When it comes to sexual trauma and abuse, the experience for those affected often lies somewhere along a spectrum of two extremes: complete denial of the sexual trauma and making the sexual trauma a life defining experience.
Whilst anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders and lifelong sexual problems are frequently reported amongst sexual abuse victims, such negative outcomes need not be inevitable.
It is our professional goal to help clients progress from seeing themselves not as shameful victims, but rather as proud and resilient survivors. Living well is the best revenge.


Sexual Trauma & Abuse

When it comes to sexual trauma, the experience for those affected often lies somewhere along a spectrum of two extremes: complete denial of the sexual trauma and making the sexual trauma a life defining experience.

Many health professionals believe that sexual trauma (and in particular, childhood sexual abuse) frequently will sow the seeds of future sexual, psychological and relationship problems. Anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders and lifelong sexual problems are frequently reported to occur in child abuse victims.

In our experience however, such negative consequences need not be inevitable. There are countless examples of people who having experienced sexual trauma, continue to live full and successful lives, able to recognise and acknowledge their trauma histories whilst at the same time, refusing to allow such experiences to define who they are.


How ManFocus psychologists and sex therapists can assist patients that have suffered sexual abuse or sexual trauma

In working with adults who have a history of sexual abuse or trauma, we endeavour to help such individuals creating meaning from their experiences so that in turn, they can process, accept and honour their trauma, but without allowing it to control their sexual identity. Patients are not only taught how to develop alternate, positive perceptions of sexuality, love and intimacy, but most importantly, how these concepts vastly differ from their experiences of abuse.

A core component of our treatment program involves helping clients to learn how to increase levels of sexual pleasure, intimacy and control as well as addressing deficits in sexual understanding and skill. Once a person learns how to voluntarily master feelings of sexual desire, arousal, orgasm and sexual satisfaction, they are no longer remain captives of their trauma histories.

It is our professional goal to help clients progress from seeing themselves not as shameful victims, but rather as proud and resilient survivors. Living well is the best revenge.