Sexual Abuse Therapists in Westlake, Seattle, WA

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Photo of Dan Woodard, Counselor in Westlake, Seattle, WA
Dan Woodard
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
If you are browsing through this website then you're most likely trying to find help with something in your life that you've been struggling with for for years. Maybe it's depression or anxiety and you need help trying to manage it, someone to hold it with you. Perhaps you have a hard time staying in a relationship for any length of time? Or maybe you're holding onto the secret of sexual abuse as a child or teen and have never told anyone. Sometimes things shatter and we don't know why, but it does. Life shatters us. I would love the privilege of walking with you. We can do it together. You don't have to do it alone anymore.
(206) 557-3989
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Alison Bruns
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who is focused on helping adults who are experiencing distress in their lives. My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to, trauma, Posttraumatic Stress, depression, anxiety, and dissociation. I emphasize an individual's strengths and work to help people feel empowered in their daily lives. I use a variety of tools to do this, including EMDR, DBT, and other evidence based practices.
(206) 455-7149
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Spencer Golomb
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Accepting New Clients! Where have you come from, where are you now and where is it that you wish to go? I believe that each of our lives is an intricate interplay of many stories. We all have a unique and beautiful story to live and share, yet our story is not simply our own. We each exist and are formed by the interplay of our own stories, the stories of those who have helped us and harmed us, our stories of trauma, cultural stories, familial stories, and so on. Let's work together to discover the character you are in your life's story, what has shaped that character and empower the character you wish to be.
(206) 558-1093
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Maya Snowden
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work with people who have been deeply hurt and heartbroken. I work with those who have suffered loss and abandonment. I work with those who have learned to survive in the best ways they know how, but may be coming to a place where these survival skills just don't seem to be working anymore. I offer a safe space for you to begin where you are; even if you don't quite know exactly what it is that you need, we can explore that together.
(206) 338-2104
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Jamie Slaughter
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
It takes courage and strength to initiate and engage in therapeutic work. I respect and honor those seeking help and feel privileged for my role in their process. I work with adults to help relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve their quality of relationships, heal past trauma and a variety of other human concerns. I have particular experience working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma. I help clients to become aware of beliefs, patterns, and behaviors that may be preventing them from living as fully as possible and help illuminate their range of possibilities.
(206) 452-4276
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Marisa Adriana Kallman, Therapy Into Action, PLLC
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Welcome, thank you for taking a moment to visit. You probably browsed through a number of profiles already; looking for a therapist online is not an easy task especially under stress. In brief, therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution, I tailor my therapeutic approach to meet your needs and together we can sort things out and come up with a plan of action. Let's create some tools for you to relieve the stress and address the core issues.
(206) 397-0185
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Sara Whitney
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified
Verified
During our work together, we will be doing just that - working together! In our sessions I'll help you to identify what you (and your partner, if couples therapy) would like to see improved and how you visualize yourself, your relationship, and really your life by the end of therapy. From there I help you to recognize patterns, beliefs, and behaviors that may be keeping you stuck. My approach to helping you in this process is through a ‘person-centered’ therapeutic lens, as I trust that you are the expert in your life and that I am here to help you to understand your potential for positive change and to help facilitate that change.
(425) 658-9372
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Ken Peer
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
**Current Openings** During this unusual time we are all in, I invite you to come and risk finding a different, more connected way of living. Together we will spend time looking at the specific issues that brought you into therapy, as well as explore the nature of your relationships with important people in your life. We will consider together how your way of relating with yourself and others impacts your life and the relationships around you. I believe that we are all looking for our true selves--who we are at our deepest, most profound "self"--and I look forward to beginning that journey with you.
(206) 535-1480
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Ethan Schwab
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT, CST
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
As a relationship and sex therapist, my background and training are in relationship treatment as well as sexuality therapy. I work with heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual, and transgender individuals, couples, and partnerships to heal and find fulfillment. I see adults on a variety of discomforts that affect individuals, partnerships, and sexuality (e.g., orgasmic issues, erectile issues, desire issues, sexual pain). Additionally, I see couples for a myriad of relational issues. I am LGBTIQA, kink, and poly friendly and knowledgeable.
(425) 998-9432
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Matt Erdman
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
Verified
Does your life look good on paper, but you still feel sad and lonely? Are you finding it harder to enjoy things that used to bring you hapiness and fulfillment? Work is "fine," but you feel a lack of motivation that you once had. Do you find yourself forcing a smile on your face, even though inside you feel sad and maybe even a little guilty for not enjoying your life? There's a reason for all this sadness and together we can figure out what's really going on so that you don't have to feel this way anymore.
