Sexual Abuse Therapists in Virginia Beach, VA

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Photo of Miriam Matthews, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Virginia Beach, VA
Miriam Matthews
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I have worked with many, who have faced challenges related to family conflict/discord, minority groups who face cultural/racial concerns, and sexual abuse (incest/external).
First, I'd like to say that there is strength in reaching out for support! My clients are diverse and have unique backgrounds and challenges. Many of my clients are young to middle-aged adult women, whom I've greatly enjoyed working with. Though many of our challenges may be interconnected, my work with clients mostly focuses on empowerment, self-compassion, and confidence. My clients are AMAZED by how their focus on increasing self-love, positively reverberates in every aspect of their lives. My clients appreciate my organized yet flexible style and are comforted that our work together is a solution-focused, safe collaboration!
(757) 699-4377
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Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Norm Stein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have over 25 years of experience specializing in helping people with PTSD, anxiety, grief, depression and low self-esteem eliminate their symptoms and move forward to experience the happy, satisfying and fulfilling lives they deserve. Since trauma impacts both the individual and their partner, I provide couples counseling along with individual counseling. Issues addressed include: workplace violence and accidents, robbery, sexual assault , childhood molestation/abuse, domestic violence, car crashes. I have extensive experience working with Veterans, First Responders & Healthcare Providers around issues specific to their jobs.
(757) 243-1205
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Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Not accepting new clients
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Sara McCullough
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
She specializes in treating adults and adolescents with a history of family conflict, anxiety, depression, sexual assault , and trauma.
Not Currently Accepting New Clients. Sometimes life can leave you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or out of control. Whether you are hurting from a specific situation or have struggled your entire life with anxiety, depression, or trauma- there is hope. Life happens to all of us and we find that as stress, trauma, bad habits, and behaviors build over time; our brain becomes “stuck” in unhealthy patterns of functioning as a way to cope with our environment. Contact me, if you are looking for a therapist that can go beyond talk therapy and uses a combination of brain-based therapy approaches and neurofeedback.
(757) 210-5817
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Krystin Rizzo
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My specialties are guiding survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and abusive relationships in addition to behavioral counseling for children.
Hi there! I am offering individual/organizational consultation and am a board certified LPC supervisor in Virginia. Mermaid Counseling and Consulting LLC: mermaidcounseling.com Our practice has availability for Medicaid and self pay clients only at this time.
(757) 859-0372
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Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Melanie Phillips
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I use EMDR, DBT, and CBT for a variety of issues, including: trauma and complex PTSD, sexual abuse and assault , emotional abuse, family conflict, depression, anxiety, relational stress, self-esteem, parenting, and life transitions.
Now Accepting Clients. Hi, I'm Melanie at Connected Wellness Group! I joined CWG recently after a decade of experience counseling adults and kids in other settings. I provide services for adults, children, and teenagers in a relaxed, confidential space using trauma-informed modalities like EMDR and DBT. I am honored to journey with my clients as they explore their pasts, tackle present challenges, and pursue healthier futures. Connected Wellness Group seeks to improve mental, emotional, and relational health by encouraging a (w)holistic approach to healing. Please EMAIL for scheduling.
(757) 903-0755
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Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Pamela Smith-Graham
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 18 years of clinical experience. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health Psychology in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Community/Clinical Psychology from Norfolk State University in 2005. Prior to joining Family Guidance Centers, I spent several years working in public schools, mental health centers, and spent time in the US Army as a Branch Manager. I work with adults, families, and adolescents. My primary areas of specialty include treating culturally diverse patients, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions/adjustment, sexual abuse , and serious mental illness.
(757) 260-3889
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Anne Karcher
Psychologist, PhD, CST
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
"talk therapy" for exploring sexuality & issues with sexual desire, intimacy, affairs/infidelity, orgasm, erectile difficulty, compulsive behaviors, porn over-use, gender/orientation concerns, sexual abuse , post-cancer issues.
Who would you be if you were all that you can be? The ability to be fully yourself, comfortable in your own skin, enjoying your relationships - these possibilities are in you, no matter how great the obstacles you have met in your life. I can help! Working together, we will build on your strengths, heal your relationship with yourself, and create lasting change. * Warm, caring and knowledgeable...this is a safe, compassionate space to explore the difficult places and experiences in your life, and find healing and growth.
(757) 979-2558
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Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Leyana Stevenson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MAC, CSAC, CSOTP
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working through trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual assault , substance use, family conflicts, military trauma, gender reassignment, life adjustments, and managing parenting demands.
In today's world, the demands from work and family often leave no time to manage the things that are constantly on your mind. Do you often feel that parenting is a constant demand? Do you seem to overthink a lot of your decisions? Do you have thoughts and anxieties that keep you from getting to sleep or have nagging thoughts? Has our current world left you feeling isolated and unsupported?
(757) 993-4261
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Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Heidi Bindel
Resident in Counseling, MS, NCC
Verified
Verified
Life can be overwhelming, but you are not alone. I will walk with you through the storms and together we can navigate through them. If you have had trauma, difficulty with life transitions, physical and/or sexual abuse , depression or anxiety that is hindering your growth today counseling can help alleviate the “heaviness” of the difficult emotions and situations to heal. Since everyone is unique in how they process emotions from life’s experiences, I tailor my approach to the individual and their needs. Together we work to get you where you want to be.
