Somatic Psychology

Bridging the mind-body gap

Trauma: Incest

In this article we’ll focus on the contemporary Western attitude toward and definition of incest. The important thing to remember is that incest is a form of sexual abuse. As a form of abuse, it is highly damaging to a child’s psyche and most often results in prolonged PTSD. Read More


I just wanted to say thank you for the clarification in reference to a victim's feelings. As an former abuse victim myself,I suppressed the feelings of guilt and shame, and felt I would disrupt our supposed family dynamic if I sought help.

My stepfather was nutty to say the least. My mother now says years later that he may have suffered from a form of schizophrenia. I wish I had known that then. I wish she could have come to my rescue then instead feeding me rationale now. You are certainly right, Dr. Babbel; belief in a victim is integral.

I have since moved on, but still feel the effects EVERYDAY as I never sought official therapy. I figured, like many victims of my generation and generations before us, that this was something I had to "get over". But the truth is, without processing the event and dealing with it, you never do "get over it".

I hope others who may currently be in an abusive situation have enough courage and love for their life to seek help. Nobody deserves to be treated this way and have to live with it the rest of their lives.

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Susanne Babbel, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a psychologist specializing in trauma and depression.


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