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Individual Therapy /Counseling

Individual counseling/therapy allows you to work on personal everyday problems. You are taking the first step to possibly getting your life back on track. I understand that reaching out to someone you don’t know can be channeling and unsure if counseling/therapy is right for you. Sometimes, everyone needs a little help. Some of the areas of focus are listed below:

  • Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Relationships
  • Communication Skills
  • Work-Related Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Grief
  • And more…
  • Social-Interaction Skills
  • Isolation
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Bipolar
 

Methods/Techniques Used are listed below:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • And more…
  • Psychoeducational Skills
  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy
  • Talk Therapy
 

Family Therapy /Counseling

The tradition family usually consist of parents and child(ren). However, in today’s society, traditional families also include blended, foster, and extended families. Families can experience many difficulties, which sometimes can cause separation within the family unit. Families can survive and make it through with professional help. I would say that counseling/therapy is not 100% guaranteed but can help you address family problems in a different way which could save your family.

Some areas that are addressed in family therapy/counseling are listed below:

  • Family Communication
  • Family Social-Interaction
  • Family Conflict Resolution
  • Separation
  • Coping with Divorce
  • Daily Stressors
  • Relationship Problems
  • Finances
  • Sexual Abuse within the family
  • Coping with a family member(s) mental disorder
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • And others…
 

Methods/Techniques Used are listed below:

  • Psychoeducational Techniques
  • Bonding Techniques
  • And more…
  • REBT keeping in mind that this method might not work for all cultures.
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Role Playing
  • Crisis Management
 

Couples Therapy /Counseling

Couples can become very complex. Leaving one to think: "Is the person right for me?" ... "What have I gotten myself into?" ... "We argue too much." ... "I don't feel loved." ... "I don’t trust my partner." … "We don’t communicate enough." These can be barriers as couples think about marriage.

Counseling/therapy can help provide the tools to move past the unpredictabilities and start the road to rebuilding a healthier relationship.

Some areas of focus are as followed:

  • Exploring Cultural Differences
  • Conflicts
  • Partners Likes and Dislikes
  • Communication Roadblocks.
  • Boundaries
  • Finances
  • Presenting Problems
  • Leisure Time
  • Blended Family Problems
 

Methods/Techniques Used are listed below:

  • Conflict Resolution Techniques
  • And others…
  • Feeling Expression Techniques
  • Exploring personal values/beliefs
 

Some groups are available for children with behavioral problems. For more information, please call the number provided on the website.


Costs (accepting adults and children 6yrs & up)

  • Family Counseling/therapy - $60.00 to $120.00 an hour 
  • Individual counseling/therapy- $60.00 to $120.00 an hour
  • Couples Counseling/therapy - $60.00 to $120.00 an hour
  • Individual Anger Management - $40.00 to $50.00 (6 to 12 sessions)
  • Group Counseling/therapy - $40.00 to $50.00 
  • Initial Assessment-biopsychosocial - $80.00 to $150.00 (first visit).

Please call within 24 hours to cancel your session. Less time is required in case of an emergency. You will not be billed for missed appointments.

10% of the first session or initial assessment ( Some restrictions may apply).

*Walk-Ins are welcome!!!
Appointments can be made by phone.

Tips for becoming a better you!!

  • Understand that everything that happens to you is not about you.
  • Focus on other people without pondering how they view you.
  • Realizing that you don't have to act the way you feel.

All forms! Needed to start counseling/therapy will be provided during the initial meet. To maintain your privacy, I will not upload documents that require your personal information.


Positive Aspirations

When you feel like quitting, remember why you started! (Natalieshealth.com)

If your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough! (Blacklapel.com)

You are better than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. (AA Milne)

Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. (Unknown)

A strong person is not the one who does not cry. A strong person is the one who cries and sheds tears for a moment, then gets up and fights again!! (Unknown)


Understanding Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that can keep you feeling sad, helpless, and uninterested in your favorite activities. It can make you feel like you have to constantly wind yourself up just to get through the day. With all the responsibilities in your busy life, managing depression can be even more overwhelming.

Depression is not your fault. It’s not a personal weakness or a condition that you can just “snap out of” and feel better. Depression is different than feeling sad or blue. Feelings of sadness go away with time, whereas depression can last for weeks, months, or even years. The encouraging news is that depression can be treated.

What Causes Depression?

No single cause of depression has been identified. It appears that genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors may play a role. Scientists are actively seeking new knowledge in this area.

Who gets Depressed?

