Writings from Christine

10 Ways to Show Support for Someone after a Trauma

by on November 27, 2017

As soon as Tracey could get away, she ran. It took nearly all night to find the right moment when her date had finally fallen sufficiently asleep that she could remove his arm off her body. She silently grabbed her clothes from around the room, putting on enough items to leave the apartment. Carefully, she… (more…)

Danger Ahead: The Delusional Narcissist

by on November 27, 2017

A few days ago, I received a desperate phone call from my dear friend, Angie. Her narcissistic ex-husband texted life-threatening messages to her new husband. This wasn’t the first time she or him had been threatened, however this time the intimidation tactic was specific, graphic, and within the realm of possibility. The police were notified and appropriate protection… (more…)

Normal Stress Reactions after a Traumatic Event

by on October 31, 2017

As I was headed towards a parking lot after leaving a downtown office, I witnessed a woman be struck by a pick-up truck no more than 10 feet in front of me. She walked onto on-coming traffic on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph. The driver did not expect her to be… (more…)

Difference between PTSD reactions and Borderline Personality Disorder

by on October 31, 2017

The first couple of therapy sessions with Trina were rollercoaster rides. One second she was excited about a new job and all of the possibilities it presented. The next she was anxious and overwhelmed from being a caretaker to her mother. Then she was nervous and depressed over the thought that her long-time partner might… (more…)

The Secret Lie of Narcissism

by on October 31, 2017

Beneath all of that bravado and charm lies a hidden secret the narcissist doesn’t want you to find. They will do anything to protect their secret from you. They might lie about it.  Or they might divert your attention with an innovative story. Or they might project their secret onto you. Come close to figuring… (more…)

What is Senior Abuse?

by on October 22, 2017

At 72 years old, Susan came into therapy for the first time at the insistence of her daughter. For nearly a decade, Susan’s son had been living with her and living off her limited social security income. Her son was capable of getting a job but had difficulty maintaining employment. After a visit to Susan’s… (more…)

10 Ways to Improve Body Image

by on October 12, 2017

Are your clients consumed with negative thoughts about their looks? How much of their time is spent obsessing over body image? We live in a culture fixated with outward appearances. This body image obsession breeds discontentment and discontentment in turn causes money to be spent. Advertisements, TV, social media, magazines, and the internet bombard with… (more…)

Five Types of Physical Abuse Narcissists Use on Spouses

by on October 12, 2017

Have your clients experienced a time when their narcissistic spouse lost control and became scary angry?  Did they cause physical pain? Do your clients feel that somehow they provoked it? Narcissistic spouses will blame others for their abusive behavior. “You made me upset,” “If you won’t say this (or act that way), then I won’t… (more…)

How to Establish Boundaries with Difficult People

by on October 12, 2017

Are your clients struggling with difficult people in their lives? As a clinician, there is a huge temptation to diagnose the difficult person and then dismiss them as unhealthy. But sometimes it is not easy to separate because they may be a spouse, parent, employer, or neighbor. Developing boundaries with your client is the best… (more…)

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