Oprah Winfrey, in an interview with Dr. Brene Brown, may have summarized it best - With sexual abuse or trauma it's not about the sex act; most of the time we can get over that. It's about the shame.

If you're the survivor of sexual abuse or trauma you likely know the feelings of shame, secrecy, judgement (maybe internal) and the deep hurt. There is a way out and we'd like to help.
(View the Orpah & Brene interview here.)

Sexual abuse, sexual violence and sexual trauma can have a lasting impact on individuals’ lives. Sexual trauma is defined as any sexual act performed on a person that creates significant distress.

Sometimes the shame felt after sexual trauma may not be realized for months or even years. Trying to work through the shame on your own and keeping it hidden becomes an exhausting way of life. The shame we carry impacts everyone we meet, everything we do, the way we see and understand ourself and others, and how we are in relationship.

Individual counseling can benefit survivors of sexual trauma, and is an important step in processing the difficult emotions from abuse and trauma. Unfortunately, many victims of sexual abuse avoid help for years, and many may never get help. The therapeutic steps offered during counseling help survivors of trauma handle the painful emotions that may surface at any point during day-to-day living.

The Counseling & Recovery Partners’ approach uses evidence based treatment modalities including EMDR, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Body-based Therapy, and Positive Psychology to help resolve sexual trauma.  AT C&RP we understand that sexual trauma impacts the individual on a visceral, sensory and cellular level.

We provide a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental environment where we incorporate a variety of emotional, cognitive and body-based treatments to help client move away from trauma and PTSD and back to wholeness and healthy relationships.  Our focus is on individual strengths and we utilize this approach to help survivors realize their gifts and resilience in order to move past the hurt and into a fuller life and hopeful future.