Sexual Abuse Counselling in Bristol

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Emma Reeves
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS6
I am specialised in working with trauma and have worked with a wide range of issues with clients: sexual abuse, domestic abuse, physical abuse, bereavement, suicide, adoption, looked after children/ young people.
I am Art Psychotherapist providing art therapy sessions to adults and young adults in Bristol. I have 15 years experience practicing as an Art Psychotherapist with children, young people and adults in the voluntary sector. I am currently working within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I am familiar with working with the wide range of symptoms arising from trauma such as: anxiety, depression, self harm, behavioural difficulties, dissociation, hyperactivity, hypervigilance, eating difficulties, social difficulties, anger, aggression, etc. I am specialised in working with trauma.
I am specialised in working with trauma and have worked with a wide range of issues with clients: sexual abuse, domestic abuse, physical abuse, bereavement, suicide, adoption, looked after children/ young people.
I am Art Psychotherapist providing art therapy sessions to adults and young adults in Bristol. I have 15 years experience practicing as an Art Psychotherapist with children, young people and adults in the voluntary sector. I am currently working within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I am familiar with working with the wide range of symptoms arising from trauma such as: anxiety, depression, self harm, behavioural difficulties, dissociation, hyperactivity, hypervigilance, eating difficulties, social difficulties, anger, aggression, etc. I am specialised in working with trauma.
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Holly Robinson
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS2
Waitlist for new clients
Hi, my name is Holly - I am an Integrative Counsellor with a specialist interest in working in the areas of sexual abuse, trauma and identity. An example of clients that I may see at my practice (but are not limited to) are survivors who have experienced any form of sexual violence, their loved ones, sex workers and those impacted by sexually intrusive thoughts, images or compulsions. I also work with clients who have experienced various types of trauma, who have challenges with or are looking to explore different aspects of their identity.
Hi, my name is Holly - I am an Integrative Counsellor with a specialist interest in working in the areas of sexual abuse, trauma and identity. An example of clients that I may see at my practice (but are not limited to) are survivors who have experienced any form of sexual violence, their loved ones, sex workers and those impacted by sexually intrusive thoughts, images or compulsions. I also work with clients who have experienced various types of trauma, who have challenges with or are looking to explore different aspects of their identity.
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Sally Ellis
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS16
I'm a qualified counsellor, Supervisor & hypnotherapist working with individuals and couples, I work with Neurodiversity, LGBTQAI+ community, Depression, Anxiety, Relationships/Family difficulties, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Grief, Life changes/ Transitions. I offer a confidential, safe space for you to explore a variety of issues. I aim to develop a trusting relationship which is non-judgemental and wholly accepting you and your own way of navigating life. I am an integrative counsellor working from a person centered core .
I'm a qualified counsellor, Supervisor & hypnotherapist working with individuals and couples, I work with Neurodiversity, LGBTQAI+ community, Depression, Anxiety, Relationships/Family difficulties, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Grief, Life changes/ Transitions. I offer a confidential, safe space for you to explore a variety of issues. I aim to develop a trusting relationship which is non-judgemental and wholly accepting you and your own way of navigating life. I am an integrative counsellor working from a person centered core .
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Gemma Owen Counselling (MBACP) Accred
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS32
I understand the gravity and rippling affect violence and sexual abuse can have but also that there is hope, strength and empowerment that can be found within oneself with the help of counselling.
I am a Humanistic, trauma informed counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I understand there are times when life can feel overwhelming and daily life can become more of a struggle. This can often feel isolating and confusing, but it is important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. My aim is to provide a warm, welcoming and supportive environment in which you feel able to explore your feelings and emotions without fear of judgement. I am able to help with many of life's challenges and have specialist experience of working with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence.
I understand the gravity and rippling affect violence and sexual abuse can have but also that there is hope, strength and empowerment that can be found within oneself with the help of counselling.
I am a Humanistic, trauma informed counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I understand there are times when life can feel overwhelming and daily life can become more of a struggle. This can often feel isolating and confusing, but it is important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. My aim is to provide a warm, welcoming and supportive environment in which you feel able to explore your feelings and emotions without fear of judgement. I am able to help with many of life's challenges and have specialist experience of working with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence.
