Healing Sexual Trauma

Compassionate Support for Trauma Healing

Safe Therapy for Assault and Abuse Survivors

If you’re a survivor of assault, sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape, or incest, I understand it may be difficult to reach out for help.

Some clients choose not to tell me in an initial intake or first session that they’re survivors, although I usually sense if this is the case. Often individuals have buried the memory deep inside because they have not had the resources available to safely process the violations and begin to heal. As a licensed therapist treating survivors in CA and as a coach working with survivors outside of CA, it’s important to me that you help determine when you’re ready to begin working with the trauma, that you help to set the pace, and most importantly that you feel safe enough for healing to take place.

You’re welcome to share your story if you want, but I will never ask you to tell your trauma story in detail; it is not necessary to heal.

All sexual trauma involves violation, a rupture of personal, emotional, sexual, and energetic boundaries. Whether you experienced sexual violence recently or many years ago, you may not realize that the symptoms and issues you’re struggling with now are related to the traumatic event.

Reconnecting Body and Mind for Healing and Recovery

Somatic Therapy Approach to Sexual Trauma

I’m a Somatically trained psychotherapist; somatic refers to the body. This is significant when it comes to working with sexual violations and the resulting trauma, which robs you of your body’s senses. Healing trauma is primarily a bodily or biological process frequently accompanied by psychological effects. This is especially true when the trauma involves betrayal by someone you trusted or someone who was supposed to protect you. Successful healing of these unseen yet deeply felt wounds involves using methods that establish a connection to your body.

As with the symptoms, the length of time and the process of recovery is different for each individual. A gentle and gradual approach is important so that your nervous system is not overwhelmed. Again, this is something that you will help to determine.

Sexual trauma can negatively impact your health, vitality, your ability to feel in connection with others and to feel safe in your own skin. I am here to help you deal with the challenges you may be facing, reclaim lost resources, gain greater self-agency, and grow the future you desire for yourself.

Identifying Emotional and Physical Responses

Recognizing the Symptoms of Sexual Trauma

Symptoms of sexual assault may be psychological, emotional, and physical and can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Depression, Anxiety, and Social Anxiety
  • Flashbacks, Dissociation, PTSD
  • A sense of being frozen or shut down
  • Unexplained feelings of shame or guilt
  • Overwhelming emotions such as rage, hate, and terror
  • Difficulty forming deep, sustaining relationships
  • Feelings of disconnection and extreme isolation

For a more extensive list of symptoms check out my blog post What are Trauma Symptoms, and to learn more about healing read Why Is it So Hard to Heal From Sexual Trauma at HealingSexualTrauma.com.

Free 15-Minute Consultation

We can discuss what’s going on with you, and I can answer any questions you may have about my California-based therapy services.

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Embracing All Individuals and Challenges with Compassion

Inclusive Therapy for Diverse Needs

I welcome working with the following populations and issues:​

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Artists and performers
  • Womens Issues
  • Life transitions
  • Heartbreak
  • Grief and loss
  • Issues of oppression
  • Identity exploration
  • Polyamorous or alternative relationships and explorations of sexuality
  • Genderqueer, transgender, and gender-variant individuals
  • Sex workers

Guidance and Healing Tools

Explore Workbooks, Courses & Supportive Content

The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook

The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook, now in multiple languages, is available on Amazon and major bookstores.

Get Workbook

Coming Soon: Sexual Trauma Healing Journey

A 6-month online live program with Q & A, handouts and recordings. For details, visit HealingSexualTrauma.com.

Course Coming Soon

The Healing Sexual Trauma Blog

Explore the Healing Sexual Trauma Blog for survivor insights at HealingSexualTrauma.com.

Healing Sexual Trauma Blog

Healing Sexual Trauma Guided Journal

Compassionate practices to process, heal, and feel safe in the present moment coming in March 2025.

Journal Coming Soon

Free eBook: The Many Ways to Ground

Explore ‘The Many Ways to Ground’ Free eBook at HealingSexualTrauma.com.

Download Free eBook

Sexual Trauma Clinical Training

Interventions to Cultivate Safety, Release Shame, and Nurture Boundaries. Available for healthcare practitioners at PESI.com.

Clinical Training

Empowerment Through Information

Resources for Survivors

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
www.rainn.org

Domestic Violence/ Interpersonal Violence, W.O.M.A.N. Inc.
www.womaninc.org
877.384.3578 24-Hour Line

Woman Against Rape, Bay Area, CA
www.SFWAR.org
415.647.7273 24-Hour Line

Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women
www.sccbw.org

A free retreat and peer groups for female survivors of childhood sexual trauma
SAPREA.org

Male Survivor – Overcoming Sexual Victimization of Boys & Men
www.malesurvivor.org
Helping Survivors

Resource and Advocacy Organization
202.467.8700

National Sexual Assault 24 Hour Hotline
1.800.656.HOPE 1.800.656.4673

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
1.800.273.8255 24-Hour Line

Trauma and rape treatment for adult survivors of trauma, violence and loss, Bay Area, CA
www.traumarecoverycenter.org
415.437.3000

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
www.calcasa.org

MeToo
metoomvmt.org
MeToo Resource Library
MeToo’s self-guided healing lessons
Survivors Sanctuary

Sexual Assault in the Workplace
helpingsurvivors.org/workplace-sexual-assault/

Office for Victims of Crime
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc

Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
www.boc.ca.gov

St James Infirmary – healthcare and social services for current or former Sex Workers in the Bay Area, CA
www.stjamesinfirmary.org
415.554.8494

National Center for Victims of Crime
www.victimsofcrime.org

Community United Against Violence LGBT services
www.cuav.org

An action hub for survivors of workplace sexual violence, sexual harassment, and discrimination
SurvivorsKnow.org

Client Testimonials

Journeys of Transformation

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Software Engineer

I’ve been meaning to email you forEVER. Just to say hi and see how you’re doing. And to thank you for the amazing work you’re doing and have done. Not a day goes by that I don’t use a tool I learned from you.

K.I.

Writer

T.S.L.

Speech-Language Pathologist

I am forever grateful for your healing skills and expertise. With your guidance, I am more able to feel the ups and downs of life with grace and gratitude. THANK YOU.

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