Every client is unique and the kind of abuse each person experiences carries with it its own specific psychological and emotional injuries, and therefore its own individual road towards healing. Although every survivor of sexual abuse reacts differently, often the main task of psychotherapy for sexual abuse is to help separate past events from the way that the client views themselves today.
The aim of psychotherapy is to help the survivors of sexual abuse to develop a new way of thinking about what happened, eliminating shame attached to the memory and creating a new relationship between them and their body and their sexuality.
Recovery from sexual abuse involves a number of different tasks, depending on the form of abuse, the age it took place, and whether the person received any emotional support afterwards and can include sexual violence in marriage, child abuse or domestic violence. Eliminating shame, guilt or responsibility for what happened, “I caused or deserved it” is common and must be addressed continuously throughout the therapy.
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