National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

- Professional help -
Recovery from child abuse is available, if we work for it - There are many paths to recovering from child abuse, and some of them cost almost no money. Then, too, there are benefits from getting assistance from the professional community trained to assist us. Healing journeys can include sharing our trauma secrets and getting help in many appropriate settings. Furthermore, there are numerous government and non profit groups we can turn to for help.
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Finding Professional Help - Read more about these issues and get help from: Professionals at NAASCA


Many will benefit from getting professional help from health care professionals, usually a psychotherapist. Some may wish to seek out those who have a specific specialty, like a Certified Sex Therapist.

Counseling can occur in two basic ways, individually and in groups, and each has its benefits. Frankly I recommend a combination because I see the value of having a single "confidant" but also of being able to share experiences and recovery with several others at a time. In a group one learns to trust "society" and may be more likely to establish the beginnings of healthy relationships with fellow members who have themselves been abused.

Another possible option is couples therapy, usually for those already in committed relationships.

Professional therapist charge fees for their services, fees that are sometimes covered in health care plans. On occasion there is a limit to how many sessions will be paid for by insurance, or a co-pay may be requested.

Then, too, there are churches, non profit groups and even universities where an individual can find free one-on-one concealing .. at least for a few visits.


  American Psychological Association - Understanding Child Sexual Abuse
What is Child Sexual Abuse?

Who are the Victims of Child Sexual Abuse?

Who are the Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse?

What are the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse?
  Can Children Recover from Sexual Abuse?

Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse

What To Do If You Think a Child You Know Has Been the Victim of Sexual Abuse

Where To Go for Help

See also from the APA:

American Psychological Association - Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD - pdf file, 119 pages - 2017
    This guideline is intended to provide treatment recommendations for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in adults, based on a systematic review of the evidence for treatment Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Adults With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) conducted by the Research Triangle Institute, University of North Carolina.

The RTI-UNC Systematic Review addressed the following Key Questions:

    1. What is the efficacy of psychological and medication treatments for adults with PTSD, compared to no treatment or to inactive controls?

2. What is their comparative effectiveness (i.e., psychological treatments compared to other psychological treatments, medication treatments compared to other medication treatments, and psychological treatments compared to medication treatments)?

3. Which treatments work best for which patients1? In other words, do patient characteristics or type of trauma modify treatment effects?

4. Do serious harms of treatments or patient preferences influence treatment recommendations?

Although of considerable importance in the treatment of PTSD, this guideline does not address complementary or alternative treatments, assessment and screening of PTSD, subthreshold PTSD, PTSD prevention, PTSD treatment in children, dose/timing/duration of treatment, or cost.

It is the hope of panel members that future iterations of this guideline include these topics as their evidence base develops.


To the professional:

Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health Care Practitioners:
Lessons from Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (pdf file, 122 pages)
Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada - source:

This handbook presents information that will help health care practitioners practice in a manner that is sensitive to the needs of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other types of interpersonal violence. It is intended for health care practitioners and students of all health disciplines who have no specialized training in mental health, psychiatry, or psychotherapy and have limited experience working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

This second edition includes experiences and ideas of both women and men survivors as well as of practitioners from more than ten health disciplines. The Handbook is not meant to encourage health care providers to step outside their scope of practice, nor is it a substitute for the specialized training required to provide intensive psychotherapy or counseling for survivors.


Rapid Resolution Therapy - NAASCA appreciates the interest, input and active participation of people who in their professional life come into contact with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.

Jay Tow, Life Management & Relationship Coach and Certified Sex Therapist located in the Ft. Lauderdale area (see his web site at, is a NAASCA professional volunteer. He frequently recommends and employs "Rapid Resolution Therapy" in his practice for those who have experienced PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as a result of the abuse they experienced as a child.

You can contact Jay directly (as a NAASCA volunteer) by phone or email. Among other things, he'll help you find an appropriate therapist near you. Please see the "CONTACT" section here on the NAASCA web site.

