Sexual Abuse Counseling & Therapy in Colorado

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Sexual abuse is any form of unwanted sexual contact. 

In addition to acts of sexual violence, such as rape and molestation, sexual abuse can include other forms of sexual contact, such as revealing oneself to an unwanting victim or using sexually explicit language with someone who has not consented to such communication.

Sexual Abuse Therapists in Colorado

Sarah Lawler, LPCC

Sarah Lawler, LPCC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 203-7021
Susan Taylor, LPCC

Susan Taylor, LPCC

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Laura Hunt, LPC

Laura Hunt, LPC

Colorado
(719) 452-4374
Katherine Miller, LPCC

Katherine Miller, LPCC

Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Amber Hopf, MSW, SWP

Amber Hopf, MSW, SWP

Colorado
(719) 602-1342
Bonna Machlan, Ph.D., LPC, CAS

Bonna Machlan, Ph.D., LPC, CAS

Colorado
(719) 452-4374
Jennifer Wilson, LPCC, NCC

Jennifer Wilson, LPCC, NCC

Colorado
(720) 437-9089
Emily Murphy, LPC

Emily Murphy, LPC

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Margot Bean, LCSW

Margot Bean, LCSW

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Seth Boughton, SWC

Seth Boughton, SWC

Aurora, Colorado
(720) 449-4121

Overcomers Counseling Provides Compassionate Care for Sexual Abuse Survivors

At Overcomers Counseling, we understand the deeply traumatic impact of sexual abuse and domestic violence. 

Our licensed professional counselors and family therapists specialize in trauma-informed care, providing a safe, compassionate space for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and those who have experienced sexual abuse in their adult lives. 

We're here to help you navigate your healing process, offering tools and coping skills to rebuild your self-esteem and restore your mental health. 

We respect all aspects of your identity, including your sexual orientation, and are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Remember, healing is possible, and with our dedicated team, you're not alone in this journey. 

We bring compassion and hope to the forefront of our therapy sessions because we believe in your strength and resilience. 

Understanding the Many Forms and Impact of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse comes in many forms, and can be hard for some to identify. Regardless of the type of abuse experienced, however, sexual abuse is invariably damaging to those affected. Some common types of sexual abuse include:

  • Sexual assault, including rape or groping
  • Unwanted sexual communication, whether verbal or written
  • Child sexual abuse, including the production and consumption of child pornography
  • Incest, or any form of sexual behavior between relatives
  • Domestic or spousal sexual abuse, including marital rape

Sexual abuse is, without a doubt, one of the most harrowing and traumatic experiences an individual can go through.

The effects of sexual abuse are long-lasting, insidious, and scarring, and without proper treatment, can continue indefinitely. Contrary to popular myths, sexual abuse victims can be of any age or gender. 

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Symptoms of Sexual Abuse 

Symptoms of sexual abuse can vary greatly, depending on the type of sexual abuse inflicted. There are some symptoms and signs common to most forms of sexual abuse, however, and these can be used to identify those who may be victims. Common symptoms of sexual abuse include:

  • Feelings of guilt or shame
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger or irritability
  • Hypersexuality or an abnormal interest in sex
  • Fear of intimacy
  • Suicidal or self-harming thoughts and behavior
  • Hypervigilance
  • Avoidance of situations that remind one of the abuse
  • Pain or other somatic symptoms
  • Trouble concentrating

It is important to remember that not everyone who experiences sexual abuse processes it the same. 

Some survivors of sexual abuse may go on to develop conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), while others may struggle with somatic symptoms that they may not initially associate with the abuse. Either way, the damage inflicted by sexual abuse is wide-ranging, and the stigma associated with the abuse often prevents survivors from seeking out the help they need.

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, it is crucial to remember that the abuse is NOT your fault. Sexual abuse is NEVER "asked for", and it is, in fact, harmful myths like these that perpetuate the damage inflicted by sexual abuse. 

While some survivors of sexual abuse may be able to recover without seeking treatment, many survivors find getting help to be a crucial part of coping with and overcoming sexual abuse.

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Despite the fact that sexual abuse is never the fault of the survivor, sexual abuse remains one of the most stigmatized obstacles a person can face. Harmful, persistent myths-- such as the idea that the victim was "asking for it"-- persist, despite unequivocal evidence to the contrary. 

Certain populations of sexual abuse survivors, such as men and elderly people, may face additional stigma due to harmful myths and expectations regarding who can be a victim.

It is important to remember that anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse. Any form of harmful, unwanted sexual contact is a form of sexual abuse, and should be treated as such. 

Given the overwhelming stigma associated with sexual abuse, it is crucial that survivors seeking treatment for the harmful effects of their abuse receive compassion and support from qualified professionals who believe them and understand the impact of what they have experienced.

Treatment for sexual abuse is not unlike treatment for conditions such as PTSD. In fact, PTSD can be, unfortunately, a complication stemming from sexual abuse. This means that, while medications may be recommended to certain patients in specific contexts, talk therapy is often the primary form of treatment recommended. 

This typically means addressing the abuse and its effects on survivors, which may be a terrifying prospect for those who have experienced an event as traumatizing as sexual abuse. With the guidance of a compassionate healthcare provider, however, facing traumatic sexual abuse need not be retraumatizing, but rather, a healthful, healing experience.

At Overcomers Counseling, we strive to provide the compassion and care needed to recover from an experience as painful as sexual abuse. It is our mission to provide a safe place where survivors may do the hard work necessary to overcome their abuse and lead the lives they deserve. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, please feel free to reach out to us.  Call 719-345-2424.

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March 2nd, 2024

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