child is in my opinion one of the most challenging traumas to overcome. With it often comes a host of debilitating mental health symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, and substance abuse. I provide these clients a safe space to tell their stories and heal from these experiences. I am trained in EMDR and have much experience in working with survivors of abuse.

— Lisa Fulfor, Clinical Social Worker in Frisco, TX
 

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

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 www.sexuallycompulsive.com

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

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 their worth, personhood, and their sexual identity. I work with you to release the bonds of shame and confusion that can surround these events. I do this by creating a safe and shame free environment, and by using evidence based practices, to help you heal these wounds.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

Many people I work with have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or rape. If specific memories are not available, we work with felt sense and any memories that may present as we do the work. I do not work with perpetrators. I use a trauma informed approach, build a strong therapeutic relationship and provide skills to help you manage symptoms, to slowly prepare and feel more confident to engage in treatment, on your healing journey.

— Teresa Petersen, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX
 

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

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 San Diego, CA
 

I completed a one year counseling internship at Buncombe County’s rape crisis and prevention center: OurVOICE. The year I spent serving survivors in their healing process was rewarding beyond measure. I prepared by studying current research on the process that allows healing from trauma to happen. It was an honor and a pleasure to witness people returning to themselves. Today, my practice is dedicated to the strength of survivors.

— Ginelle Krummey, Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

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 www.sexuallycompulsive.com

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

Understanding what sexuality & sensuality mean to you undefined by past experiences or voices that don’t serve you. Letting go of that inner critic and strengthening your relationship to your body through self love & body positivity.

— Ketki Chavan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, 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
 

James Foley LCSW 60 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10165 www.sexuallycompulsive.com

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

Healing from sexual violence is often a very 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, trauma processing. I additionally work with heterosexual women who have experienced sexual abuse/assault/violence.

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

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I am deeply aware of the painful and often debilitating challenges that this experience presents. For the last two years I have been a participant in the three-year Somatic Experiencing Training Program (SE)ⓒ for resolving trauma, much of which focused on inescapable attack and sexual assault in particular. I feel well-equipped to facilitate your healing in this area, and to help you regain a sense of wholeness for having fulfilling relationships.

— Peter Carpentieri, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA