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[This excerpt is from Survivor Psychology: The Dark Side of a Mental Health Mission by Susan Smith, pp. 211-214. Upton Books and SIRS Mandarin, Boca Raton, FL. Copyright (c) 1995. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Read our review or order it from]

Partial Results from the survey of 38 therapists from the Phoenix area:

Can you identify a client with repressed sexual abuse issues before the client identifies the problem?
Sometimes 29%
Yes 71%
Do you suggest the possibility of repressed sexual abuse issues in a client?
Sometimes 66%
Yes 17%
No 17%
Do you affirm the client's tentative impressions, dreams or feelings that may indicate sexual abuse?
Sometimes 28%
Yes 66%
No 6%
Do you validate the possibility that sexual abuse occurred and that traumatic memories are often repressed?
Sometimes 17%
Yes 83%
Do you use a sexual abuse and incest survivor checklist to diagnose repressed abuse?
Sometimes 17%
Yes 32%
No 51%
Is it of any importance to the therapeutic process whether recovered memories are true or false?
Yes 34%
No 76%
Have you encountered clients with sexual abuse issues who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorders?
Yes 69%
No 31%
Have you encountered clients with sexual abuse issues who have Multiple Personality Disorder?
Yes 89%
No 11%
Have you encountered clients reporting satanic abuse?
Yes 92%
No 8%
Have you attended seminars or training sessions on satanic abuse?
Yes 70%
No 30%
Do you consider ritual and satanic abuse to be serious problems in the sexual abuse field?
Yes 97%
Do you use any of the following techniques to uncover or clarify memories?
Hypnosis Yes--63%
Trance work Yes--71%
Age regression Yes--79%
Non-dominant handwriting Yes--76%
Dream interpretation Yes--89%
Psychodrama Yes--63%
Art therapy Yes--71%
Assign or make available survivor books such as The Courage to Heal and Secret Survivors Yes--100%
Which of the syndromes and disorders are commonly symptoms of sexual abuse, incest and repressed abuse issues?
Alcoholism Yes--97%
Drug addiction Yes--95%
Eating disorders Yes--97%
Depression Yes--97%
Sexual dysfunction Yes--97%
Sexual addiction Yes--97%
Relationship addiction Yes--95%
Health problems Yes--95%
Cancer Yes--71%
MPD Yes--95%
PTSD Yes--92%
Dissociative disorders Yes--92%
Childhood amnesia Yes--71%
Gynecological problems Yes--97%
Is it common for memories to surface in the following ways?
Dreams Yes--95%
Flashbacks Yes--95%
Body memories Yes--95%
Hypnosis or trance work Yes--95%
During survivor groups Yes--95%
Anniversaries of abuse Yes--95%
Sensory memory triggers Yes--87%
TV programs with sexual abuse themes Yes--68%

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