Sexual Abuse Therapists in Palm Desert, CA

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Holli Kenley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My areas of expertise include abuse and trauma, working with individuals and couples who have experienced sexual abuse .
After returning to the Coachella Valley in 2018 and reopening my private practice, I am humbled by hurting yet courageous individuals who have reached out for my help. I am reminded how important it is to provide a safe space for clients to share their pain and experience a healing environment of support. It is my goal to meet you in your vulnerable place with unconditional respect and regard and to guide you gently in your journey of recovering.
(442) 280-7868
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Alyssa Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
My experience has allowed me to work with various issues including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, abuse and trauma (including sexual abuse ), codependency, unhealthy relationships, racial identity issues, school and career issues, college preparation and adjustment, self esteem, substance abuse, relapse, and parent child relational issues.
Hi! I’m Alyssa Jones, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist serving the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. I returned to the Coachella Valley in 2017 to pursue my hearts mission of bringing hope and healing to my hometown. I am passionate about supporting individuals, adolescents and young adults as they navigate through life's challenges and rise above them by creating new meaning in life. I am a firm believer that despite our hardships, there is still strength in the struggle to continue to rise through what we go through.
(760) 254-0901
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Diane Lass
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
In addition to life transitions, I've specialized in domestic violence, grief/loss, sexual abuse , divorce, and trauma.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in the Ocean Beach and Palm Desert area. I provide individual and couples therapy as well as empowerment support groups. My approach is non-judgmental and compassionate. I believe we can all use support at various times throughout our lives. Change can be difficult. Even positive changes can bring about uncertainties. My focus is on the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
(619) 493-4402
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Seraphina L. Ashe
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
There is a myth that it is better to do it on our own; that seeking help equates to weakness. The truth is that no one can live a solitary life while experiencing wholeness. We all need someone to hear us, to see us and not turn away, to provide the support and encouragement that keeps us moving forward. When your thoughts and feelings are out of sync with the reality of your life, change is needed. Therapy provides a safe, comfortable space in which you feel understood, free to explore who you are and what you need to live a happy life. Mindfulness, EMDR and self compassion techniques can help you to heal trauma and rediscover joy.
(951) 425-4340
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Palm Desert, CA 92210
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Hiba Kehdy Lai
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, TFCBT, RPT
Verified
Verified
Hello and Welcome to my website! I believe that psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship that promotes unification of body, mind, and soul, and promotes improvements in one's quality of life. In my private practice, I provided support for individuals and families from over 15 different cultural backgrounds. From the United States, the MiddleEast, and Latin America.
(760) 849-8402
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Barbara Kreedman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I go to the core of your issue in the first session. I am actively involved asking questions, hearing not only what you say but what you are really saying. A client who wants to work, grow, and change unwanted behavior is perfect for my approach. I work well with both men and women treating past hurts, narcissism, sexual addictions, and more.
(760) 354-8907
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Dawn Therese Dominguez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Individual, couples and family counseling is offered in a warm and comfortable environment! I help individuals and couples work through difficult life experiences in a nurturing and loving way, and assist your process offering effective communication practices and tools to work through even the most difficult life situations. I specialize in infidelity, blended family difficulties, life transition, anger management, substance abuse and dependence, and healthy communication practices. It is my belief that everyone deserves to be nurtured and supported during the healing process.
(760) 334-5580
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Dr. Heather Hathaway & Assoc Family Therapy, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Dr. Hathaway is a family practice that specializes in adolescents and their families. Navigating family dynamics can be a struggle for parents and kids. Dr. H has specialized in childhood and adolescents for over 15 years. As well as working with teens, Dr. H has also navigated being a parent as well. With her expertise in child development, psychotherapy, and parenting, Heather works with families to create a solid foundation built on communication, respect, and understanding. The associates that work with Dr. H are picked specifically to work with you and your family to ensure comfort and undertanding.
(760) 561-5144
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Windows of Hope Counseling Center
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Palm Desert individual, couples and family counseling offered in a warm and comfortable environment! We help individuals and couples work through difficult life processes in a nurturing and loving way. We assist your process offering effective communication practices and tools to work through even the most difficult situations. We specialize with mental health counseling in Palm Desert and Long Beach dealing with infidelity, blended family difficulties, life transition, anger management, substance abuse and dependence, and healthy communication practices. We look forward to hearing from you.
(310) 928-2319
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Wendy Brooks
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
As a licensed psychologist with experiences working with children, adolescents, adults and families with diverse backgrounds and problems, I have an open, accepting, nonjudgmental approach to psychotherapy. My goal in psychotherapy is to help individuals identify areas of difficulty that they want to modify and then assist them in finding ways to effectively adjust behavior and thought patterns that will enhance their romantic relationships, family interactions, careers and other areas of life.
