Treatment for Sexual Abuse
“If healing begins by telling your story, then telling must be safe.”
Maybe you haven't yet told anyone what happened.
Or, you tried to tell, and they wouldn't listen.
Even worse, they blamed and shamed YOU.
Maybe, you were met with care and compassion that led you here.
Please know, right now, the sexual abuse you endured is NOT your fault.
Sexual abuse is often one of the most awkward topics to discuss and talk about. This trauma is also one of the most devastating and sad realities within our society. We also know that far too many people endure sexual abuse in their lifetime. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, we at Golden Vibes Counseling want to let you know that you are not alone. The path of recovery and gaining back belief within oneself can be a lonely journey. But, it doesn’t have to be when you decide to take back charge of your life and seek help.
We know, it can feel overwhelming to share your story with your therapist. But, it is the most powerful thing you can do to overcome any fear, shame, or guilt.
Survivors of sexual abuse often have a mix of emotions and thoughts in the form of:
Shame, guilt, isolation
Fear, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts
Anger outbursts, sadness, hopelessness
Denying their pain/avoidance
Minimizing the situation
No longer trusting friends/family members
Unstable future relationships
Low self-esteem, self-doubt
Childhood sexual abuse is often associated with traumatic reactions and PTSD. This type of trauma may include re-experiencing the abuse through memories or dreams. Perhaps, actively trying to avoid situations or things that remind you of the abuse. Sexually abused children deal with extreme emotional distress. Often, they will attempt to externalize the problem. They may become hyperactive, irritable, or aggressive during their developing years. These symptoms often continue during adulthood which may impact long-term intimate partner relationships.
Therapy for Sexual Abuse Can Help You Heal
Therapy can instill a sense of hope to trust and regain self-acceptance. Self-love and confidence are possible again. You too can believe that survivors are stronger than their abusers. Trauma from sexual abuse can have a significant impact on present relationships. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! When survivors decide to seek professional help towards their own process of healing. Therapy can be challenging. At times, you may even feel like you're taking two steps forward and ten steps backward. But, don’t give up.
The Golden Vibes Counseling Approach to Treatment for Sexual Abuse in Madison, WI
Therapy for sexual abuse is different for every individual. Healing doesn’t have to be rushed, linear, or a methodological process. Treatment for sexual abuse starts by taking the first step to believing you can live your life again. Therapy will allow you to gain a sense of safety. Which, at some point, went missing in your life when you became a victim of abuse.
In trauma therapy for sexual abuse, we use counseling methods that work. This can include EMDR trauma therapy, CBT for trauma treatment, and brainspotting. No matter the approach, you will be treated with care and respect, with your safety as a top priority.
Often, recovery starts with accepting and validating your emotions about painful memories. Next, you'll start being able to restructure your thoughts. This often involves realizing you are more than your sexual abuse. It's important to remember that treatment for sexual abuse is not a linear process. We have to forgive ourselves and trust in our inner resiliency. Then, we can begin the process of coping and building interpersonal and life skills again.
You Can Feel Joyful Again, Even After the Trauma of Sexual Abuse
Our trained trauma therapists are committed to empowering you by providing a safe, trusting space. A place where you can begin to heal traumatic memories. And, hopefully, start to believe that you don't have to be ashamed of a crime YOU did not commit.
We want you to know that we are here to listen non-judgmentally and to support your journey to empower you.
Begin Treatment for Sexual Abuse in Madison, WI
You are strong. Resilient. Capable. It just may not feel like it right now. So, we are here to help you. When you're ready to get started with trauma therapy for sexual abuse, we are ready for you. Our Madison, WI-based therapists can even help you anywhere in the state with online therapy in Wisconsin.
To get started, just follow these three steps:
Call our office at 608-571-0558 or e-mail us to make an appointment
Begin your healing journey today
More Mental Health Services at Golden Vibes Counseling Center
At our Madison, WI therapy clinic, we want you to feel comfortable. We know you are a multi-faceted person with a wide range of needs and concerns. That's why we have a lot of different ways to serve you. From therapy in our chic, contemporary counseling space to expert online counseling in Wisconsin, we are ready to meet you where you are. Our professional therapists can help you using a variety of approaches including CBT, EMDR, and Brainspotting. These methods can help with sexual assault recovery, anxiety therapy, depression treatment, reproductive or maternal mental health, multicultural counseling, and more. We also specialize in LGBTQAI+ counseling and poly-affirming therapies and can assist with gender-affirming care. We truly look forward to meeting you and getting to know you as an individual.