Sexual Abuse Therapists in Wellesley, MA

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Erin Lemire
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I believe that therapy is a journey that takes place in a safe and collaborative space between therapist and client. Within that space, I use a warm, supportive, curious and empathic approach to guide our work as we look at current and past stressors that may be causing you to feel "stuck" in various aspects of your life. Together, we can work to identify your inner strengths and resources that will aid you in managing current stressors, work through past events, and move towards health and healing. Specializations include: PTSD/Complex PTSD, Anxiety/Stress, Dissociation, Sexual Assault /Abuse, and relationship/adjustment challenges.
(201) 676-9743
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Wellesley, MA 02481
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Pamela Carlson Alexander
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have conducted the first empirical study of group therapy for adult sexual abuse survivors, evaluated programs for intimate partner violence and written a book on intergenerational cycles of trauma and violence.
My approach to psychotherapy is based on attachment theory which states that our first important relationships (namely, with our parents) influence how we relate to those closest to us now. As infants, we learn to do whatever is necessary, including distorting our thoughts and feelings, in order to maintain that connection. This early experience even affects brain development setting the stage for depression, anxiety and dysregulation. Fortunately, current relationships (including with a therapist) can provide a corrective experience. That is the beauty of psychotherapy - by understanding how our past affects our present we are better able to negotiate our future.
(508) 882-7335
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Katherine Manners
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, LMFT
Verified
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My other specialty is in the treatment of trauma: particularly with survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual abuse / assault ; and sudden or traumatic loss and grief.
I have a diverse private practice providing treatment for couples and some individuals and families. My style is interactive and engaged, partnering with you to understand your strengths and resilience. We will work together to discover the changes you want to make, improve your communication and resolve the conflicts that will lead you to have the life and relationships you want. I have a specialization in couples therapy, especially, (but not limited to): working with affairs, changes in family structure or dynamics, improving communication, rediscovery of your love and even making a "good" divorce if that is what you have chosen.
(508) 794-9990
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Wellesley, MA 02181
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Tim Ridge
Counselor, PsyD, LMHC, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Are you dealing with anxiety, sadness, shame, grief, trauma or stuff you really want to let go of in your life? Or perhaps you are feeling a sense of not being good enough, struggling with confidence and self-criticism? Pain may show up as feeling numb or angry, withdrawing from school or work, family and friends. Hiding the stress doesn't help you feel better. My approach is collaborative and non-judgmental, focused on helping you deal with pain from the past and deal with present challenges with greater ease and confidence. If you'd like to feel better about yourself and your life, I can help you get there.
(781) 990-0825
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Wellesley, MA 02481
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Kimberly Snapper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I'm a licensed clinical social worker and certified coach and believe that at our core, we are resilient and possess the strength and power needed to live our best lives. But sometimes we need help. Alone we may feel stuck, lost, not sure how to move forward, but together, with the interactive help of another, we can achieve great things and get out of our own way. Whether you’re feeling stuck in your personal or professional life, let me partner with you to help you live your best life. My work draws on Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), trauma theory (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
(339) 201-6524
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Wellesley, MA 02481
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Dawn Balcazar, Ph.D.
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
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With 25 years of experience, I do individual and group psychotherapy the young adult population and see middle-aged adults in individual and couples therapy. Ages 13 and up come here with issues around loss; relational difficulties; regulating moods; self-injury; sadness and depression; bipolar disorder; the coming out process; and understanding a history of childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Adults often come in with marital issues such as infidelity and help and support going through the divorce process and for advice around dealing with their teenagers.
(508) 332-7305
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Wellesley, MA 02482
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Michaela Mendelsohn
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Is anxiety or depression preventing you from living a more fulfilling life? Are you feeling overwhelmed by a major transition? Are you unable to move on from an upsetting or traumatic past experience? I help patients change patterns of behavior that are no longer working, and learn new and more effective ways of coping and engaging with life. I believe that embedded in the painful crises that usually bring individuals and couples to therapy, there are also opportunities for self understanding and mastery that can be discovered and realized in a safe healing relationship.
(617) 429-3523
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Wellesley, MA 02482
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Jackie Washington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
Welcome! My goal is to provide a non-judgmental, warm, safe space for individuals and families to process their thoughts, feelings, obstacles, and traumas. Whether it’s every day stressors, debilitating anxiety, depression, or significant family conflict, my hope is that the therapeutic process will provide insight and skills for my clients to live their best lives.
(781) 705-7321
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Perfectly Imperfect, Counseling LLC
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Welcome, my name is Crystal Patterson and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I’ve been a therapist for 10+ years doing individual, and couple's counseling; servicing those struggling with mental health, substances, and relational conflict. I also offer licensure supervision for agencies and individuals interning for a license in mental health counseling.
