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 have extensive experience working with survivors of sexual abuse, assault, and trauma - whether this occurred during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, and was a one-time or ongoing assault. I have helped children and young adults disclose sexual abuse to family members, survivors of all ages address and process past sexual trauma(s), and clients work through recent/current sexual abuse.

— Krystal Ying, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , 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

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 , CA
 

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

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 Carlsbad, CA
 

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

I have a lot of experience with interpersonal trauma, such as domestic violence of sexual assault. My first step is assuring safety--both for the client in their life out in the world and between us in building a trusting relationship. I do not pressure clients to share before they are ready and believe in using our relationship toward healing the relational issues that come from such trauma. In processing traumatic events, I use things like narrative therapy and EMDR, depending on the client.

— Maeve Raphelson, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
 

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 terms. I will help you find your resilience, learn to love and accept yourself in all your glorious human gorgeous imperfections and awkwardness. You don't have to do this alone.

— Angela Albert, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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
 

Many of us who have survived sexual abuse or assault have strong survival responses to keep ourselves safe. These responses can look like: collapsing under pressure to avoid criticism and attack from others, having very restrictive touch boundaries or having very little touch boundaries at all to attempt to find healthy touch, and many more.... Therapy can be a safe place to recognize what these survival responses are, how they serve us, and slowly change them if they no longer serve us.

— jb bath, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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
 

My own life experience along with my education help me excel in this area.

— Jason Walter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Elmo, MN

I was trained at River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in New Orleans, LA, where I had specialized training on their sexual trauma and compulsive behaviors unit as an expressive therapist. I continued working with clients who had experienced trauma (sexual and domestic violence) in my community based training both in Chicago and New Orleans.

— Tara Hinds, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL
 

I have worked at two rape crisis centers both before and during graduate school for my training, in addition to working at a specialized clinic for survivors of sexual violence for my postgraduate training.

— Miklos Hargitay, Psychologist in New York, NY

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
 

Sexual abuse can have an impact on almost every aspect of a person's functioning. It is sometimes hard to start the work to heal from sexual abuse, but our work together will assist you in discovering a life beyond the sexual abuse.

— Paula E. Bruce, Ph.D. & Associates, A Psychological Corporation, Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I am a certified clinical trauma professional with 10 years of experience working with trauma to include PTSD, sexual trauma, and veterans.

— Keya Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Norcross, GA
 

I work with all trauma and am currently a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Certified Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. I also work with ages 0-5 on trauma experienced, which includes DV, sexual abuse, physical abuse, exposure to substances.

— Ashlei Lien, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Inglewood, CA