(206) 590-7025
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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D. Michael Louderback
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
We are all alive and trying to learn something about living; we live the way that we feel. We do this automatically (and whether we know it or not) in relationship: in relating to our self and to others. Therefore, my philosophy is everything is emotional and relational and mindful; everything matters.
(206) 580-8338
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Not accepting new clients
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Julie DeBoer
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
6 Endorsed
Verified
6 Endorsed
I believe that often, our deepest experiences of harm and trauma take place within relationships, and the ways that others relate to us has an enormous impact on the ways we learn to relate to ourselves. My work with clients often centers around exploring and integrating past experiences of harm, and through this, inviting clients to new ways of relating to themselves in the present. I am passionate about helping clients grow in self-awareness, courage, and self-compassion.
(206) 737-0935
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
Not accepting new clients
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Bethany Andrews
Counselor, MA, LMHC, LPC
Verified
Verified
I am here to help people get out of their emotional ruts and into healing. Teens and adults struggling with school, jobs, and/or relationships are my specialty. My job is to help alleviate some of your suffering and present tools that you can use to find more satisfaction in life. This therapy is designed to get where you want to be fast.
(206) 823-1250
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Kai Scantlin
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
In my work with clients, I use a combination of warmth, curiosity, directness, and respectful humor. I adamantly believe in the individual's right to self-determination, and I take a collaborative approach to therapy - I see you as the only person who can truly know what is important to you and what works in your life, and I see myself as someone who can help you understand what is contributing to your challenges, clarify your thoughts and feelings, help you learn strategies for thinking and behaving differently, and support you as you move toward the life you want.
(206) 674-5052
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Sarah Gibbs
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have a passion for working with people experiencing life transitions, including divorce or loss, forming new step families, co-parenting, or struggling with parenting concerns. My approach is to explore problems systemically, viewing each client within the context of the world around them. In therapy sessions we will explore trans-generational patterns of behavior that exist within you, and within your family of origin and your family of choice.
(425) 470-6606
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Not accepting new clients
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Alisa Huffman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
As a trauma therapist, I believe that personal growth and transformation is vital to the human experience, and that sometimes we need support through this process. Therapy is embarking on a journey, and you are the hero of your story. In meeting with you where you are at in your journey, I will help you to develop your own set of skills to help you through your daily experiences. I also encourage approaching challenges with vulnerability and self-compassion and will assist in practicing these areas in our sessions. Even though painful experiences are inevitable, I believe that suffering does not have to hold us back from living.
(253) 259-3230
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
Not accepting new clients
Not accepting new clients
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Jen Graves
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
It’s hard to be a person. Even when life is at its most joyful, our relationships, our pasts, and the constant presence of change can be overwhelming, confusing, or defeating. I’m here to help with that. Therapy is my second career. I chose this work because I believe everybody deserves nonjudgmental support, whether they are in crisis, preparing for change, or simply stuck. I have seen what can happen when pain has no witness. I have also experienced the transformations that can take place when hurt and struggle are seen, heard, and met with compassion, understanding, and perspective.
(206) 888-6251
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
Not accepting new clients
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Cynthia Wilson
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Therapy is a partnership that grows in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance. It allows us to rediscover the parts of ourselves we had to disown as children in order to keep our caregivers close; to learn new skills to handle grief and distress; to build healthier, more nurturing relationships; and to gain access to our own direct experience of the world, perhaps for the first time. I nurture this collaboration with clients by recognizing that each individual possesses the wisdom he or she needs, as well as the innate capacity to love, to connect, and to thrive.
(206) 489-3148
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Jessie Mastrangelo
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, MA, MBA, NCC
Verified
Verified
Do you find it challenging to show up for yourself? Are you making decisions that aren’t aligned with the way you want to live your life? Do you struggle with boundaries in your relationships? Are there things from your past that are impacting your life now? I’m passionate about helping my clients develop a grounded and secure sense of self so that they can build a meaningful and fulfilling life. The majority of my practice focuses on helping clients’ relationship with themselves and relationships with others. I often work with those who are feeling lost, stuck, depressed, and anxious.
(206) 222-2489
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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Sean Orpen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, CST
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
As a therapist that works with couples and individuals, with a focus on intimacy and sexuality, I often work with people seeking deeper and more nourishing connections in their relationships and lives. Connection requires the courage to move into vulnerability and honesty to live one's truth about what they really need from their relationships. This is where I can help! I serve as a guide for individuals and couples in stepping into their own lives, to ask for what they need and to be present in and for their relationships.
(360) 529-4728
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Westlake
Seattle, WA 98109
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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.