Narcissistic Abuse

One key specialization of my practice is helping individuals navigate the broad spectrum of Narcissistic Abuse. This includes learning about Narcissistic Abuse, navigating the confusing waters of Narcissistic Abuse, and most importantly healing from Narcissistic Abuse.

What is Narcissistic Abuse? 

Narcissistic abuse is a complex type of emotional and psychological abuse that centers around deception. The abuse is often “hidden” using various modes of deception that makes it difficult to recognize, understand, and escape. The narcissistic abuser will use multiple tactics to create a false perception of your reality in an effort to emotionally and psychologically control you. Common tactics include elaborate covert deception, acting as if they have your best interests, love-bombing, gaslighting, creating smear campaigns, and most notably, attempts to extract whatever they perceive of value: your love, your attention, your money, your place to stay, your private information, and your vulnerabilities. 

The narcissistic abuser will take advantage of societal norms that assume everyone participates in social relationships with basic empathy: this makes it easier for the abuser to convince the survivor that no abuse is taking place.

Who does Narcissistic Abuse affect? 

No person is immune from the impacts of narcissism, personally and on a larger, cultural scale. Narcissistic abuse can happen anywhere from relationships, family, the workplace, the legal system, school,  sports teams, arts scenes, and healing communities, etc.. . 

Dealing with narcissistic abuse is not a reflection on you as a person. It is not your fault and you did not cause it to happen. You can be operating as your best self and still be dealing with narcissistic abuse. However, individuals who grew up surrounded by a broad range of abuse, including narcissistic abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, abandonment and neglect are often at a higher risk for unintentionally gravitating towards narcissistic dynamics. That being said, you definitely do not need to have such a background to be impacted by narcissistic abuse and narcissism in general.