If you grew up with a parent who has narcissistic traits, chances are you are still experiencing the effects. You may notice repeating patterns in relationships, jobs, self-care, how you deal with conflict, and how you manage stress. It may seem like life is a whirlwind of chaos at times, with you left wondering why you seem to attract people and situations that cause so much pain.
You are not alone. When you grow up with a parent who was explosive, unpredictable, or overly critical, you learned to expect that from the world. Normal may include allowing others to treat you poorly and you making excuses for their behavior; or you being a people pleaser, doing what’s expected of you and not making waves; or you being neglecting yourself – physically, emotionally, or mentally – because you don’t feel worthy.
Many survivors of parental narcissistic abuse struggle with feelings of emptiness, lack of contentment, worry about their own parenting, difficulty trusting people (including themselves), challenges setting boundaries, crippling self-doubt, and patterns of self-sabotage.
The good news is that with the help of a compassionate, experienced therapist you can move through your childhood trauma and adult experiences to find a better way of living and gain a sense that you are not only good enough but better than good enough. I not only have over 20 years of experience as a therapist, but I too am a survivor of maternal narcissistic abuse.
In addition to being certified in Dr. McBride’s 5-step recovery model, I use a blend of mindfulness, self-compassion, Brainspotting, positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy to provide my clients tools to work through the past and address the present. Brainspotting is a form of non-talk therapy that helps clients process emotions and experiences that may be difficult to access through traditional talk therapy.
Using Dr. McBride’s 5-step recovery model as a foundation, I help women and men in Arizona navigate the often confusing, emotional journey of recovering from parental narcissistic abuse. I provide individual and group counseling via telehealth to clients throughout Arizona. I am an out of network provider with most insurance panels and use a service that submits insurance claims on behalf of my clients to get partial reimbursement.
Please reach out to schedule a no-cost phone consultation to see how I can support you in your recovery.
License and Credentials:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Master of Counseling (MC)
Therapist Virtual Workshop: Level I Training