cropped-prof-photo-vs-17.jpgI am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Christian Sex Therapist and Certified Traumatologist in Atlanta, Georgia. I specialize in the treatment of sexual abuse and trauma, complex trauma, and dissociative disorders as well as same-sex issues and gender identity disorders. I also work with couples and families in crisis. I am an AAMFT Approved Supervisor  working post-graduates seeking to obtain licensure and licensed practitioners looking for Marriage and Family or sex therapy/sexual trauma supervision/case consultation. My research is focused on the population and treatment of children and adults in the commercial sex trafficking trade. I am the Vice President of the Institute of Traumatology and the Dean of Clinical Affairs for my alma mater, Richmont Graduate University.   I speak at organizations, universities and churches across the nation on all aspects of healthy sexuality, trauma & abuse, as well as Christian counseling and the church.

I graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in sports broadcasting and business. After spending a number of years in television, newspaper, sales, and marketing before I changed my career path, I ultimately went to graduate school to study Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Christian Sex Therapy at Psychological Studies Institute, now known as Richmont Graduate University. I completed my Counselor Education and Supervision PhD at Regent University.


To see those bound and enslaved to sexual brokenness set free and walking in the healing that they were created to walk in.

Vanessa Snyder, PhD, LPC, LMFT, CST, CT


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  1. Dear Vanessa, my name is Paige Walker, I am a Registered Children’s Nurse, single mom of an 11 year old, living in Auckland New Zealand.

    I thought you might be interested in this as a resource or for your organisation or for families in a similar situation.

    Three years ago I found out that my daughter then only 8 years old had been sexually abused by my best friend’s husband.
    As a survivor (MOTHER) after battling and overcoming PTSD, DEPRESSION and prescription DRUG ADDICTION, I decided to write a book of my experience as I felt it was important that the trauma, pain and suffering mothers go though is validated and given a voice.

    THE BROKEN ROAD by Paige Walker is a moving story of a mother’s strength and courage as she dealt with the betrayal, anger and trauma from the sexual abuse of her daughter at the hands of her best friend’s husband. It moves through the emotional journey of her need to seek revenge and justice but instead found acceptance and forgiveness of her daughter’s perpetrator.

    My book The Broken Road is I believe is the first documented account written in New Zealand from a mother’s perspective for mothers, it details the affect CSA had on me, but it is also designed as a self help/tool for new parents trying to find their way through this ordeal as I did. It includes a detailed list of organisations affiliated with child sexual abuse for easy access and help.

    My passion is to highlight the traumatic affects of abuse and help break the silence on Child Sexual Abuse as it is rapidly becoming a worldwide epidemic and it needs to be addressed especially here in New Zealand.
    The Broken Road a true testimony of recovery from abuse. Please feel free to pass this on.

    The Broken Road is available at

    Thank You
    Kind Regards
    Paige Walker

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