An estimated 35 million U.S. adults have experienced depression at some point during their lifetime. The disease affects men and women of all races and economic levels. Studies show that episodes of depression occur twice as frequently in women as in men. Anyone can develop depression; the conditions seem to run in families. Whether or not depression is genetic, the disorder is believed to be associated with the change to levels of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine.

Depression Is Treatable

Depression is a serious illness, but it’s a treatable one. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the majority of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. And almost all patients who treat their
depression experience some relief from their symptoms.

Some Emotional Symptoms
  • Constant sadness
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling worthless or guilty for no reason
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
     
Some Physical Symptoms
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Significant weight change
  • Difficulty concentrating


Be sure to tell your health care professional if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms. Also, tell your health care professional if your symptoms are affecting your ability to function at home, at work, or with family, friends, or colleagues.


Some Coping Skills for Battling Depression

Avoid Loneliness

Isolation and loneliness make depression get worse. Getting the support you need from family and friends plays a big role in lifting the fog of depression and keeping it away. Maintaining close relationships with your family members and friends, and engaging in social activities are equally very important towards battling depression symptoms.

Get rid of Negative Thinking

Depression spurs negative thinking on everything you see and feel. Negative thinking in the way you see yourself, different situations and things, and your expectations for the future. Always replace all your negative thoughts with more balanced positive thoughts.

Care for Yourself

You have to take care of yourself to overcome depression. This includes adopting healthy habits, keep stress in check, sleeping for at least eight hours daily, and putting fun activities into your day. All this helps a lot to overcome depression.

Laugh Well

Have you heard of the saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’? Try as much as possible to laugh well. We all feel so great after a good hard laugh. There are countless ways you can create laughter for yourself, but remember not to do it at someone else’s expense. Nothing cures depression better or faster than a good hard laugh.

Exercise Regularly

Even though it may be the last thing you can do when you’re depressed, exercise is a powerful tool for dealing with depression. Scientists have proved that regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressant medication at increasing energy levels and decreasing feelings of fatigue.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing exercises can help you start to feel better within minutes, and you do not have to go anywhere to do them. Deep breathing has saved many depressed people from embarrassing situations. You can watch the video online, practice the exercise, and start feeling better.

Walking

During a brisk ten-minute walk, the serotonin levels in our brain begin to rise, and we feel better naturally. Make walking a part of your daily routine, and you’ll feel better for a longer period.

Eat Healthy, Balanced Diet

The foods you eat play a vital role in tackling depression. Make sure you eat a balanced diet of protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid skipping your meals and minimize your sugar intake. Deficiencies in Vitamin B can also trigger depression. Consider taking a B-complex vitamin supplement or eat more citrus fruit, leafy greens, beans, chicken, and eggs.

Get a New Hobby

Taking a new, fun, and interesting hobby increases your motivation and gives you a diversion and helps with concentration. Apart from the fact that a hobby can be social, it can also help you sleep.

Seek Professional Help

When you feel you have done all it takes within your part, and the symptoms persist, seek professional help. Avoid negative thinking that makes you think you’re fighting a lost cause; know that depression can be treated and you can feel better.

Some DSM-5 Mental Disorders


Extra Information

What is Conflict in relationships

  • Conflict occurs when two or more person is in disagreement during communication.
  • Conflict arises from differences.
  • Conflict can occur whenever people disagree over their values.
  • Conflict can be expressed either overtly or covertly.
  • Overt conflict is out in the open and explicit.
  • Covert conflict exists when people express their feelings about disagreement indirectly.
 

Conflict Management Skills

  • Successful conflict resolution depends on your ability to stay calm.
  • Control your emotions and behavior.
  • Listen for what is felt as well as said.
  • Make conflict resolution the priority rather than winning or “being right.”
  • Take responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, and issues.
  • Language is a cornerstone of effective conflict management.
  • Try not to engage in serious conflict discussion at times when one of both people are not psychologically present.
     

Conflict triggers strong emotions and can lead to hurt feelings, disappointments, and discomfort when handled in an unhealthy way.

Conflicts can cause irreparable rifts, resentments, and break-ups. However, if conflict is addressed healthily, it increases our understanding of one another, builds trust, and strengthen the relationship bond.

Sometimes conflicts cannot be resolved. This can happen when one or both communicators simply do not want to put in the effort.

Please continue to visit the website for an upcoming local event for the public!

Month/year: May of 2019 
The Topic of Discussion: Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention
I will post the time and date of this event in March of 2019.

