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I approach therapy with a simple question: 

"What do you want out of life, and what is holding you back from that?" 

This question, and your answers, is where we begin the journey. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Trauma

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims who do not give their full consent.

Sexual abuse is not your fault. Ever. Someone else chose to exert power or control over you in a sexual way.

The Hurt

Sometimes sexual abuse doesn't feel violent and you may not feel like you can label it abuse. You knew you didn't want the sexual encounter, but you froze and didn't say no.


Our bodies react to traumatic situations with fight, flight, or freeze. If you froze and it haunts you that you weren't able to fight or get away, I want you to know that your body made a split-second decision that you were safest to freeze. You can learn to have compassion on yourself, and not berate yourself for your body's reaction. You can learn to feel safer in your body and your surroundings. You can also let go of unhelpful beliefs you've created about yourself based on the abuse.

The Healing

I am sorry that happened to you.  I believe you and it is not your fault.  You can create safe spaces and relationships where you can heal.  Therapy is one of those places.

Another great resource for your healing journey is The Courage to Heal Workbook by Laura Davis. If you’d like to read about someone who also experienced sexual abuse and her healing journey, I recommend Miss America by Day by Marilyn Van Debur.


Resources

These are resources I recommend exploring on the topic of

Sexual Abuse

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