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Sandra Anne Breach
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS5
You maybe seeking support/help when things have become tough, difficult, or overwhelming that could be having an impact on health, mental health, on work, family, partner or affecting other relationships. Maybe past events are having an impact on you today in your life that you feel you need to talk about with a trusted professional, in a confidential way, where you will not be judge or criticised. This could be because you want to address issues around self esteem, sexual abuse, stress related work, health problems, trauma or bereavement. It could be that you need the space to off load, be listened to to find a new perspective
You maybe seeking support/help when things have become tough, difficult, or overwhelming that could be having an impact on health, mental health, on work, family, partner or affecting other relationships. Maybe past events are having an impact on you today in your life that you feel you need to talk about with a trusted professional, in a confidential way, where you will not be judge or criticised. This could be because you want to address issues around self esteem, sexual abuse, stress related work, health problems, trauma or bereavement. It could be that you need the space to off load, be listened to to find a new perspective
0117 325 6495 View 0117 325 6495
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Ivana Hardy
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS1
Although I can help with many challenges, I’ve specific experience and training working with trauma and sexual abuse, and I work at a pace, led by you.
Seeking a counsellor can be a daunting process. If you’re having having trouble maintaining nourishing connections or have experienced a recent loss or trauma, I can work with you to find your own insights and strengths, enabling you to move towards more freedom and choice. I recognise the need to feel met within a safe and trusting relationship. Having a sense of safeness in the relationship, between us, is at the heart of effective therapy. If we start by being easy and gentle with ourselves, caring for and being able to understand ourselves more fully, can pave the way for more fulfilment.
Although I can help with many challenges, I’ve specific experience and training working with trauma and sexual abuse, and I work at a pace, led by you.
Seeking a counsellor can be a daunting process. If you’re having having trouble maintaining nourishing connections or have experienced a recent loss or trauma, I can work with you to find your own insights and strengths, enabling you to move towards more freedom and choice. I recognise the need to feel met within a safe and trusting relationship. Having a sense of safeness in the relationship, between us, is at the heart of effective therapy. If we start by being easy and gentle with ourselves, caring for and being able to understand ourselves more fully, can pave the way for more fulfilment.
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Amanda Jane Quick
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
I have an interest and experience in supporting those who have had unwanted sexual experiences, sexual abuse, rape and or any type of relationship abuse, I support individuals who are selling sex, want to reduce or leave selling sex.
Choosing a therapist can be daunting, especially when you may be feeling anxious, depressed, confused, or at a low point. Maybe you're thinking how can anyone understand? If you’ve had no experience of working with a counsellor, or previous counseling wasn't what you expected or were ready to continue, I understand this can be difficult. I work with the complexity and difficulty of trauma which ranges from person to person.
I have an interest and experience in supporting those who have had unwanted sexual experiences, sexual abuse, rape and or any type of relationship abuse, I support individuals who are selling sex, want to reduce or leave selling sex.
Choosing a therapist can be daunting, especially when you may be feeling anxious, depressed, confused, or at a low point. Maybe you're thinking how can anyone understand? If you’ve had no experience of working with a counsellor, or previous counseling wasn't what you expected or were ready to continue, I understand this can be difficult. I work with the complexity and difficulty of trauma which ranges from person to person.
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Sylwia Korsak
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS16  (Online Only)
Hello. Welcome, and thank you for considering my support. I am a qualified integrated counsellor and coach experienced in supporting people with: relationship difficulties, self-esteem, low mood, anxiety, depression, bereavement, eco-anxiety, workplace and activist burnout, digital wellbeing challenges, technophobia, online and sexual abuse, addictions, stigma, social exclusion and isolation, identity-based violence and other forms of oppression or discrimination. Liberation work means that I bring in a wide range of psychological approaches centred around your safety, choices and empowerment. Your agency is my priority.
Hello. Welcome, and thank you for considering my support. I am a qualified integrated counsellor and coach experienced in supporting people with: relationship difficulties, self-esteem, low mood, anxiety, depression, bereavement, eco-anxiety, workplace and activist burnout, digital wellbeing challenges, technophobia, online and sexual abuse, addictions, stigma, social exclusion and isolation, identity-based violence and other forms of oppression or discrimination. Liberation work means that I bring in a wide range of psychological approaches centred around your safety, choices and empowerment. Your agency is my priority.
