Sexual Abuse Therapists in Hamilton, ON

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Sasha Pivarnyik (Therapist And Clinical Supervisor)
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8P
Specialized training/areas of focus include childhood abuse/neglect, sexual abuse/trauma, and postpartum depression.
I provide therapy to those who feel that past difficulties and traumatic events are affecting their lives now. My work helps clients to understand how and why the past affects them, and to ensure positive change going forward. Most importantly, I offer a safe, compassionate and comfortable space for you to tell your story.
Specialized training/areas of focus include childhood abuse/neglect, sexual abuse/trauma, and postpartum depression.
I provide therapy to those who feel that past difficulties and traumatic events are affecting their lives now. My work helps clients to understand how and why the past affects them, and to ensure positive change going forward. Most importantly, I offer a safe, compassionate and comfortable space for you to tell your story.
(365) 300-8329 View (365) 300-8329
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Heather McFadyen
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP, RYT
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with both women and men survivors of sexual abuse.
I've worked for over 17 years with survivors of trauma and vicarious trauma - sexual, physical, emotional, mental and or neglect. Often these traumatic injuries appear in life as anxiety, depression, addictions, flashbacks, unhealthy relationships or chronic pain. I attend with safety and empathy to these patterns and habits that appear in belief systems and emotions, and to the important role the body plays in responding to, storing and repairing harm. I specialize in including mindful attention to the body with talk therapy to help clients unlock the painful legacy of trauma.
I have extensive experience working with both women and men survivors of sexual abuse.
I've worked for over 17 years with survivors of trauma and vicarious trauma - sexual, physical, emotional, mental and or neglect. Often these traumatic injuries appear in life as anxiety, depression, addictions, flashbacks, unhealthy relationships or chronic pain. I attend with safety and empathy to these patterns and habits that appear in belief systems and emotions, and to the important role the body plays in responding to, storing and repairing harm. I specialize in including mindful attention to the body with talk therapy to help clients unlock the painful legacy of trauma.
(289) 274-6928 View (289) 274-6928
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BeWell Mississauga Health Centre
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8N
Sabrina is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and holds more than 7 years of experience working with vulnerable and marginalized populations in different non-profit settings. Sabrina has supported individuals who are experiencing intimate partner violence, survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and other traumas, substance use, childhood trauma, have precarious housing situations, and are involved in the legal system. She also helps individuals with stress, self-worth, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, emotional regulation & relationships.
Sabrina is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and holds more than 7 years of experience working with vulnerable and marginalized populations in different non-profit settings. Sabrina has supported individuals who are experiencing intimate partner violence, survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking and other traumas, substance use, childhood trauma, have precarious housing situations, and are involved in the legal system. She also helps individuals with stress, self-worth, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, emotional regulation & relationships.
(289) 312-0344 View (289) 312-0344
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Aurela (Ela) Vangjeli
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9H
My specialty is helping people with lived experiences of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and anxiety.
You cannot do it alone and no one can do it for you" P.L. You may have noticed that your mood fluctuates between feeling anxious and/or depressed. And you don't know how to navigate or interrupt this cycle. Life is nudging you towards seeking support because at times holding it all by yourself feels like too much. In therapy with me, you will feel heard, and understood. You will learn what is overwhelming your internal system (thoughts, feelings and experiences in the body) and be able to move towards regulation, ease and balance. I bring a sense of curiosity and compassion and empower you to lead with courage and confidence.
My specialty is helping people with lived experiences of childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and anxiety.
You cannot do it alone and no one can do it for you" P.L. You may have noticed that your mood fluctuates between feeling anxious and/or depressed. And you don't know how to navigate or interrupt this cycle. Life is nudging you towards seeking support because at times holding it all by yourself feels like too much. In therapy with me, you will feel heard, and understood. You will learn what is overwhelming your internal system (thoughts, feelings and experiences in the body) and be able to move towards regulation, ease and balance. I bring a sense of curiosity and compassion and empower you to lead with courage and confidence.
(365) 298-0239 View (365) 298-0239
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Jason Stotts
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L8S  (Online Only)
I specialize in sex and sexuality related disorders (such as "sex addiction," sexual abuse, or performance anxiety), trauma and stress related disorders (such as PTSD) from a variety of causes (rape, car accident, injury), mood disorders (such as Anxiety and Depression), and relationship and couples' issues (such as affairs and relationship conflict).
I work to meet people where they are and help them to unravel psychological problems that are negatively impacting their lives. I utilize a collaborative approach to therapy where I’ll explain what we’re doing and why so that we can engage in the process together. My goal is to help people to get back on the path towards happiness and living as well as they can.
