Combining Relaxation and Guided Imagery with Narrative Practices in Therapy with an Incest Survivor— Razi Shachar


This paper explores the use of relaxation and guided imagery in conjunction with narrative therapy, with a woman dealing with the effects of trauma related to sexual abuse. The work took place in Israel, with a woman who was abused in childhood by her brother, yet she was still on good terms with him and the rest of her family. The woman was also part of a religious community that placed certain expectations on women regarding sexual relationships with their husbands. This paper explores some of the more complex issues around sex and intimacy, along with ways of unpacking sex, body image, and dominant cultural norms, in a complex and nuanced context.