Sexual Assault Synergetic Play Therapy

Sexual Assault

Sexual assault or abuse in childhood often causes psychological and emotional difficulties as the victim grows up. A child who is abused by a parent, is likely to suffer from severe anxiety, low self-esteem, uncontrollable anger, depression and intimacy issues. However, sexual assault is not limited to children, and it can harm an adult emotionally too.

Immediately after sexual assault, a person may not immediately experience pain or fear. They may even experience moments of pleasure, which can cause a lot of confusion and inner turmoil. They may feel betrayed if the abuser is a relative or acquaintance, but at the same time, feel guilty for reporting the sexual assault and getting the abuser in trouble. Abusers often lie to their victims, or reward them, and threats can deepen the emotional trauma.

A victim of sexual assault will often have trouble coping with relationships that are growing close, or with people physically touching them. When starting a relationship, memories will start to occur and they will cause trouble with intimacy in the relationship. Some people who have experienced sexual assault will become promiscuous, which can cause even more guilt.

It is essential for sexual assault survivors to receive counselling from a professional psychologist who is experienced in sexual assault. A therapist will help the victim to work through emotions and help clarify his or her choices. Working through the emotions of anger, guilt and shame will help to facilitate emotional healing. EMDR has been proven a very effective treatment for post traumatic stress disorder in sexual assault victims.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who offers sexual assault counselling to address your emotional healing issues you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Synergetic Play Therapy

The main premise of Synergetic Play Therapy is that the therapist actively engages in the child's play as a co-regulator and a resource. The therapist's role is to create a safe and attuned therapeutic environment where the child feels accepted, understood, and supported. SPT emphasizes the therapeutic relationship as a primary factor in facilitating healing and growth.

In Synergetic Play Therapy, the therapist pays close attention to the child's nervous system arousal and regulation, helping the child build self-regulation skills. The therapist also helps the child explore and process unresolved emotions, trauma, or challenging life experiences through play.


If you are looking at Synergetic Play Therapy for your child, have a look at the counsellors listed below.

 

 

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Dana Begg

MCP, RCC
    • Online booking
Hi there! My name is Dana and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. I have experience working in private practice and government agency settings, supporting... Read more

Chris Rensch

M.A., RCC
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    • Online booking
Chris has specialized training in trauma and child therapy. He helps kids and adults get unstuck when life circumstances create barriers. As one of the only male trauma-focused children’s therapists... Read more