Christiane Sanderson's Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse PDF

By Christiane Sanderson

ISBN-10: 1843103354

ISBN-13: 9781843103356

ISBN-10: 1846425328

ISBN-13: 9781846425325

This up-to-date and extended version presents complete insurance of the speculation and perform of counselling survivors of kid sexual abuse (CSA). In a reasoned and considerate process, universal stereotypes of abusers and their sufferers are changed with present wisdom at the prevalence of CSA and its long term affects on grownup survivors.

Christiane Sanderson explores the healing courting from development belief and assembly the client's must developing obstacles, addressing transference matters and heading off secondary annoying tension. She evaluates a variety of therapy techniques and strategies, and discusses the benefits and downsides of team treatment. Stand-alone chapters offer in-depth insurance of:

* CSA's influence on survivors' experience of self and their relationships with others

* self-harming behaviour, together with self-injury, substance abuse and consuming disorders

* how reminiscence is developed and reconstructed, together with the arguable concerns surrounding recovered memories

* necessary methods to dealing with worry and loss from operating with different different types of trauma

* general sexual improvement and ordinary sexual problems for survivors

* operating with disgrace and dissociation.

Counselling grownup Survivors of kid Sexual Abuse truthfully addresses the advanced matters during this vital sector of labor. It offers useful innovations for these new to counselling during this box and important new insights for skilled counsellors.

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Although child sexual abusers vary enormously, they share many commonalities. The majority of child sexual abusers are highly skilled at identifying vulnerable victims, whom they target specifically. This skill is intuitive to some degree, but it also comes through practice and experience. Abusers can identify with children, often more so than most adults, allowing them to become master seducers of children. They have an excessive interest in children, although this is not always manifested overtly.

Counsellors need to guard against imposing their own definitions of survivors’ experiences, but they may encourage survivors to explore any cognitive distortions, especially concerning how consensual the experience was. The issue of consent is important. Many children are deceived by abusers into thinking that they wanted to develop the special friendship into a sexual relationship and that the abuser merely complied with the child’s desire. Counsellors may need to remind survivors that children are not able to give informed consent under the legal age and in the absence of full knowledge of the meaning and ramifications of such behaviour.

CSA can also shatter the sense of self (see Chapter 9) and lead to the adoption of an alien or imposed identity that replaces the authentic self, leading to a sense of alienation, invisibility, disconnection from self and others, and existential angst. The shame associated with CSA can lead to a sense of defilement in which the survivor needs to hide away and isolate him- or herself. This compounds the survivor’s sense of alienation and creates further relational difficulties as he or she withdraws from others.

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