(760) 523-2478
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Sandy Islands
Counselor, PhD, LPCC, CADC II
Verified
Verified
I have been a licensed therapist for over 30 years in CA, FL and HI. My practice includes tools for the conscious mind-Psychotherapy with EMDR, the subconscious mind- Hypnotherapy and the Higher Conscious mind- Spirit Energy Therapy. I am also an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II). Allow me to assist you on your journey of self-discovery to increase your awareness and mindfulness, to hear and get to know your Truth within and find greater joy in life. We will include tools to help tune up and balance your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves.
(442) 777-6478
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Erika Crowell Altobelli
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Making a commitment to change can be daunting. Whether you are reaching out to resolve current conflicts of values or conscience, or to improve your relationships with family members, friends or work colleagues, help is available. Together we will identify obstacles and work towards a timely resolution or to the recognition that the goal is not necessarily equilibrium but a healthy striving between what we currently are and what we could be or hope to become. I specialize in treating adults who have experienced trauma, depression and anxiety utilizing an empathic but effective approach to strengthening the healthy inner core.
(760) 258-4366
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Dr. Jamie D. Kirkpatrick, JD, PsyD, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, JD, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
8 Endorsed
Verified
8 Endorsed
It is my passion to help people transform their lives, assisting individuals and families to overcome difficult challenges and achieve the change and growth they desire. Working together as a team I can help you to gain insight and problem-solving skills. My specialty is helping people overcome childhood pain/abuse and trauma. In general, I can help you with Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD), depression & anxiety, stress, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, dissociation (including DID/Multiple Personality Disorder), communication skills, relationship issues, parenting, self-esteem, and personal and spiritual growth.
(760) 933-9841
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Cynthia Stava
LPCC, CSAT, EMDR
Verified
Verified
Are you struggling with porn, sex, or chem/sex addiction, and telling yourself that you can stop whenever you want to? Would you rather spend time on your device than be with friends, family, and loved ones? Have you tried to stop but become overwhelmed with anxiety or other negative emotions? There is help. Maybe your partner is looking at porn or acting out sexually? Are you constantly checking your partner's internet history, email accounts, and text message history? You might even be feeling crazy! Maybe your partner has said, "it's just porn. Why are you so upset?" or they are trying to shift the blame to you? There is help!
(442) 262-1151
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Christina Granillo
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Seeking therapy is not always easy, but if you're here, you've taken the first step. If you're feeling lost, overwhelmed, tired of doing the same things without getting different results, come give therapy a try. With the help of different therapeutic disciplines we can work through depression, anxiety, anger, relational problems, and so much more.
(442) 275-8968
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Seham Saba
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My mission is to assist others in overcoming life challenges and obstacles through mindfulness, relationship building, empowerment, awareness, stress management and much more. If you, your family, or anyone you know is struggling with depression, anxiety, coping with stressful situations or other mental health related issues, I can help!
(442) 282-7009
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Kate Homet
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified
Verified
There are so many reasons to seek out help through therapy, and it shows strength that you are here looking for help. Whether you're looking to work through past trauma, find your voice, improve relationships, or get to know yourself in a new way, I would be honored to work with you. I take a collaborative approach to therapy, which means that we work together to identify where you would like to go, and how to get there.
(760) 227-2570
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Kia Ebadat
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, Coach
Verified
Verified
Have you been feeling stuck or limited? Do you believe that you will never feel loved or appreciated? Do you feel that no matter what you do the outcomes are always the same? Or no matter how hard you try you will never be good enough and fail? Well it is not a coincidence. We create negative beliefs and meanings (from our childhood) about ourselves to create these issues. Have you ever said to yourself over and over again "I'll never find love?" or "I'll probably fail" Well, they are not true, but you made it your reality through habitual ways of thinking, feeling, and acting.
(760) 314-1503
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Darcy Aviles
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC, CSAT
Verified
Verified
Do you feel overwhelmed with feelings of guilt and shame? Do you feel like you keep sabotaging all of your relationships? Wish you could feel more in control of your life? Porn addiction and other compulsive behaviors in adolescence and adulthood can turn lives upside down. Feeling anxious and alone can damage our relationships with ourselves and others.
(760) 970-8201
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Palm Desert, CA 92211
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Susan J Alexander
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, BCCC
Verified
Verified
"When we are caught in our mind we cannot feel our own beingness" I am dedicated to working with individuals, families and young adults who are experiencing a range of emotional and behavioral concerns. Through client-centered sessions I offer a practice that deeply focuses on a myriad of issues including, anxiety, PTSD, depression, trauma, challenges with transitions in life stages, as well as finding purpose and searching for greater meaning and happiness. I seek to provide a space that is safe and supportive, where one can connect to and experience their deepest self, be listened to and validated.
(760) 891-4657
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Sexual Abuse Therapists

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.