I have been working with survivors of sexual violence for 5 years. Although my degree is new, I am not new to the field. While earning my degree, I focused my research and academic work on trauma and the effects it has on the brain. Shame and guilt are also topics that need exploring when working with survivors of sexual assault since so many survivors blame themselves and feel guilty for what someone else did to them. While all survivors struggle with these issues, over the years, I have learned that men bring additional emotional and often sexual concerns to counseling.
Selena Rachelle, MA, NCC