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

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

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

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

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

— Sarah Andrew-Madison, in BRONX, NY

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

In addition to working clinically with survivors of sexual abuse and assault, I am a Staff Trainer for MVP Strategies, a gender violence prevention program founded by Jackson Katz, PhD., utilizing the Bystander Approach. I have worked for over 10 years training individuals in the US Military, the entertainment industry, college and university athletic programs, and community groups to recognize and intervene in sexual violence in their immediate cultural contexts.

— Lauren Grousd, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Portland, ME

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

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

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 (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

Many who have survived sexual trauma feel unsafe in their bodies, have extreme difficulty trusting themselves or others, or feel embarrassed or ashamed about what happened to them. It is common to have difficulty sleeping, frequent nightmares or flashbacks, depression, anxiety/panic attacks, or trouble managing overwhelming emotions. This can all very incredibly hard to talk about, so we will work at your pace. I will never ask you to do or say anything that you're not ready for.

— Peggy Johnson, Counselor in Knoxville, TN

Extensive work with survivors which included counseling, advocacy, and resource work. Created a healing arts program for survivors and providing awareness. WCASA Award Winner for my Sexual Assault Advocacy. Specialized Trauma Counseling Training. Seeking Safety Training, Received Human Trafficking I Training.

— Catina Cole, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Milwaukee, WI

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

Nearly two decades providing counseling, support, and advocacy for individuals impacted by sexual abuse and assault. Founding board member and former clinical director of rape crisis center. Extensive training in sexual abuse/assault. Trained expert witness. History of providing training to those working in the area on best practices, trauma-informed care, and vicarious trauma in local, state-wide and international conferences and setting.

— Monica Urbaniak, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, 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

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

Beyond the terrible physical impact of the incident, your internal world is filled with negative images. You experience extreme negative sensations now--more sensitive to sounds and movements. On edge. Emotionally raw. And while you know your reaction is normal given what happened, you don't want to feel this way. I help survivors of all genders heal. And you can share as much or as little about what happened as you want. Healing can happen regardless of how much we talk.

— Ashley Jopling, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern 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

Many of my clients come to me worried that their experiences of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse will prevent then from living full, empowered lives. I help my clients reconnect to who they are and learn to co-exist with the pain they have experienced rather than being consumed or in denial of what they have been through.

— Liz Gustafson, Psychologist in Los Angeles, 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