Sexual Trauma and Abuse

Sexual Trauma and Abuse Recovery

Approximately 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. You are not alone. Sexual trauma is profoundly violating in the most intimate and vulnerable way. It destroys our trust in others, in the world, and in ourselves. It is humiliating and shaming, physically painful and emotionally agonizing.

What is Sexual Trauma and Abuse

There are many types of sexual trauma including rape, childhood sexual abuse, and intimate partner sexual violence. This includes, but it not limited to, forced penetration, attempted rape, unwanted fondling or sexual touching Some forms of sexual assault involve physical violence; however, forceful sexual contact can also be drug facilitated, or a result of coercion or manipulation. Sexual abuse takes many different forms, but in every case, it is never the fault of the survivor. Sexual trauma does not discriminate. Victims include individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Symptoms of Sexual Trauma Include but are not Limited to

  • Fear of intimacy
  • Feelings of powerlessness
  • An inability to recognize feelings or regulate emotions
  • Disassociation (feeling numb or disconnected to physical sensations)
  • Self harm or abuse of own body
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Easily startled
  • Prone to sudden outbursts
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Surviving sexual trauma is treatable.

There are many options available that can be tailored to meet individual needs. Many therapists utilize cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) which helps people learn how to change destructive behaviors and thoughts. Brainspotting is an empirically proven, brain-based form of trauma therapy which focuses on rewiring the brain’s processing of our trauma by using the natural, organic mind-body connection. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is also a research based trauma focused psychotherapy that helps people process and make sense of their trauma by utilizing eye position in connection with traumatic memories.

If you have experienced any kind of sexual trauma, allow us to help you. Call today.

Therapists specializing in sexual trauma and abuse:
Mari I. Mars, MS, LPC, NCC
Lindsay Cochran, MEd, EdS, LPC

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