Counselling Case Study- Sexual Abuse

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Running head: COUNSELLINGScenario 1- Sexual abuseName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor Note
1COUNSELLINGExecutive summaryThiscase studydeals with the case scenario 1 where Mary who is currently of 27years oldhas reported to her general practitioner that her current life is getting affected due to atraumatic incident in her childhood. She was continuously sexually abused between 10-14years of age by her cousin. However, having a supportive family and with few sessions wascounselor she was bit stable to put aside the traumatic life event and move forward thoughshe has low self-esteem and her proneness towards perfectionism. Everything was going welluntil when her boyfriend started discussing to move together in one apartment. Sexual abuseis not totally about sex but it is also about the abuser trying to gain control over the victim.Survivors of the sexual abuse face long-term mental and physical problems. However,counseling and therapies are of great help to Mary in setting herself free from the repressedmemory of the trauma she has.
2COUNSELLINGTable of ContentsIntroduction................................................................................................................................3Discussion..................................................................................................................................4Mary’s mentalstate................................................................................................................4Issues related to mental health of Mary.................................................................................6Counseling for Mary..............................................................................................................9Therapies..............................................................................................................................10Conclusion................................................................................................................................12References................................................................................................................................14
3COUNSELLINGIntroductionSexual abuse is any kind of sexual violence, which can be rape, childhoodmolestation, incest or any other similar form of forced sexual contact. However, sexual abuseis not only about sex rather it is a venture to try to gain control over the victims.Life of thesexually abused can be saved if they are given immediate assistance. Along with it therapiesalso helps those victims overcome their trauma of sexual assault in the past. There are alsosome victims who may need long term support which in a way beneficial to those survivors.However, sexual abuse of children can take many forms and may involve behaviors wherethere may be no physical contact like revelation or voyeurism. The most common cases are ofchildren who are sexually abused before the age of 18years. This type of act mainly occursdue to sexual attraction towards children and because the offender tries to gain control overthe victim who is a child. Maximum of the time it is found that the child is either threatenedor manipulated by the offended to prevent themselves being disclosed (Mrazek & Kempe,2014).The government is also changing their laws related to sexual abuse constantly and sothe feelings of the survivors of the sexual abuse are given more importance than the laws.However, about 93 percent of the children who are sexually abused remember their attackersand one third of them are from the victim’s family. Thus, the programs through whichchildren learn that they have to be careful in front of strangers cannot really help avert allkind of abuses. In maximum of the cases, it has been found that the child victims do not tellanyone about the trauma they are experiencing or have experiences due to fear ormanipulation by the offender. However, recovery for this type of a trauma is possible nowdays if consulted an experienced and skilled therapist. The effective therapies for sexuallyabused victims are exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy
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