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 found great fulfillment in my work with people who have engaged in risky or abusive sexual behaviors. I am passionate about preventing sexual abuse in our society and have found my professional niche in working with those who have engaged in such behaviors or who find themselves trying to managing concerning desires and attractions. I pride myself in my compassionate and nonjudgmental approach to my work. I see people, not behaviors and look forward to supporting you in your journey.

— Brian Finnerty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collingswood, NJ
 

During my internship years, I spent 5 years working entirely with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and survivors of (adult) sexual assault. I have helped hundreds recover their birthright feeling of wholeness, ameliorate shame, improve depression, reduce and sometimes eliminate symptoms of PTSD, and so forth. I have training in EMDR and Prolonged Exposure therapy.

— Anne Cleary, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Fernandina Beach, FL

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
 

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

As an abuse survivor myself, I find an active compassion in the abuse and assault stories of my clients. Utilizing story, body awareness, mindfulness, and other body oriented therapies, I help clients to walk through their story with curiosity, love, and self-care. I seek to allow clients the space and time to process painful events.

— Erin Sanchez, Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA
 

In addition to relationship counseling, I also am an EMDR trauma therapist, with areas of focus on grief, loss, and sexual trauma. Healing from trauma is difficult, yet possible. I can’t tell you what you should or should not do with your trauma. What I can do is to support and empower you in your healing process so you can focus on the things in life that matter more to you than just surviving.

— Michelle Turner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

Unresolved and unprocessed trauma can embed deeply within us, resulting in issues that we carry long into adulthood: anger, shame, anxiety, depression, addiction, and more. Examining your past traumas and internal conflicts is a powerful path to profound self-understanding and expansion. I work gently and collaboratively to help you work through past trauma in a way that is meaningful and empowering for you.

— Andrea Scharlatt, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Oakdale, MN

I have experience working with women in addressing the short and longterm effects of childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault. I am skilled at creating emotional safety and offering support through mind/body approaches to help girls and women to move through a range of difficult emotions, and find inner resources to create ongoing emotional safety and the ability to create satisfying and loving relationships moving forward in their lives.

— Anita Stoll, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX
 

I work extensively with this population. I spent many years volunteering with a rape crisis center, doing both prevention and intervention work (including serving as hospital advocate) and I continue to work with adult survivors who are healing from trauma. I also previously worked as a community educator doing child abuse prevention work.

— Nicole Hardy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Asheville, NC

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
 

Sexual trauma can really shake us to our core. Living in a sexist world after a trauma can be overwhelming as a woman. Toxic masculinity is prevalent in both work and home life – creating complex triggers in unlikely places. As our awareness of these intersections between trauma and sexism increase, we may feel up in arms, ready to start a revolution! But we need to take exquisite care of ourselves first or else we are left feeling overwhelmed, drained and hopeless. After a sexual trauma we often wonder – can we ever feel beautiful, sexual, and/or feminine again and still feel safe? Can we trust others – or even ourselves – again? The answer is a resounding yes. Through a multi-modal approach that infuses relational, experiential and body-oriented approaches I help clients overcome trauma, create healthy boundaries, increase resilience, reclaim their sense of self and create the lives they wish to lead.

— Natalia Amari, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

We can: Support women through the ordeal of abortion. Offer comfort and healing after trauma from rape and abuse. Help women deal with sexual harassment issues. What does a woman want? She wants to overcome anxiety. She wants to be comfortable with her own body. She wants to learn how to tap into her inner Goddess. She wants to appreciate her sexuality. She wants to learn, heal and grow. We offer a safe space to practice these ideals.

— Rachael Rainey, Sex Therapist in Sparks, NV
 

For almost fours years, I worked as a staff psychologist and Coordinator of Sexual Assault Services at Towson University. Over the past ten years, a large portion of the clients I have worked with have histories of sexual trauma.

— Catherine Sullivan-Windt, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

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
 

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

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

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

Left untreated, the wounds of incest/childhood sexual abuse can permeate every area of your life as an adult. You might be silently plagued with nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and feeling like something bad is going to happen at any minute. Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and maintaining the shame-based belief that the abuse was somehow your fault are all common reactions in adulthood. Know your healing is possible and that you deserve to heal.

— Leanne Lemire, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Carefree, AZ

1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 5 men have suffered childhood sexual abuse. You are not alone. Although you may feel broken and carry shame or guilt, it was and is not your fault. It is not your shame or guilt to carry. I will help you put those burdens down, and find your own path towards healing and wholeness.

— Carolee Horning, Counselor in Eugene, OR
 

Do you have disturbing memories, nightmares and flashbacks? Are you anxious or depressed? It is hard to build relationships? Do you have hard time standing up for yourself? 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. Contact me today!

— Tatiana Morris, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

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
 

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

Working with folks who have be impacted by sexual abuse or assault is my area of speciality and passion. I am a certified facilitator for the training: Stewards of Children, which is a training gear to adults on learning how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse. I have worked with youth, adolescents, and adults who have experienced severe and complex sexual assault(s). I believe wholeheartedly that a person who has experienced sexual abuse or assault can heal.

— Am Bradford, Counselor in Tacoma, WA
 

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 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy as well as EMDR and Hakomi support my ability to treat the impacts of sexual abuse. Oftentimes when people have experienced sexual abuse there is an impact at both the level of the body, the capacity to feel safe in ones body as well as an impact on belief about ones self and sense of worth. My training in SPI, Hakomi and EMDR help to process the trauma of sexual abuse as well as an opportunity to experience the body as a safe space and develop new more accurate and appropriate beliefs about ones self and worth

— Heather Bradley, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
 

Sexual abuse, assault or rape are a unique type of trauma that can leave you feeling icky, worthless, scared and/or depressed. I work with clients of all ages who have experienced sexual violence including rape, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. I am passionate about helping people reclaim their strength and identity after these terrifying experiences. You'll notice that my website has more articles written about PTSD and sexual violence about than about anything else. Why? Because I believe in the power of counseling to help people regain control over their lives and reclaim happiness. Please know that the rape/abuse/assault doesn't have to define you. I want to help you start your journey toward healing and wholeness again. Please, call today to talk about how you can begin moving forward and find emotional freedom.

— Jessica Tappana, Clinical Social Worker in Columbia, MO

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

Sexual trauma attempts to diminish the person. It communicates to the victim that their feelings and experience does not count based on what was done to them and many victims are blamed for what happened either by their perpetrator or by others who do not understand. I work to help victims acknowledge their experience as valid and one that counts because this is the opposite of what trauma has done. Speaking about our experience with caring others is the first courageous step toward healing.

— Kim Johancen, Therapist in Centennial - DTC, CO
 

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