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November 17th 2015:Healing from Sexual Abuse, So Victimization Will Not Be a Life Sentence

How widespread is child sexual abuse? What are the short-term and long-term effects? How does healing happen? Guest expert Ivonne Meeuwsen discusses how healing is a layered process with mental, physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual dimensions. To move from victim to survivor to thriver, a person may need different types of therapy at different times along the way. Often the first challenge in therapy is gaining control over the therapy; many therapists think they have the ultimate answer or at least know better than their clients. Ms. Meeuwsen maintains that the client has all the answer

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Ivonne Meeuwsen

Ivonne Meeuwsen is an author of several books on child sexual abuse, one of which has been translated into English. This book, “I Thrive! Healing from Child Sexual Abuse,” tells the story of Ivonne's personal experiences with child sexual abuse, her journey to healing, and the professional experience she has working with survivors of child sexual abuse in her own private practice as a coach and social worker. The book describes how sexual abuse impacts a child and what its long-term effects are. Far from being a victim's sob story, the book provides valuable information on how to heal. It is on mandatory reading lists for social workers and/or psychologists in two Dutch universities. Ivonne
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