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Depression Fourteen: Childhood Sexual Abuse

One of the most devastating of abuses is that of sexual abuse. It is known as the perfect crime since there are typically no witnesses and so shame inducing that the abused child keeps the secret. Some hold on to the secret of childhood sexual abuse for a lifetime, some well into their adult years having suffered dysfunctional relationships, financial failure, addiction, and many other heartbreaking problems. The shame of childhood sexual abuse is so profound it is difficult to describe. It is as though the individual’s soul has been taken from them, their self-esteem destroyed. Childhood sexual abuse and depression go hand in hand. On the bright side there is a way out of this depression and shame. A therapist who specializes in childhood sexual abuse can gently and safely help one uncover the memories and heal the wounds. Once the memories are “put on the table” and are openly discussed they begin to lose power. One can reclaim their self-esteem and regain self-respect. If this has happened to you or if you suspect you may have been sexually abused as a child, even in a limited way, you can heal those old wounds and find a new life free of depression and shame.

Wendy Hill, M.A., Ph.D. candidate (2013) has been in private practice in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy in San Diego and Encinitas for over thirty years. As a therapist and counselor Wendy specializes in transforming self-defeating core beliefs. Her therapy includes using hypnosis and counseling to treat anxiety, depression, addiction, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, relationships, self-confidence, and life challenges. Her website is www.wendyhill.com.


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