Sexual Abuse Therapists in Westlake Village, CA

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Laura Ortman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My role as a therapist is not about helping others. It is about giving guidance and focusing on self-empowerment to my clients so they can have the tools to assist themselves. Prior to private practice, I worked at treatment facilities for both substance abuse and eating disorders, worked with victims of crimes (domestic violence and sexual abuse ), and a suicide hotline.
(818) 696-4134
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Westlake Village, CA 91362
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Nicole Sandifer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, , MFT
Verified
Verified
I have worked extensively with clients coping with various life-transitions, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, depression, grief and loss, sexual abuse , divorce, PTSD, and trauma recovery.
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I work collaboratively with clients to process painful emotions, navigate life-stressors, gain new insights, and take practical steps toward improved self-care and healthy pattern changes. My approach is insight-oriented, working from the assumption that the better you know yourself, the better you will function. Insight-oriented psychotherapy strives to teach you how and why you function in the ways you do, and to clarify your motivations. It gives you self-knowledge. Most of all, it gives you freedom to chose a different path and be the agent of positive change.
(805) 500-2491
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Tom Sorensen
Psychologist, PsyD, MA, MS
Verified
Verified
Many female patients present with a history of sexual abuse and I have considerable experience treating those and related abuse issues, e.
I have had success treating the middle aged female, 40-60, with relational, launching, re-entry and life change issues. I also integrate biofeedback of various types into the treatment program in order to either avoid or minimize medication interventions, when appropriate. I search diligently the patient's medical history and symptoms, and work with local medical providers, to rule out general medical conditons that may be driving psychological symptoms, e.g. hypothyroid and depression, or adrenal issues and anxiety or depression. Anxiety can be treated with biofeedback interventions and I provide in-office treatment and take home devices.
(805) 368-7991
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Westlake Village, CA 91362
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Sousan B Amiri
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Some of my areas of interest include: trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, stress, family and marital conflict, and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse , and work related problems.
Do you, or a loved one, struggle with the weight of depression or anxiety? There are moments in all of our lives when we feel stuck, indecisive, and confused. Life gets messy, things don't go according to plan, and there is no clear right or wrong. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life.
(805) 468-4566
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Westlake Village, CA 91362
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Aisha Ishtiaq
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I have experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors as well as adolescents and young adults.
There are times in everyone's life when they go through difficulties and it is completely normal to ask for help. Through therapy, let me assist you by providing a safe space for you to address and work through certain challenges, such as depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship conflicts, and trauma related experiences and symptoms.
(323) 765-3101
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Westlake Village, CA 91359
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Margaret (Peggy) Anne Wyatt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
When we seek therapy it is usually because we reach a point when our problems and challenges outweigh our ability to cope with them. Sometimes we feel stuck in old patterns of behavior or relationships that no longer work for us and we wish to make changes. I serve as a collaborator with you on your journey of self discovery as you find new ways of being and making more appropriate life choices. I provide safety and support as you experience psychological understanding and growth and remain with you as you develop ways to handle life's burdens in more empowering ways.
(818) 641-1956
Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Dani Jacoby
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy at this time, I honor your courage to do so. Perhaps you seek a “coming home” to yourself in a way that feels safe & meaningful. Perhaps you long to understand yourself in relationships or in the world around you. Or perhaps, you wish you make meaning of wounding or painful experiences. I believe that while we are incredibly resilient as humans, our pain is not meant to be held alone; as we need a present & safe other to help us hold, bear, & process these experiences. Thus, I am honored to walk alongside you as we explore & process all that you hold within.
(805) 500-0943
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Jade Dearing
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Many of us don’t realize how events from our childhood affect the quality of our lives. You wake up most days feeling worthless, angry, fearful, anxious, insecure, and sad. These feelings negatively affect your behavior … you are unmotivated, impulsive, reactive, and take too many risks. These behaviors are negatively affecting every aspect of your life. Bills are piling up, you go from one job to the next, one relationship to the next, and may even be abusing drugs and alcohol.
(424) 334-6341
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Jennifer Robertson
Counselor, MA, NCC®, APCC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
Hi, I'm Jennifer (she/they), a trauma-informed and LGBTQIA+ allied therapist. I partner with people who may not feel comfortable, represented or understood in traditional therapy environments. We explore aspects of living including self-concept, relationships, trauma, physical pain, identity, gender, sexuality, and dyadic/nondyadic partnerships. My supportive approach offers a safe space to build trust, gain insight, develop resilience and process conscious/unconscious obstacles. Together, we explore all aspects of life, including the unsayable parts to build more adaptability, fulfillment and purpose.
