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Sexual Abuse

Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse of children has been called the ‘perfect crime’ because the victim is a defenseless child who can be manipulated and threatened. The child feels shamed on a deep level and that shame follows the child throughout his or her life. The abuse need not be comparatively severe. Even a suggestion or an innuendo can damage a child. Some sexual abuse is simply visual exposure. Sometimes the event or events can be so traumatic that the child literally forgets the abuse. However, the emotional, spiritual, and social damage follows the child and causes chronic feelings of shame, guilt, worthlessness, and other unnamed fears. This is the bad news: childhood sexual abuse is severely damaging. This is the good news: childhood sexual abuse can be healed. With the use of hypnotherapy, counseling, regression, emotional release, and positive suggestion, childhood sexual abuse’s affects can be significantly healed.

Molestation: The Family Secret

The perpetrator of childhood sexual abuse is often a family member or close friend of the family. A father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandparent, family friend, neighbor can be a perpetrator. Often the parent knows about or suspects the abuse but refuses to acknowledge it out of fear. The molestation becomes a family secret. All too often the child who already is experiencing  profound shame is further damaged by the silence of a family member.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Causes Adult Problems

Relationship problems, self esteem problems, anxiety, depression, overweight, addiction, and self defeating behaviors are all the legacy of childhood sexual abuse. Even though the abuse may be forgotten or diminished, the affects continue to ravage one’s ability to enjoy life. One may seek counseling without realizing that the origin of their problems is childhood sexual abuse.

Heal Sexual Abuse with Hypnotherapy

If you have endured any level of sexual abuse, if you suspect you may have been abused, if you have feelings of shame, or if you feel you have secrets you must keep, you owe it to yourself to explore and heal whatever happened to you in the past. The first step is to admit to yourself that there is something that has been hurting you over which you feel powerless to change. The next step is to talk to someone about it. That someone may be a professional who specializes in this kind of healing. Professional advanced hypnotherapy is a powerful tool in healing childhood sexual abuse. With the use of regression one can safely and gently recover memory. By recovering memory of not only the event(s) but of the emotions and patterns of thought and behavior the abuse caused you, can release the power the abuse has had upon you.

It is Safe to Remember Sexual Abuse

Remembering past upsetting events is safe when you are guided by someone who is knowledgeable, compassionate, and patient. Childhood sexual abuse causes a deep shame that must be healed. This shame makes it difficult to face. The shame helps keep the secrets of past abuse. This is why it is imperative to work with someone who can help you gently approach the memories and emotions in a way and at a rate that is healthy and comfortable for you. Hypnotherapy and counseling presented in such a way is very helpful in recovering memories, expressing emotions, and resolving pain. You can emerge from the abuse feeling resolved with a greater sense of well being and peace of mind.

Wendy Hill, Ph.D.

Wendy has been in practice in psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for over 30 years. A high percentage of clients who seek Wendy’s help for anxiety, depression, addiction, and relationship problems have been molested. Often those clients do not discover the hidden shame causing memories of molestation until they have been in therapy for a while. Once revealed to the conscious mind, you can be free of its shaming affects.

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