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

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

Many prefer to think childhood sexual abuse and trauma is rare and occurs only in other countries, but the heartbreaking truth is a minimum of 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered sexual trauma by the age 18. Adult survivors find that few are willing to walk with them in their story and suffering, and many want them to be "over it" though the effects last a lifetime. Your story is not too much for Wild Foxgloves, we will be a witness to your suffering, and help you reclaim what was stolen.

— Wild Foxgloves Counseling, PLLC, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Vancouver, WA

I am experienced and trained on providing trauma-informed care to individuals affected by rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault. My approach to treatment involves understanding how important it is for you to go at your own pace depending on your comfort level when it comes to sharing your trauma, and in the meantime, I provide resources and coping strategies to help you through your day-to-day life.

— Aron Cyrrian, Counselor in Winter Park, FL

Unresolved and unprocessed trauma can embed deeply within us, resulting in issues that we carry long into adulthood: anger, shame, anxiety, depression, addiction, and more. Examining your past traumas and internal conflicts is a powerful path to profound self-understanding and expansion. I work gently and collaboratively to help you work through past trauma in a way that is meaningful and empowering for you.

— Andrea Scharlatt, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Oakdale, MN

As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I have a passion for helping those who have been victims of sexual violence. As your therapist you can expect to be educated on what trauma is and how it changes the mind and the body, help you identify triggers, communicate your needs to your support system, process difficult emotions and even exposure therapies to name just a few of the things we can do.

— Janelle Schlueter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Katy, TX

Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These effects aren’t always easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed (RAINN). I work with adults survivors of childhood sexual assault, and adult survivors of rape . I have the most experience with sexual abuse and assault having interned at the DC Rape Crisis Center during my graduate training and than later workin in Denver at RAAP now known as the Blue Bench.

— Alison "Ali" Pierucci, Therapist in Denver, CO

I have worked with hundreds of clients who have experienced sexual abuse/assault. I have seen countless clients experience complete healing from these violations.

— Alissa Beuerlein, Counselor in Nashville, TN

I have specialized in the treatment of sexual abuse and assault for several years and have received several trainings for both children and adults.

— Uchechi Ukuku, Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

Luisa has extent experience working with survivors of sexual abuse or assault. In 2016, Luisa received the Bureau of Victim Services Commendation Award for “Helping Victims Become Survivors” from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

— Luisa Contreras, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in NEWPORT BEACH, CA

If you are a mother of a child who has been sexually abused, or a child who has been a perpetrator of sexual abuse, I want to work with you. I recognize that there aren’t many services available expressly for your needs, and in order for you to help your child heal, you need support to work through your complicated emotions. You need a space to heal.

— Aasiyah Clark, Counselor

I have worked with victims as well as sex and domestic violence offenders. While victims require healing of the trauma, with offenders we are looking at issues of control and low self esteem. Often the problem can be complex and an individual may be both a victim and an offender and I am prepared to deal with all sides of the issue.

— Taunya Gesner, Counselor in Gresham, OR

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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Paramus, NJ

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 terms. I will help you find your resilience, learn to love and accept yourself in all your glorious human gorgeous imperfections and awkwardness. You don't have to do this alone.

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

I have volunteered with and worked for domestic violence and sexual assault community resource centers for over 5 years. Serving as a Rape Crisis Counselor provided me the opportunity to companion survivors through the immediate and long-term aftermath of rape, sexual assault and abuse. I specialize in trauma-informed therapies as well as sex and gender therapy and somatic experiencing, all of which I combine to assist those suffering safely forward onto their path of healing.

— Letecia Garcia, Psychotherapist in Philadelphia, PA

I have extensive experience helping survivors of sexual abuse recover from trauma related symptoms. I work with children, teens and adults.

— Emily Arth, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Columbia, MO

Left untreated, the wounds of incest/childhood sexual abuse can permeate every area of your life as an adult. You might be silently plagued with nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and feeling like something bad is going to happen at any minute. Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and maintaining the shame-based belief that the abuse was somehow your fault are all common reactions in adulthood. Know your healing is possible and that you deserve to heal.

— Leanne Lemire, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carefree, AZ

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

We can: Support women through the ordeal of abortion. Offer comfort and healing after trauma from rape and abuse. Help women deal with sexual harassment issues. What does a woman want? She wants to overcome anxiety. She wants to be comfortable with her own body. She wants to learn how to tap into her inner Goddess. She wants to appreciate her sexuality. She wants to learn, heal and grow. We offer a safe space to practice these ideals.

— Rachael Rainey, Sex Therapist in Sparks, NV

I pursued a career as a therapist specifically to work with children and adults who had suffered trauma. My first area of interest was serving those who had suffered trauma of a sexual nature. This kind of abuse is about power: the power of the perpetrator taking away or suppressing the power of the victim. I am proud to empower survivors to rediscover their power, and their voice, both in my practice, and in my day job as Director of Counseling for a sexual assault crisis resource agency.

— Luke Robbins, Clinical Social Worker in Norwalk, CT

If you've experience recent or past sexual abuse, first off, I would like to say I'm sorry you've had to endure this difficult experience in your life. Sexual abuse does not have to define you anymore. While we can never eliminate the memory of a sexual assault and abuse, we can certainly heal the pain of that experience. My approach is not one size fits all and each individual has their own unique therapeutic experience and timeframe in trauma focused therapy.

— Janet Bayramyan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Valley Village, CA

I have had the privilege of walking clients through the different stages of healing from both repeated sexual abuse as well as assault and rape. I have witnessed the powerful transformation that occurs as a survivor gradually reclaims ownership of their story and a sense of safety in their body. I consider it one of the greatest honors of my job to walk alongside clients bravely engaging this process.

— Sarah Brandabur, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have worked at two rape crisis centers both before and during graduate school for my training, in addition to working at a specialized clinic for survivors of sexual violence for my postgraduate training.

— Miklos Hargitay, Psychologist in New York, NY

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

I have specific trauma training that focuses on working through narratives. I work with preteens to older adults who have been affected by sexual abuse and sexual assault, either as individuals or in the context of healing within the family.

— Alyssa Callaway, Marriage & Family Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

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

Treating sexual assault and abuse survivors has been a primary focus throughout my career. Helping people heal from these crimes and renew their sense of safety and personal empowerment is a privilege and an honor. I have also written a children's book on consent for the very youngest members of our society as a means of educating both parents and children on consent and increasing empathy and healthy, safe communication in our world .

— Christine Babinec, Licensed Professional Counselor in Beaverton, OR