Free food and drinks will be served!!!!

Listed below are LIMITS OF CONFIDENTIALITY

What you discuss during your therapy session is kept confidential. No contents of the therapy sessions, whether verbal or written, may be shared with another party without your written consent or the written consent of your legal guardian. The following is a list of exceptions:

Duty to Warn and Protect: If you disclose a plan or threat to harm yourself, the therapist must attempt to notify your family and notify legal authorities. Also, if you disclose a plan to threat or harm another person, the therapist is required to warn the possible victim and notify legal authorities.

Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults If you disclose, or it is suspected, that there is abuse or harmful neglect of children or vulnerable adults (i.e., the elderly, disabled/incompetent), the therapist must report this information to the appropriate state agency and/or legal authorities.

Prenatal Exposure to Controlled Substances Therapists must report any admitted prenatal Exposure to controlled substances that could be harmful to the mother or the child.

Minors/Guardianship Parents or legal guardians of unemancipated minor clients have the to access records.

Providers' insurance companies and other third-party payers are given information that they request regarding services to the clients. The type of information that they may access is the clients’ records.


Notice of Privacy Practices

Lasonia R. Rogers, LPC, PLLC Effective date: Upon the first contact with counselor/therapist

Notice Of Privacy Practices As required by the privacy regulations created as a result of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This notice describes how health information about you (as a patient of this practice) may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to your individually identifiable health information. Please review this notice carefully.

A. Our commitment to your privacy: Our practice is dedicated to maintaining the privacy of your individually identifiable health information (also called protected health information, or PHI). In conducting our business, we will create records regarding you and the treatment and services we provide to you. We are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of health information that identifies you. We also are required by law to provide you with this notice of our legal duties and the privacy practices that we maintain in our practice concerning your PHI. By federal and state law, we must follow the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices that we have in effect at the time. We realize that these laws are complicated, but we must provide you with the following important information: • How we may use and disclose your PHI, • Your privacy rights in your PHI, • Our obligations concerning the use and disclosure of your PHI. The terms of this notice apply to all records containing your PHI that are created or retained by our practice. We reserve the right to revise or amend this Notice of Privacy Practices. Any revision or amendment to this notice will be effective for all of your records that our practice has created or maintained in the past, and for any of your records that we may create or maintain in the future. Our practice will post a copy of our current Notice in our offices in a visible location at all times, and you may request a copy of our most current Notice at any time. Page 2 Copyright © 1997 by the American Academy of Family Physicians. All rights reserved.

B. If you have questions about this Notice, please contact Lasonia R. Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141.

C. We may use and disclose your PHI in the following ways: The following categories describe the different ways in which we may use and disclose your PHI

1. Treatment. Our practice may use your PHI to treat you. For example, we may ask you to have laboratory tests (such as blood or urine tests), and we may use the results to help us reach a diagnosis. We might use your PHI in order to write a prescription for you, or we might disclose your PHI to a pharmacy when we order a prescription for you. Many of the people who work for our practice – including, but not limited to, our doctors and nurses – may use or disclose your PHI to treat you or to assist others in your treatment. Additionally, we may disclose your Copyright © 1997 by the American Academy of Family Physicians. All rights reserved. PHI to others who may assist in your care, such as your spouse, children, or parents. Finally, we may also disclose your PHI to other health care providers for purposes related to your treatment.

2. Payment. Our practice may use and disclose your PHI to bill and collect payment for the services and items you may receive from us. For example, we may contact your health insurer to certify that you are eligible for benefits (and for what range of benefits), and we may provide your insurer with details regarding your treatment to determine if your insurer will cover, or pay for, your treatment. We also may use and disclose your PHI to obtain payment from third parties that may be responsible for such costs, such as family members. Also, we may use your PHI to bill you directly for services and items. We may disclose your PHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their billing and collection efforts.

3. Health care operations. Our practice may use and disclose your PHI to operate our business. As examples of how we may use and disclose your information for our operations, our practice may use your PHI to evaluate the quality of care you received from us or to conduct cost-management and business planning activities for our practice. We may disclose your PHI to other health care providers and entities to assist in their health care operations.

4. Appointment reminders. Our practice may use and disclose your PHI to contact you and remind you of an appointment.

5. Treatment options. Our practice may use and disclose your PHI to inform you of potential treatment options or alternatives.

6. Health-related benefits and services. Our practice may use and disclose your PHI to inform you of health-related benefits or services that may be of interest to you.