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Anna Browne
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS8
Not accepting new clients
I offer therapy and supervision and have a particular interest in trauma and how it impacts our nervous system: CPTSD, PTSD, and DID; dissociation, hearing voices, addictive behaviours and coping mechanisms and links to childhood trauma. 'ACE's' (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and how these affect us as adults. Trauma comes in many forms; overt ones such as physical or sexual abuse, car accidents, war, disasters etc, and less obvious or covert forms like emotional abuse or neglect, bullying, or just 'not getting what we need' on an emotional level. I am accredited with UKCP, and have specialist trauma training.
I offer therapy and supervision and have a particular interest in trauma and how it impacts our nervous system: CPTSD, PTSD, and DID; dissociation, hearing voices, addictive behaviours and coping mechanisms and links to childhood trauma. 'ACE's' (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and how these affect us as adults. Trauma comes in many forms; overt ones such as physical or sexual abuse, car accidents, war, disasters etc, and less obvious or covert forms like emotional abuse or neglect, bullying, or just 'not getting what we need' on an emotional level. I am accredited with UKCP, and have specialist trauma training.
0117 456 5291 View 0117 456 5291
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Andrea Herbert
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS6
I work with people experiencing difficulties such as comple trauma/PTSD, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner self critics, stress/burnout & depression; including Veterans. These symptoms can be associated with traumatic events in childhood/adulthood; sexual abuse, personal injury, loss & bereavement, abuse, bullying & domestic violence, active service. I aim to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events on personal functioning & relationships. I also help adjustment to life challenges including health conditions & life transitions; adolescence, parenting, relationship beginning/ending & divorce, & retirement.
I work with people experiencing difficulties such as comple trauma/PTSD, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, inner self critics, stress/burnout & depression; including Veterans. These symptoms can be associated with traumatic events in childhood/adulthood; sexual abuse, personal injury, loss & bereavement, abuse, bullying & domestic violence, active service. I aim to help people recover from the effects of these stressful events on personal functioning & relationships. I also help adjustment to life challenges including health conditions & life transitions; adolescence, parenting, relationship beginning/ending & divorce, & retirement.
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Kate Burn
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS15
I have a specialism in the impact of sexual abuse and trauma having worked for 7 years in a specialist service.
I offer a space for children, young people and their families using a blended approach of art therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy to come alongside each individual to help them to explore their inner world. With over 15 years of experience working in a number of settings, including schools, charitable organisations and the NHS, I love to meet new people and work together to build a trusting relationship in which thoughts and feelings can be explored and understood. The added dynamic of art and play allows an opportunity for children’s primary mode of communication to enable expression where words sometimes cannot be found.
I have a specialism in the impact of sexual abuse and trauma having worked for 7 years in a specialist service.
I offer a space for children, young people and their families using a blended approach of art therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy to come alongside each individual to help them to explore their inner world. With over 15 years of experience working in a number of settings, including schools, charitable organisations and the NHS, I love to meet new people and work together to build a trusting relationship in which thoughts and feelings can be explored and understood. The added dynamic of art and play allows an opportunity for children’s primary mode of communication to enable expression where words sometimes cannot be found.
0117 463 8779 View 0117 463 8779
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Jessica Aldridge Therapy
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Bristol BS6
I have experience with many mental health illnesses and trauma-related issues, including: alcohol and drug abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and violence, diagnoses, disordered eating, bereavement, depression, anxiety, self-harming, suicidality, and childhood trauma.
Sometimes life can begin to feel challenging and painful, impacting your inner and outer world. This could be instigated by past traumas, current distressing circumstances or a long-standing mental health condition. Maybe you cannot identify what feels out of place but know that you would like support to explore these emotions and work towards a place of healing. The prospect of entering into therapy can feel like an overwhelming decision, especially in choosing what will best suit your needs. I believe the therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance, enabling trust and respect, ultimately resulting in lasting change.
