I'm excited to announce a new Survivors Group program is starting on Wednesday, November 4th! This is a group for female adult (age 18+) survivors of child sexual abuse (abuse occurring at age 14 and younger). The Group will meet every Wednesday for 8 weeks from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The weeks of 11/23 and 12/21 will meet on … Continue reading Upcoming Survivors Group Start!
Once you've established that child sexual abuse (CSA) you may have experienced needs to be addressed, a good first step is education. One of the basic things to learn are the common effects of CSA on adult functioning, and which of these effects apply to your experience. It is important to start this blog post … Continue reading After CSA: the effects
As a mental health therapist specializing in working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA), I meet many survivors who wonder how their parents did not know they were being abused. Oftentimes children do not disclose CSA due to many reasons, including fear of disbelief or rejection, threats from the perpetrator towards their safety or … Continue reading the empowered parent: 29 signs of sexual abuse in children
Although breathtakingly beautiful, the hike I took this week was quite challenging for me. Out in nature, especially when pushing my body, is often when my mind is clearest, I feel most connected, and insights can come into focus. Here are some photos from the hike, along with some insights that decided to pop up on this unyielding mountain. … Continue reading staying sane in the age of social media
One of the most frustrating things as a mental health therapist working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) is how rarely CSA is talked about outside of the therapy office. It creates a taboo, secretive air around being a survivor and can certainly add to the shame, guilt and aloneness often experienced by survivors. One … Continue reading #takebackchildhood
We all come into this world like nice farm fresh eggs with pristine, flawless shells. Life happens and along the way we get cracks in our shells. Some of our cracks are barely noticeable, and some are so deep some of our insides start to leak. Then we meet people and get involved in relationships. Sometimes … Continue reading 3 ways to improve your relationship NOW
A term that almost always comes up in an initial phone consultation or first session with a client: stress. "I'm stressed," "I'm too stressed out," "I want to be less stressed" are statements you hear not only in the therapy office but all around town. While it seems ideal to live a stress-free life, it simply … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t fear stress
What is dissociation? Dissociation is essentially the lack of integration of mind and body, and is a coping mechanism all humans use, some more often or more intensely than others. Dissociation is arguably one of the most creative and intelligent ways our bodies and minds help us survive. How do I know if I dissociate? Dissociation … Continue reading demystifying dissociation