Healing From Sexual Abuse And Reproductive Trauma

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The shame we feel about our trauma can be immense.

Often, it can prevent us from seeking help at all (Schomerus et al., 2021).

Yet help is necessary, particularly when trauma affects the body in so many ways (van der Kolk, 2014).

Trauma can:

  • Cause us to develop PTSD – as is seen in 10% to 23% of survivors (Bryant et al., 2010)
  • Prevent us from verbalizing our feelings and memories (van der Kolk, 2014)
  • Put us in a cycle of fight-or-flight responses that make it difficult to enjoy a regular, everyday life (Lorenz et al., 2015).

And sexual trauma, specifically, can have a range of other effects.

These include:

  • A lack of interest in sex (Maltz, 2002)
  • Difficulty becoming aroused and experiencing pleasure (Maltz, 2002)
  • Problems with sustaining or establishing intimate relationships (Maltz, 2002)

These are all symptoms that require a cure. But talk therapy isn’t always effective for cases of sexual abuse.

Often, survivors experience feelings of shame when talking about their trauma, and this shame can lead to re-traumatization. Stigma surrounding sexual abuse can also cause us to feel too uncomfortable to find help to begin with (Schomerus et al., 2021).

Fortunately, talking about our trauma is not the only way to heal.

Modalities that work with somatic symptoms – such as pelvic floor therapy – can provide us with the necessary tools to calm the nervous system and break those cycles of fight-or-flight (Lorenz et al., 2015).

By using these non-verbal modalities when parts of the brain’s language center go offline, we can work immediately with our dysregulated nervous system, thereby treating our somatic symptoms and triggers and finding a place of emotional homeostasis (van der Kolk, 2014).

Rewire Therapy’s new program, Healing from Sexual Abuse and Reproductive Trauma, helps us to locate that place.

The program assists in healing the effects of sexual and reproductive trauma, both of which can cause difficulties with sex and intimacy for the survivor (Maltz, 2002).

Our multidisciplinary approach aims to remedy those symptoms – from feelings of disempowerment and lack of control with regards to our bodies, to our anxieties and fears pertaining to the act of sex itself.

The program is composed of several non-verbal exercises, including pelvic floor therapy, a mindfulness-based rewriting of our sexual script, and a series of neuroplasticity exercises to be practised over a period of seven days.

Together, the components of the program seek to alleviate our residual symptoms of trauma and return us to a space of safety and play.

Introducing Healing From Sexual Abuse And Reproductive Trauma

Theory Modules:

Theory Module 1: Defining Intimacy After Trauma With Dr. Kat Smith (30-min)

  • Seeking Therapy
  • The Power and Benefits of Touch
  • Intimacy Wheel
  • Types of Intimacy
  • Intimate Process

Theory Module 2: Intimacy After Trauma: The Thriving Survivor With Dr. Kat Smith (23-min)

  • The Thriving Survivor
  • Dealing with Shame and Guilt
  • Abuse and Parenthood
  • Important Takeaways

Theory Module 3: Understanding The Impact Of Sexual Trauma With Dr. Jason Jones (38-min)

  • Defining Sexual Trauma
  • Understanding the Impact 
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Clinicians

Theory Module 4: Recovering And Thriving After Sexual Trauma With Dr. Jason Jones (35-min)

  • Treating Sexual Trauma
  • Surviving and Thriving
  • Important Takeaways

Theory Module 5: Rewriting Our Sexual Script With Kelvin Pace (40-min)

  • Feelings Associated with Sexual Assault
  • Coming to Peace with Ourselves
  • Mindfulness Techniques for Sexual Healing
  • How Supportive Partners can Facilitate their Partner’s Sexual Healing
  • Shifting an Unhealthy Narrative or Pattern into a Healthy and Positive One
  • The Importance of a Therapeutic Team
  • Creating a Safe Space for Clients

Theory Module 6: Understanding the Scope of Male Sexual Abuse With Christopher Anderson (24-min)

  • Current Discourse about Male Abuse 
  • Scope of Abuse of Men

Theory Module 7: The Challenges around Disclosure of Male Sexual Abuse With Christopher Anderson (42-min)

  • Dynamics and Common Blocks to Disclosure
  • How Do We Define trauma? 
  • Best Practices for Working with Male Survivors
  • BPT - A Trauma-Informed Response to Disclosure

Theory Module 8: Healing From Trauma Through Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy With Chaya Notik (46-min)

  • Anatomy and Function of the Pelvic Floor
  • How Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists Can Help Survivors
  • Exploring the Impact of Trauma 
  • Eliminating Tissue Trauma Through a Full-Body Approach

Theory Module 9: Women's Return To Sovereign Birth With Rivka Cymbalist (35-min)

  • Six Principles to Guide a Trauma-Informed Approach
  • What Should Birth Attendants Ask Their Clients 
  • How a Birth Attendant Can Support Their Client Through Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth
  • Reparative Birthing Experiences
  • How Trauma Can Affect Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth

Neuroplasticity Exercises:

Day 1: Working With Feelings Of Regret

Regret can weigh heavy and prevent you from being present. Acknowledge your emotions using movement to unburden yourself.

Day 2: Working Through Feelings Of Guilt

Make peace with feelings of guilt by calming the nervous system through movement, meditation, breathwork, and sound.

Day 3: Healing From Feelings Of Shame

Release feelings of shame and move emotion through the body using trauma-informed yoga.

Day 4: Working Through Trauma After Sexual Abuse

Reintegrate into your body using dance and movement psychotherapy techniques. By implementing various touch practices, recover a sense of safety and comfort in yourself.

Day 5: A Special Focus On Fetal Loss Body Symptoms

Processing loss due to birth trauma can be confusing and uncertain. This video focuses on the mental and physiological symptoms of birth trauma and how they can impact your life.

Day 6: The Rewire Therapy Exercises For Pelvic Trauma Healing

Find safety and power through neuroplasticity exercises and learn skills to heal a traumatized pelvic floor.

Day 7: Meeting the Body with Curiosity

Engaging all your senses, move your body in a self-soothing practice to respond to feelings of anxiety or overwhelm with gentle curiosity.

All Rewire Therapy Programs Come With:

  • A private support community

  • Lifetime access to the program and all future updates

  • Technical support via email and text

  • Start at any time at your own pace

  • 30-day money-back guarantee

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You’ll get 9 expert-led modules, 7 neuroplasticity exercises, and learning tools you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with the trauma-affected nervous system.

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Thousands Of Healing Transformations With Rewire Therapy

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“For the first time ever, I feel like I understand what's happening in my body.”

 

Andrea, USA
"I was super-skeptical if this would work for me because I had literally tried everything and nothing was helping my PTSD... A week into the course and I already feel a huge difference."
 

Emily R, New York
"I bought a course on trauma healing from MindValley but totally didn't relate to the teacher or the content. Listening to female experts who have been there really makes all the difference. Thank you so much :-)."
 
Jessica L, Toronto
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"I've learned to truly listen to my body once again. This course has been a true gift."
 

Jenna, Survivor, USA
"I think the weirdest difference I noticed was that when I was practicing the exercises in Week 1... I began to feel my feet again. I realized I had dissociated from my feet for so long."
 
 
Jason R, Los Angeles
"I've been trying to heal my PTSD for years. It always felt like I took 2 steps forward and 1 step back. I just purchased this course and it's already paid for itself. The information in week 1 alone was more helpful than anything else I've done."
 
Marie G, Quebec
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“This course has been so helpful for my patients, especially those who’ve been through trauma.”
 
Cecilia, Clinical Psychologist, Guatemala

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Meet The Experts

Tanya Zajdel

Tanya’s work with trauma healing and survivorship has been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival, CBC News, Vox Tablet, and Iheart Radio.

 

Tanya is a mental health worker, a women’s health nurse, and a published feminist author. Tanya focuses primarily on creating programs that facilitate trauma healing through creating new neural connections in the brain called 'neuroplasticity exercises'.

 

Her techniques combine various proven therapies to repair and reset the nervous system after trauma including somatic therapy, yoga, drama therapy, dance therapy, CBT, qigong, EMDR, vagal toning, authentic movement, and a combination of expressive, creative art therapies.

Dr. Jason Jones

Dr. Jason Jones has been a Registered Psychologist since 2012 and founded Loving Choices Psychology in 2017. He is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Supervisor and a member of the Society of Sex Therapy and Research. He has received training from Sue Johnson, David Schnarch, Esther Perel, Marty Klein, George Faller, and others in sex therapy, couples counseling, family therapy, and body positivity. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology from Northcentral University.

Kelvin Pace

Kelvin Pace, MS, LPC-S, CST Graduated with a master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009. He has been an LPC supervisor for two years and he has been an AASECT certified therapist for 3 years.

 

Kelvin has worked for a local non-profit delivering mental health services to children and young adults that have suffered from complex trauma. With a firm foundation in trauma, he delivers trauma-informed sex-positive therapy to his clients. His current focus is on mindfulness-based interventions to manage sexual concerns.

Chaya Notik, Physiotherapist

Chaya runs a physiotherapy clinic based in Montreal and is passionate about sharing physio and health tidbits and raising awareness about pelvic health.

People think that physical therapy is about getting rid of pain, but wellness encompasses so much more than that.

 

During treatments, she uses a biopsychosocial and a whole-person approach to ensure an optimal path for recovery. Chaya hopes her teaching material is a resource for you to enjoy, learn and share so that we can all grow and heal together.

Rivka Cymbalist, Birth Attendant

Rivka Cymbalist is an experienced birth attendant who has facilitated childbirths for women from all over the world to give birth in their own unique and powerful way, respecting each woman’s individual power of choice, even in a patriarchal hospital system.

 

Rivka draws upon her experience attending over 500 births to help mothers-to-be and birth attendants better understand how to facilitate a mother’s true power of ‘sovereignty’ in pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.

 

Rivka is the author of ‘The Birth Conspiracy’, host of the ‘Baby Magic Podcast’ and she provides custom consults for women’s health, birth support and teaches doulas-to-be.

Dr. Kat Smith

Dr. Kat Smith, DHS, is a survivor, a human behavior expert, Author, TEDx Speaker, and international presenter. She is a show host and former co-host of a syndicated morning radio show with ABC Radio Networks, Inc., Dr. Kat is an engaging expert guest who is transparent and honest in sharing her truth and talking about difficult topics. Her presentations are inspiring, transformative and she delivers with wit and humor where appropriate. She has appeared on GMA, Huff Post Live, local GMT, Daybreak, Fox4, CW33 and she produces her recent show, ResilientLivingTV.

Christopher M. Anderson

Christopher M. Anderson is a survivor of child sexual abuse and other traumas who has overcome many challenges to become an acclaimed advocate.

 

Christopher served as Executive Director of MaleSurvivor, a leading advocacy organization for male victims of sexual abuse, from 2012 until 2016. He is an expert on the sexual abuse of men and boys, the male experience of trauma, and best practices for prevention and healing. He has written numerous articles and opinion pieces on these issues and has worked to reform laws that shield abusers from justice.

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You’ll get 9 expert-led modules, 7 neuroplasticity exercises, and learning tools you can immediately integrate into your trauma toolbox to help you work more effectively with the trauma-affected nervous system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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