1 our of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (RAINN.org).
“In the time just after a sexual assault, many women report feeling shock, confusion, anxiety, and/or numbness. Sometimes women will experience feelings of denial. In other words, they may not fully accept what has happened to them or they may downplay the intensity of the experience. This reaction may be more common among women who are assaulted by someone they know” (National Center for PTSD).
What we know about sexual trauma is that it does not go away. Trauma lives in our memories and our bodies (The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, 2014) .
Psychotherapy has been shown in research to improve the lives of people who have experienced trauma, lessen the impact on everyday living, and expedite the recovery period.
Sexual assault, molestation, and rape can lead to any or all of the following: depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use, PTSD, shame and guilt, social problems, sexual problems, anger, isolation, and suicidal thoughts.
Your past does not define who you are. You define who you are. Individualized psychotherapy can help you to reclaim your true self.
Angela Jensen-Ramirez, LCSW provides Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy in and around the South Bay communities of Los Gatos, Willow Glen, Campbell, and San Jose.
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