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

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 completed a one year counseling internship at Buncombe County’s rape crisis and prevention center: OurVOICE. The year I spent serving survivors in their healing process was rewarding beyond measure. I prepared by studying current research on the process that allows healing from trauma to happen. It was an honor and a pleasure to witness people returning to themselves. Today, my practice is dedicated to the strength of survivors.

— Ginelle Krummey, Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

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

Sexual harassment & assault - Caring support along the pathway to safety, wellbeing, and healing for survivors of sexual abuse and assault, including survivors of child sexual abuse.

— Chelsea Newton, Clinical Social Worker in Golden, CO

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I am deeply aware of the painful and often debilitating challenges that this experience presents. For the last two years I have been a participant in the three-year Somatic Experiencing Training Program (SE)ⓒ for resolving trauma, much of which focused on inescapable attack and sexual assault in particular. I feel well-equipped to facilitate your healing in this area, and to help you regain a sense of wholeness for having fulfilling relationships.

— Peter Carpentieri, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

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

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

Many people I work with have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or rape. If specific memories are not available, we work with felt sense and any memories that may present as we do the work. I do not work with perpetrators. I use a trauma informed approach, build a strong therapeutic relationship and provide skills to help you manage symptoms, to slowly prepare and feel more confident to engage in treatment, on your healing journey.

— Teresa Petersen, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

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