Healing From Rape and Sexual Trauma
Dedicated Rape Trauma Care in Cape Town
Recovery Direct is a non-judgemental, progressive care program that works with you to resolve sexual traumas and deeply rooted psycological pain caused by incidents of rape.
Our evidence-based recovery process includes one of the most progressive one-on-one counselling offerings. Enabling you to rapidly find connection and come to terms with living your life again.
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When you are in an environment that truly cares about who you are and supports you as an individual, the actual healing can begin. This is what makes Recovery Direct Cape Town centre such an ideal refuge for people struggling with addiction based behaviours.
Recovery Direct has a specialist and direct knowledge of the unique circumstances. Our qualified counselling services are designed to be especially sensitive to the dynamics of your life. Recovery Direct’s is South Africa’s best non-punitive care centre that caters for a wide range of client requirements, we have been where you are and are here to help you now.
While each person is affected differently the fallouts after the rape has occurred can last for many years to some small or large degree depending on the your individual ability to process the traumatic event psycologically.
Behaviors often present in the acute stage of rape trauma include reduced alertness, numbness or dulled sensory and memory functions with disorganised thoughts content leading to feelings of anxiety. Obsessive need to clean yourself or your environemnt, confusion, crying or a sense of complete bewilderment. Hypersensitivity to the reactions of other people.
The outward adjustment phase in rape trauma is marked by the resumption of “normal life” again, however still may be suffering deep internal turmoil that may result in one or more common coping strategies and mechanisims such as pretending ‘everything is fine’ or minimizing the event or over dramatisation or over explanation where the rape assault becomes the centre of all your focus, conversation or energy.
More frequently the suppression or refusal to talk about the rape that occurred happens which plays to a large degree as to why rape goes seemingly “unnoticed” by family and friends. The final common response is “flight” which is the drastic and radical change in charachter or living environments in emotionally charged personally driven “quests” such as moving house, city, country or joining some extreeme activity.
Overtime poor health, anxiety, feelings of helplessness, hypervigilant, unable to entertain previously close relationships, overall nervousness or feeling of fear. Depression and erratic mood swings shfting between anger and hostility to remorse and regret is very common. Rape survivors often experience sleep disturbances such as infrequent vivid recurring nightmares, insomnia or the opposite chronic fatigue and constant exhaustion.
Dissociation or feeling disconnected from your body is a common thread. Reliance on other people as “coping mechanisms” somtimes in positive ways and othertimes in codependent destructive relationships. Self harm, drug use, or alcohol abuse are frequent responses and may form part of the emotional coping strategy.