I specialize in sex and sexuality related disorders (such as "sex addiction," sexual abuse, or performance anxiety), trauma and stress related disorders (such as PTSD) from a variety of causes (rape, car accident, injury), mood disorders (such as Anxiety and Depression), and relationship and couples' issues (such as affairs and relationship conflict).
I work to meet people where they are and help them to unravel psychological problems that are negatively impacting their lives. I utilize a collaborative approach to therapy where I’ll explain what we’re doing and why so that we can engage in the process together. My goal is to help people to get back on the path towards happiness and living as well as they can.
(289) 489-6166 View (289) 489-6166
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Samantha Armstrong
Registered Psychotherapist, BA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
Waitlist for new clients
I provide therapy for indivduals who struggle with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger mangement, relationship problems, low self esteem, trauma, childhood physical or sexual abuse histories, grief and loss, body image, eating disorders or life transitions. My approach as a psychotherapist is to provide a safe and empathic space for each client to be able to explore whatever struggles may be preventing them from living a life of authenticity, meaningfulness, and joy.
I provide therapy for indivduals who struggle with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger mangement, relationship problems, low self esteem, trauma, childhood physical or sexual abuse histories, grief and loss, body image, eating disorders or life transitions. My approach as a psychotherapist is to provide a safe and empathic space for each client to be able to explore whatever struggles may be preventing them from living a life of authenticity, meaningfulness, and joy.
(855) 651-5633 View (855) 651-5633
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Maryam Rostami
Registered Social Worker, MSW RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8V
I am a clinical social worker and believe that therapy is a gradual journey that brings growth, held within the safety container of the therapist and client. I treat depression, general and social anxiety, panic disorder and OCD and I am specialized in treating Trauma, loss, abuse, sexual assault, and C-PTSD symptoms. I have a holistic and non-judgmental approach and with evidence based EMDR and Emotion Focused Therapy approach, and I help you with your disturbing memory, emotional wounds and your sore spot, that cause strong emotions and get triggered in interaction with family, friends and at work.
I am a clinical social worker and believe that therapy is a gradual journey that brings growth, held within the safety container of the therapist and client. I treat depression, general and social anxiety, panic disorder and OCD and I am specialized in treating Trauma, loss, abuse, sexual assault, and C-PTSD symptoms. I have a holistic and non-judgmental approach and with evidence based EMDR and Emotion Focused Therapy approach, and I help you with your disturbing memory, emotional wounds and your sore spot, that cause strong emotions and get triggered in interaction with family, friends and at work.
(289) 422-0731 View (289) 422-0731
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Vrushalee Nachar
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8H
For those feeling unfulfilled, stuck, not quite themselves, or struggling with emotional regulation, I welcome you. I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, childhood sexual abuse, relational and developmental trauma, and personal relationships. I utilize a variety of evidence-based modalities including psychodynamic, mindfulness, solution-focused, trauma-informed, and emotionally-focused approaches. I provide a space for clients that is free of judgment, inclusive, and empowering.
For those feeling unfulfilled, stuck, not quite themselves, or struggling with emotional regulation, I welcome you. I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, childhood sexual abuse, relational and developmental trauma, and personal relationships. I utilize a variety of evidence-based modalities including psychodynamic, mindfulness, solution-focused, trauma-informed, and emotionally-focused approaches. I provide a space for clients that is free of judgment, inclusive, and empowering.
(437) 747-4763 View (437) 747-4763
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Beata Sims
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC, TICT-CT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8K
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor, and a Certified Clinical Traumatologist. I welcome clients who experience psychosocial challenges, trauma, sexual abuse, PTSD, addictions, chronic pain and disability. I also work with clients experiencing complex issues including social exclusion and involvement in the criminal justice system. I believe that key to happiness begins with embracing challenges, accepting what is and building resources that help us move towards the valued driven direction. Together we can explore the problems and barriers that may stand in the way of your emotional wellbeing.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor, and a Certified Clinical Traumatologist. I welcome clients who experience psychosocial challenges, trauma, sexual abuse, PTSD, addictions, chronic pain and disability. I also work with clients experiencing complex issues including social exclusion and involvement in the criminal justice system. I believe that key to happiness begins with embracing challenges, accepting what is and building resources that help us move towards the valued driven direction. Together we can explore the problems and barriers that may stand in the way of your emotional wellbeing.
(647) 370-9694 View (647) 370-9694
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Jenny Jonker
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
I have a background in the education system, child welfare, settlement services with immigrants and refugees and survivors of sexual abuse.
I believe seeking supports through counselling is an act of bravery and courage and as such I consider it an honour for anyone to confide in me their struggles, hopes and aspirations. My intention is to simply be human with individuals and help guide them along their journey. Therapy is not a fix it all solution, it takes time, practice and most importantly a genuine human connection.