(757) 720-7882
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Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Michael S Kotch
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Here’s my rap sheet: I’ve been in the psychotherapy field for about 10 years now; I got my start working with sexual assault victims.
My friend, let me ask you this: do you ever feel like you have things you need to say but no one to say them to? Do you think your thoughts are irrational and just stuff them down? Are you feeling alone in your struggles? I’ve got good news for you: If you’re reading this, you’re already taking a step toward getting well! Congratulations; I’m proud of you already! Ok, read on! A lot of times a person feels like his or her issues are so big that it’s overwhelming to even get started on the road to wellness. People get defeated before they even make a move. Listen, I know how this goes; I’ve been there too. Let’s talk it out!
(757) 703-4738
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Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Karla Jennings
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I work with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I work with my clients in a compassionate and understanding way while addressing a variety of important issues to include: depression, anxiety, stress, marital conflict, self harm, sexual abuse , chronic pain and illness, LGBTQA+ issues, gender identity and dysphoria, OCD, PTSD, trauma, alcoholism, substance abuse, anger management and grief issues.
(757) 330-4315
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Monique Edwards (Mobenn Counseling Inc)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Life is a journey and our experiences help to define who we are. There are good events that we might be grateful for and then there are those experiences that causes pain. My role as a therapist includes helping individuals with navigating those difficult portions of life. I have a wide range of experience working with individuals diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD, parenting issues as well as those that struggle with the trauma associated with emotional, physical and sexual abuse .
(757) 760-3046
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Angela Johnson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have worked with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and one of those rare Virginia natives. I graduated from Regent University with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling. I changed careers “midstream” because I knew I wanted to do more to help others. Change is not easy; however, it can be done and have amazing results. My goal is to create a space where the client is comfortable and can feel empowered to create a change that is chosen by them. I have over 15 years of experience working with mental health and substance abuse.
(757) 703-7062
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Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Traci Joan Hunter-Leslie
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am not accepting new clients at this time I have over 30 years experience working in the mental health field to include inpatient psychiatric, outpatient private practice, and home based therapy. My certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) has shown to be been beneficial in assisting clients in managing symptoms related to PTSD, ADD, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Attachment Disorders. I believe in a person's desire and inherent capacity to grow and change.
(757) 828-2159
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Jana Davis
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, NBCCH, RRTP
Verified
Verified
It may be military related, sexual abuse , domestic violence, childhood trauma, abandonment, motor vehicle accident, sudden loss, traumatic grief, or infidelity.
Are you tired of the words 'coping skills' or 'let it go'? Would you rather talk to your dog (or perhaps a wall) than talk to a therapist? Then you may really like Jana Davis. She's not a traditional therapist. Jana is not interested in 'coping skills'. She's interested in what is holding you back, and taking care of that. The result is you feeling more like yourself, and that's a good place to be. She does this without having the client 'relive' anything. Jana knows those other therapies (EMDR, prolonged exposure, cognitive processing, and many others). She uses something MUCH faster and WITHOUT reliving.
(757) 267-6463
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Lemuel Osbert Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, CT, LPC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
"Life without change is not living; To be uncomfortable means that change is right around the corner!" I believe these words wholeheartedly as every individual arrives at a crossroads that determine whether they move forward, backward or remain stagnant. I work alongside those who may be within a crossroad in life that has them questioning which direction to choose. In my work as a Therapist, my clinical training and experience encompasses depression, couples enrichment, grief/loss, separation/divorce, relationship issues, and other emotional/interpersonal disturbances. I specialize in trauma such as sexual abuse , domestic violence, and death/illness.
(757) 663-5958
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Robyn LeRoy
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, QMHP, NCC
Verified
Verified
I have extensive experience working with sexual assault survivors, adult survivors of abuse, and individuals in domestic violence relationships.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt - Life is a journey, and often along the way the road can get bumpy, obstacles can block our path, and we can get stuck.
(757) 703-3415
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Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Ashley Jones
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My professional experiences include school and community-based counseling and studying trauma and crisis intervention such as sexual abuse , risk assessment and safety planning.
Most people choose their career but counseling chose me! I’ve been fascinated with building relationships and sharing experiences with others since childhood. Now, I am fortunate enough to be in a field that is dedicated to helping others build relationships, share their experiences, access and address their traumas and improve their quality of life! I have been a licensed and practicing therapist in Virginia since 2016. I have an extensive background working with various populations, including children and adolescents, geriatrics, college students, families and couples.
(571) 520-8415
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Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Dr. Alexis Zornitta
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 9 years of experience and specialize in the treatment trauma based disorders, such as PTSD. I enjoy working with adults in individual therapy and particularly individuals who have experienced multiple traumas (e.g., abuse, assault , combat, critical incidents, discrimination) across the lifespan.
(757) 792-8401
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Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Dawn Lanaville
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Specialized in forensic assessment, child psychical/ sexual abuse , trauma, personality disorders, and dissociation.
Licensed in North Carolina and Virginia, and authorized with license mobility in multiple states, I specialize in forensic/psychological court evaluations, domestic violence cases, and child abuse interviewing. Having over 15 years education and experience in assessment, I provide Parental Capacity Evaluations, criminal/forensic assessments, and trauma therapy/assessment. I am a trained forensic child interviewer in suspected child abuse cases and evaluations. My primary goals are to protect and serve my clients and assist with change in family courts. I do enjoy travel and have the ability to assist you with difficult cases.
(252) 281-2578
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Virginia Beach, VA 23450
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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.