Sexual Abuse, Sexual Trauma

Sexual Abuse, Sexual Trauma

Mindful Journeys MFT is conveniently located in Manhattan NYC and Teaneck, NJ and provides individual therapy to support your mindful journey of healing and becoming.

Sexual abuse, or sexual trauma can be outwardly violent or not. It can be one event or a series of events over a prolonged period of time. Sexual trauma takes place in various forms of molestation, rape, uncomfortable touching or fondling, sexual harassment, verbal intimidation of harm if you do not perform sexual acts, being coerced or manipulated into prostitution or sex trafficking.The common denominator of all abuse is objectification, and a yearning for power and control. To objectify a person is to dehumanize them.

Many incidences of sexual betrayal occur in the hands of loved ones, where trust is broken and the child is betrayed. It is no wonder then why many adults molested as children find it difficult to trust others. Sexual abuse can affect the way we grow and learn to interact in our relationships with others due to this childhood betrayal trauma and wounding.

Sexual abuse counseling can help you process your sexual abuse, gain insight to present-day compulsive behaviors, manage anxiety, build self esteem and self care, identify thoughts of self blame and shame, connect with deeper emotions, and recognize any internal defenses being triggered in your relationships.

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Are you a male or female victim of sexual abuse?

People encode incest and sexual betrayal differently. While there are people that respond in terror and immediately identify sexual abuse as traumatic; there are also many people unconsciously living in a state of trauma because they do not identify what happened to them as sexual abuse. Sometimes people are unaware they have been sexually abused because they feel confusion about the reason(s) it happened, or struggle with internal conflicts based on how they responded to the event. It is not uncommon for both women and men to look back at the sexual abuse with the belief they somehow did something to cause the sexual abuse or allow it.

  • Are you a male or female victim of sexual abuse?
  • Are you feeling captive and prisoner to your childhood abuse?
  • Are you struggling with anxiety or depression due to childhood sexual abuse?
  • Do you feel shame, anxiety, depression, low self esteem due to sexual abuse?
  • Are you a former sex worker wanting to heal past wounding?
  • Have you suffered sex trafficking?
  • Do you live your life feeling guarded or protected?
  • Are you unable to trust or allow people to get close to you?

It is also common after sexual trauma- to have feelings of shame, fear, grief, depression, anxiety, distrust, and anger. It makes sense that the world may feel unsafe to you after trauma, and part of the grief experienced is grieving the loss of a safe world, as you once knew it.

How Sexual Trauma Counseling Can Help You.

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It is possible to move forward from sexual trauma with a guide who will support you, listen to your story and hold your pain within a safe container; helping you to also hold compassion, support, hope, and faith in yourself. Sometimes people are unaware that they have been sexually abused because they feel confusion about reasons it happened, or internal conflicts based on how they responded to the event.

You are not alone in your experience. Therapy can be a place for people to explore and address these deep-rooted conflicts and help process these abusive experiences, identifying any fragmented parts of yourself that arise and continue to exist as coping mechanisms to survive coming to terms with sexual betrayal.

If you currently find yourself in an emergency situation of sexual assault or suspect sex trafficking, it can be helpful to contact police or nearest shelter. You can also call Safe Horizon’s Rape, Sexual Assault & Incest Hotline: (212.227.3000).

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