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 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

I have worked with survivors of sexual violence for many years, and in many ways. I believe that creating safe spaces for survivors of sexual violence to share their stories is vital for survivors to be able to process and heal from their experiences. In the work that I've done with survivors, nearly always, I hear, "I thought it was just me who experienced _____." I want you to know that you're not alone. I will understand your behaviors and believe your experiences.

— Anna McDonald, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

I have (5+ years) of extensive experience working with survivors of sexual violence in different capacity settings (drop-in centers, group homes, crisis centers) and do well with training others on how to best support survivors within mental health. Additionally, I have expertise working with survivors of commercial sexual exploitation/domestic trafficking and am very passionate & committed to providing survivors with supports they need to thrive in their own communities as leaders.

— Ashante Taylorcox, Associate Professional Counselor in Marlton, NJ

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

I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and have worked with many clients on coping with sexual abuse and assault through using EMDR, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness.

— Andrea Stickel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Midland, MI

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

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

A sad reality of having worked for a decade with women and sexual minorities is that I have a lot of experience treating the traumatic after-effects sexual assault and abuse. No matter what your experience is, the abuse you experienced was not your fault. I prioritize helping you learn to comfort, stick up for, and forgive yourself, and when you feel more stable in your life, we can begin to process any trauma you experienced in a way that is slow and safe.

— Christine Hutchison, Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Do you have disturbing memories, nightmares and flashbacks? Are you anxious or depressed? It is hard to build relationships? All those symptoms could be caused by history of childhood sexual abuse. I can help you heal wounds from the past! I can help you explore, understand and release your fears, find your voice and claim your inner power to build your life on your terms.

— Tatiana Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

For almost fours years, I worked as a staff psychologist and Coordinator of Sexual Assault Services at Towson University. For the past ten years, a large portion of the clients I have worked with have histories of sexual trauma.

— Catherine Sullivan-Windt, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

For almost fours years, I worked as a staff psychologist and Coordinator of Sexual Assault Services at Towson University. Over the past ten years, a large portion of the clients I have worked with have histories of sexual trauma.

— Catherine Sullivan-Windt, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

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

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, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

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 Erie, CO

My speciality in EMDR can be effective at treating the aftermath of sexual abuse or assault.

— Sarah Andrew-Madison, in BRONX, NY

LGBTQ youth are more vulnerable to childhood sexual abuse because sociocultural oppression can inhibit their development of a healthy sexual identity and sense of self. They are often alienated from family supports, robbed of proper sexual health education in schools, and made to form deep feelings of shame and secrecy. These marginalizing effects make them more vulnerable to predators and victimization. I have worked with LGBTQ-GNC, and male-identified survivors for 10yrs.

— Rory Valentine Diller, M.A., Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Orinda, CA

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

In my professional life, I have treated many people who have experienced some form of sexual assault. One of the commom themes I found with my clients is the feeling of invisibility regarding their traumatic experiences. Over time, I have learned that one of my greatest services to these clients has been to bear witness to their pain. Often, it is the acknowledging of the pain of an untold assault, or of a childhood filled with sexual abuse, that opens the door to the start of a healing path.

— Alicia A. Williams, Ed.D., Psychologist in Ewing, NJ

In almost every aspect of our lives from the time we are children, we are taught to stay silent about sexual violence. We are told that we should consider it a "normal" experience for women; we are told we deserved it, that we caused it somehow. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted, no exceptions. This is your journey, and you are in total control of it. I have worked with hundreds of victims and survivors, from ages 12 to 75, men and women. I want you to find your strength again.

— Laura Angelucci, Therapist in Austell, GA

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