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Asking Scary Questions: Is My Parent a Narcissist?

 How do I know if my parent is really a narcissist, or if I’m just reading too much into it? What if I’m exaggerating or overreacting?   Dear brave soul, how courageous you are to ask these questions! The pendulum swing from eye-opening amazement that there may be a name for your experiences to cringing…

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Going No-Contact: Why It Has to be Your Choice

The Question   “Do you think I should go no-contact with my narcissistic mom?”   “Do I have to see my emotionally abusive dad at the holidays?”   “I don’t want to ever see my parents again, but I feel like cutting them off would be wrong. What do I do?”   Hearing these questions…

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Self-Care: Not Just Netflix and Flop

  May is Mental Health Awareness month! This month, we focus special attention on raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health. That includes promoting self-care that creates healthy minds and hearts. But what is self-care, really?   Raise your hand if you’ve ever flopped down in front of the TV, binged on Netflix for…

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Healthy Boundaries: Why They Matter and How They Help

What are boundaries and why do I need them? Boundaries is a scary word for a lot of people. We get a lot of mixed messages about whether they help or hurt, how they should look, and whether they make any difference in our relationships. In some families and some relationships, “you complete me” is…

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(Un)Tangled: 5 Traits of Adult Children of Narcissists

In a recent blog post, we explored how Disney’s Tangled portrays a narcissistic parent, Mother Gothel. In this post, we will take a closer look at this relationship from another angle: 5 common traits of adult children of narcissists – AKA, Rapunzel. For some of you this will probably feel very familiar, and maybe not in a pleasant…

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Mother Knows Best? Narcissism in Disney’s “Tangled”

Mother Knows Best? 5 Traits of Narcissistic Parents Q: What does a narcissistic parent look like? A: Mother Gothel in Disney’s Tangled. In this re-telling of the classic Rapunzel story, Mother Gothel is a narcissistic, emotionally abusive sorceress who abducts the infant Rapunzel from her crib. Mother Gothel raises Rapunzel as her own, isolating her…

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Don’t Quit Now: 5 Things to Remember When Therapy Sucks

Therapy is Awesome – and Hard Therapy is a powerful resource for healing painful wounds from the past, understanding current triggers, and making changes to shape your future life. What isn’t always printed on the label, so to speak, is that sometimes therapy is hard.  Sometimes it downright sucks! When you’re exploring difficult memories and…

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Saying No is Not Mean

You have a loving family, a great friend group, and overall a pretty good life. You love being a good friend and feeling loved and appreciated by the people around you. Everyone knows you as the person to go to for good advice, a last minute ride to the train, or an ear to listen…

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Honor the Resistance

Stuck in a rut I recently had a session with a client who was feeling stuck between the parts of her that want to live boldly and confidently and the parts of her that want to stay in the background and not take chances. For this client, the fearful parts seem to be holding her…

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Walk On

It is just about the time of year when those New Year’s Resolutions start to falter, and ambition for change begins to fade a bit. When we come face to face with the realization that the holidays are officially over and we’re stuck with plain old winter. Those fresh new starts we planned are harder…

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