Dynamics of Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse is often very different from adult sexual abuse.  Child sexual abuse has the following characteristics: ●  The perpetrator is typically a known and trusted caregiver. ● Physical force/violence is rarely used ● Child sexual abuse often occurs over many weeks or even years. ●Occurs as repeated episodes that become more invasive with time.… Continue reading Dynamics of Sexual Abuse


The Impact of Trauma

Trauma impacts the mind and body in numerous ways. I have worked with many children and adolescents that have presented the following symptoms.  One client in particular exhibited each of the following trauma symptoms:  Substance Abuse, chronic headaches, hyper-vigilance, mistrust, nightmares/flashbacks, little or no memories, shame, hopefulness, emotional overwhelm, insomnia, decreased concentration, irritability, self destructive… Continue reading The Impact of Trauma

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River of Life

Children who are verbally and emotionally abused, victims of bullying, or who develop a poor self-concept through divorce or other life events, often develop internal self-defeating messages that lower their self-esteem. The “River of Life” activity is an assessment and working tool used to identify key points in a person’s life where these self-defeating messages… Continue reading River of Life

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Family Violence and the Brain

A recent study in Current Biology explores the ways in which exposure to family violence changes children's brains. Exposure to violence in the household includes physical abuse, which is experienced by between 4 and 16% of children, and intimate partner violence, which is witnessed by between 8 and 25% of children. The study used MRIs… Continue reading Family Violence and the Brain