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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Whether the abuse happened long ago, recently, once, or was ongoing, please know that it is possible to heal and reclaim your power. With comprehensive experience helping survivors of sexual abuse and assault, I am here to help you navigate and manage the painful emotions, overpowering memories and thoughts, and persistent experience of being on edge. My experience includes supporting children, teens, and adults process and cope with sexual abuse, as well as helping family members respond.

— Krystal Ying, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Willits, CA

Sexual abuse/assault is a particular type of trauma that can feel isolating and like you may never recover. I have specific experience and specialization in working with sexual trauma survivors in feeling safe, processing the assault, and getting back into a full life.

— Allison Brown, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,
 

Sexual violence impacts a large portion of our population. I have found that when you make it safe to talk about, many people have stories to tell. My research in graduate school focused on working with sexual abuse victim/survivors. I have worked with a large number of victim/survivors in support groups, as well as providing individual therapy to people struggling with a history of sexual violence.

— Mark Myran, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

Healing from sexual violence can be an incredibly challenging road. I work closely with the LGBTQ+ community, which is experiencing an epidemic of sexual violence. For LGBTQ survivors, their very identities and the fear of discrimination can prevent them from seeking help and healing. I stand with you and am here as a resource to aid in therapeutic and trauma processing.

— Leta Lawhead, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA
 

I spent eight years at the Dallas children's Advocacy Center as a therapist then Assistant Director of Clinical Services. I primarily treated child victims of sexual abuse as well as their non-offending caregivers, who were often also victims of sexual assault. I testified numerous times as an expert witness in criminal child sexual abuse court cases on abuse and trauma. I have worked with clients that disclosed right away as well as clients that waited decades to tell.

— Leslie Boutte, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

In healing from sexual abuse or assault we start by creating safety. Safety in your relationship with me, safety in your world, and safety with your body. I support you in connecting with your body and honoring your body’s signals. We will work together to build a healthy sex life that prioritizes your health, safety, and desires.

— Ciara Bogdanovic, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA
 

For the past 15 years, I have worked extensively with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. One of my training sites was Valley Trauma Counseling Center. I incorporate aspects of Attachment-Focused EMDR, Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am an expert in empowering survivors to kick shame to the curb, listen to their gut instincts, and stop re-creating the trauma in their present-day relationships.

— Kirstin Carl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

Sexual abuse or assault is way too prevalent in our society yet it can be a huge source of shame, and embarrassment. Often when survivors have reported the story, it has led to more harm, shame and re-traumatization. I start with a foundation of safety and trust and from there work our way at your pace into healing when you are ready.

— Stephanie Boulton, Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

I have worked with several clients who are survivors of sexual abuse, some from childhood and others from adolescence. I enjoy helping these clients process what happened, reclaim their power, and integrate the experience so they can continue living life to the fullest.

— Amy Ruesche, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

The majority of my work has been with survivors of sexual abuse or assault. I focused on this during my time working in community mental health, with people ranging in age from 5-67, experiencing trauma at various points in their lives, and coping with it in a whole variety of ways. I focus heavily on mind-body connection here, and finding a safe way to be present in the body after trauma. I primarily utilize Somatic Therapy and Compassion-focused therapy here.

— Kayla Rees, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

With over a quarter century & 40k hours of expert treatment for all types of sexual misbehaviors provided, I give you an evidence based, research oriented treating of “sex addiction”, Out of Control Sexual Behavior, App Hook-Ups, Strip Clubs, Massage Parlors, compulsivity, Professional Sexual Misconduct, serial affairs, porn, as a Certified sexual misbehavior professional. James Foley LCSW 60 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10165 718-208-6135 www.sexuallycompulsive.com

— "Sex Addiction", Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert James Foley, Psychotherapist in New York, New York, NY

Sexual abuse or assault, whether as an adult or as a child is in my opinion one of the most challenging traumas to overcome. With it often comes a host of debilitating mental health symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship issues, and substance abuse. I provide these clients a safe space to tell their stories and heal from these experiences. I am trained in EMDR and have much experience in working with survivors of abuse.

— Lisa Fulfor, Clinical Social Worker in Frisco, TX
 

Sexual abuse impacts 1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 males. It is a painful and personal experience that can affect every aspect of both your and your child’s life. I have over ten years of experience working with children, adults, and families that have experienced sexual abuse.

— Julie Klamon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA

I've worked with sexual abuse survivors for the better part of a decade. I provide a safe environment where you can feel at ease, heard and seen. Something I have seen countless times, is that sexual abuse survivors often blame themselves. I am here to tell you, you are not to blame and you deserve to feel safe and find healing. With EMDR therapy, I can help you find strength in the resources you already have within you and process the trauma in a safe and effective way, as you feel ready.

— Kandace Ledergerber, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
 

I have experience working with male survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the confusing consequences of this unique type of abuse. Often, male survivors of sexual abuse struggle with intimacy, relationships, perfectionism, codependency, identity, dissociation, self sabotage, and overall boundary complications across different relationships. I can support you in the process of developing a treatment plan and following through to address your individual concerns step by step.

— Ross Kellogg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have assisted clients who are survivors of sexual abuse or assault. I have worked with past clients on desensitizing negative beliefs about self because of the abuse or assault using EMDR and Brainspotting. I have also worked with clients who become triggered and have flashbacks to the abuse or assault. Through EMDR, we shift the automatic reaction to these triggers and in the process, past clients have become freed and clear of the burden of these awful memories.

— Jordan Nodelman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wilton Manors, FL
 

Over the last ten years I have sought additional training in trauma, with particular focus on working with survivors of sexual assault. I previously worked in a rape crisis center and volunteered with RAINN for several years. My goal in addressing your sexual trauma is to help you move toward empowerment in your body, relationships, and in the world.

— Laurel Roberts-Meese, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Healing from sexual violence can be an incredibly challenging road. I work closely with the LGBTQ+ community, which is experiencing an epidemic of sexual violence. For LGBTQ survivors, their very identities and the fear of discrimination can prevent them from seeking help and healing. I stand with you and am here as a resource to aid in therapeutic and trauma processing.

— Leta Lawhead, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA