Sexual Assault Survivors
To those who've survived sexual assault: I see you. And I believe you. Let’s start there because it’s important.
Folks I work with who have survived sexual assault often, from the outside, appear to have it all together. But inside, you’re struggling. Your closest friends and family may not even know what you deal with on a daily basis. You don’t feel like you’re where you should be. You don’t feel safe in relationships, and it’s impossible to trust others. You are wracked with shame and guilt. If you’re in a relationship, it may not be making you very happy. Your friends and family may be worried about you.
Common Experices Among Sexual Assault Survivors
You think if you stay busy enough or work hard enough, memories of the assault would fade. You’ve done the research. You’ve read the books. And you may have even tried other therapists. But “just talking” wasn’t what you needed. The empowering Insta accounts are not cutting it. All of this running is keeping you from being the person you want to be. You feel powerless, defeated, and wonder how long you can keep going like this.
You may even be second-guessing yourself or your own reality. Was it really sexual assault? Surely not, right? We often try to convince ourselves of this. Or if you are sure it was an assault, hopefully, you can just forget. Or move on. Or pretend it can’t still affect you.
PTSD Treatment Following Sexual Assault
If these experiences sound familiar, you may be dealing with PTSD. PTSD can develop following a sexual assault and leave you feeling stuck, hopeless, and alone. It can leave you in a place of uncertainty, doubting yourself and your ability to make even the smallest decisions. While PTSD takes a negative toll on your life, it is also treatable.
Yes! I said treatable.
What To Expect
Most sexual assault survivors I work with for therapy see me for about 3-4 months of active PTSD treatment. In our work together, we dig deep and do the work required to treat PTSD with the most effective treatments to date. I want to offer you results-focused treatments to help you get to feeling better as soon as possible.
My hope for you after working through PTSD treatment for sexual assault is that you’re able to regain a sense of power and control in your life. Soon, you’ll be able to feel relief, hope, and freedom from the heaviness you’ve been carrying around for so long. Many survivors I work with start to feel more self-confident, stop blaming themselves for the assault and start to see a world where trust is possible.
And this is where you get to go from just surviving to thriving.
Take a moment to imagine what would be different if trauma no longer controlled you? What would your goals be? What would your relationships look like? And what about your self-esteem? How would you feel in your own body? How might life look differently if you were not living to simply avoid pain, but to enjoy living? Most importantly, how would it be if your mind could take a damn break and actually relax?
Therapy for Sexual Assault Survivors
Know that hope and healing are possible, and that PTSD is treatable. The past does not have to control your present or your future. With effective treatments available, you’ll no longer be haunted by what happened, but instead, you’ll begin to create a life that feels worth living. Effective PTSD treatment is available through Thrive, my practice serving Ohio and Kentucky. Contact me today using the steps below to find the relief you need to live the life you want.
- Schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.
- Meet with me to discuss your therapy needs and goals.
- Start thriving in a life free from past trauma.
OTHER SERVICES AT THRIVE THERAPY
Thrive is dedicated to provide evidence-based treatments for PTSD. We strive to offer effective, time-limited, and results-oriented therapy that allows hope and healing to take place. Thrive treats PTSD from any source, including childhood trauma survivors and first responders. My services are available with online therapy in Ohio and online therapy in Kentucky. If you have questions about our me or my Ohio-based therapy practice, please check out my FAQs page or schedule a free consultation.