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

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
 

Since the start of my counseling practice, I've had the most experience with issues related to childhood sexual abuse. This abuse often leads to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. These conditions are a NORMAL response to this abuse.

— Patricia Anderson, Counselor in Arlington Heights, IL

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 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 Orlando, FL

It's hard, maybe even impossible, to live fully when you've learned your body is a dangerous place to be. As a therapist working with sexual trauma, my goal is to create a space for you to explore and express what you feel. Sexual violence is rooted in power, healing is rooted in collaboration. Together we'll find the right pace for you to explore and integrate your story and feelings through somatic explorations, expressive arts, narrative therapy and dream work.

— Karen Baker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
 

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

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
 

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

For the past three years, I have worked with an organization that specializes in helping survivors of sexual trauma of all ages. I know the ways sexual trauma can impact one's sense of safety, relationships, coping behaviors, body image, and ability to feel empowered. I am trauma-informed and provide a safe space for clients to share their story without shame, and reclaim their personal power and sense of Self.

— Sarah O'Keefe, Counselor in Kansas City, MO
 

Throughout my master's program, I worked as a state certified sexual assault and rape crisis counselor. I also co-led a college-age women's sexual assault survivor's group in my practicum work. With this foundation of supporting survivors, I was able to apply my skills in my work with teens dealing with trauma, leading art therapy groups for teen girls in juvenile hall, and facilitating group therapy for adults in a partial hospitalization program dealing with significant anxiety & depression.

— Kalene Khan, Marriage & Family Therapist

I have worked extensively with survivors of sexual trauma, particularly survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I utilize mindfulness and grounding techniques to enhance one's distress tolerance ability in order to facilitate integration and desensitization of these troubling memories.

— Prerna Menon, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

Do you have disturbing memories, nightmares and flashbacks? Are you anxious or depressed? It is hard to build relationships? Do you have hard time standing up for yourself? 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. Contact me today!

— Tatiana Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

I've worked extensively with survivors of sexual abuse at all ages, with a special focus on abuse that occurred as a child or teen. I spent three years as crisis counselor at Jackson County Child Advocacy Center working exclusively with children & families affected by abuse. Sexual abuse can leave us feeling guilty and ashamed at a deep level. I collaborate with clients to reduce shame & rewrite narratives that don't serve anymore so you have a healthier relationship with yourself & others.

— Stephanie Gardner-Wright, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

I have worked with juveniles and adults who have committed a sexual offense. I did this work in residential facilities, and with men on probation and parole. I co-facilitated sex offender treatment groups, and conducted research on elderly sex offenders. I currently work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault in adulthood. I believe my experience with offenders has helped me develop a deep care and compassion for survivors and I'm skilled at healing work.

— Melissa Pirwani, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Jose, 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 previously worked at the The Center for Relationships and Sexual Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. My clientele included work with LGBTQ teens and adults as well as individuals who had experienced sexual assault and trauma.

— Leticia Berg, Psychotherapist in Royal Oak, MI

Sexual assault and gender-based violence are a plague in our society, and too few people know that there are specific therapies designed to address the impacts of trauma. I use an approach to address trauma that will help you think about the event less, alleviate shame/guilt associated with the event, and improve your ability to function in all other areas of your life. Trauma Focused Therapy can help you better sleep, concentrate more/be more productive, and have less strain in relationships.

— Cassie McCarthy, Clinical Social Worker
 

I have completed the WA Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Core Therapist training. I have also worked at two different Child Advocacy Centers where my primary clients were children who had experienced sexual abuse, non-offending family members, and adult survivors of abuse.

— Julie Sole, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Graham, WA

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 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 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

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 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 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
 

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
 

It's hard, maybe even impossible, to live fully when you've learned your body is a dangerous place to be. As a therapist working with sexual trauma, my goal is to create a space for you to explore and express what you feel. Sexual violence is rooted in power, healing is rooted in collaboration. Together we'll find the right pace for you to explore and integrate your story and feelings through somatic explorations, expressive arts, narrative therapy and dream work.

— Karen Baker, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist