I personally am not familiar with a database of counselors; I saw my first counselor through a social services network in my church. At that time I wasn't being seen for SA, but for managing my relationship with my toxic mother. Shortly after I stopped going, my husband's PTSD symptoms started surfacing and he started being seen. His case was more involved than what they were equipped to deal with, so they referred him to the counselor we see now.
My daughter sees a children's counselor, and to be honest I found him in the yellow pages. When I looked at all the listings, he was the one I felt good about, and he takes our insurance.
Maybe calling your med insurance company for a referral would be a possibility? You could also ask for recommendations from your family doctor or OB/GYN, or from your local hospital. I would definitely mention that you are looking for a counselor who has experience in dealing with sexual abuse.
I hope this helped--good luck in finding a good one, and let us know how it goes.
co-cl, Sexual Abuse Healing Board
I agree with Heidi. If you don't know anyone who is seeing a counselor, then your next best bet would be to ask your insurance to see who is part of their plan.
My two psychiatrists (former and current) and therapist were all referred to me by the employee assistance program where I work.
Then you can also ask other doctors you see. My internist (who I think walks on water) has recommended some other good docs to me.
Thanks for the support and good suggestions!
When is your first appointment? Let us know how it goes. I wish you well!