I have a background in the education system, child welfare, settlement services with immigrants and refugees and survivors of sexual abuse.
I believe seeking supports through counselling is an act of bravery and courage and as such I consider it an honour for anyone to confide in me their struggles, hopes and aspirations. My intention is to simply be human with individuals and help guide them along their journey. Therapy is not a fix it all solution, it takes time, practice and most importantly a genuine human connection.
(226) 271-3383 View (226) 271-3383
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Sarah Adjekum
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8R
Life is a journey of growth and change. And no matter how daunting the change, or painful the growth, we deserve to be supported on that journey. If you're struggling to take a step forward, or are unpacking the memories from journeys of the past, counselling provides a safe space for exploration and problem solving. This might include mental health, trauma, major life transitions, and identity exploration. Wherever you are on your journey, we can get to the next step together.
Life is a journey of growth and change. And no matter how daunting the change, or painful the growth, we deserve to be supported on that journey. If you're struggling to take a step forward, or are unpacking the memories from journeys of the past, counselling provides a safe space for exploration and problem solving. This might include mental health, trauma, major life transitions, and identity exploration. Wherever you are on your journey, we can get to the next step together.
(365) 800-0655 View (365) 800-0655
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Sara's Place Counselling
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L9A  (Online Only)
Welcome to Sara's Place Counselling. Congratulations to you for choosing to embark on this vulnerability journey towards healing. Sara's Place is a space where you can show up authentically to be seen, heard, and accepted. I am a registered Psychotherapist who specializes in supporting adults in working through the far-reaching impacts of abuse-specific trauma on the mind and body. Trauma can manifest itself in many different ways including but not limited to symptoms of Anxiety or Depression. My intention is to encourage, educate, empower and validate your experiences as we work together to explore and process your trauma.
Welcome to Sara's Place Counselling. Congratulations to you for choosing to embark on this vulnerability journey towards healing. Sara's Place is a space where you can show up authentically to be seen, heard, and accepted. I am a registered Psychotherapist who specializes in supporting adults in working through the far-reaching impacts of abuse-specific trauma on the mind and body. Trauma can manifest itself in many different ways including but not limited to symptoms of Anxiety or Depression. My intention is to encourage, educate, empower and validate your experiences as we work together to explore and process your trauma.
(289) 274-8089 View (289) 274-8089
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Caroline Escobar
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, MACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L0R
Are you struggling with low desire? Do you want to improve your sex life and communication with your partner? Do you experience sexual pain? Exploring intimacy and sex can be scary! You deserve a helping hand to unpack the problem at hand and move towards a hopeful future. Whether with a partner or by yourself, I’m here to co-create your path forward. Whatever issues you (and your partner) face, you deserve healing and health. You are not the problem – your problem is the problem.
Are you struggling with low desire? Do you want to improve your sex life and communication with your partner? Do you experience sexual pain? Exploring intimacy and sex can be scary! You deserve a helping hand to unpack the problem at hand and move towards a hopeful future. Whether with a partner or by yourself, I’m here to co-create your path forward. Whatever issues you (and your partner) face, you deserve healing and health. You are not the problem – your problem is the problem.
(226) 918-5723 View (226) 918-5723
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Laura Lancia Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Does it feel like you are stuck in the past and unable to truly enjoy what’s happening in your life now? Unresolved trauma can lead to problematic and distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and impact your work and relationships. My primary area of experience is supporting first responders, frontline workers, helping professionals and adult survivors of relational and childhood abuse. My experience also includes supporting clients to address challenges due to a variety of other mental health and wellness concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, self-esteem, grief, addiction, stress and relationship dynamics.
Does it feel like you are stuck in the past and unable to truly enjoy what’s happening in your life now? Unresolved trauma can lead to problematic and distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and impact your work and relationships. My primary area of experience is supporting first responders, frontline workers, helping professionals and adult survivors of relational and childhood abuse. My experience also includes supporting clients to address challenges due to a variety of other mental health and wellness concerns including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, self-esteem, grief, addiction, stress and relationship dynamics.
(226) 796-9787 View (226) 796-9787
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April Griffin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8S
Are you struggling with intense emotions? You are not alone. I am here to help you heal emotional hurt and trauma so that you can connect to others instead of reacting. I will walk you through the process of understanding your emotions and triggers, finding new ways to deal with the present and understand and heal from the impact of your past traumatic life experiences. There is no emotional problem or trauma too big or too small for to bring to our sessions together.
