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.

Meet the specialists

 

Although sexual assault and abuse is only just entering the mainstream consciousness, many many people out there have been all too familiar with it's impact for a long time. If you have a history of abuse or assault....or if you are questioning if what you went through "qualifies"....we can work together to unpack your experience and it's impact on your life, sense of self and security. We will explore how to manage triggers and the big confusing emotions that you have around your experience.

— Lynda Martin, Counselor in New York, NY

Sexual trauma affects a person in more ways than one. Recovery from trauma requires exploration of the many areas affected by the event. When you encounter trauma, many things change: your emotions, thoughts, and actions. Your social and family relationships are impacted. So is your perception of self and of others. While we all experience different forms of trauma over our lives, some are difficult to process alone and require professional help. Healing from trauma is a very personal process. Therefore, it is critical that you feel safe in therapy, and this is why trust building is my first priority. I know how important it is for you to trust that your shared story is heard and validated. I know the significance of working through your trauma in a safe environment, at your own pace, and without fear of being judged. Recovery from trauma is a difficult task, but it is possible. It is my hope that by providing you the above essential elements of a trusting alliance, together we can build a strong foundation that help facilitate your healing process. I am an EMDR trained therapist and I am passionate about helping clients like you heal from the severe pain that your trauma has caused you. I am passionate about helping you take back the life and relationships you deserve. I want to assist you in putting together these pieces of the puzzle that make your life unique. Recovery can happen if you allow yourself to work it through.

— Ngoc "Michelle" Turner, Marriage & Family Therapist in Frisco, TX
 

My own life experience along with my education help me excel in this area.

— Jason Walter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Elmo, MN

Survivors of sexual abuse and assault are some of the most resilient individuals. Undergoing these experiences can leave one feeling scared, used and violated. I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the healing and recovery of sexual abuse and assault survivors by providing hope, empathy, support and evidence-based treatment to recover from traumatic events.

— Sonia Trefflich, Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, CA
 

My training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy as well as EMDR and Hakomi support my ability to treat the impacts of sexual abuse. Oftentimes when people have experienced sexual abuse there is an impact at both the level of the body, the capacity to feel safe in ones body as well as an impact on belief about ones self and sense of worth. My training in SPI, Hakomi and EMDR help to process the trauma of sexual abuse as well as an opportunity to experience the body as a safe space and develop new more accurate and appropriate beliefs about ones self and worth

— Heather Bradley, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
 

I work with clients of all ages who have experienced sexual violence including rape, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. I am passionate about helping people reclaim their strength and identity after these terrifying experiences. You'll notice that my website has more articles written about PTSD and sexual violence about than about anything else. Why? Because I believe in the power of counseling to help people regain control over their lives and reclaim happiness. Please know that the rape/abuse/assault doesn't have to define you. I want to help you start your journey toward healing and wholeness again. Please, call today to talk about how you can begin moving forward and find emotional freedom.

— Jessica Tappana, Clinical Social Worker in Columbia, MO

In this challenging political climate many sexual harassment, assault, and abuse survivors are finding themselves triggered on a weekly if not daily basis. If you are a survivor I want you to know that you don't have to experience this discomfort alone. I support survivors in individual sessions designed to help you heal from the trauma and any symptoms and/or relational issues that may have resulted. Sexuality Recovery and Discovery is my ongoing weekly therapy group for female identified survivors of sexual assault and harassment aimed to facilitate, share, and support in the transformation of relational, emotional, and somatic symptoms resulting from sexual trauma, within a safe and empowering space.

— Erika Shershun, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

I work with partners, family and friends of survivors of sexual violence. Our culture does not prepare us to know how to help. My work with partners of survivors empowers partners to feel confident supporting the survivor in their life, and helps them realize that they get to have their own feelings and challenges about this too. There are ways that working through trauma can be transformative, and everyone deserves to have the tools, skills and space that they need.

— Maya Grodman, Counselor in Portland, OR

The way through Sexual Abuse or Assault is truly the Hero's (Heroine's) Journey. I am with you every step of the way to help you work through the trauma and reclaim your life on your own freaking terms.

— Angela Albert, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

My own life experience along with my education help me excel in this area.

— Jason Walter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Elmo, MN
 

Sexual abuse, assault or rape are a unique type of trauma that can leave you feeling icky, worthless, scared and/or depressed. I work with clients of all ages who have experienced sexual violence including rape, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. I am passionate about helping people reclaim their strength and identity after these terrifying experiences. You'll notice that my website has more articles written about PTSD and sexual violence about than about anything else. Why? Because I believe in the power of counseling to help people regain control over their lives and reclaim happiness. Please know that the rape/abuse/assault doesn't have to define you. I want to help you start your journey toward healing and wholeness again. Please, call today to talk about how you can begin moving forward and find emotional freedom.

— Jessica Tappana, Clinical Social Worker in Columbia, MO

I have experience working with survivors of sexual abuse or assault.

