Adena is an experienced therapist who brings new light to Covert Emotional Incest, the hidden sexual abuse. Learn about safety in therapy and with others, and how innovative tools like psychodrama can help you access and heal your deepest fears.

(4 min) Childhood sexual abuse, in particular Covert Emotional Incest.
(5 min) The most important piece of healing is experiencing safety in the body.

Adena Bank Lees

Speaker, Author, Consultant

Covert Emotional Incest

Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP, is an internationally recognized authority on trauma related to childhood sexual abuse, in particular Covert Emotional Incest (CEI). Adena’s mission is to bring CEI out of the shadows and shine light on the process of identifying and healing from it. In her book, Covert Emotional Incest: The Hidden Sexual Abuse, Adena details the complex nature of CEI, its damaging consequences, and the path to restoration of health and well-being.

A leader in the field of traumatic stress and addiction, Adena has been offering expert clinical psychotherapy to clients as well as training and consulting services to professionals around the globe for over 25 years. Adena’s driving passion is to equip professionals to be effective practitioners, as evidenced by the 1000+ workshops she has conducted on topics such as child sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction, and related mental health issues.

Adena has helped develop an outpatient psychotherapy program for child and adolescent sexual abuse survivors (Project Safe Place), sexuality workshops for inpatient eating disorder treatment centers, and psychodramatic/sociometric warm-up groups for the Aveer Institute Global Peace Exchanges.

Adena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, and a Board Certified Expert® in Traumatic Stress, and a Certified Psychodrama Practitioner. Adena received her BA in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton and her MSW with honors from Adelphi University.

Adena Bank Lees
Author On Amazon, Covert Emotional Incest: The Hidden Sexual Abuse

Adena’s work has helped thousands of therapists effectively support clients recovering from the emotional and spiritual wounds of childhood sexual abuse and other traumas. Her lectures, workshops, and presentations are lively, informative, and engaging, leveraging the power of experiential learning. Participants report that being introduced to CEI through this action-based approached helps them gain life-changing insight into the experiences of their clients and enhances understanding of their own personal experiences. Adena’s passion is to utilize action methods in both client treatment and professional training to optimize laughter while learning.