Sexual Abuse and Psychotherapy Counselling & Therapy
Sexual Abuse can happen to anyone, at any age and can have an enormous psychological impact on the victim. Sexual abuse often leads to depression, addiction and broken relationships. Psychotherapy and counselling can help those who have suffered sexual abuse come to terms with their abuse, understand how it is impacting upon their lives and allow them to move forward less burdened.
Sexual Abuse in Childhood: & Psychotherapy
Many children who have been sexually abused survive their trauma by shutting off their feelings, by not allowing thoughts or feelings about the abuse to surface. While this defence works for a while, as adolescents or adults, it becomes more difficult to keep the feelings shut down. Difficult feelings will emerge, become overwhelming and the victim may, at that point, resort to alcohol, drugs or self- harm. Psychotherapy and counselling can offer the individual affected by sexual abuse, a safe place to explore feelings and experiences, to understand the impact the abuse has had and to find a healthy way forward.
Sexual Abuse in Adult Life: & Psychotherapy
Sexual abuse in adult life can happen within relationships as well as in encounters with strangers. Sexual abuse is any act that is not consensual. Within relationships, victims often struggle to acknowledge that what’s going on is abusive. The abuse becomes ‘normalised’ and the victim feels powerless. Examples of sexual abuse within relationships include:
- Demanding sex when one’s partner is unwilling
- Demanding or coercing the partner to engage in sexual activities with which they are uncomfortable
- Unwanted penetration of any kind; oral, vaginal or anal
- Physically coerced sex – through threats of weapons etc.
- Use of alcohol or drugs to obtain sex, when the partner is (or would be) unwilling
Psychotherapy and counselling can help individuals who have suffered, or are suffering, adult sexual abuse
Psychotherapy can give the individual the space, time, insight and understanding and allow them to move forward with greater self- confidence and towards healthier relationships.
The psychotherapists at the Cavendish Psychotherapy Practice, Central London, are all experienced in working with victims of sexual abuse. The three psychotherapist/counsellors at the Cavendish are female, are discreet, non judgemental and supportive.