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Different Types of Counseling for Incest Survivors

Seeking a counseling professional for survivors of abuse.

No matter which choice you make out of the four types of incest survivor counselors listed below, not one person can be faulted for taking the initiative to seeing a professional to make their lives better. Now having said that, we all know there is sometimes a stigma about going to counseling, and I don’t want this stigma to stop you from seeking professional help.

After all, if you want to learn how to play pool… or dive… or sail… we hire a professional who teaches us how to do these things. There is nothing wrong with that now, is there? Well come on, what can possibly be more complicated than the human brain? No computer is, yet! Flying a plane is pretty complicated, right, but who would want to fly with a pilot who never had any training? Look, it is alright to seek professional help for sorting out the complexities within yourself. It’s nobody’s business if you see a counselor for incest survivors and, if they find out, they should pat you on the back and congratulate you for facing your own inner demons… because that takes real courage.

So let’s get through the basics of recovery for survivors of abuse and incest.

Four professionals that can help an incest survivor to recover.

Coaches – Life Coaches… Success Coaches… there are many types of coaches for survivors of abuse. Having a coach is a great way to take charge of a part of your life you want to change. A coach needs to have the desire to overcome his own weaknesses first. Because being a coach means working with people, with their feelings, emotions, thoughts, ideas and considerations. The main job of a coach is to motivate and inspire. While some people are "inborn life coaches" and have this gift from the very beginning, there are plenty of others that simply have to learn everything from scratch. I am a recovery coach for survivors of abuse and incest.

Counselors - are credentialed as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and have specific areas of expertise. These areas include alcohol and drug addiction, children and teen issues, family counseling, and incest survivors. A counselor outlines problems, finds solutions, helps in decision making, and provides educational information.

Therapists – are credentialed as Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and have specific areas of expertise as well. They can do an in-depth analysis of a client’s psychological makeup, especially important for an incest survivor, and often do many of the same things as a counselor and a psychotherapist.

Psychotherapists – are credentialed as a Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). They can do an in-depth analysis of a client’s psychological makeup (like a LCSW) and often do many of the same things as a counselor and a therapist, and can also prescribe medicines.

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, you will rise up again whole and renewed!

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