Child abuse destroys lives. If you suspect your child is being abused, or you know your child has been abused you will need the expertise of the professionals to treat the child as soon as possible to prevent acute problems in the future. If you are an adult survivor of child abuse, you too, need to seek the help from professionals to guide you through the healing process.
A multitude of child abuse treatment professionals are available to assist you on your road to recovery. You need a professional to assess your child’s needs, or your needs to access the damage done and to make recommendations for treatment. The following is a list of professionals you can turn to that will see you through the process of healing: primary care doctor’s recommendations, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.
Different types of therapeutic processes exist to address your particular case. For instance, at one point in my therapy, my therapist used EMDR therapy to uncover my repressed memories of the worst part of my sexual abuse. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It provides the opportunity to bring out repressed memories that you experienced as a child; and to view them from an adult prospective. It helped me remove the paralyzing fear I felt from time to time that I could not quite put my finger on. I knew deep within me that something absolutely terrifying had taken place; I just couldn’t remember the details of the event. I knew where the event took place, and EMDR therapy guided me gently through the process of remembering that I had a death experience at the hands of my abuser.
My therapist referred me right away to a psychiatrist for medications for my depression, DID, PTSD and my insomnia problems. Again, there are many different types of tools available to the professionals to help you work your way through your abuse and put you on the road to recovering and healing. Please read the “40 Red Flags for Child Abuse;” and “ Personality Disorders From Abuse.” I think you will see why it is so imperative to seek out professional help for yourself, or your child.