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Sexual Abuse Specialist

The Green Room Psychological Services Inc.

Psychological Counseling and Testing Center located in San Diego, CA

Sexual abuse may be difficult to discuss, but seeking psychological treatment can help you work through the trauma. At The Green Room Psychological Services Inc., the highly trained and empathetic team provides in-depth, personalized counseling with complete confidentiality. If you’re a survivor of sexual abuse and need help, don’t hesitate to call the office for an appointment today.

Sexual Abuse Q & A

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse is sexual activity of any kind during which one participant, the victim, is unwilling or unable to consent. There are many other actions that fall into the category of sexual abuse. They include:

  • Inappropriate, unwanted touching
  • Child molestation
  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Unwanted penetration of any kind
  • Incest
  • Exhibitionism (flashing one’s private areas)
  • Voyeurism (spying on others’ private sexual acts)

Some types of sexual abuse, like exhibitionism or voyeurism, don’t involve any touching at all. But this doesn’t mean that the effects of the abuse are any less harmful or traumatic. Sexual assault of any kind is extremely violating. You can be a victim of sexual abuse regardless of age, gender, or race.

What are the effects of sexual abuse later in life?

Even if you don’t realize it, your sexual abuse may have left a lasting impact on you and your relationships. Years or even decades later, psychological effects from an instance of sexual abuse can linger and pervade your judgment and decision-making.

Immediately after the instance of sexual abuse, you might feel shocked, fearful, or even guilty. Many survivors develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that causes the same feelings to return long after the event when exposed to certain triggers.

Not everyone gets PTSD, and the lasting effects after sexual abuse are different for everyone. They might include social isolation, extreme anxiety, trouble maintaining close relationships, or risky sexual behavior.

How can I work through trauma related to sexual abuse?

At The Green Room Psychological Services Inc., your provider fosters a trusting and transparent relationship with you. They encourage you to communicate about the abuse and its effects at your own pace and comfort levels over the course of your therapy, which could take weeks or months.

You’ll undergo an assessment to help your provider evaluate your mental health at the beginning of treatment. They use this information to choose the best approach to your treatment, which may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or psychotherapy for PTSD. You’ll learn coping mechanisms to help you live with your trauma and strategies to handle coming into contact with your triggers.

No matter the type of sexual abuse you went through or the effects it had on your psyche, the team at The Green Room Psychological Services Inc. is equipped to help you overcome it. To book an appointment for treatment after sexual abuse, call the office today.