Q: I’m a survivor of childhood abuse, how can therapy help?

Sexual abuse happens in silence. In contrast, traumas in functional and non- abusive families are discussed and shared.  Death, divorce, illness are validated by conversation, comfort, and just being in the open.  No one is talking about what goes on in an abusive family.  A skilled therapist can help label things for you, stop normalizing what you have been calling dysfunction and name it as abuse, help you clarify the aftermath of what you have been left with and help you understand that no matter what you have told, it could never, ever, have been your fault and that you never deserved any of it.  Therapy, just by the act of talking is an antidote for the years of silence. 

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