||Dr. Steve Frisch,
Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in
Chicago, Illinois and Northfield, Illinois.
You can contact Dr. Frisch, Psy.D. at
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Survivors of Physical and
Sexual Trauma Therapy
Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D.
The Adult Survivors of Trauma counseling program is for
individuals who live or have lived in families that were organized around the influences
of drug and alcohol abuse, sexual and physical abuse, and/or emotional neglect. The
program is a catalyst for healing and overcoming the aftereffects of living with the
trauma and toxic impact of the abuse mentioned above. These aftereffects include but are
not limited to substance abuse, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, shame, and
The fundamental premise of my program is that you, as an individual who was abused, are a
survivor rather than a victim. You have persevered despite often extreme interpersonal
trauma and later abuse-related difficulties. You're not mentally ill or suffering from a
defect, but rather your life has been shaped in part, by ongoing adaptation to a toxic
environment. Thus, the primary goal of therapy is less your recovery than your continued
growth and development. In this respect, therapy is a process that celebrates and utilizes
the strengths and already existing skills you possess to move beyond your current level of
The unique characteristics and dynamics of interpersonal trauma demand a unique treatment
approach individualized to your needs. In general, the process of resolution therapy for
interpersonal abuse and trauma is of a long-term, rather than a short-term nature.
Long-term treatment is seen as needed because of the generally pervasive effects of the
abuse, the compounding of effects over time, and the complexities of post-traumatic
responses. Because of the intensity of emotions inherent in trauma, uncovering must
proceed at a pace that is tolerable to the survivor in order to insure that you can safely
heal your emotional wounds.
Your healing process will be complete when you no longer feel contaminated by your
thoughts and behavior patterns. Instead of the abuse exerting control over your life in
eliciting maladaptive behavior patterns, you'll begin to take control of your life and
make your feelings and thoughts conscious, enabling you to make choices rather than being
internally driven or directed. You'll learn to trust yourself and your perceptions and not
be afraid of taking risks in expressing and exploring yourself.
The ultimate outcome is when you're able to embrace life by reclaiming your personhood,
your sexuality, and the unpolluted self which has been in hiding since commencement of the
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by e-mail at
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Aftereffects of Interpersonal Abuse and Trauma
By Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D.
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse:
Aftereffects and The Healing Process
By Dr. Steve