Sexual abuse can be devastating. It can come in many different forms and have psychological, physical and social impacts on the life of the person it happened to.
The sexual abuse, assault or violence may have happened in childhood or more recently. However, if you are reading this, it’s likely you are still suffering the consequences. This is often especially true if you have not received the right professional help at the time, which is the case for many people.
The impact of sexual abuse
You may be:
- struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD type symptoms from the trauma you have experienced.
- be dealing with an eating disorder, or substance abuse from using drug and alcohol to numb the emotional pain.
- having difficulty with relationships, especially romantic ones
Please be assured you can recover with the right support and live the life you want to live. If you are ready to deal with the impact of sexual abuse, assault or violence, psychotherapy can help you. You can choose to have sexual abuse counselling online or face-to-face, whichever you prefer.
Compassionate, effective sexual abuse counselling
Sexual assault and abuse is often shrouded in secrecy and shame. It is important when you are ready to begin psychotherapy that you have an empathetic, experienced counsellor who can help you process what has happened to you.
It is important that you are able to explore your experience in a safe, gentle way. You need a therapist who can walk the difficult journey beside you, rather that tell you what you need. I carefully create personalised therapeutic plans for each of my clients. This is especially important for clients who have been sexually abused. I understand sexual abuse is hard for many people to discuss and can assure you of kindness and compassion. You can read more about me and my approach to therapy and my FAQs to see if I could be the right psychotherapist to help you.
I offer online counselling and face-to-face sessions in Wilmslow or Manchester City Centre. We can discuss what would be most suitable for you in a short, free introductory call. Start your recovery today by contacting me. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call XXXX.
Sexual abuse counselling usually requires deep work. Owing to the nature of the trauma, it can take time to trust a therapist and be truly honest about your experience, your thoughts and feelings. This is very normal. However, it’s important to understand that for therapy to make a lasting difference, you will likely need upwards of 10 sessions. I am of course happy to explain more about why and the way in which I work with clients who have been sexually abused in our initial call.
Not ready for therapy yet?
If you are not yet ready to begin psychotherapy, you may find these helplines and websites dedicated to survivors of sexual abuse helpful.