Trauma & PSTD Healing Specialty : Sexual Trauma
The process of healing and recovering from trauma can often open an individual's sense of self to the exhilaration of complete vibrancy and coherence with life.
We work with most variants of sexual abuse. Because of the physically intimate nature of such abuse, we foster and encourage the development of clear interpersonal boundaries, the gradual development of trust and a climate of allowing and supporting the experience of feelings such as anger, resentment and rage. We also explore forgiveness of oneself as a catalyst to dissolve the shame that often results from male-dominated societal views around sexuality.
Our approach in healing sexual trauma supports and emphasizes:
+ Gender appropriate intuition
+ Restoring natural energy flow through the creative energy system
+ Progression from: immobility -> anger -> shame -> coherence
+ Differentiation of affect from the sexual drive
+ Exploration of intimacy beyond sexuality
+ Gradual decoupling of sexual intimacy from negative emotions
We help re-establish the natural flow of the creative energies in the body by supporting the client in their awareness of energetic concentrations in the body. These roughly coincide with chakras and dantians.
We've had great success in coupling this energetic apprach with Somatic Experiencing™, resourcing and attachment/affective dynamics. Sexual abuse is such a foundational disruptor of human energies that recovery from it can result in apparently miraculous healing of many "incurable" syndromes.
Types of Sexual Abuse we Address
Sexual Assault is sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim.
Child Sexual Abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity with a minor. A child is unable consent to any form of sexual activity.
Incest is unwanted sexual activity with a family member, usually a form of child sexual abuse.
Sexual Assault of Males - Men and boys who have been sexually assaulted or abused may face additional challenges because of social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity.
Sexual Violence by an Intimate Partner results where the perpetrator can be a relative stranger or be a friend.