Sexual Abuse

Your space to heal and process the past through counselling with psychologists experienced in sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse can be a very traumatic and overwhelming experience for any individual. If you have experienced sexual abuse you may be struggling with graphic memories and emotions that may be affecting your life and general wellbeing. It is comforting to know that it is possible to recover from the effects of sexual abuse, however this is normally something that requires the assistance, care and support of an experienced psychologist. Your psychologist will listen and help you to lead a more fulfilling life with acceptance and compassion.

How Does Sexual Abuse Impact You?

Sexual abuse can affect people in different ways. It may have a huge effect on your day to day life or affect your sense of identity and general well-being.

Sexual abuse can impact or cause the following:

  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Sleep
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Managing negative emotions
  • Feelings about your body
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Developing healthy relationships

Sometime the impact can be very subtle and may involve subconscious feelings of dislike for some sexual behaviours that result in your partner feeling rejected and unloved.

What Does Sexual Abuse Counselling Involve?

It is not required to relive your memories unless you feel comfortable doing so. Counselling can provide support in many ways that relate to emotional and mental wellbeing.

Sexual Abuse Counselling can help you to:

  • Manage day to day depression or anxiety symptoms
  • Come to terms with the abuse including what happened and the impact
  • Experience and release some of the feelings associated with the sexual abuse that has typically remained unexpressed
  • Explore the range of feelings towards the abuser(s) and non-protective parents, siblings or caretakers; and
  • Understand why it happened and what it means for your life
  • Rebuild your self-esteem and hope for the future
  • Develop healthy coping strategies

How can A resolution Applecross Help?

Sexual Abuse is a hard subject to discuss and for this reason it is an important topic to deal with and seek professional help to overcome. Our team of experienced Perth-based psychologists are passionate and care about working with you to help you through the recovery process.

Where are you located?

A resolution Applecross can service and treat clients throughout Perth looking for Sexual Abuse therapy. We are conveniently located just off the Kwinana Fwy. Nearby suburbs include South Perth, Manning, Booragoon, Victoria Park, Mount Pleasant, Rossmoyne, Brentwood, Willeton and more.

To learn more call today on 08 6336 8268

Our Sexual Abuse Counselling Team

Megan Moosa
Senior Psychologist

Megan provides a good balance between support and structure in her therapy. She has also been trained in EMDR. EMDR is one of the most researched psycho-therapeutic approaches for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Megan is very experienced in working with children, teens and adults.

Find out more about Megan Moosa

Katherine Shanhun
Senior Psychologist

For individuals who have experienced challenging life experiences or trauma (with the resulting impact on sleep and daily living), Katherine utilises Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has also completed a significant amount of training in Schema Therapy that assists people with Personality Disorders. Katherine can help you to reach a deeper understanding of the emotional triggers and beliefs about yourself and the world and how they might relate to our behaviour and experiences today.

Find out more about Katherine Shanhun

Heidi Smith
Principal Psychologist

Heidi has over 12 years’ experience in counselling. Her areas of interest include anger management, parenting, relationship conflict, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Heidi’s approach trauma therapy is also psychotherapeutic and cognitive processing focused but she also integrates mindfulness, physiological and Eye-movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR) to deal with the emotional aspects of trauma.

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Natalie Marques
Psychologist

Natalie works with a range of issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship issues, trauma, mood disorders and family discord. Natalie is particularly experienced with working with clients who require longer-term support and have complex issues surrounding their experiences. Some highlights of her trauma work include working long term with servicemen, mood disorders and childhood sexual abuse survivors. Trained in EMDR part 1 and 2 and EMDR treatments for children Natalie can with you to map and process the interplay of emotion, core beliefs or thoughts and triggering events/experiences whilst supporting you to apply effective coping and management skills for distress.

Find out more about Natalie Marques

Where are you located?

A resolution Applecross can service and treat clients throughout Perth looking to manage depression. We are conveniently located just off the Kwinana Fwy. Nearby suburbs include South Perth, Manning, Booragoon, Victoria Park, Mount Pleasant, Rossmoyne, Brentwood, Willeton and more.

To Learn More Call Today On 08 6555 7786

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Our private and warmly appointed rooms in Applecross provide the perfect space for you to begin your journey of self-development and start taking control of leading a more fulfilling life. We are located near Applecross Village with a private rear entry, upstairs at the back of the building.

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To Make an Appointment Phone Today 08 6555 7786