Sexual Assault Counsellors

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.

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Rebecca Berman

B.S.W., RSW
Trauma impacts how we see the world, navigate through our experiences and connect in our relationships.  The lives we live are built upon the lessons we learn in our families, cultures, peer groups, and in the... Read more

Sheri Johnson

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Using cutting edge neuroscience approaches and over 12 years experience practicing clinical social work, an online session with me offers effective, results-oriented therapy in a non-judgemental, compassionate... Read more

Suvi Teigen

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Hi, I’m Suvi. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and am a RSW (Registered Social Worker) with the BC College of Social Workers. I am also human and at times I have been where you may find yourself now... Read more

Christina Clapperton

M.S.W., RSW
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    • Blog on profile
    • Online booking
Christina is a counsellor most known for EMDR therapy that incorporates inner child work to heal dissociative and behavioural patterns that develop out of traumatic experiences. She works with a variety of psychological... Read more

Clara Morgan

M.S.W., RSW
Clara is an RSW and an RCC.  She is a therapist who provides a safe, non-judgmental, and LGBTQIA2S+ affirming space for all of her clients to share and explore their stories. She is compassionate and... Read more

Shauna Cheney

M.S.W., RSW
If you want to change your life, therapy is a great way to start. I help people develop coping skills to manage difficult emotions. With 24 years of experience, I provide a supportive setting to help... Read more