Therapy for Sexual Abuse & Trauma

Therapy for Sexual Abuse & Trauma2024-02-14T15:28:06+00:00

Are you struggling with low self-esteem and self-hatred because of sexual abuse?

Is your life overshadowed by painful memories or trauma?

Do you worry that nobody will believe you if you talk about it?

Maybe you have a vague sense that something hurtful or inappropriate happened to you a long time ago, but you can’t quite remember or articulate it. You get angry for no reason or overreact to particular sounds and behaviors or experience flashbacks. You shy away from certain activities, people, or places that might trigger a distressing memory or painful emotions.

Perhaps you feel a sense of disconnection from yourself or find that you forget where you are because you are drawn into sensations or images from past trauma. You feel as if you’re carrying a secret.

Sexual abuse can evoke feelings of shame, embarrassment, fear, and confusion about yourself.

You may find it hard to trust or have difficulty making commitments. Perhaps you’re worried that you’ll never be able to maintain an intimate relationship because you’re afraid to let others get too close. Survivors of sexual abuse often have unrealistic expectations of their friends and partners, or they unconsciously choose relationships that become abusive.

You may feel as if you are to blame for their discomfort, as if there is something “wrong” with you because of these reactions. You fear the unexpected and feel apprehensive for no apparent reason. You become overcontrolling and hypervigilant in order to avoid a feeling of helplessness.

You Are Not Alone

Young woman feeling isolated after sexual abuse

Abuse is a form of trauma, and it can have a negative effect on your entire life. Trauma impacts everyone differently, and it take many forms, but it can happen to anyone. You may have experienced, or witnessed, a single traumatic event, or you may have been subjected to an ongoing pattern of neglect, abuse, or discrimination. The way that we respond to trauma can also be very different for different people. You might have physical symptoms such as chronic pain or insomnia, as well as anxiety, depression, or anger management issues.

Living with the effects of abuse or trauma can be exhausting, scary, overwhelming, and isolating. The good news is that therapy can help.

Does Talking About It Really Help?

Yes! If you want to heal, you need to begin at the source. Psychotherapy will help you uncover and understand your trauma and free you from the obstacles that get in the way of healthy relationships. You don’t have to live with these feelings clouding your days.

What happened in the past is not something you need to cover up or hide. Carefully and safely retrieving memories and talking through experiences is the first step to understanding them. Traumatic events sometimes occur early in life before we have fully developed the language skills to describe and process them. In a safe, non-judgmental environmental environment, I will guide you and we will move at your pace to find the words to describe what you’ve been feeling.

My individualized therapeutic method will help you uncover your trauma, allowing you to understand why you feel and act the way you do, and how you can make different choices that will lead to more satisfying relationships.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

~Maya Angelou

I’m Worried that Talking about It Will Make Things Worse.

Maybe I just need to get over it.

Trauma Therapy in New York

Bottling things up and pushing them down is not a long-term solution to the pain, anger, sadness, and confusion you are probably feeling. Traumatic memories and the physical and emotional symptoms associated with them do not just go away on their own. It may even get worse.

Many people turn to alcohol, drugs, or maladaptive behaviors to cope. Sexual abuse and trauma are often not reported because it’s hard to talk about and people who have had these experiences fear that nobody will believe them.

Trauma can be so frightening and confusing that you never want to think about it again. Talking about what happened to you might seem threatening or shameful at first, but acknowledging the feelings with a trained professional is the best way to overcome them. You are not alone. You have a right to create a life free from the anxiety of your past.

Why Dr. Thomson?

I have been a licensed psychologist since 1995, and I have maintained my own private practice since 2001. I have worked with many individuals dealing with trauma just like yours, and I believe that my talk-therapy method will produce the results you are looking for.

Exploring and providing resources for individual who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma has been a focus of mine for a long time. I am a member of Male Survivor, an organization dedicated to assisting men and boys who have experienced sexual abuse. During my tenure at Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, my research focused on sexual abuse and trauma.

Peggy Thomson, PhD, Therapy in NYC

Together, we will address the fears and anxieties that are weighing you down. I can teach you how to develop skills that will help you regulate your emotions and learn how to listen to your body. You will find that somatic symptoms such as chronic pain and headaches recede. You will be better able to take care of yourself as you come to understand the ways in which trauma has affected different areas of your life.

My insight-oriented therapy will help you develop self-esteem so that you can trust your instincts and feel confident in forming new, healthier relationships and an increased capacity for intimacy. Therapy will enable you to move from resentment, anger, and hopelessness to a place of empowerment and compassion for yourself.

Are you a man who experienced sexual abuse? My Blog, “Myths and Facts about Male Sexual Abuse” provides additional information and will answer specific questions you might have.

Take the Next Step

Please call at 212-666-0332 or send me an email to set up a consultation.

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