(747) 239-5617
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Daniela L. Paolone
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS LMFT
Verified
22 Endorsed
Verified
22 Endorsed
Are you finding it is hard to stay focused and take care of yourself while taking care of others? Perhaps you are navigating health challenges, chronic illness, chronic pain or are going through the process of pregnancy to postpartum. All of these experiences can really increase anxiety making daily tasks and responsibilities all that much harder to achieve. You put on a brave face so everyone thinks you have it all together & that you're fine, but that's not true. In fact, keeping up the façade that everything is great is leaving you feeling exhausted & you are ready for a change.
(805) 856-9122
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Kim Oliva
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Sometimes life events throw us into a tailspin & other times it may seem like nothing at all has occurred but life isn't what it should be. Regardless of how you got there, therapy can be a safe place to figure things out, get unstuck, & move forward towards a better life. I specialize in working with adults and adolescents on the everyday problems that get in the way of really living life.
(818) 572-9505
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Elena Rybko
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
You've known that some issues have been always holding you back from reaching your full potential in life, career, and relationships. You realize that these unresolved and unattended issues do not serve your life, and keep sabotaging your happiness on different levels... Perhaps, you even tried working through some of them on your own, but deep down you know you need some external help and guidance to heal from them. You would like to reach some peace, let go of pain, learn how to accept and love yourself better, learn some real tools and skills to be more resilient, feel strong and confident, and be able to enjoy life.
(805) 464-3058
Westlake Village, CA 91362
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Kelly Nicassio
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Is your child experiencing problems at school, difficulty making or keeping friends, tantrums, constant worrying or nightmares? I have a passion for working with children and families, and I'm here to help. There is so much pressure today to be a "perfect" parent, and admitting that you need support can be difficult. My goal is to create a safe space for you and your child to work together to problem-solve and get through challenging times.
(805) 727-4364
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Margaret Allan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Whether you are clear about what is troubling you or have something like a vague, insistent sense of not feeling good about your life, I offer a warm, collaborative relationship to explore, heal and grow. You can expect to feel a stronger sense of yourself and better able to tackle the issues at hand. You can expect to feel more responsive, less reactive in your life.
(805) 330-3823
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Bruce Whitney
Psychologist, PhD, QME
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
EVENING APPTS. I chose a PhD in Clinical Psychology in order to help individuals suffering with the emotional pain and upheaval that life's ups and downs can bring. I enjoy a close working relationship and collaborative trust based connection with my patients, which brings the reward of personal growth and stimulates the healing process. With more than 28 years in the mental health profession, and 25+ years in private practice, I continue working to expand my education and experience to include a wide variety of psychotherapeutical skill sets.
(805) 317-4460
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Sarah Nicholson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I believe that change is possible for anyone who wants it. It is my passion to help you on your journey to a joyful and satisfying life. I do this by using cognitive behavioral techniques and providing a safe and loving environment in which to heal old wounds and give you tools to manage your current challenges. This includes; anxiety, depression, addiction, food and body issues, or relational problems. Wherever you find yourself I can help you to develop a compassionate view of yourself and empower you to take steps towards getting your unmet needs fulfilled.
(805) 409-8242
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Brenna Belnick
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
I believe it takes an immense amount of courage to ask for help when you feel like you are struggling. Life can be unfair, relentless, scary, and exhausting at times. As a therapist, I believe that exploring the root of those negative feelings, thoughts, and/or events that happened to you can be the driving force for establishing insight and positive change in yourself and in your interpersonal relationships. I aim to create a safe, warm, and transparent space for you to feel comfortable, confident, and cared for in.
(747) 207-4185
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Dr. Amon Benavides
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MA, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The benefit of therapy is that one can gain self-understanding, as well as a better understanding of other people. When a person tends to view the world from a negative perspective, without being aware of the source of these negative views, a belief begins to grow that the world and the components of daily-life experiences are negative. The same can be said for events that provoke anxiety, as well as for individual experiences of trauma. Holding these types of thoughts without processing them tends to skew our views on reality and lead to errors in thinking, such as generalizations about how the world should be.
(747) 232-2049
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Elizabeth M Kolve
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, MFT
Verified
Verified
My specialty is to treat Adult and Childhood ( Developmental Trauma), Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Phobias, Fear of flying, driving, claustrophobia and agoraphobia , medical issues related to stress. I also provide couples therapy, and premarital counseling.
(805) 719-7949
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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Samantha Deane Mavis
Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT
Verified
Verified
At the Ludington Institute for Family Enrichment, we offer comprehensive, integrated therapeutic services incorporating multiple treatment modalities catered specifically to meet our clients' individual needs. I strive to meet my clients where they are at today with unconditional positive regard, this provides an unique environment that allows my clients to feel safe and supported as we work through the challenging, vulnerable, complex and emotional issues that have brought them into therapy.
(805) 856-6484
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Westlake Village, CA 91361
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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.