— Diana Groener, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Sexual abuse and assault are more openly discussed now than in the past, however there is still sometimes a stigma that comes along with it. I believe in getting help as soon as humanly possible. It is a very heavy weight to walk around this world with. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I understand what it is like to hold that secret. Feeling like nobody will understand. Maybe also wondering how to open up about the personal experience as it can be challenging and terrifying. Some days you wonder if you will ever move past it. I worked with an organization who offered support groups to individuals who were healing from childhood sexual abuse. My work with this organization was impactful and watching the transformations were indescribable. This work has flowed into my private practice where I can help on an individual basis now. This can be a fragile process and I always want my clients to see that healing cannot be determined by a timeline. Healing moves at your own pace.

— Erica Faulhaber, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO

As an abuse survivor myself, I find an active compassion in the abuse and assault stories of my clients. Utilizing story, body awareness, mindfulness, and other body oriented therapies, I help clients to walk through their story with curiosity, love, and self-care. I seek to allow clients the space and time to process painful events.

— Erin Sanchez, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Kirkland, WA
 

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

In addition to my private practice, I also work at a non-profit organization specializing in working with clients with sexual abuse and assault histories. I have extensive training in this specific area and can help address cognitive, emotional and spiritual concerns following abuse. I help guide clients to gain more ways to cope with their experience and empower themselves in their lives.

— Sarah Klein, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Collins, CO
 

Sexual trauma can really shake us to our core. Living in a sexist world after a trauma can be overwhelming as a woman. Toxic masculinity is prevalent in both work and home life – creating complex triggers in unlikely places. As our awareness of these intersections between trauma and sexism increase, we may feel up in arms, ready to start a revolution! But we need to take exquisite care of ourselves first or else we are left feeling overwhelmed, drained and hopeless. After a sexual trauma we often wonder – can we ever feel beautiful, sexual, and/or feminine again and still feel safe? Can we trust others – or even ourselves – again? The answer is a resounding yes. Through a multi-modal approach that infuses relational, experiential and body-oriented approaches I help clients overcome trauma, create healthy boundaries, increase resilience, reclaim their sense of self and create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Dr. Stephen Oreski has been working to end Sexual Violence for over 20 years. His professional background includes leadership in social movements, policy, advocacy, and community organization.

— Dr. Stephen Oreski, Counselor in Paramus, NJ
 

I spent the first part of my career counseling children amd adults in a children’s advocacy center (CAC). This type of agency focuses in working with children and their families after an outcry of sexual abuse. I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Bahavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I utilize TF-CBT along with play therapy and sandtray therapy for people of all ages. I have attended multiple conferences that focus on the best practices in working with children that have been abused including The Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference 2 years in a row. I have facilitated several parent support groups to help parents cope with their child’s disclosure of sexual abuse. I have presented on topics related to sexual abuse in children at various local conferences.

— Lacey Fisher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I specialize in working with survivors of sexual trauma. Whether the sexual violence occurred when you were a child or an adult, the effects can be long lasting and pervasive. I create a safe environment for you to explore and process the pain you've experienced. My approach focuses on the mind body connection to help you move from a place of numbness and disconnection to feeling better throughout your body and more clarity in action.

— Jessica Lang, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Albany, CA

I evaluate individuals accused (true or false allegations) of sexual abuse or assault, including child sexual abuse. I prepare comprehensive, detailed reports for defense attorneys, court officials, probation and parole officers, etc. I am especially passionate about turning around false sexual abuse allegations. When the allegations are correct, I look for mitigating circumstances, and I conduct risk assessments to help determine if the accused is a good candidate for probation or parole. I also provide treatment for actual sex offenders. I prepare very detailed, comprehensive evaluations in these cases and I am prepared to testify in court to back up my findings and recommendations. This service can be provided nationwide, although some face to face interviews may be necessary in Dallas or in other locations.

— Stephen Finstein, Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX
 

Majority of my caseload in the last 5 years have been sexually abused or assaulted by a family member, friend or stranger. I work with these clients diligently to help resolve negative thoughts (“it’s my fault) and feelings (“I feel numb all over”) to get back to feeling happy again. You are stronger than you think and I’m here to make you realize that.

— Melissa Webb, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

While in higher education I was part of a DOJ OVW Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault and Dating Violence. This gave me the opportunity to travel and train with some of the national experts. I also had the opportunity to work collaboratively with the local rape crisis center and YWCA. Additionally, I served on the Board of Directors for a domestic violence and sexual violence prevention & support organization.

— Erica Thompson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

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

I have experience working with women in addressing the short and longterm effects of childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault. I am skilled at creating emotional safety and offering support through mind/body approaches to help girls and women to move through a range of difficult emotions, and find inner resources to create ongoing emotional safety and the ability to create satisfying and loving relationships moving forward in their lives.

— Anita Stoll, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX