When boys are molested, the men they become often carry
with them a variety of symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, sexual avoidance
or compulsivity, difficulty trusting others, etc. However, men are often reluctant to talk
about their feelings, especially about being a victim. This leaves them feeling isolated and alone. It is common for survivors to blame themselves or feel shame about their abuse.
By providing a
safe place to open up, individual psychotherapy is an excellent first step in
healing. A natural next step is opening
up to others, but the stigma that can be attached to the victim of molestation
can make that step insurmountable. Group
therapy with men who share a similar history is an ideal middle step for
additional healing of deep pain and shame, and for the discovery of inner
strength and outer resources. The therapy
group is thus designed for men who have been in, or are currently in,
individual psychotherapy regarding their abuse, and who have not abused a child
themselves. The group meets on Monday evenings, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in my office. There is a possibility that a second group may be forming on Tuesday evenings. I am glad to answer any questions you have about the group. If you are interested in being in the group, call me at (714)848-7280 and I will arrange a complimentary individual screening interview with you to determine if the group is right for you.