7. Disclosures required by law. Our practice will use and disclose your PHI when we are required to do so by federal, state, or local law.

D. Use and disclosure of your PHI in certain special circumstances: The following categories describe unique scenarios in which we may use or disclose your identifiable health information:

1. Public health risks. Our practice may disclose your PHI to public health authorities that are authorized by law to collect information for the purpose of: • Maintaining vital records, such as births and deaths, • Reporting child abuse or neglect, • Preventing or controlling disease, injury or disability, • Notifying a person regarding potential exposure to a communicable disease, • Notifying a person regarding a potential risk for spreading or contracting a disease or condition, • Reporting reactions to drugs or problems with products or devices, • Notifying individuals if a product or device they may be using has been recalled, • Notifying appropriate government agency(ies) and authority(ies) regarding the potential abuse or neglect of an adult patient (including domestic violence); however, we will only disclose this information if the patient agrees or we are required or authorized by law to disclose this information, • Notifying your employer under limited circumstances related primarily to workplace injury or illness or medical surveillance.

2. Health oversight activities. Our practice may disclose your PHI to a health oversight agency for activities authorized by law. Oversight activities can include, for example, investigations, inspections, audits, surveys, licensure, and disciplinary actions; civil, administrative and criminal procedures or actions; or other activities necessary for the government to monitor government programs, compliance with civil rights laws and the health care system in general.

3. Lawsuits and similar proceedings. Our practice may use and disclose your PHI in response to a court or administrative order if you are involved in a lawsuit or similar proceeding. We also may disclose your PHI in response to a discovery request, subpoena, or other lawful processes by another party involved in the dispute, but only if we have made an effort to inform you of the request or to obtain an order protecting the information the party has requested.

4. Law enforcement. We may release PHI if asked to do so by a law enforcement official: • Regarding a crime victim in certain situations, if we are unable to obtain the person’s agreement, • Concerning a death we believe has resulted from criminal conduct, • Regarding criminal conduct at our offices, • In response to a warrant, summons, court order, subpoena or similar legal process, • To identify/locate a suspect, material witness, fugitive or missing person, • In an emergency, to report a crime (including the location or victim(s) of the crime, or the description, identity or location of the perpetrator).

5. Serious threats to health or safety. Our practice may use and disclose your PHI when necessary to reduce or prevent a serious threat to your health and safety or the health and safety of another individual or the public. Under these circumstances, we will only make disclosures to a person or organization able to help prevent the threat.

6. Workers’ compensation. Our practice may release your PHI for workers’ compensation and similar programs.

E. Your rights regarding your PHI: You have the following rights regarding the PHI that we maintain about you:

1. Confidential communications. You have the right to request that our practice communicates with you about your health and related issues in a particular manner or at a certain location. For instance, you may ask that we contact you at home, rather than work. To request a type of confidential communication, you must make a written request to Lasonia R. Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141, specifying the requested method of contact, or the location where you wish to be contacted. Our practice will accommodate reasonable requests. You do not need to give a reason for your request.

2. Requesting Restrictions. You have the right to request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your PHI for treatment, payment, or health care operations. Additionally, you have the right to request that we restrict our disclosure of your PHI to only certain individuals involved in your care or the payment for your care, such as family members and friends. We are not required to agree to your request; however, if we do agree, we are bound by our agreement except when otherwise required by law, in emergencies or when the information is necessary to treat you. To request a restriction in our use or disclosure of your PHI, you must make your request in writing to Lasonia R. Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141. Your request must describe in a clear and concise fashion: • The information you wish restricted, • Whether you are requesting to limit our practice’s use, disclosure or both, • To whom you want the limits to apply.

3. Inspection and copies. You have the right to inspect and obtain a copy of the PHI that may be used to make decisions about you, including patient medical records and billing records, but not including psychotherapy notes. You must submit your request in writing to, Lasonia R. Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141, to inspect and/or obtain a copy of your PHI. Our practice may charge a fee for the costs of copying, mailing, labor, and supplies associated with your request. Our practice may deny your request to inspect and/or copy in certain limited circumstances; however, you may request a review of our denial. Another licensed health care professional chosen by us will conduct reviews.

4. Amendment. You may ask us to amend your health information if you believe it is incorrect or incomplete, and you may request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for our practice. To request an amendment, your request must be made in writing and submitted to Lasonia R.Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141. You must provide us with a reason that supports your request for amendment. Our practice will deny your request if you fail to submit your request (and the reason supporting your request) in writing. Also, we may deny your request if you ask us to amend information that is in our opinion: (a) accurate and complete; (b) not part of the PHI kept by or for the practice; (c) not part of the PHI which you would be permitted to inspect and copy; or (d) not created by our practice, unless the individual or entity that created the information is not available to amend the information.