Are you struggling with intense emotions? You are not alone. I am here to help you heal emotional hurt and trauma so that you can connect to others instead of reacting. I will walk you through the process of understanding your emotions and triggers, finding new ways to deal with the present and understand and heal from the impact of your past traumatic life experiences. There is no emotional problem or trauma too big or too small for to bring to our sessions together.
(807) 770-9297 View (807) 770-9297
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Angela Saavedra
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), PSYC BA, MACP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8H
Angela is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a Masters of Art in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brock University and a Postgraduate degree in Brain-Disorder Management at Mohawk College. Angela speaks both Spanish and English fluently, being born in Colombia and raised in the USA. Her educational and professional experience has been geared towards working with children, youth, individuals and families.
Angela is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a Masters of Art in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brock University and a Postgraduate degree in Brain-Disorder Management at Mohawk College. Angela speaks both Spanish and English fluently, being born in Colombia and raised in the USA. Her educational and professional experience has been geared towards working with children, youth, individuals and families.
(365) 305-0336 View (365) 305-0336
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Celyn Church
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, RCAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
I strive to create a safe, compassionate, respectful and non-judgmental space; one where individuals feel comfortable to freely explore and express their inner reality. I bring humour and curiousity to the therapy relationship, integrating a relational, client-centered, trauma-informed and emotionally-focused approach. Collaboratively, I hope to help you make sense of your story, to help you draw on your internal resources, to shine a light on the potential that you know you have, and to be in a secure and supportive relationship with you while you move towards a life of balance, healthy communication and authenticity.
I strive to create a safe, compassionate, respectful and non-judgmental space; one where individuals feel comfortable to freely explore and express their inner reality. I bring humour and curiousity to the therapy relationship, integrating a relational, client-centered, trauma-informed and emotionally-focused approach. Collaboratively, I hope to help you make sense of your story, to help you draw on your internal resources, to shine a light on the potential that you know you have, and to be in a secure and supportive relationship with you while you move towards a life of balance, healthy communication and authenticity.
(289) 207-7935 View (289) 207-7935
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Breaking Barriers Counselling Centre
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R
At Breaking Barriers Counselling Centre, we are a group of mental health professionals aiming to break down stigma of mental health, traditional views of therapy, and redefine mental health care. We recognize the value and privilege of a therapeutic relationship. With that in mind, we operate from an anti-racism, anti-oppressive framework that honours all identities and lived experiences.
At Breaking Barriers Counselling Centre, we are a group of mental health professionals aiming to break down stigma of mental health, traditional views of therapy, and redefine mental health care. We recognize the value and privilege of a therapeutic relationship. With that in mind, we operate from an anti-racism, anti-oppressive framework that honours all identities and lived experiences.
(289) 204-3370 View (289) 204-3370
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Roneldi Feaver
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, BsC Hon, RP
Verified Verified
Hamilton, ON L0R
In my practice, I work with individuals, couples and groups experiencing difficulties in a variety of areas. My clinical practice model primarily utilizes Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Emotion focused therapies, CBT, and Trauma informed practices with a client-centered approach. Providing a safe and comfortable space for individuals to explore and confront various issues is key to my practice.
In my practice, I work with individuals, couples and groups experiencing difficulties in a variety of areas. My clinical practice model primarily utilizes Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Emotion focused therapies, CBT, and Trauma informed practices with a client-centered approach. Providing a safe and comfortable space for individuals to explore and confront various issues is key to my practice.
(289) 768-8536 View (289) 768-8536
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Alex Sellors
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Hamilton, ON L8P
Waitlist for new clients
Hey there! I'm Alex and I am a registered social worker and trauma therapist. I have always been incredibly passionate about working with trauma and have dedicated my career to gaining knowledge and expertise on how to effectively and safely work with it. My professional background largely involves hospital work in the emergency department, mobile crisis, and outpatient mental health. I have a special interest in supporting fellow healthcare workers and first responders given my own experience working in a high stress environment with frequent trauma exposure.
Hey there! I'm Alex and I am a registered social worker and trauma therapist. I have always been incredibly passionate about working with trauma and have dedicated my career to gaining knowledge and expertise on how to effectively and safely work with it. My professional background largely involves hospital work in the emergency department, mobile crisis, and outpatient mental health. I have a special interest in supporting fellow healthcare workers and first responders given my own experience working in a high stress environment with frequent trauma exposure.
(226) 779-2939 View (226) 779-2939

