Sexual Abuse Therapists in Ann Arbor, MI

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Andrea Redman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103  (Online Only)
I believe that every person has the ability to heal and that power comes from within. I work with adults and mature teens to help build resiliency through trauma informed interventions. I specialize in working with clients who have experienced traumatic life events such as childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. I am skilled in treating folks with trauma related disorders including dissociative identity disorder. A philosophy that I use to guide my approach is this: in life pain is inevitable, suffering, however, is not. If you are suffering know that help exists in the form of compassionate and caring counseling.
I believe that every person has the ability to heal and that power comes from within. I work with adults and mature teens to help build resiliency through trauma informed interventions. I specialize in working with clients who have experienced traumatic life events such as childhood abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. I am skilled in treating folks with trauma related disorders including dissociative identity disorder. A philosophy that I use to guide my approach is this: in life pain is inevitable, suffering, however, is not. If you are suffering know that help exists in the form of compassionate and caring counseling.
(512) 559-8903 View (512) 559-8903
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Richard Scott Reinsmith
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
I've been practicing privately for over 30 years in the Ann Arbor area. I enjoy working with individuals and couples. I also run groups for adult males sexually abused as children. I am well known for my work in all areas of addiction, and for the treatment of victims of sexual assault.
I've been practicing privately for over 30 years in the Ann Arbor area. I enjoy working with individuals and couples. I also run groups for adult males sexually abused as children. I am well known for my work in all areas of addiction, and for the treatment of victims of sexual assault.
(734) 294-5674 View (734) 294-5674
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Deanna Kempke
Counselor, LPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I specialize in the treatment of adolescent girls and adult women, many of whom have experienced sexual trauma, emotional abuse, and physical assault.
Healing begins when we talk about the pain - I believe one of the largest obstacles to feeling better is asking for help. I also believe that each of us is resilient and has an inner strength that enables us to soldier on while we work through our pain. My goal as your therapist will be to support you and give you the tools you need, while guiding you through the process of healing and resolution so that you may find inner peace and renewed energy.
I specialize in the treatment of adolescent girls and adult women, many of whom have experienced sexual trauma, emotional abuse, and physical assault.
Healing begins when we talk about the pain - I believe one of the largest obstacles to feeling better is asking for help. I also believe that each of us is resilient and has an inner strength that enables us to soldier on while we work through our pain. My goal as your therapist will be to support you and give you the tools you need, while guiding you through the process of healing and resolution so that you may find inner peace and renewed energy.
(734) 385-7672 View (734) 385-7672
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Tami Moreno
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108  (Online Only)
As an LCSW psychotherapist, I am deeply committed to empowering individuals on their healing journey. My extensive training in trauma-informed care, solution-focused therapy, CBT, and certifications in integrative mental health & intellectual disabilities form the foundation of my practice. With a compassionate and empathetic approach, I specialize in treating a diverse range of challenges, including childhood abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, medical & parenting concerns. I believe in fostering a safe and non-judgmental space, where clients can explore their experiences, emotions, and thoughts freely.
As an LCSW psychotherapist, I am deeply committed to empowering individuals on their healing journey. My extensive training in trauma-informed care, solution-focused therapy, CBT, and certifications in integrative mental health & intellectual disabilities form the foundation of my practice. With a compassionate and empathetic approach, I specialize in treating a diverse range of challenges, including childhood abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, anxiety, depression, medical & parenting concerns. I believe in fostering a safe and non-judgmental space, where clients can explore their experiences, emotions, and thoughts freely.
(517) 435-0126 View (517) 435-0126
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Emily Rice
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108  (Online Only)
My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, life transitions, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and trauma.
Do you want to share your thoughts and feelings but worry others won’t understand? Is there something you want to process- trauma, life changes, stress, or relationships? Do you struggle with a racing mind, panic, self-criticism, or setting boundaries? You may wish to explore and process aspects of your current or past relationships to develop healthier and more meaningful connections. You deserve support as you navigate life's challenges. Together, we'll explore your thoughts and feelings, empowering you with tools to manage them effectively.
My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, life transitions, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and trauma.
