Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
How Childhood Sexual Abuse Impacts Your Life
If you were sexually abused as a child and it is an unresolved trauma in your life, it is impacting your life and the lives of others in more ways than you know. Many survivors have never spoken about the experience to anyone and those who confide in friends or family often find that they cannot provide the support needed to heal the deep wounding.
Childhood sexual abuse shapes the survivors life in unconscious ways. It is a significant factor in your self-concept, self-esteem, lifestyle and self-care choices. It can define how you relate to others and your capacity to be emotionally connected in relationships. Often your choices and habits are rooted in the trauma experience and the effects of trauma can make you feel out of control.
You are not alone. Most advocacy organizations state that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are a victim of childhood sexual abuse.* Many experts believe these statistics are low. Taking charge of your own course of recovery will help you to reclaim control over yourself, your symptoms, and your life
In the book, 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery, Babette Rothschild says:
Trauma Recovery and Expressive Arts Therapy
At Art + Counseling we believe strongly in Rothschild’s philosophy. Our priorities are:
- Creating a sense of stability and safety inside and outside therapy
- Knowing that remembering or retelling the story is not required
- Fostering self-esteem and empowering you to make decisions that benefit you
- Working in small steps and applying the brake as needed to avoid re-traumatization
- Building resources by honoring current coping strategies and increasing healthy coping skills
- Calming of your nervous system so you can think more clearly and make decisions more easily
- Learn how to tap into and listen to your body’s inherent wisdom
What You Will Experience
Mindfulness – We use mindfulness to focus on self-awareness of thoughts, feelings, body sensations, images and impulses as they move in and out of your consciousness.
Education – Help you understand the physiological and emotional responses to trauma for better self-understanding and to reduce shame and guilt. Most people do not understand the automatic responses of the mind and body during and after trauma.
Expressive Arts – Explore the present, release the past, and create your future:
Body: Safely reconnect to your physical and energetic sensations
Feelings: Express your emotions, moods, fears, and desires in a safe and nurturing space
Mind: Communicate your thoughts and internal images visually and through movement
Survival – You are here. You survived. It is now time to thrive
Childhood Sexual Abuse Statistics