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Sexual Abuse Counsellors

How do therapists treat sexual abuse?

A good therapist will be nonjudgmental and possibly demonstrate active listening, repeating back what the client says to show that they have understood. These skills allow people to feel comfortable discussing their traumatic experiences openly. Some important treatment goals are to restore a sense of safety and to rebuild confidence. In addition to working one-on-one with the patient, a therapist might bring in supportive family members to assist the client.

Do you have to talk extensively about sexual abuse in therapy?

Survivors frequently find it difficult to describe what happened to them out loud. They can even still be in a state of denial if the sexual abuse occurred recently. It is important for survivors to acknowledge that what happened isn’t their fault and to challenge and reappraise any unhealthy feelings or thoughts as they arise. Art therapy and play therapy are useful non-verbal means of communication for some survivors.

How long does treatment for sexual abuse take?

Recovery from sexual abuse can be a long and difficult process. Some survivors are able to move on naturally on their own, given time, while others require the guidance of a trained therapist. Therapy needs vary and can range from a few sessions to months or even years. Healing from sexual abuse takes time, and everyone’s journey will look a little different.

Can trauma symptoms caused by sexual abuse come back after treatment?

As occurs in many cases of trauma, survivors of sexual abuse may experience PTSD-like symptoms long after the abuse has ceased or after an initial round of treatment has occurred. In such a case, there is evidence that prolonged exposure therapy is a useful treatment for survivors, and may be more efficacious than supportive counseling alone. While triggers may continue to cause distress, the idea is that, with time and repeated exposure, their power will fade, allowing survivors to move on with their lives.