Sexual Abuse & Trauma

Have you or someone you care about been sexually assaulted?

In the United States, every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted.

Are you struggling with trusting people and creating long lasting friendships?
Do you have panic attacks or flashbacks?
Have you addressed your sexual assault before but still feel something is still missing?
Are you unsure if a sexual assault happened, but your body is having symptoms that you can’t explain?
Are you a man that feels your masculinity is in question because of your assault?

Common reactions to sexual abuse and trauma might include:

  • Difficulty with sexual intimacy
  • Eating disordered behavior
  • Low self-esteem/low self-care
  • Distorted body image
  • Body memories
  • Flashbacks
  • Feeling that you are always looking for danger or are startled easily
  • Feel your emotions are on a roller coaster
  • Lack of trust in others and yourself

 

…You may have reasons you don’t want to seek help for Sexual Abuse and Trauma Counseling right now……

I’m too busy.

I understand and yet, if not now, when?The issues you are struggling with won’t go away by themselves and your self-care can be your top priority.

I don’t have “memories.” Or I’m not sure it really happened.

This is common for survivors to feel. When our brains experience traumatic stress, sometimes memories aren’t stored as they usually are and you may have no memory of what actually happened. Many survivors feel something has happened in their body and this is what they work with.

Your perpetrator may have told you, this didn’t happen or this is the way I show you love. This may have confused you and made you feel confused about how you were feeling.

I can explore these feelings with you, no matter how confusing, and help you work through it.

If I go to counseling, it means it really happened.

Yeah, this is a tough one, and confronting the issue is the only way to resolve any difficulties that come from it.

I’m scared. My perpetrator always told me no-one would believe me.

This was a way your perpetrator controlled you and kept you from telling anyone that would get them in trouble. They knew they were doing something wrong. I believe you. Kids and adults rarely-if ever-make this up.

I’ve worked with other counselors and “talk” therapy doesn’t work for me.

Talk therapy is great and it doesn’t address the trauma that happened in your body and nervous system. In order to heal your trauma, it needs to be addressed on the nervous system level.

 

 

Are you ready to start your healing journey?

You aren’t alone in this journey and I would love to support your healing and growth with sexual abuse and trauma counseling, whatever that may look like for you. Book your free 15 minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit!