Sexual Abuse Therapists in Santa Cruz, CA

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Inga Knudson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
I have specialized training in sexual assault , molestation, IPV (intimate partner violence), immigration and dislocation.
Forrest Gump may have said it best, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." So... how do we cope with what we 'get'? Or -- how do we change it up if need be? Here you may be at a crossroads. Maybe you need help navigating intense emotions, relationships or loss. Maybe covid-life has hit you hard. Therapy can help with many of life's challenges; even help to restore a sense of joy and curiosity; agency and ability. Together we can build understanding and cultivate a sense of balance that is beneficial for you and your relationships.
(669) 240-3419 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Kathy Gusewelle
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
I work with life issues including shyness, loneliness, Depression, Midlife decisions, Sexual Abuse , Adult Children of Alcoholics and human suffering.
Good therapy experiences are enlivening, collaborative and honest. I have over 25 years experience as a Depth Psychotherapist helping people gain greater self-awareness about what triggers negative emotional reactivity and self sabotaging patterns. Identifying and integrating unconscious beliefs, trauma and self defeating responses can help develop emotional resilience, greater self acceptance and happiness. When we feel truly heard, seen and understood a transformative power ignites and we can risk being different and more open. Hidden in the darkest places can be found the riches treasures such as creativity, passion, purpose and being present.
(831) 621-5310 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Mark F. Schwartz
Marriage & Family Therapist, Sc, D
Verified
Clinical Specialties: Trauma - 20 years experience in working with PTSD, including, but not limited to sexual abuse and military sexual abuse .
With more than 30 years experience and a degree in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Schwartz specializes in working with 1) couples, marriage, and intimacy disorders; 2) family difficulties; 3) eating disorders, 4) PTSD, addiction, and 5) sexual difficulties, sexual dysfunction, sexual addiction. His national recognition afforded him the experience of lecturing to over 50,000 therapists nationally, as well as editing three books. He specializes also in working with deeper issues from childhood. He is extremely compassionate and forms exceptional connection with his clients. Oftentimes, Typically, he works with female co-therapist Lori Galperin when working with couples.
(831) 706-4795 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Erin Burton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I work with adults who have survived childhood sexual, emotional, or physical abuse and/or neglect and want to heal and thrive, former foster youth, adult adoptees, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault , those who have experienced traumatic grief, and clients with a history substance abuse as a result of trauma.
Sometimes, even the strongest people amongst us need a little bit of help to work through some of life’s more challenging problems. Everyone has battles to fight and hurdles to overcome at some point. I have seen the positive impact that therapy can have when you are willing to do the work. I use Brainspotting as a tool to help my clients heal from their trauma.
(831) 278-4340 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Diane Sunseri
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Warm Greetings. I'm here to support you in Living Your Best Life. Let's work together to get you there. I can help you navigate challenges & discover your path forward. I believe we all know how to heal ourselves. My role is to guide you in this process. My experience: 16 yrs. working with clients of all ages. Focus: Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, parenting, troubled teens, self-harm, divorce, substance abuse, Survivors of childhood sexual abuse & breast cancer. I also offer parents guidance navigating Special Education Systems in schools & colleges, assuring students receive needed accommodations & services.
(831) 218-6214 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Stephen L Braveman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, DST
Verified
His unique Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Group has been meeting for 25 years.
Founder and Director of the Intimacy, Sexuality & Gender Center of California, Stephen has been providing professional top of the field Sex Therapy and Gender Identity Therapy to the Central Coast for over 25 years! ISGC, extensively serves the needs of individuals with sexual dysfunctions, those who have been sexually abused, couples struggling with sexual and intimacy issues, the Transgender/Transsexual community, the LGBT communities and the communities of all other sexual and gender minorities. Stephen also serves Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Compulsivity as well as Sexual Offenders.
(831) 216-6848 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Joe Sousa
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
In addition, I've had training in working with childhood or adult trauma caused by physical, emotional, or sexual abuse .
Hi. I am Joe Sousa, a licensed psychotherapist in the State of CA. I've been providing counseling services in the Santa Cruz area in one form or another since 1993. Here's the issues I work with in therapy: Relationship enhancement, improve communication, sexual intimacy; handling difficulties, such as breakups and divorce; discovering life purpose and build self-esteem; issues relating to school, careers, money, a child or an elderly parent; dealing with powerful emotions, like anger, anxiety, depression, fear, grief, loss, and panic; addictive or compulsive behavior, with regard to alcohol, drugs, food, sex and/or porn.
(831) 219-4797 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ceila Aguilar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I am a bilingual Spanish speaking therapist that specialize in depression, managing self-injurious behaviors, anxiety, self-esteem, divorce, sexual abuse , interpersonal violence/domestic violence, educational issues and coping skills to manage stress. The theoretical approaches I use in my practice include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Trauma Focused Behavioral Therapy. I have over 7 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, and families. In my clinical practice I place importance in empowering clients to find their own strength
(831) 661-9615 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Lauren Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
You are uncomfortable - Something is bothering you. You need resolution about an issue, event, experience or relationship. I work in a collaborative/relational model with people who have had experiences that they have not fully integrated yet. I use talk therapy, imagery, metaphor, hypnosis, EMDR, Positive Psychology, and Sensorimotor. Often clients report being disinterested in a formerly distressing topic after treatment. I'm comfortable working many types of issues including trauma, PTSD, ACA, sexual abuse , panic attacks or phobias, anxiety or depression, losses or relationship breakups, people with mysterious physical ailments.
(831) 824-4945 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Linda Bloombecker
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD
Verified
My specialty is sexual assault , both incest and rape, and how it affects survivors and their significant others.
My ideal client is motivated to be honest, courageous in exploring themselves, and committed to the therapeutic goals we set together.
(831) 667-5322 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Winona Suyenobu
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
My approach to working with clients: Holistic Psychotherapy , Somatic Psychotherapy, Mindfulnes, specializing in Sexual Abuse , Trauma, Anxiety, Stress. Each client I see has their own story - the beliefs they hold about themselves, and the patterns (automatic ways of acting and thinking) that support those beliefs. Perhaps one was neglected as a child, and believes they need to do everything for themselves. Perhaps there was childhood abuse, and it's difficult to trust people, or to feel safe with intimacy. Perhaps one is stuck in their family role (for example: hero, lost child, mascot, scapegoat).
(831) 534-9089 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Mariann C. Tymn, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Do you need help to make changes in your life? My main areas of interest & experience include parenting issues, LGBTQ issues, sexual abuse , trauma (childhood & recent), marriage/relationship problems, depression, ADHD, & career counseling. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families from diverse cultures, ethnicities, and sexual/gender orientation. My work with you begins by providing a safe and non-judging place for you to talk about your needs. We will work together to help you make positive changes in your life. I am happy to answer any questions about how I work and how therapy might work for you.
(831) 535-3759 
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Offers online therapy
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Diana Karpavage LPCC
Counselor, MA, LPCC, EMDR Cr
Verified
I'm an experienced therapist of over 25 years having spent thousands of counseling hours with individuals, couples and groups. Women's issues such as sexual abuse , miscarriage, abortion, traumatic events, marital/relationship issues, depression, anxiety, grief and PTSD - are my specialty. I have counseled hundreds of couples to improve communication, intimacy/connection issues, trust; and to heal from infidelity, addictions and wounds that threaten the relationship. Issues of teens and young adults are important to address early in life: school, career, sexuality, relationships, traumas. Better to get help sooner than later!
(410) 670-4607 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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Magda Wroblewska
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, LMFT
Verified
My primary areas of expertise are issues of trauma (early or recent), grief and loss, sexual abuse , substance abuse, divorce and blended family issues.
It's not easy to look for a therapist. I talk to many nervous people who question if counseling and therapy work. They usually leave my office relaxed, sometimes laughing, most importantly hopeful. My job is to first of all provide a safe space for your self-exploration. I am endlessly fascinated by the growth that happens when people feel safe and not judged. I invite you to be your "uncensored self" because only when we accept who we are; are we open to change.
(408) 335-3513 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Nicole Saad Hofschneider
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified
Hi there! I know finding a therapist can be daunting, and hope my profile helps you to decide if we will be a good fit. I have been doing this work for several years and find that providing a safe place for people to find hope, peace, healing, connection, and laughter is the most rewarding (and sometimes hardest) work we do in therapy. I have worked with clients and families of all ages and backgrounds and have found that we usually ask for help when we no longer know how to make things better. We all deserve healthy, hopeful lives and relationships, and therapy is a place to build the skills to help you find those things.
(831) 264-0360 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ride The Wave Recovery
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC, LCPC, CGP, C-DBT
Verified
Ride The Wave Recovery offers group, individual, and family therapy to clients of all genders and sexualities living with or in recovery from eating disorders, addictions, codependency, co-occurring trauma and ADHD. "Ride the wave" reminds us that sorrow, pain, happiness, triggers, relapses, slips, high highs, low lows, and everything in-between need not be waves that consume us, overtake us, define us, or drown us; rather we can gently and skillfully navigate these waves, from the surface, as if on a psychological surfboard, with the help of others, our Wise Mind, our Higher Power, or Self keeping us afloat.
(831) 703-9309 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Pearl Chaiyarat
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Hi! Coming from a holistic background, philosophy, and lifestyle, healing from a mind, body, and spirit perspective is deeply integrated into my work. Supporting people to express their authentic selves, I utilize several modalities. Some include Art, Somatic Techniques, CBT, and Mindfulness. I am also trained in Brief Therapy methods for those who want support with a specific challenge or prefer therapy in small pieces at a time. I love working with children, adolescents, and their families. I also work with individual adults struggling with challenges that life naturally brings. I look forward to meeting you!
(831) 731-5801 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Rachel Jordana Horodezky
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Welcome! I work with youth and adults using a strength-based, humanistic approach to treatment. It is my belief that YOU are the expert and that it is my job to help you develop your inner strength and knowledge in order to feel better and live a more fulfilling life. My approach involves integrating mind, body and spirit in order for you to take the insight that you receive in therapy and put it into direct action in your life. It would be my pleasure to work with you. Additionally, I'm now offering tele-health sessions. Please message me to find out more.
(831) 331-4858 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Pleasure Power Coaching
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
​I provide experiential sex & intimacy coaching, as well as group facilitation, to help get you out of your head and into your body, to explore what connects you to your pleasure and allows you to step into your power.
(209) 251-6859 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95061
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Jeannie Hofstetter
Psychologist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
There comes a time for many of us when we need to seek additional help, even if we have a strong, loving support network. Therapy is different than other types of support. It is goal-directed, and aimed toward self-discovery and accessing your own internal abilities. It is a collaboration between you, the expert on yourself, and a skilled therapist who can assist you in navigating through difficult situations and healing painful parts of yourself. I treat individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship/marriage challenges (including infidelity), and difficult life transitions.
(831) 278-4302 x419 
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Sexual Abuse Therapists
Child sexual abuse is the deliberate exposure of a minor child to sexual activity that the child cannot comprehend or consent to. This means a child is forced or talked into sex or sexual activities by another person. This behavior includes acts such as inappropriate touching of a child's breasts or genitalia, someone exposing their genitalia to a child, fondling, oral-genital contact, genital and anal intercourse, as well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, and exposure to pornography.

If you're looking for a therapist that has treated clients who've experienced sexual abuse in Santa Cruz or for Santa Cruz sexual abuse counseling, these professionals provide confidential support for individuals in an abusive relationship. They include sexual abuse therapists, sexual abuse psychologists and sexual abuse counselors. Therapists can help with child abuse in Santa Cruz and sexual violence in Santa Cruz. An Santa Cruz therapist can identify the signs and causes of sexual abuse, discuss intervention and refer victims to shelters.