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

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

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

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

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

You possess strength and resiliency from the sheer fact that you survived the trauma you have experienced. You can draw on that strength and resiliency to help you heal and find a fulfilling and authentic life.

— Crystal Frederick, Counselor in Austin, TX

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, 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, Therapist in Dallas, TX

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

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

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

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

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

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

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