While under-reported, incest typically occurs as a form of child abuse, which can lead to long-lasting psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona in Goodyear, Arizona, board-certified counselor Jordanna Saunders LPC offers incest therapy including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and cognitive behavioral therapy, to help you resolve your memories and emotions stemming from your experiences. Make an appointment with Trauma Recovery Services by calling the office or booking online.
Incest, like many forms of sexual assault, is under-reported because of shame and the fear of not being believed experienced by survivors. Incest often occurs as a form of child abuse, and in addition to the abuse itself, you may have been made to feel that you would get into trouble or be punished if you told anyone.
Incest and other forms of child abuse are often hidden, which prevents you from processing your memories and emotions about the abuse. This can lead to long-lasting psychological problems including:
Incest also contributes to low self-esteem, self-loathing, and feelings of contamination, worthlessness, and helplessness. A history of incest can also negatively impact your future relationships and make you vulnerable to future abuse, as you may develop a distorted perception of what a caring and supportive relationship looks like.
At Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona, Jordanna offers incest therapy to help you recover from your history of trauma and abuse. She uses different counseling techniques to help you reprocess your memories, desensitize yourself to triggers and negative thoughts, and adjust your current behaviors so you can enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life.
Depending on your needs, Jordanna often uses eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat the psychological effects of incest.
Many traumatic memories remain unprocessed because you avoid thinking or talking about your trauma. As a result, you may experience vivid memories, nightmares, or flashbacks that make you feel like you’re reliving the trauma.
EMDR is a specific form of therapy where rapid and repetitive eye movements stimulate your brain into an accelerated reprocessing of negative or distressing memories. During your treatment, you’re able to replace the negative thoughts or feelings about your experiences with more positive affirmations — for example, that you are a strong survivor, not a victim.
CBT teaches you to identify negative thoughts as well as practical strategies to change your emotional and behavioral responses. For example, if you struggle with feelings of worthlessness and engage in self-destructive behaviors to punish yourself, you can learn to recognize the distortion of your thoughts and treat yourself with compassion and kindness.
If you’re living with psychological issues stemming from incest, call Trauma Recovery Services of Arizona or schedule a consultation online today for expert and compassionate counseling.