Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse
Stepping into the Time vault of childhood sexual abuse
Recovering from childhood sexual abuse can feel like time spent in limbo. How has it been 13 years and it still feels like it happened yesterday? In the book entitled “The Courage to Heal” by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, Davis uncovers the key secrets survivors need to heal for threatening and life-altering trauma. Healing from childhood sexual abuse and molestation can be one of those most horrific experiences of anyone’s life.
The psychic wounds that survivors experience during the event represent a lifetime of rage, inner-turmoil and confusion. The survivor may find themselves constantly processing the event in chasmic and unearthing ways. Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) survivors are at high risk for sexual re-victimization, lack of intimacy in romantic relationships, and can have long-term negative health detriments. Typically at first, the experience goes against all that the child has come to expect from their grown up family members, neighbors, baby sisters and adults. The child – unwittingly – learns to rely on adults for their support, nurturing and care. The scars from overcoming CSA hold long-standing and painful roads for the childhood abuse survivor.
Taking the steps to reclaim your life after childhood sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse in childhood, particularly if it is repetitive, brings a serious threat to the child’s development. Because it occurs during the time and individual is the process of establishing a self, and usually involves trusting adults or men, the child runs the risk of incorporating the bad feelings it raises for them into their sense of self. In order to recover safety, the child will often attribute the experience to themselves, concluding that they ‘this is what happens to them,’ or ‘that they wanted it.’ Taking steps back to reclaim the survivors life involves deconstructing the traumatic events and making new meaning about the lived experiences.
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Paige Swanson, LPC-A, NCC, MA
I completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health at Northwestern University. My clinical experience and training include working at highly regarded organizations such as The University of Denver, Southern Methodist University, The Eating Recovery Center, Private Rehabs, and a one-year post-graduate fellowship.
My background has provided me with a comprehensive skillset in conceptualizing trauma, mood disorders, and personality disorders as well as individuals who have been impacted by familial issues
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