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Sylvia K. Neal, MSW, LCSW, PLLC,

is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the field of sexual abuse and trauma, with extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, addictions, anger, violence and abuse.

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Sylvia’s Specialty Areas


Trauma & PTSD

Are you experiencing nightmares, flashbacks, triggers, anxiety arousal, avoidance, intrusive memories or thoughts and in a constant state of flight, fight or freeze? These symptoms may be caused by a traumatic event in childhood, or a recent event such as a car accident or domestic abuse. PTSD symptoms are a normal reaction to an abnormal event or incident. You do not have to be alone with these symptoms, which are treatable.

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Sexual Trauma

Sexual trauma can be many things or events that lead to symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.   Sexual trauma can be one event or a series of events such as sexual harassment, rape, inappropriate touching, being pressured to perform or engage in sexual activity or threat or harm to do a sexual act. When you are violated sexually it can be one of the most frightening and lonely time in your life. It can create shame and embarrassment about your self and your body. You do not have to be alone. I can help.

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Are you feeling sad or down, loss of interest in activities, socially withdrawn, difficulty concentrating, loss of energy and appetite, and nothing seems to excite you anymore? Depression can be overwhelming and devastating to deal with. I can help you develop tools to lead you to enjoy life again.

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Couples Counseling

Couple’s Counseling

The relationship between you and your spouse/partner is essential. We often start in a place of bliss and wonderment but can end up in discord and fighting. Your relationship with your spouse or partner can greatly affect your level of happiness in your life.

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Holiday stress can take mental, physical toll

Facing the first holiday season without her husband, Tucson resident Sylvia Neal agonized over the family’s annual Christmas card tradition.

Her husband, Derek, had died of nonsmokers’ lung cancer at the age of 42 only months earlier — on Aug. 10, 2013.

The Neal family’s Christmas card always had a photo of the four of them on the front. It was an annual tradition. So last season, Neal had cards made with a photo of herself and her two young children on the front.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the psychological reaction following exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR) the “experience must involve actual or threatened death, serious physical injury,

Shame on us – Is it Consent?

I’ve been thinking a lot about what is true consent. Working in the field of sexual violence I am faced with what is consent all the time. I deal with cases in which a child