Do you want to share your thoughts and feelings but worry others won’t understand? Is there something you want to process- trauma, life changes, stress, or relationships? Do you struggle with a racing mind, panic, self-criticism, or setting boundaries? You may wish to explore and process aspects of your current or past relationships to develop healthier and more meaningful connections. You deserve support as you navigate life's challenges. Together, we'll explore your thoughts and feelings, empowering you with tools to manage them effectively.
(734) 514-4219 View (734) 514-4219
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Gabby Cook
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
I have worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and childhood trauma.
I have a deep belief in the ability for you to overcome difficulties. As a therapist, I believe, you are the expert in your experience and it is my role to provide a safe, understanding, and non-judgmental space for you to heal, grow, and move into a new way of being and feeling. But that doesn’t mean you have to figure everything out on your own–we will work together. I am here to support you in your healing journey. Collaboratively, we will set goals on both what you want to achieve and things that you want to rid from your life.
I have worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and childhood trauma.
I have a deep belief in the ability for you to overcome difficulties. As a therapist, I believe, you are the expert in your experience and it is my role to provide a safe, understanding, and non-judgmental space for you to heal, grow, and move into a new way of being and feeling. But that doesn’t mean you have to figure everything out on your own–we will work together. I am here to support you in your healing journey. Collaboratively, we will set goals on both what you want to achieve and things that you want to rid from your life.
(734) 519-7830 View (734) 519-7830
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Sarah Noda
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC, PMH-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104  (Online Only)
My practice focuses on mood and anxiety disorders, trauma (including birth trauma and sexual assault), infertility and loss, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), life transitions, and LGBTQIA+ and multicultural identities.
Book with me now by clicking on my website! You want to heal, but feel lost, pressured, or self-critical? We all need extra help sometimes navigating difficult situations, transitions, trauma, or relationships, and the stress, anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem that can ensue. I can’t wait to empower you to take control of your life and grow into your new path. Each person is unique, so I adapt my therapeutic interventions to your strengths, current needs, and goals using an integrative, culturally-sensitive approach. My practice is online only, using HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing, to make help more accessible to you.
My practice focuses on mood and anxiety disorders, trauma (including birth trauma and sexual assault), infertility and loss, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), life transitions, and LGBTQIA+ and multicultural identities.
Book with me now by clicking on my website! You want to heal, but feel lost, pressured, or self-critical? We all need extra help sometimes navigating difficult situations, transitions, trauma, or relationships, and the stress, anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem that can ensue. I can’t wait to empower you to take control of your life and grow into your new path. Each person is unique, so I adapt my therapeutic interventions to your strengths, current needs, and goals using an integrative, culturally-sensitive approach. My practice is online only, using HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing, to make help more accessible to you.
(734) 436-3513 View (734) 436-3513
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Giovanni A Minonne
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, work and career problems, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, intimacy difficulties, trauma, loss and bereavement, divorce, parenting, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.
You might feel anxious, or depressed. You want to change but you feel stuck, unable to move forward. You might be unhappy with aspects of yourself, or your relationships, but you do not know what to change, how to change. You might suffer because of trauma, or for a loss that feels too hard to bear. Talking to a therapist can help. If you decide to meet with me, my first goal will be to connect with you, and help you feel understood. Working from this connection, I will try to help you understand more of yourself, and know how to change using the therapeutic techniques most appropriate for your characteristics and needs.
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, work and career problems, relationship issues, self-esteem issues, intimacy difficulties, trauma, loss and bereavement, divorce, parenting, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.
You might feel anxious, or depressed. You want to change but you feel stuck, unable to move forward. You might be unhappy with aspects of yourself, or your relationships, but you do not know what to change, how to change. You might suffer because of trauma, or for a loss that feels too hard to bear. Talking to a therapist can help. If you decide to meet with me, my first goal will be to connect with you, and help you feel understood. Working from this connection, I will try to help you understand more of yourself, and know how to change using the therapeutic techniques most appropriate for your characteristics and needs.