I have experience with many mental health illnesses and trauma-related issues, including: alcohol and drug abuse, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and violence, diagnoses, disordered eating, bereavement, depression, anxiety, self-harming, suicidality, and childhood trauma.
Sometimes life can begin to feel challenging and painful, impacting your inner and outer world. This could be instigated by past traumas, current distressing circumstances or a long-standing mental health condition. Maybe you cannot identify what feels out of place but know that you would like support to explore these emotions and work towards a place of healing. The prospect of entering into therapy can feel like an overwhelming decision, especially in choosing what will best suit your needs. I believe the therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance, enabling trust and respect, ultimately resulting in lasting change.
0117 463 2477 View 0117 463 2477
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The Rose May Practice - Sarah Davies
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bristol BS5  (Online Only)
As a therapist I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a range of issues including Trauma, attachment injuries, anxiety, depression, looked after children, county lines, FGM, CSE, CCE, Child on Child abuse, eating disorders, gaming addictions, substance misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in EMDR Trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS, NCYPT & EMDRIA register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including IFS (informed) as a member of the IFS Online Circle in an integrative approach.
As a therapist I have clinical experience working with adolescents and adults with a range of issues including Trauma, attachment injuries, anxiety, depression, looked after children, county lines, FGM, CSE, CCE, Child on Child abuse, eating disorders, gaming addictions, substance misuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence.
I am a clinical psychotherapist specialising in EMDR Trauma therapy. I am an accredited member of the NCPS, NCYPT & EMDRIA register. I currently work internationally online operating from a range of modalities including IFS (informed) as a member of the IFS Online Circle in an integrative approach.
0117 463 3666 View 0117 463 3666
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Maria Brooks
Psychotherapist, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Bristol BS8
This experience includes working with bereavement and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, addictions, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, self-harming behaviour, relationship problems, depression and anxiety.
If you are looking for therapy in Bristol then I can help. Life can be complicated and sometimes we need support to make changes and improve the quality of our lives. Entering into counselling or psychotherapy can be one of the hardest but bravest decisions you can make for yourself. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, Trauma, Eating Disorder and Addiction Specialist. As well as ‘talking therapy’ and 'somatic (body) work' I incorporate eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy into my practice. To treat a range of psychological issues including complex trauma and attachment issues.
This experience includes working with bereavement and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, addictions, dual diagnosis, eating disorders, self-harming behaviour, relationship problems, depression and anxiety.
If you are looking for therapy in Bristol then I can help. Life can be complicated and sometimes we need support to make changes and improve the quality of our lives. Entering into counselling or psychotherapy can be one of the hardest but bravest decisions you can make for yourself. I am an Integrative Psychotherapist, Trauma, Eating Disorder and Addiction Specialist. As well as ‘talking therapy’ and 'somatic (body) work' I incorporate eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy into my practice. To treat a range of psychological issues including complex trauma and attachment issues.
0117 456 2425 View 0117 456 2425
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Jo Daley
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
With over ten years experience, I work with people to navigate a wide range of life issues, developing long lasting coping mechanisms for overcoming challenging times. I specialise in relationship issues, family conflict, domestic abuse, childhood trauma, childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual abuse. I incorporate mindfulness, guided meditation, and inner child work to support the exploration, understanding and release of deep-rooted emotions and patterns. My practice is socially conscious, and I am experienced working within diversity.
With over ten years experience, I work with people to navigate a wide range of life issues, developing long lasting coping mechanisms for overcoming challenging times. I specialise in relationship issues, family conflict, domestic abuse, childhood trauma, childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual abuse. I incorporate mindfulness, guided meditation, and inner child work to support the exploration, understanding and release of deep-rooted emotions and patterns. My practice is socially conscious, and I am experienced working within diversity.
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Viola Robinson
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
Most of the work I do is around Complex trauma, PTSD, childhood related trauma, anxiety, depression, loss and grief, bereavement, sexual abuse, historical abuse, cultural related issues, work/family/relationship issues and personal development using integrative methods.
