March 2, 2017
Silence and isolation breeds shame and hopelessness in the hearts of survivors of sexual abuse. In the safe, trusting, and nurturing environment of therapy, individuals, who have endured this horrific trauma can begin the process of healing and wholeness. As clinicians, we need to listen, believe, and respond in ways that can help build and mend the intense damage that was perpetrated. The power of our compassionate presence can offer a therapeutic relationship that is not tainted with shameful connection. Working with adult survivor’s calls upon us in the mental health community to expand our clinical repertoire to address the whole person, in mind, body, senses, and spirit. We need to be expansive in the ways we invite clients to express themselves.