Sexual Abuse Therapists in Carthage, MO

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Shirley D Ankrom-Smith
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Hello! I work with Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Reality Therapy Modalities. I provide services for children age 11 and older, adolescents, and adults. I offer individual therapy, marriage counseling, and family therapy. I work with issues of grief, PTSD, relationship challenges, abuse issues (including, physical, mental and sexual), depression, women’s issues, victims issues, behavior modification, and domestic violence issues. I strive to hear the needs of each of my clients and to empower the individual(s) to identify the the problem and/or behaviors of concern. Together we work to determine a possible solution.
(417) 319-2496
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Petra J McGuire
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
If you're struggling, you owe it to yourself and those around you - your partner, children, colleagues, friends - to take a step toward change. If you're like many women, you are in a constant balancing act. Whether your struggle is managing the day-to-day stresses of life or a more specific concern, talking with someone who will really listen, getting support, and having help to consider your options can make a tremendous difference.
(417) 283-8092
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Elaine Childs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NBCC
Verified
Verified
Hello! I am a counselor in private practice in Southwest MO. I enjoy working with all age groups and have a great deal of experience in working with sexually abused or otherwise traumatized patients. I have been trained in the use of EMDR. I am also very experienced in working with children's issues. It is my honor to work with those who are experiencing a difficult time in their life and to help them learn methods for coping with and resolving emotional pain. I look forward to meeting you. Office hours are Mon and Thurs 9 to 7 and Tue, Wed, Fri, 9 to 5.
(417) 202-4301
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Angela J Fenske
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you at breaking point or cross-roads in your life? Maybe you have experienced a loss, a painful relationship problem, or you are feeling stuck in a self-destructive pattern. I would be honored to help you find the way out of your pain. Perhaps you are dealing with a chronic mental or physical health problem. Maybe you just need a little help .Whatever you are facing, I will work with you to resolve your immediate problems, achieve your goals, and find a place of holistic well-being. I have been providing compassionate therapy and shamanic healing services for over 20 years.
(417) 355-9063
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Mark Liston
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, BCCC
Verified
Verified
Most of us want to be good people who have our needs met and enjoy our family and friends. Most of us struggle at times to get there. We need a little help: Someone to listen, help us think things through, or to give us some coaching about life and relationships. Or maybe we are in serious trouble and really need professional help. Taking that next step is often scary. For 30 years, Mark has helped 1000s. 85-90% of his clients say they are very satisfied with their counseling. He's genuine, accepting, effective. Ready to take that step?
(417) 213-5987
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Carthage, MO 64836
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Brian Fidler
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S, LMFT, NCC, CEFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We all get wounded in the battles of life -- some of us in tragically dramatic ways, and others of us bleed through the piercings of a hundred small injuries. Let me help you get to the core of the struggles and back on the road to living your life again. Perhaps it is an addiction you can't seem to get rid of, or that haunting sense of inadequacy or loneliness. It may be anxiety or depression, gender identity issues, or past trauma. Maybe for you a relationship you value has have become difficult or painful.
(417) 222-2586
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Carthage, MO 64836
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David Wermuth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The ideal client is anyone who is willing to come to therapy. Sometimes coming to therapy is the biggest and hardest battle a client may face. With a strengths-based, trauma-focused, and client-centered approach, I can work with nearly any individual, couple, family, or group.
(417) 660-2175
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Darla Wyatt
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have a heart for couples and enjoy coming alongside those who are struggling relationally, to instill hope and help them resolve their conflict. I have helped many couples restore trust in their relationship after an affair or betrayal. In addition to working with couples, I also work with women who are dealing with emotional difficulties such as depression or anxiety. I also have experience working with individuals who have addictions or a life controlling problem. We will work together to determine the best treatment for you so you can achieve your goals.
(417) 616-3417
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Webb City, MO 64870

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Barbara Longan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have extensive experience and specialized training in treating abuse, especially sexual abuse , and trauma.
Therapy provides a safe place to increase understanding, to learn how to make positive changes, to resolve problems, to heal from painful situations, or to simply feel better. I believe these things occur best when an individual is in a non-judgemental environment where they are treated with dignity and respect. I strive to provide just that to my clients. I want people to feel relaxed and supported when working with me. Life, with all its challenges, is difficult enough. The therapeutic process should be as easy as possible.
(417) 310-1982
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Joplin, MO 64804
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Boyd Allen
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, PLPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My specialties include recovery from pornography/sex addiction, treatment of trauma and PTSD (especially for sexual abuse ), spiritual integration/recovery, and religious cult/abuse recovery.
Currently Accepting New Clients. With several years of personal and professional experience working with recovery from pornography and problematic sexual behavior, I utilize a trauma-informed approach to treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and process addictions. I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from Evangel University, and received my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Missouri State University.