I am an experienced therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor working with adult’s age 18+, providing compassionate, professional and ethical service in accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have a passion for helping people through my various training and experiences with cultural sensitivity. I offer my services to help you achieve healing and growth with situations you might be struggling with by gaining insight/skills in raising awareness, remove stigma to help you cope healthily with life’s challenges and be able to live and enjoy your life.
Most of the work I do is around Complex trauma, PTSD, childhood related trauma, anxiety, depression, loss and grief, bereavement, sexual abuse, historical abuse, cultural related issues, work/family/relationship issues and personal development using integrative methods.
I am an experienced therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor working with adult’s age 18+, providing compassionate, professional and ethical service in accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have a passion for helping people through my various training and experiences with cultural sensitivity. I offer my services to help you achieve healing and growth with situations you might be struggling with by gaining insight/skills in raising awareness, remove stigma to help you cope healthily with life’s challenges and be able to live and enjoy your life.
01453 703734 View 01453 703734
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Jamie Maycock
Psychotherapist, PsychD, BACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS1
I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist and have been working with clients since 2013. I offer an integrative approach, working with each person as an individual and using different theory’s to support the client in the best way. I offer an open minded and non judgemental space for clients to explore what’s troubling them. I work with all client issues. My specialist areas of work include offering support to clients with OCD using a range of CBT tools, working with victims of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and working with complex mental health issues. I have completed specialised training for providing psychotherapy.
I am a BACP registered Psychotherapist and have been working with clients since 2013. I offer an integrative approach, working with each person as an individual and using different theory’s to support the client in the best way. I offer an open minded and non judgemental space for clients to explore what’s troubling them. I work with all client issues. My specialist areas of work include offering support to clients with OCD using a range of CBT tools, working with victims of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and working with complex mental health issues. I have completed specialised training for providing psychotherapy.
07588 732617 View 07588 732617
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Kelly Murray
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS3
I am a qualified and BACP registered counsellor working in a person-centred and integrative approach with adults and young people. Reaching out for help can feel daunting but counselling can provide you with a safe space to explore any difficulties you may experiencing, giving you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your emotions and behaviours. As well as private practice, I work in the charity sector with survivors of sexual violence and have experience of working with adolescents within a school setting.
I am a qualified and BACP registered counsellor working in a person-centred and integrative approach with adults and young people. Reaching out for help can feel daunting but counselling can provide you with a safe space to explore any difficulties you may experiencing, giving you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your emotions and behaviours. As well as private practice, I work in the charity sector with survivors of sexual violence and have experience of working with adolescents within a school setting.
01275 402932 View 01275 402932
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Trish Bone
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS4
What happened in your childhood? How does it affect you now? I work with adults to overcome childhood/teenage adversities to find their confidence and build self-esteem. You might be feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed. It could be feeling unworthy of another person's love, feelings of shame or of being punished for some trust or over trusting other people. Each day can become an internal battle as you feel doubt yourself, maybe loath yourself, just can't get organised and decision leave you exhausted. If this resonates with you, email me or check out my website to book a free 15-minute phone call/zoom chat.
What happened in your childhood? How does it affect you now? I work with adults to overcome childhood/teenage adversities to find their confidence and build self-esteem. You might be feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed. It could be feeling unworthy of another person's love, feelings of shame or of being punished for some trust or over trusting other people. Each day can become an internal battle as you feel doubt yourself, maybe loath yourself, just can't get organised and decision leave you exhausted. If this resonates with you, email me or check out my website to book a free 15-minute phone call/zoom chat.
01275 408951 View 01275 408951
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Charlene Thomson
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Bristol BS2  (Online Only)
We can all find life overwhelming at times - whether we're struggling with life circumstances or events, experiencing relationship problems, emotional difficulties or just feeling stuck. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable to share and explore any difficulties you may be experiencing. The therapy I offer is tailored to the specific areas you are seeking support with and I focus on developing our therapeutic relationship to support you to gain the most from therapy.
We can all find life overwhelming at times - whether we're struggling with life circumstances or events, experiencing relationship problems, emotional difficulties or just feeling stuck. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable to share and explore any difficulties you may be experiencing. The therapy I offer is tailored to the specific areas you are seeking support with and I focus on developing our therapeutic relationship to support you to gain the most from therapy.
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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.