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Supporting Survivors: Healing from Sexual Abuse with Therapy | Veronica Listens

Sexual abuse is a devastating form of violence, often used as a means to exert power and control over others. It can take various forms, including rape, molestation, harassment, and exploitation. The impact of sexual abuse can be profound, affecting survivors emotionally, psychologically, and physically.

Immediate assistance following a sexual assault is critical for both physical and emotional well-being. Seeking medical care ensures that any injuries are treated promptly and that evidence is collected if the survivor chooses to report the assault to the authorities. However, I want to emphasize that as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), I prioritize the safety and well-being of my clients above all else.

It's important for survivors to know that they are in control of their own decisions. While I may encourage survivors to consider reporting to the police as a means of seeking justice and preventing further harm, I will never pressure them to take any action they are not comfortable with. My role is to provide support, validation, and guidance, empowering survivors to make informed choices about their healing journey.

In cases involving minors, the situation may become more complex due to legal obligations. As an LMHC, I am mandated to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities, which may include notifying parents or legal guardians. However, this does not mean that the survivor loses agency over their own healing process. I will continue to support and advocate for the survivor's emotional and physical safety while navigating any necessary involvement with external parties.

Ultimately, my goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where survivors can access the resources and support they need to heal and recover from the trauma of sexual abuse.

The journey of healing doesn't end with immediate intervention. Long-term therapy can play a vital role in helping survivors navigate the complex aftermath of sexual abuse. Therapy provides a safe space for survivors to process their experiences, understand their emotions, and develop coping mechanisms. It can also address issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties that often arise in the aftermath of sexual trauma.

As an LMHC, I specialize in providing support and guidance to survivors of sexual abuse. My approach to therapy is holistic and client-centered, tailored to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual. Together, we can work through the trauma and rebuild a sense of safety and trust.

Seeking help is a courageous step towards recovery. Learn about the impact of sexual abuse, the importance of immediate assistance, and the role of long-term therapy in healing. As an LMHC, I offer compassionate support for survivors. I invite you to reach out and schedule an appointment with me to begin your journey towards healing. You deserve to reclaim your life – reach out for support now. or 561-903 TALK (8255).

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