5. Accounting of disclosures. All of our patients have the right to request an “accounting of disclosures.” An “accounting of disclosures” is a list of certain non-routine disclosures our practice has made of your PHI for purposes not related to treatment, payment, or operations. Use of your PHI as part of the routine patient care in our practice is not required to be documented – for example, the doctor sharing information with the nurse or the billing department using your information to file your insurance claim. To obtain an accounting of disclosures, you must submit your request in writing to Lasonia R. Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141. All requests for an “accounting of disclosures” must state a period, which may not be longer than six (6) years from the date of disclosure. The first list you request within 12-months is free of charge, but our practice may charge you for additional lists within the same 12-month period. Our practice will notify you of the costs involved with additional requests, and you may withdraw your request before you incur any costs.

6. Right to a paper copy of this notice. You are entitled to receive a paper copy of our notice of privacy practices. You may ask us to give you a copy of this notice at any time. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, contact: Lasonia Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141.

7. Right to file a complaint. If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our practice or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. To file a complaint with our practice, contact Lasonia R. Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141. All complaints must be submitted in writing. You will not be penalized for filing a complaint.

8. Right to provide an authorization for other uses and disclosures. Our practice will obtain your written authorization for uses and disclosures that are not identified by this notice or permitted by applicable law. Any authorization you provide to us regarding the use and disclosure of your PHI may be revoked at any time in writing. After you revoke your authorization, we will no longer use or disclose your PHI for the reasons described in the authorization.

Please note: we are required to retain records of your care. Again, if you have any questions regarding this notice or our health information privacy policies, please contact Lasonia R. Rogers, LPC at (580) 483-8141. Copyright © 2002 Gates, Moore & Company. Used with permission. “The HIPAA Privacy Rule: Three Key Forms.” Bush J. Family Practice Management. February 2003:29-33, http://www.aafp.org/

Copyright © 1997 by the American Academy of Family Physicians. All rights reserved.


Resources

Finding Treatment

Psychology Today offers a national directory of therapists, psychiatrists, therapy groups and treatment facility options.

SAMHSA Treatment Locator provides referrals to low cost/sliding scale mental health care, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis treatment. Phone: 800-662-4357

Learn more about treatment and services.

Suicide And Crisis

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides referrals to support groups, mental health professionals, resources on loss, and suicide prevention information. Phone: 1- 888-333-2377

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, safety planning, and information on domestic violence. Phone: 1-800-799-7233

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects callers to trained crisis counselors 24/7. They also provide a chat function on their website. Phone: 1-800-273-8255

Learn more about suicide and what to do in a crisis.

Mental Health Conditions

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides information on prevention, treatment, and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and related conditions. Phone: 240-485-1001

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) provide information and referrals on ADHD, including local support groups. Phone: 800-233-4050

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums. Phone: 1-800-826-3632

International OCD Foundation provides information on OCD and treatment referrals. Phone: 617-973-5801

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) maintains the Schizophrenia Anonymous programs, which are self-help groups and are now available as toll-free teleconferences. Phone: 240-423-9432

Sidran Institute helps people understand, manage, and treat trauma and dissociation; maintains a helpline for information and referrals. Phone: 410-825-8888

TARA (Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder) offers a referral center for information, support, education, and treatment options for BPD. Phone: 1- 888-482-7227

Learn more about mental health conditions.

Research & Statistics

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provides information on statistics, clinical trials, and research. NAMI references NIMH statistics for our website and publications. Phone: 1-866-615-6464

Learn more about mental health statistics.

Financial Assistance

Allsup provides non-attorney representation when applying for SSDI. Phone: 800-279-4357

HealthCare.gov provides specific information about coverage options in your state, includes private options, high-risk pools, and other public programs. Phone: 1-800-318-2596

Needhelppayingbills.com provides information on state and local assistance programs, charity organizations, and resources that provide help paying bills, mortgage assistance, debt relief, and more.

NeedyMeds provides information on available patient assistance programs. Phone: 1-800-503-6897

Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying individuals without prescription drug coverage get the medications they need.

Learn more about health insurance and prescription assistance.

Advocacy And Legal

Legal Services Corporation provides civil legal aid to low-income Americans. Use their website to find programs in individual states. Scroll to the bottom of their website to locate legal aid near you.