(734) 752-4128 View (734) 752-4128
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Suzanne (She Her Hers) Bosek
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP, RYT
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
I'm accepting NEW clients right now! WELCOME! I'm grateful you found your way here. I'm Suzanne and I'd like you to know that when we begin a therapeutic relationship, it is collaborative. My practice focuses on the woman's experience in our culture. By nurturing connections that can encourage recovery from chronic PTSD, trauma, sexual assault, generalized anxiety, depression, grief, loss general burnout, caretaking burnout, and hopelessness, you find your inner voice and learn to roar! Utilizing feminist theory, humanistic, and psychodynamic psychology we can discover where your struggles originate. Contact me now, Let's GO!
I'm accepting NEW clients right now! WELCOME! I'm grateful you found your way here. I'm Suzanne and I'd like you to know that when we begin a therapeutic relationship, it is collaborative. My practice focuses on the woman's experience in our culture. By nurturing connections that can encourage recovery from chronic PTSD, trauma, sexual assault, generalized anxiety, depression, grief, loss general burnout, caretaking burnout, and hopelessness, you find your inner voice and learn to roar! Utilizing feminist theory, humanistic, and psychodynamic psychology we can discover where your struggles originate. Contact me now, Let's GO!
(734) 436-3502 View (734) 436-3502
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Lindsay O'Rourke Llpc
Pre-Licensed Professional, LLPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
In this day and age, it may be difficult to feel seen, heard, validated and appreciated. You may feel like there is no one around to discuss your thoughts and feelings with, or that doing so may burden them. We try to go it alone, but sometimes it just takes a bit of support and a listening ear to process stress and to release it. If you are going through marital or relationship stress, family or friend difficulties, you are struggling with grief, low self-esteem, or are experiencing trauma, such as, sexual assault or domestic violence, you are safe here.
In this day and age, it may be difficult to feel seen, heard, validated and appreciated. You may feel like there is no one around to discuss your thoughts and feelings with, or that doing so may burden them. We try to go it alone, but sometimes it just takes a bit of support and a listening ear to process stress and to release it. If you are going through marital or relationship stress, family or friend difficulties, you are struggling with grief, low self-esteem, or are experiencing trauma, such as, sexual assault or domestic violence, you are safe here.
(734) 280-3381 View (734) 280-3381
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Dee Church
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
I have experience providing therapeutic services for LGBTQIA+ youth and adults, people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, kink/BDSM practitioners, people in polyamorous and non-monogamous partnerships, and sex workers.
Reaching out and seeking support for yourself can be extremely vulnerable and taxing, especially when you've already been trying to manage overwhelming emotions and the issues of every day life. Even if we do not end up working together, I am glad that you are out here exploring what kind of help is available to you. Shopping for therapists can be tricky. Wherever you are in your journey, my goal is to meet you there and help you discover safe and inviting possibilities towards your goals.
I have experience providing therapeutic services for LGBTQIA+ youth and adults, people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, kink/BDSM practitioners, people in polyamorous and non-monogamous partnerships, and sex workers.
Reaching out and seeking support for yourself can be extremely vulnerable and taxing, especially when you've already been trying to manage overwhelming emotions and the issues of every day life. Even if we do not end up working together, I am glad that you are out here exploring what kind of help is available to you. Shopping for therapists can be tricky. Wherever you are in your journey, my goal is to meet you there and help you discover safe and inviting possibilities towards your goals.
(734) 822-4829 View (734) 822-4829
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Violet Eden
Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
I specialize in the treatment of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, grief, and recovering from emotional and sexual abuse.
My counseling style is respectful and compassionate. I provide a safe space to share your concerns as well as your hopes and dreams for the future. I believe that discovering, understanding and valuing your authentic self is the foundation for living a healthy, vibrant and satisfying life.
I specialize in the treatment of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, grief, and recovering from emotional and sexual abuse.
My counseling style is respectful and compassionate. I provide a safe space to share your concerns as well as your hopes and dreams for the future. I believe that discovering, understanding and valuing your authentic self is the foundation for living a healthy, vibrant and satisfying life.
(734) 238-3690 View (734) 238-3690
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Staci Hissong
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
I specialize in therapy with children, adolescents, and young adults with an emphasis in trauma work, domestic abuse and sexual assault, anxiety, and depression.
