healing from sexual abuse
December 21, 2022

What Does Recovery Look When Healing from Sexual Abuse?

Establishing ownership of your body and your mind” (Van der Kolk, 2015).

•“This means feeling free to know what you know and feel what you feel without becoming overwhelmed, enraged, ashamed, or collapsed.” (Van der Kolk, 2015). 

~~~What are signs of recovery after sexual abuse?~~~

•You are no longer keeping secrets. Not having to keep secrets from yourself, including about the ways you have managed to survive.

•You can find ways to help calm your nervous system down (mindfulness, curiosity, yoga, etc ).

•You are able to feel like the past is in the past.

•You are able to stay in your Window of Tolerance when something from the past gets triggered.

•You are able to live in the present moment and engage in life with people around you.

•You are able to be more present in your body.

•Reparenting the younger parts of yourself is looked at with compassion.

•You are able to set healthy boundaries. Learning to say no and understanding that not giving someone else what they want is ok.

• And so much more…

Healing is possible

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