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Healing Toolkit

There are many different types of actions and therapies that are appropriate for those facing sibling sexual trauma. For example, reaching out to peers, seeking professional help, education, and self-help activities are all helpful. Listed below are some of the many options. 


Peer Support 

Connect with others who truly understand what you’re going through with Peer Support.

Free Online Self-Guided Trauma & Self-Care Recovery Course for Victims/Survivors of Sexual Abuse or Assault at any age from Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support 

SARSAS Easy Read Self-Help Guide for Survivors

SARSAS Self-Help Guide for Men and Boys

SARSAS Self-Help Guide for Friends and Family

Trauma Recovery 101 video series with incest survivor and advocate Nubia DuVall Wilson and trauma recovery coach Monika Hendrix


Professional Help

There are different approaches to psychological therapy that can be helpful to those confronted with SST. Talk therapies are helpful but where trauma is involved, there is often the need to address the body's physiological reactions as well.  Different therapies work for different people.  If one doesn't work, it's worth it to try another.


  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy that can be very helpful for symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which helps you stop the cycle of bad thoughts, bad feelings, and bad actions or other.

  • Somatic Experiencing (SE) addresses the way that the body carries the memory and experience of sexual trauma and is also a powerful approach to healing from trauma.

  • Sensorimotor Therapy, similar to SE, body movements and postures are important focal points of treatment as is body awareness and mindfulness during treatment.

  • Finding a Therapist

  • Siblings Too Podcast: Therapy and Mindfulness Part I (41 min) and Part II (30 min) with Patricia Downing, Integrative Psychotherapist and Mindful Practitioner

  • Charlie Health: online intensive therapy with no waitlists for teens and 20's, including services for survivors, children with sexual behavior problems, and families 

Share Your Story invites anyone affected by sibling sexual trauma to share your story, anonymously and confidentially, to be used for research and to guide future podcast content.

Self-Help books and journals 

  • Ellen Bass & Laura Davis: Courage to Heal - There’s a reason this book is a classic; it has been a beacon for healing for women survivors of child sexual abuse since 1992. Companion workbook also available.

  • Weekly Journaling Prompts for healing from childhood sexual abuse, developed by a survivor.

  • Rupi Kaur: Healing Through Words - guided journaling exploring themes of trauma, loss, healing, love

  • McKay, Wood, & Brantley: DBT Workbooks - There are several versions of this workbook specific to various ages and circumstances--all help guide you in learning mindfulness techniques and applying them to manage your emotions and deal with difficult people and situations.

  • Robert Enright, PhD: Forgiveness is a Choice - Based on research that included incest survivors; Guided journaling to deal with shame and anger, with the option to go on to forgiveness. Useful even if you never decide to forgive.

Resources for Talking with Children About Sexual Abuse and Body Safety


Books on Healing the Body and Mind in Tandem

Self-Help Activities

More Suggestions from IncestAware

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