Are you watching your teen struggle with self-esteem through all the pressures kids today face? Has your adolescent been through a traumatic event and you want them to have a safe space to be heard without judgment? Today is very different in the world of social media, social unrest, and social anxiety. I am here to listen, provide empathy, and meet the client where they are at therapeutically. I provide an eclectic approach which allows individualistic treatment to each client. Boundary setting, confidence, healthy relationships, and life transitions are just some of themes worked on in sessions with clients and their families.
I specialize in therapy with children, adolescents, and young adults with an emphasis in trauma work, domestic abuse and sexual assault, anxiety, and depression.
Are you watching your teen struggle with self-esteem through all the pressures kids today face? Has your adolescent been through a traumatic event and you want them to have a safe space to be heard without judgment? Today is very different in the world of social media, social unrest, and social anxiety. I am here to listen, provide empathy, and meet the client where they are at therapeutically. I provide an eclectic approach which allows individualistic treatment to each client. Boundary setting, confidence, healthy relationships, and life transitions are just some of themes worked on in sessions with clients and their families.
(734) 767-1563 View (734) 767-1563
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Susan Barrow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Divorce, physical or sexual abuse and other traumas, attachment difficulties, and adoption issues are all areas in which I have extensive experience.
Relationships are central to my work, whether it be the relationship between a child or adult and myself, or the complex web of relationships within a family. My training and experience in Infant Mental Health--a type of therapy focusing on the attachment relationship between a primary caregiver and and an infant or young child--permeates all aspects of my work. I believe that therapy cannot separate an individual from the context of his or her relationships, past or present. I am creative and flexible in my approach to working with the children, teens, adults and families that I serve.
Divorce, physical or sexual abuse and other traumas, attachment difficulties, and adoption issues are all areas in which I have extensive experience.
Relationships are central to my work, whether it be the relationship between a child or adult and myself, or the complex web of relationships within a family. My training and experience in Infant Mental Health--a type of therapy focusing on the attachment relationship between a primary caregiver and and an infant or young child--permeates all aspects of my work. I believe that therapy cannot separate an individual from the context of his or her relationships, past or present. I am creative and flexible in my approach to working with the children, teens, adults and families that I serve.
(734) 984-4562 View (734) 984-4562
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Dove's Heart Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals, families couples, and groups. My educational background includes a Ph.D. in Family Studies, a MA in Counseling, and a BA in Family Life Education. I worked in family preservation for over 10 years, I am certified in treating sexual addictions, sexual abuse recovery, and facilitating life skills. I am experienced in offering support for grief, change of life, and parenting. I am also educated and experienced in crisis intervention including but not limited to mental health emergencies, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals, families couples, and groups. My educational background includes a Ph.D. in Family Studies, a MA in Counseling, and a BA in Family Life Education. I worked in family preservation for over 10 years, I am certified in treating sexual addictions, sexual abuse recovery, and facilitating life skills. I am experienced in offering support for grief, change of life, and parenting. I am also educated and experienced in crisis intervention including but not limited to mental health emergencies, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
(734) 234-1784 View (734) 234-1784
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Karin Ahbel-Rappe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, MSSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
individual therapy--marriage/couples therapy --- professors, college and graduate students ---sexual abuse --- gay/lesbian/queer community -- family of origin issues -- mood problems--personality patterns/dysfunctions .
It's hard being a person. We all struggle to some extent in fundamental areas of human life-- relationships, identity, work, destructive behaviors, the meaning of life itself. Satisfying marriage/committed relationships are a specific challenge faced by many. I work in both individual and couples therapy. There are many ways to approach human problems, including: how family of origin influences personality; one's relationship to one's thoughts and feelings; self-defeating beliefs, both conscious and unconscious; self-defeating behavior. I value thoughtfulness and compassion, working together, and recognizing your goals and ideas.
individual therapy--marriage/couples therapy --- professors, college and graduate students ---sexual abuse --- gay/lesbian/queer community -- family of origin issues -- mood problems--personality patterns/dysfunctions .
It's hard being a person. We all struggle to some extent in fundamental areas of human life-- relationships, identity, work, destructive behaviors, the meaning of life itself. Satisfying marriage/committed relationships are a specific challenge faced by many. I work in both individual and couples therapy. There are many ways to approach human problems, including: how family of origin influences personality; one's relationship to one's thoughts and feelings; self-defeating beliefs, both conscious and unconscious; self-defeating behavior. I value thoughtfulness and compassion, working together, and recognizing your goals and ideas.
