Sexual abuse on children is an experience that occurs in almost all societies and cultures, whose negative effects affect not only the quality of life of the victim, but also influence the entire socio-family context and public health. In most cases of child sexual abuse, the adult or adolescent perpetrator represents a position of power and domination for the child, whose condition strongly contrasts with the age of the child and his position of dependence and subordination, so that the majority of cases of child sexual abuse are not reported by the child, thus generating emotional problems that can affect their lives if they are not resolved. The goal of this work is to present a model of intervention that uses hypnosis and art therapy to work with adults who have suffered sexual abuse during childhood. The model consists of 3 main phases: 1. It is necessary to stabilize and control the symptoms in the present; 2. Proceed with the re-elaboration of the traumatic experiences of the past; 3. Make a positive projection towards the future. The results obtained in the clinical cases in which this model was implemented show the effectiveness of the use of clinical hypnosis and of the expressive arts in activating the internal resources of a person who has undergone a traumatic experience, in order to help them recover one’s healing ability.
Keywords: Hypnosis, sexual abuse, art therapy, childhood, healing, inner child