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Covert Emotional Incest: The Hidden Sexual Abuse: A Story of Hope and Healing
by Adena Bank Lees, February 20, 2018

Adena Bank Lees Covert Emotional Incest The Hidden Sexual Abuse A Story of Hope and Healing

Traumatic. Intangible. Unspoken. All these words have one thing in common: a sexual abuse that is not widely known. In this provocative and intimate look at Covert Emotional Incest (CEI), Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, a leader in the field of traumatic stress and addiction, takes you on a moving and informative journey through her own experiences with this form of abuse. CEI, as she has defined it, is an elusive, emotional form of sexual abuse that occurs in a family system with the absence of direct genital contact. Being placed in the surrogate or substitute spouse role for a parent(s) is one of the primary tenets of CEI, but there is much more. Covert Emotional Incest: The Hidden Sexual Abuse is an enlightening read for both professionals and non-professionals alike. Adena’s story and easy-to-understand therapeutic explanations will help you fully comprehend the complex nature of CEI, its damaging consequences, and the path to restoration of health and well-being. A check-list of components, specific suggestions for healing, and what to address in psychotherapy are included. In summary, Covert Emotional Incest: The Hidden Sexual Abuse, combines a compelling story with clear and helpful strategies for recovery.

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“Adena Bank Lees has not only added a new term to the field of sexual victimization and psychological trauma, but exquisitely describes it in easily understood words… Most importantly, she shares key steps to healing and serves as a great role model and mentor to any survivor of CEI who needs hope and a path forward.”

Howard Fradkin, PhD., author of Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive; Business Partner, Collaborations Training, LLC.

“Rarely is there a book that combines such a compelling story with clear and helpful strategies for recovery. I consider this a must-read for both clinicians and individuals who identify with this painful phenomenon.”

Rokelle Lerner, Senior Advisor, Crossroads Centre Antigua and author of The Object of My Affection is in My Reflection: Coping with Narcissists.

“A moving read… offering a step-by-step look at recovery, along with a trove of therapeutic explanations, professional wisdom, and guidelines for healing.”

Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST, author of The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse.

Covert Emotional Incest successfully adds to the growing recognition of the many forms of covert sexual abuse prevalent in our culture.”

Kenneth A. Adams, PhD., CSAT-S, author of Silently Seduced: When Parents Make Their Children Partners and When Hes Married to Mom: How to Help Mother-Enmeshed Men Open Their Hearts to True Love and Commitment.

“Adena’s easy-to-understand explanations of the consequences from her personal childhood trauma and her steps to recovery will enable readers to relate to her, to understand their own experiences better, and to learn how to get help for themselves. I heartily recommend this book!”

Jennifer Schneider, M.D., author of Back from Betrayal: Recovering from the Trauma of Infidelity and Sex, Lies, & Forgiveness: Couples Speak on Healing from Sex Addiction.