Covert incest is a term describing a relationship where a child is treated and feels more like a “partner” rather than a child. This often occurs when a parent uses a child as a source of emotional support in a way that is closer to a “romantic relationship” rather than “parent-child.”
NOTE: It is important to understand that there is not necessarily any inappropriate touching or physical contact (sexual) in a case of covert incest.
Covert Incest can negatively impact a child in a way that the child feels overly responsible for the emotional well-being of a parent and can have an impact on future relationships. Treatment for someone affected by Covert Incest includes therapy and learning to employ appropriate boundaries in all relationships.
NorthPoint therapists are experienced in dealing with issues like Covert Incest and can help begin a path towards healthier relationships.