(734) 430-0681 View (734) 430-0681
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Tabrina Dixon
Counselor, CEO, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48108  (Online Only)
As the CEO/Owner of CRPC I have helped clients cope with issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child-hood trauma (i.
Cross Roads Professional Counseling, LLC (CRPC) is a private practice that provides mental health counseling to adult clients. Support, expertise, and encouragement are provided through a warm therapeutic environment.
As the CEO/Owner of CRPC I have helped clients cope with issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child-hood trauma (i.
Cross Roads Professional Counseling, LLC (CRPC) is a private practice that provides mental health counseling to adult clients. Support, expertise, and encouragement are provided through a warm therapeutic environment.
(734) 335-1447 View (734) 335-1447
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Kristi Wandrie-Biundo
Licensed Professional Counselor, L-CMHC, CCATP
Verified Verified
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
My clinical and work experience include working in a hospital psychiatric unit with all dynamics of mental health issues, including suicidal ideation, depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, bipolar, borderline, psychosis, domestic violence, sexual abuse, PTSD and TBI's.
I believe in a non-judgmental, person-centered, positive approach in the counseling relationship, where the client feels comfortable enough to express their feelings and thoughts while examining factors which may be causing them pain, anxiety, or unhappiness. I also believe that individuals have the power within themselves to overcome these personal barriers to attain their full potential. My goal is to support you and give you tools to use along the way, and also in your future. There is light at the end of what may seem a dark tunnel, but together we will work to get you there.
My clinical and work experience include working in a hospital psychiatric unit with all dynamics of mental health issues, including suicidal ideation, depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse, bipolar, borderline, psychosis, domestic violence, sexual abuse, PTSD and TBI's.
I believe in a non-judgmental, person-centered, positive approach in the counseling relationship, where the client feels comfortable enough to express their feelings and thoughts while examining factors which may be causing them pain, anxiety, or unhappiness. I also believe that individuals have the power within themselves to overcome these personal barriers to attain their full potential. My goal is to support you and give you tools to use along the way, and also in your future. There is light at the end of what may seem a dark tunnel, but together we will work to get you there.
(734) 315-2248 View (734) 315-2248
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Nicole Alaine Cavender
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48103  (Online Only)
Are you an adult woman, young adult, or older adolescent struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or trauma? Maybe you're dealing with the effects of sexual abuse, child abuse, grief, or personality disorders. I specialize in these areas, offering tailored support to help you navigate these challenges. With experience in residential treatment, community mental health, and private practice, I bring a wealth of knowledge to our sessions. My advanced training in complex trauma, psychodynamic and experiential therapies (AEDP), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) equips me to provide the comprehensive care you need.
Are you an adult woman, young adult, or older adolescent struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or trauma? Maybe you're dealing with the effects of sexual abuse, child abuse, grief, or personality disorders. I specialize in these areas, offering tailored support to help you navigate these challenges. With experience in residential treatment, community mental health, and private practice, I bring a wealth of knowledge to our sessions. My advanced training in complex trauma, psychodynamic and experiential therapies (AEDP), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) equips me to provide the comprehensive care you need.
(517) 921-1254 View (517) 921-1254
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Holistic Therapy & Wellness
Pre-Licensed Professional, PHDc, LCSW, LMSW, LLMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Our group of therapists are available to see children, teens, adults, couples, and families experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, divorcé reactions, stress, parenting concerns, co-parenting, panic attacks, school issues, relationship issues, family communication, conflict management, parent/teen conflict, LGBTQ+ Affirming, and anger management. We also have experience working with addiction, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the family who support them.
Our group of therapists are available to see children, teens, adults, couples, and families experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, divorcé reactions, stress, parenting concerns, co-parenting, panic attacks, school issues, relationship issues, family communication, conflict management, parent/teen conflict, LGBTQ+ Affirming, and anger management. We also have experience working with addiction, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and the family who support them.
(734) 725-2403 View (734) 725-2403
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.