(424) 242-2693
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Shannon Ethridge-Myers, M.A.
MA
I enjoy helping people overcome the sexual and emotional hurdles that hold them back -- sex addiction, porn/fantasy addiction, infidelity/betrayal, body image issues, sexual abuse , spiritual guilt, low self-esteem, lack of sexual confidence, family of origin issues, trust issues, etc. I believe EVERYONE deserves to be a sexually connected, sexually satisfied partner. Healthy sexual relationships can heal a multitude of wounds and bond a couple together in an incredibly synergistic way if they are both willing to do the work to overcome their own fears, anxieties, hurts, and hang-ups.
(417) 212-5409
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Fair Grove, MO 65648
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Family Therapy of the Ozarks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCDP-D, MSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I look forward to working with clients whose life path may have created difficulties for them that has led them not be the best of who they can be. Each individual's path may have been sprinkled with physical or emotional abuse, neglect, assault , grief and loss, domestic violence, marital or parental discord or a myriad of other situations. Sometimes these life paths create in my clients a feeling of hopeless and loss of self-worth, sometimes these path end with someone needing to determine a plan to leave an unsafe living situation. Sometimes these paths lead to turning to substances and illegal drugs to cope with the internal turmoil and pain. It is my privlege to work with clients to help them identify and bring forth the best of who they are and what they want for their life, their family and their future through their own individual strengths.
(417) 497-3016
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Stephanie Basham
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
You have a story. A very important and unique story. Sometimes your story keeps you stuck. It keeps you from being the best version of yourself. If your story involves trauma whether from sexual abuse , divorce as an adult or child, physical or verbal abuse, relationship conflict, boundary confusion, religious confusion, natural disasters, accidents, etc, I can help you reprocess these memories and the negative things that you tell yourself. It takes a lot of strength to reach out and ask for help however, I will provide you a safe space to do just that.
(417) 212-5388
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Jennifer R. Carlin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MM, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have experience working with trauma survivors including domestic violence, sexual assault , war trauma, and chronic illness.
My greatest reward as a therapist is helping clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. I believe that we all may need someone to talk with who will listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. I hope I can create a warm, relaxed environment-a safe space to explore challenges that may be preventing you from living the life you want.
(417) 553-7421
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Hollister, MO 65672
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Alpha Omega Delta Sexual Health and Wellness
Counselor, LPC, NCC, CSAT
Verified
Verified
We have advanced certification in working with sex addicts, partners, and sexual abuse survivors.
Healthy sexuality is our objective in sexual addiction. Sex is an integral and balanced part of life experience. Sexual behaviors become problematic when they violate vows and values, are dishonest, harmful to others, put you at risk, diminishes your joy in life, act as a barrier filled with shame, self-contempt, and isolation. Sexual health creates intimacy and closeness, characterized by trust, respect, joy and safety. Sexual health can be achieved by sex addicts in recovery. The trauma and addiction model identifies the trauma and internal system that underwrites addiction and does not view problematic behavior as moral failure.
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Gayla Graven
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I am an EMDR certified therapist with extensive experience treating PTSD including combat trauma, sexual abuse , and religious trauma.
(417) 344-2611
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Springfield, MO 65806
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Brent Sugg Counseling Services LLC
Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have over 28 years of experience working with Individuals struggling with depression, trauma, anxiety, marital difficulties and family stressors. My goal is to help people find symptom relief and a life path that they find fulfilling.
(417) 246-2213
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Springfield, MO 65804
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Bobi Spilker
Counselor, MS, PLPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Sometimes we need someone to walk with & empower us. I will work with you to create effective improvements for the difficulties that you face. I am passionate about using a strength-based approach to create a safe space grounded in empathy, to collaborate with you to achieve your goals. Using evidenced-based practices and interventions that improve the challenges that brought you to therapy, we will work together cultivating meaningful growth and wellness.
(417) 212-5344
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Springfield, MO 65802
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Andrea Frey Metzger
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Whether you are struggling in your relationship, dealing with loneliness from the multiple issues we've dealt with the past year (pandemic, grief, trauma), or simply needing to process some things with someone objectively, I believe the therapeutic relationship can be a platform for deep transformation and continued growth.
(417) 212-5297
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Springfield, MO 65809
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Ruthie Andrews
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
It is time to heal and restore! You are valuable and your wellness is central in your journey. I provide goal-focused Christian Counseling. I am dynamic in my approach. The focus will always be on your healing and expanding understanding of identity. I beautifully blend psychology and theology, and present a unique counseling experience. I incorporate healing prayer work in sessions and also provide prophetic words. Homework, dynamic interaction and challenging discourse will accelerate our progress! I support your change process, and offer complete and unconditional acceptance of every element of your person.
(417) 261-5625
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Lebanon, MO 65536
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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.