This article, though brief, will succinctly describe some of the things I do and recommend to help people heal from sexual trauma.
Here are 7 keys to healing from sexual abuse and trauma:
1. Talk to people you trust.
Relationships are very important. Having loved ones or a friend or two to talk about the sexual trauma is a big part of healing. Talking gives the sexual trauma victim a chance to process the emotions and other parts of the memory but in addition, just the sense of feeling loved is very important for recovery.
Therapists such as myself also know that we need to develop a deep and trusting relationship with the client. The client needs to feel safe and as long as the client feels safe, the foundation is being laid for therapeutic healing.
2. Try EMDR Therapy.
EMDR is amazingly effective and a relatively painless process to help sexual trauma victims get past their past.
As a psychotherapist, I have been utilizing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help clients with sexual trauma process the traumatic memory quickly, live in the present moment, and connect with their positive internal resources and strengths.
I highly recommend EMDR for anyone who has experienced sexual trauma or trauma of any kind.