If you have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault at some point in your life, you are not alone. In Australia, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual violence. Many of these people don’t seek help and suffer with the trauma of it for much longer than they should. If you have experienced sexual abuse at any point, and the experience is continuing to impact on your life in a negative way, seeking help from someone who is highly trained in this area is the first step to taking control of your life again.
Regardless of how long ago the abuse took place, it can often continue to have a negative impact on your emotions, wellbeing and relationships. It can affect your ability to experience and enjoy healthy relationships or your performance at work or school. In the long term, if left without help, it can contribute to a number of other mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.
The psychologists at VCPS are highly trained in working together with the individual to build aspects of the perons's life again in whatever ways they may need. This can be immediately after experiencing sexual violence or even years after the abuse has stopped.
Some of the assistance that you would receive from a practitioner at VCPS would include: