Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Sexual Abuse

“Opportunities to find deeper power within ourselves come when life seems most challenging”
~ Joseph Campbell

Sexual abuse is often a hidden crime that affects self-worth, personality development, intimacy, socialization and achievement. It is an intrusion into a person’s deepest, most delicate and private self. Survivors tend to struggle with the twin dilemma of secrecy and shame that accompany sexual abuse. A large percentage of sexual violations are perpetrated by a known or trusted adult, and result in confusion, betrayal and guilt.

Survivors of sexual abuse often report:

  • Nightmares & Flashbacks
  • Distrust of others
  • Anger and Violent behaviors
  • Depression and Withdrawal
  • Numbness
  • Self-harm Behaviors
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Self-doubt and low Self-esteem
  • Guilt & Shame
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Substance Abuse


Sexual abuse not only affects our relationship with others and ourselves, it also affects our ability to function physically, mentally and emotionally.

How Therapy Can Help

Therapy can provide a safe place for a survivor to explore their feelings which may often appear to be at odds with each other.  Successful therapy addresses the psychological and emotional needs of the individual in a safe and respectful manner.  It can help put things in perspective while also allowing you to discover that you are still a strong, beautiful being with inner gifts of resilience, intuition, creativity to offer yourself and the world.

Our therapists have specialized knowledge, experience and training in working with children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse. We will honor and respect your unique sense of timing and individual needs. We are here to help and support you in your quest for a richer, more meaningful experience of life. We invite you to peruse our referral list and contact us, so we can accompany you on this healing journey.

 

 

Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
   
Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists