“What is our role in supporting victims of sexual abuse? We often feel nothing we say can fix the damage done to their body, soul, and spirit. The good news is the church has a unique opportunity to assess and support victims as they navigate their healing path.”
– Trish Propson
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“So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
A sexual abuse crisis can trigger a traumatic response in all people impacted by the event before during and years after the initial trauma takes place. People who have experienced recent trauma from sexual abuse and exploitation, or people who have had recurring trauma in their past that is affecting their lives now can benefit from Biblical counseling. Critical trauma from sexual abuse requires a professional trauma-informed care response. A Biblical counselor can provide a person emotional support and care as they process through the aftermath of a traumatic event in alignment with their faith. People struggling with trauma recovery, sexual abuse issues, suicidal thoughts, domestic violence, addictions, and grief can benefit from faith-based counseling that focuses on healing the whole person. Biblical counseling can help victims move from a state of acute trauma into phases of healing while offering hope for the future. This can impact transformational healing for them and all of the people they have relationships with both inside and outside of the church.
“Sexual abuse and exploitation victims have a difficult time trusting others. Many of them have never disclosed their abuse to another person before. Working with someone who is a survivor can build trust quickly and provides a path of healing that feels safe.” – Trish Propson
Trish would be the first to tell you that her faith is the only reason she is alive today. Although she doesn’t push her Christian faith on anyone, she believes that true and complete healing of mind, body, and spirit can only come from God. Counseling with Trish is available immediately following traumatic events as the crime unfolds, especially for victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. Short-term counseling is available in the crisis phase, or a care plan can be developed to provide hope and healing long term. Individual and family counseling is available to best serve the needs of sexual abuse and exploitation survivors. Sessions are available in person and via Zoom.
Because Trish is not licensed by the state, she offers fees based on a sliding fee scale according to the ability to pay. If you have immediate counseling needs for recovery from sexual abuse and exploitation, contact Trish: Trish@illuminatetheissue.org
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 —
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“Trish helped me more in one session than all the other ’licensed’ counselors I have ever seen. She understands sexual trauma. Her compassionate faith-based approach got right to the heart of my issues. For the first time, I feel like there may be hope for me.”
– Sexual Assault victim
“I have been to dozens of counselors over the years and been prescribed lots of meds. I knew what I needed and that was to find out who I was before the assault took place. I just needed a reminder that God loves me and cares for me even if this happened.”
– Teen rape victim
“I was sick of all of the psychology. I needed a compassionate professional who understood that God is part of my life equation. I am so glad I found Trish to walk me through some practical steps that aligned with my faith.”
– Adult survivor of childhood, sexual assault
“I have seen so many counselors. I had given up hope. Trish worked with me for only six sessions before I knew exactly what God wanted me to do for healing. Now I can be a better mom for my daughter, and a better wife for my husband. I have been set free.”
– Single mom