National Bar Association provides a directory of state and local bar associations to help find legal representation.

National Disability Rights Network (State Protection and Advocacy Agencies) protects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities, particularly in hospitals and state prison systems. Click on the map on the right-hand side of their website to locate the agency near you.

Community Support Services

Clubhouse International provides a directory of clubhouses. Clubhouses provide opportunities for education, employment, and social activities. Click the 'International Directory' tab on their website to find contact information for local clubhouses.

www.homelessshelterdirectory.org provides a national directory of homeless shelters, assistance programs, soup kitchens, and more.

Job Accommodation Network is an organization that provides resources and guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Their website includes a directory of state vocational rehabilitation offices. Phone: 800-526-7234

2-1-1 Dial 2-1-1 from a local phone or use their website to search for organizations that offer local support resources and services.


Sexual Abuse

As a survivor of sexual abuse, I think it is vital that we, as a whole, become more educated on this topic. So many children and adults are sexually abused every day with little hope of overcoming the abuse. Listed below are some warning signs of sexual abuse.

What Is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is a violent act of behavior that happens without your consent. Some other forms of sexual abuse are sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, and molestation. Sexual abuse, in most cases, is seen as having control over the victim. Sexual abuse can happen to children, men, women, adolescents, and elders.

Girl Stressed Out
 
Group Of People at Counseling
 
Man Being Physical

 
Some signs of sexual abuse are:

  • Problems with sleep
  • Nightmares
  • Bedwetting
  • Not wanting to be touched
  • Drastically or loss of appetite
  • Sudden Mood Swings
  • Refuses to talk about a secret
  • Write or draw sexual things.
  • Developed fear around certain people or family members
  • Storytelling that leads to the abuse or imagery friend
  • Resisting to remove clothing
  • Some children might engage in sexual activities with other peers.
  • Mimics sexual behaviors with toys or pets.
  • Self Injury usually happens with adolescent
  • Poor hygiene
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Sexually promiscuity
  • Running away from home.
  • Keeping in mind that all sexual abuse is not physical.

  

If you suspect any type of abuse, please contact a medical doctor or seek professional help. If sexual abuse is suspected, don’t wait. Please create a safety plan until you are sure that the possible victim is safe.

Some Psychological Problems Associated with Sexual Abuse/Violence.

Anxiety Disorder
PTSD
Major Depressive Disorder

Lastly, don’t blame the victim. Let’s Help Stop the Abuse!!!


Resources for Sexual Abused Victim/Families

National Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors and their Loved Ones/RAINN

https://www.rainn.org

Sexual Assault - State Hotlines A-F - Feminist Majority Foundation

Standing Up For Victims Of USC | Representing Victims of Abuse

(800) 761-2220

Child Sexual Abuse 

National Center on Elder Abuse, Resources, State Resources 

Helplines, Hotlines, and Referral Sources. To report suspected elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation in Alaska: 800-478-9996 (for suspected elder mistreatment in the home, in-state line)

Reporting on Child Sexual Abuse - National Center for 

Reporting on child sexual abuse (CSA) presents some challenges. The victims—children from birth to 17 years of age—are often traumatized by the experience and afraid to come forward.

Resources by state on violence against women 

Find resources and programs in your state that provide support for women who have experienced abuse.

Abuse Tracker - A Blog by Kathy Shaw  HOUSTON (TX) KPRC TV.

January 24, 2019. By Sophia Beausoleil . A roundtable discussion just started in Montrose about the sexual abuse scandal swirling around the Catholic Church.

Reporting Nursing Home Abuse - Warning Signs, Hotlines 

Nursing home abuse is a difficult problem. It is difficult because nursing home abuse can be hard to define and identify. When it does occur, nursing home abuse frequently goes unreported.

State Resources: Federal | WomensLaw.org 

© 2008–2019 National Network to End Domestic Violence, Inc. All rights reserved. This website is funded in part through a grant from the Office for Victims of...

Mental Health Hotline Numbers and Referral Resources 

Mental Health hotline numbers for everything from alcohol treatment to panic disorder. Also National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America (MHA) state affiliate websites. Just a note: These are resources that we have come across that may prove helpful to you. Please understand Depression Hotlines Depression hotline numbers are a valuable resource if you are experiencing depression or if you have a friend or loved one who may be depressed.

Advocates and Shelters | WomensLaw.org 

References for conflict resolution information.

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