(774) 458-9003
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Wellesley, MA 02482
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John T. Chirban
Psychologist, PhD, ThD
Verified
Verified
I work with individuals, couples, and families to address concerns with relationships, identity, intimacy and sexuality, and spirituality, in addition to general psychological problems. My approach to therapy is active, relational, and result-oriented, encouraging clients take hold of their life and find the meaning that life holds for them. I have served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Psychologist at the Cambridge Health Alliance for more than 25 years. And have been serving on the Advisory Board of the Dr. Phil Show, since its inception. (See drchirban.com and cambridgecounseling.com)
(857) 203-0549
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Wellesley, MA 02481
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Christine E. Kowalcky
Psychologist, PsyD, MA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Our lives consist of welcome routines and happy memories, turning points and challenges. Sometimes it is painfully difficult. Perhaps you have experienced the loss of a dream or a loved one, or been unable to move past a traumatic event. Maybe life feels like a daily rut, void of meaning or joy. Even in the company of people who care about us we can feel alone, sad or overwhelmed. The good news is we can find connection, experience change and move through pain and struggle to a place of greater freedom and happiness.
(781) 990-0518
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Sheila DeMelle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
Do you want to find a therapist who is attentive, respectful, empathic and effective? Are you struggling with feelings of deep sadness or anxiety? Do you find certain issues in your life overwhelming? I will provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to talk comfortably about your problems, challenges, hopes and goals. I enjoy developing warm and trusting relationships with my clients, and believe that you deserve to be happier.
(617) 383-9942
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Wendy Rotfort
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Welcome! I believe that the most successful therapy occurs when a strong clinical rapport is developed between therapist and client(s). To that end, I will work with you (or your child) to create a warm, therapeutic environment where we can collaboratively determine your needs and goals, and then work together toward achieving those goals. My approach to therapy is eclectic, which means I pull from a number of different theoretical orientations. This allows me the flexibility to tailor the treatment according to your unique needs.
(781) 708-4947
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Wellesley, MA 02482
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Laura Curtiss Feder
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Change is hard. People often seek psychotherapy around change. They want to change. People in their life want them to change. Or some life change is affecting them in a meaningful way. Often, it's a combination. By working together I can help you in this challenge. I frequently work with adolescents and adults struggling with addiction in themselves or in their families. Many of my patients are addressing anxiety, depression, questions or challenges regarding their sexual orientation, infertility, life transitions, traumatic experiences or eating disorders and other compulsive behaviors. A lot of my patients are college or graduate students.
(508) 466-6390
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Larry Weisman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Therapy is the hard work of becoming awake to, and accepting of, what is real in ourselves and in life. Only when awake and living within the bounds of reality can we be loved, loving, healthy and happy. Addiction, depression, anxiety are among the experiences that can interfere with our experience of a healthy, joyful life. I feel priveledged to assist and accompany brave individuals on this journey of learning to change what we can, and stop fighting what we cannot. My therapy work combines traditional psychodynamic and cognitive approaches with Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices.
(781) 797-0846
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Garrett Berna
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I have worked with diverse populations and people of all ages ranging from 4-74 years old while working in community mental health. My clinical experience also includes treating children and adolescents with trauma and severe emotional and behavioral issues at two residential schools. I currently focus on children, teens/adolescents, families, and adults. I enjoy working with (and working alongside) athletes, taking a sports psychology approach. I also have a strong history of working well with clients who have not responded/had difficulty engaging in traditional therapy.
(508) 544-0258
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Wellesley, MA 02481
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Ashley Capdeville
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Currently accepting new clients. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing in Wellesley, MA. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Anna Maria College and my Master’s Degree in Forensic and Counseling Psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Over the last decade, I have served diverse populations in a variety of settings including healthcare, correctional, community health, and residential. I have extensive experience treating individuals with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, life transitions, and professional issues.
(781) 627-3829
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Jeff Butts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, ABD, LICSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I understand how difficult seeking help can be for many teens. With over 25 years of experience, I'm able to engage the most challenging young people, so they can get the help they need. I specialize in working with teens who are struggling across multiple domains in their lives (school, peers and family). My approach is both trauma-informed and strength based. I have extensive training in ARC (Attachment Regulation and Competency) interventions, DBT, and CBT. My experience running mental health programs affords me a unique understanding of educational, justice and mental health systems.
(617) 446-5434
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Wellesley, MA 02482
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Leonard Joel Sommer
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Psychotherapy, as I define it to my patients and students, is the collaborative inquiry between patient and therapist into the patient's patterns of interaction and patterns of expection. This kind of study leads to greater personal and interpersonal freedom, which allows for the reduction or the elimination of symptoms. Psychotherapy can be of brief duration or an extended enterprise focusing on long term difficulties. The decision on which form of psychotherapy to undertake is usually based on an evaluation of 1 to 3 sessions, where a treatment plan is developed. I am interactive in my approach.
(781) 854-3895 x2
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Wellesley, MA 02481
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Magdalena J Fosse
Psychologist, PsyD, MS, MA, AASECT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sexuality, intimacy, monogamy, polyamory, ethical nonmonogamy, LGBTQA, kink, relational difficulties...I integrate the expertise of a clinical psychologist, AASECT certified sex therapist, and couples' counselor. My clients are individuals and couples of all genders, and racial and cultural backgrounds, who struggle with questions regarding sexuality, intimacy, identity, trauma, betrayal, erotic confusion, life transitions, relationships ending, and relationships beginning. In addition to clinical practice, I'm an author, consultant, and teacher on sexuality and couples' therapy.
(857) 362-0937
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Wellesley, MA 02481

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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.