Sexual Molestation in Childhood, Incest, Date Rape, Stranger Rape, Partner Rape, Clergy Sexual Abuse, Sexual Abuse by a Parent or Family Member
Healing from Sexual Abuse
People who have been the victims of sexual abuse in their childhood or adult lives often suffer lasting physical and / or emotional harm. They may never have had an opportunity to get help. That past victimization can make it very hard for them to have healthy relationships if they haven't worked through the harm that was suffered. If the abuse was committed by a parent or other trusted person, the damage is greater because an essential relationship was corrupted or destroyed. In many cases, the longer the abuse went on, the more the person was harmed, both by the abuse and by the shame of the secret.
Some people who are sexually abused will later experience feelings of shame about their bodies or their sexuality, trouble experiencing emotional intimacy, assuming they must have sex in order to get affection, or inability to function well in intimate relationships. Some people engage in self-harming behaviors such as drug use, promiscuity, or cutting. There are many additional harmful effects of sexual abuse and each person responds uniquely to their own circumstance. There is no "right" way to feel and the victim is faultless, even if they have feelings of guilt.
SexUAL aBUSE tREATMENT
- Admitting the Abuse- If you have not previously told anyone, admitting the abuse is an important step
- Trauma Therapy- Therapy techniques to help you process and heal from the abuse
- Emotion Regulation Skills- If one of the effects of your abuse is emotional trouble, there are good skills to help
- Relationship work - If your past abuse is impacting your present relationship choices, we can work to identify and adjust this
- Self-Image - People's self-image can be affected by abuse and treatment helps you ground yourself in your unique identity
- Sexual Functioning- Some people's sexual functioning was harmed by their abuse and there are techniques you can use to address this
- Self-Harm Behaviors - Some people with abuse histories develop these and there are effective techniques to stop them