Understanding of Sexual Addiction - Another Informative Article by Jay Tow, Life Management & Relationship Coach and Certified Sexologist - What constitutes sexual addiction? This article addresses some common misconceptions. It also more clearly defines sexual addiction. I hope that those reading this article will understand that like all addictions, sex addiction is a progressive disease. It requires more and more to get the same “high” and sex addicts find themselves seeking things that are taboo. This could result in engaging in illegal sex acts and abuse of others.

See also Jay's articles both here at NAASCA and on his own web site:
Surviving Child Sexual Abuse and Thriving
Beginning the Process of Recovery
Improving Your Marriage May Begin with You



The benefit of recovering in a group

Group counseling is a form of therapy, where people benefit from shared experiences. Usually group counseling is focused on a particular issue. While a therapist usually manages group counseling, contributions from other members in the group are considered valuable since all in the group share similar issues.

One of the main principals behind group counseling is the idea that dealing with specific issues may cause isolation, and a feeling that one is alone in facing one's problems. Group counseling attempts to counteract this isolation by assembling people with similar issues to enforce that difficulties are not singular to one person. Additionally, knowing other people with similar troubles can be comforting to each individual, who may not have access in their own family and friends to people with the same problem.


Seeking a professional



Matching trauma survivors with mental health professionals

by Bill Murray
May 1, 2012

We get a lot of inquiries about recovery from PTSD and other ongoing symptoms of childhood abuse at NAASCA, and are happy to be able to recommend a new service dedicated to putting trauma survivors and mental health professionals together in Canada and the United States.

For those seeking help, there's no cost to use the service ..

Dr. Anna B. Baranowsky, Ph.D., C.Psych. of the Traumatology Institute in Toronto, Ontario, says, "We recently launched, our Professional Trauma Directory. It is a very exciting project and one that we hope will make a big contribution to both clinicians and those seeking care."


More professional resources

Victims of childhood abuse seek therapy for a number of reasons, but rarely just because of the history of abuse. Many survivors minimize the effects of the abuse. Therapists see clients for eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders and more who have histories of abuse.

Here are a number of places to search for professional help near you:

Counseling for Adults Abused as Children - search page

Counceling for Abused Children - search page

All About - sexual abuse

Psychology - find a nearby professional therapist for face-to-face help

Network - find a therapist or treatment center in your local area

Find - find a therapist who has the expertise you need

Any therapist worth his or her salt will know it is important to help the client deal with the abuse as well as the psychological problems they report.

Counseling in the form of individual and possibly group therapy can take two years or longer. The goal of undoing life-long damage can be very difficult because the damage pervades every aspect of the client, and because there may be physiological changes to the client that can't just be "counseled" away.

Prescribed medication can be useful for the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other symptoms, but should never be dispensed in the absence of counseling for the root of the problem.

Later the survivor may need to undergo couples or relationship counseling when he or she heals to the point of finding a long-term relationship. For children, play therapy and family therapy can be helpful.


Male Survivors

Overcoming Sexual Victimization of Boys & Men

This is an open directory for support groups of sexual abuse survivors.

ASCA Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

Darkness to Light End Child Sexual Abuse

This is another open directory for support groups

This is an organization in New York.  It deals with many aspects of abuse, one of which is trafficking.


Find a Therapist/Professional Tool - from Male
The MaleSurvivor community provides resources and support for men who were sexually victimized as children, adolescents, or adults. Any person who has been sexually abused - male or female - experiences lasting effects and enduring emotional pain. Most of the organizations that serve survivors of sexual abuse have been created by women for women. Because so few people know that large numbers of males are sexually abused, male survivors have been unseen, neglected and therefore underserved.


On line Resources - from "Let Go .. Let Peace Come In Foundation"
The journey to your recovery will follow a long and arduous path. It is recommended that you seek the help of qualified professionals to guide you along the way. It helps survivors to know that they are not alone. On this page we have included links to other websites that offer support and encouragement to survivors through blogs, message boards, and chat rooms.

programs / projects
together we can heal
help stop child abuse
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