Do I Have PTSD? Recognizing the Signs

As the #MeToo movement continues to highlight the prevalence of sexual aggression all over the United States, we often hear people talk about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Traditionally, people think of veterans or mass-violence when they think of PTSD. In fact, PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can develop in people who’ve experienced or witnessed all kinds traumatic or...[ read more ]

Get Some Sleep! 5 Tips for Busting Through Your Insomnia

If you find yourself struggling to fall or stay asleep, you’re not alone. Insomnia, the chronic inability to get sufficient sleep, is a common problem affecting millions of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 study, more than a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep on a daily basis. Nightmares and insomnia are also extremely...[ read more ]

Why EMDR is a Helpful Treatment for Sexual Abuse Survivors

In the United States, one in three women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). When sexual abuse happens, many people don’t know how to cope with what happened. Many struggle to express their feelings in a healthy way. The result is feelings fear...[ read more ]

How Meditation Can Help Manage Symptoms of Trauma

Meditation offers practitioners powerful benefits, yet many people are confused as to what exactly those benefits are. In a nutshell, meditation focuses attention in a deliberate manner, taking you from a state of noisy mental chatter to calm and quiet inner peace. And isn’t that something most of us could use?While meditation has been practiced for thousands of years in...[ read more ]

How to Tell Your Partner About Your Past Sexual Abuse

Relationships always start out on a high note. You feel the attraction attraction and see yourself in them. This stirs up your feelings and you start to see what you have in common. Then, finding out about your differences and exploring the world together makes things fresh and exciting. When your relationship starts to become more serious, you may start...[ read more ]

You Are Not Alone: Finding Support as a Male Sexual Abuse Survivor

On an almost daily basis we hear stories of female sexual harassment and abuse in the media. Sadly, male sexual abuse is fairly common, but the issue is underreported by the media and society in general. One US-based study found that 1 in 6 boys experience some form of sexual abuse by the age of 18. Other research suggests the...[ read more ]

5 Reasons Why Parents Don’t Discuss Child Sexual Abuse

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by the time they are 18. Also, a whopping 44% of rape victims are under age 18. We know. These statistics break our hearts, too. Sadly, but not surprisingly, victims of sexual assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression,...[ read more ]

3 Simple Steps to Tame Your Anxiety

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Anxiety Management for Anxiety Disorders   Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Panic Disorder often feels like a jack in the box. You never know when it will go off. Learning how to manage the feelings of anxiety and the negative thoughts that tend to take over during those moments takes practice and persistence. Many people need someone with expertise to teach...[ read more ]

5 Reasons to Seek a Sexual Abuse Counselor

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Counseling is Counseling, Right?   Recently I was at a networking event and was asked what I do. So, I said my usual spiel, “I’m a trauma therapist and run a sexual abuse counseling center.” The other counselor I was talking with said, “Well, all therapists do trauma, so that’s not really a specialty.” Ahem…I beg to differ. You see,...[ read more ]

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