Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is any forced and unwanted sexual activity. Since children are unable to consent, sexual child abuse is any sexual activity involving a child. Most of the time, the victims of sexual abuse know their attacker and sexual abuse often becomes worse over time. A person who has been sexually abused may feel anger, shock, shame, guilt, fear or disbelief. If you have been sexually abused, as a child or an adult, you may develop depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem or post-traumatic stress disorder.  A qualified mental health professional can help victims of sexual abuse, both children and adults, to recover from the trauma they have experienced.

Local Experts in Sexual Abuse

I have several years of experience working with survivors of DV/SA as an advocate and therapist. I have multiple years of experience working with youth who have perpetrated sexual abuse as a mentor and therapist.

I have worked directly with sexual able/assault survivors of all genders for many years including over 4 years as a therapist at a Rape Recovery Center. I work with adults who are survivors of any kind of sexual and physical abuse trauma from ongoing childhood abuse to single incident rape or other sexual violence.

Children who have been sexually abused often have untrue thoughts about the abuse such as blaming themselves or feeling embarrassed and ashamed. Ruth provides Trauma-Focused Therapy that targets these thinking errors and teaches the child coping skills to deal with trauma symptoms. Children learn to recall the abuse safely helping them feel in control and stronger than before.

My work has shown me that an astounding number of us have experienced sexual abuse. Perhaps your experience was recent or maybe it is from the distant past, maybe you have buried it deep or have addressed it before but now find it cropping up in your life and causing problems. You don\'t have to live with the pain you are experiencing, many tools, including EMDR, can bring you significant healing.

Sexual abuse affects us in ways that we may not realize. This often includes anxiety, depression, difficulty trusting others, and difficulty forming and maintaining healthy relationships. I am here to help my clients learn how to reestablish their lives and begin to recover.

Being a survivor is immensely complicated. I have extensive experience working with sexual abuse survivors and their families, and will witness and support your healing work with care and compassion. I use a family systems perspective to work in a relationship-based manner to address the complexities of abuse in individuals and families.

My experience working with both perpetrators of sexual abuse and survivors of sexual abuse has informed my work with clients providing me with a unique background in this field. I strive to research and learn more about this field so that I may integrate new concepts and tools or refer clients to clinicians who can administer interventions I am not trained in (i.e. EMDR, neurofeedback, etc.).

Healing past sexual trauma from assault or early abuse, repairing relationship wounds, and creating trust to feel safe tapping into your sexual self, is a big part of my work. The wounds can take years to heal, and require a sex positive, trauma informed perspective.

I have experience working with both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, although now I primarily work with victims. Much of healing comes from helping them to have a voice and gain strength as a survivor rather than a victim.

I specialize in abuse and trauma, and have a particular focus in sexual abuse. Using various tools, we can de-code the nervous system\'s language so that you can understand better the ways to support your healing. Post-Traumatic Stress is something that can be very daunting, but can definitely transform to allow for resiliency and growth.

I have spent over five years working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and studied somatic and cognitive practices to help individuals understand and heal from sexual abuse.

I have counseled and worked with sexual assault survivors. I have assisted in getting services, resources, and housing.

I work alongside survivors of sexual abuse frequently in my practice of therapy. I use a trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy lens and Narrative Therapy in order to help you re-story your experience.

My work has centered around sexual abuse clients for the past 25 years. Eliminating flashbacks, restoring normal sexual functioning and gaining the power to protect our bodies are all focuses of this therapy.

I have worked with adults that have experience childhood sexual abuse and recent abuse. I come from a trauma education with EMDR training.

As a survivor myself, I\'ve done extensive work and research around healing from childhood and adult sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is shockingly common, and often has a profound effect on survivors in a multitude of ways. Often, it seems as if everything in a survivor\'s life becomes disrupted in the aftermath of their abuse, and finding trauma-informed care is absolutely essential to healing properly.

I am a certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, which authorizes me to work with perpetrators of sexual abuse in the state of Oregon. I am able to work with people who are court-mandated or self-referred. I also provide therapy to victims of sexual abuse and sexual trauma.

Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual behavior between a person who holds more power than another person and forces them into sexual acts using threats of violence, using force and/or taking advantage of a vulnerability. Power can be described as authority, age, status, intelligence, etc.

Sexual abuse does not discriminate, it effects all people no matter their age, gender, ability, socio economic class, race, sexual orientation and or culture. You are not alone, someone else is at fault not you. As a volunteer Rape Victim Advocate with Multnomah District Attorney I have seen the many ways sexual abuse and sexual assault effects people and their lives.

I work with adults who were sexually abused as children. I also work with adults who have experienced sexual abuse from intimate partners.

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