All posts by Christine Hammond

What is Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy?

by on November 1, 2019

Kelly Gant, a Colorado mother, was charged with 13 criminal counts for the 2017 death of her 7-year-old daughter, Olivia. Olivia was a Make-a-Wish recipient in which she was dressed up as a “Bat Princess” so she could rescue Disney princesses from their villains. Her mother claimed that Olivia had a terminal illness that attacked… (more…)

What is Munchausen Syndrome?

by on October 31, 2019

Bill’s medical doctor sent him into counseling after several test results verified that his pain was not physical. Over the course of several sessions, Bill’s therapist began to discover the underlying reason for his pain. He has accumulated grief in several parts of his body. As a child, Bill was told that he could not… (more…)

Is Your Spouse Constantly Lonely?

by on October 27, 2019

Ann regularly told her husband, Andrew, “I feel all alone in this world (within our family, at my job, or in our neighborhood).” At the beginning of their marriage, Andrew erroneously believed that he could fill that void in her life and went to great lengths to demonstrate that Ann was not alone. However, she… (more…)

My Spouse is a Narcissist, Now What?

by on October 21, 2019

After reading several articles on narcissism, Kaitlyn realized that her husband was one. She knew that something was off for years but couldn’t put her finger on it. She fell in love immediately with him and within months, they were married. She thought she met the perfect person, he was charming, attentive, and sensitive. But… (more…)

How to Talk to a Person Who Has Been Raped

by on October 19, 2019

The numerous sexual assault cases that stemmed from the MeToo movement has reignited old stereotypes about rape and abuse. Some new acquaintances of mine, who were unaware of my vocation, commented on their dissatisfaction with the outing of several public figures. Rather than argue my position, I chose to listen to a barrage of ignorance… (more…)

29 Manipulative Text Messages

by on October 18, 2019

Bill was frustrated. The more he tried to converse via text with his ex-wife and kids, the worse things got. He was advised to utilize text messages rather than verbal communication to have a record of what was agreed upon, clear up any confusion, and minimize the verbal assaults. However, his ex-wife found a way… (more…)

5 Ways to Avoid Being Someone’s Scapegoat

by on October 12, 2019

Jerome came into his counseling session angry. The position at work that he worked so hard to obtain was now in jeopardy. He couldn’t understand how this happened so quickly. One day he seemed to be everyone’s favorite new employee and the next day he was an outcast. But as he began to recount his… (more…)

7 Things to Do When Afraid of Your Ex

by on October 11, 2019

It had been years since Susan heard from her ex-husband. He would send the occasional random text message with some type of mime or joke, but nothing of substance until today. Today’s remarks came across brash and accusatory. He demanded a face-to-face meeting with Susan and made a threatening remark if she refused. Puzzled by… (more…)

The Rules of Living in a Narcissistic Family

by on October 5, 2019

Every family has unspoken rules like: don’t wake mom when she is taking a nap, no matter what it tastes like say dad’s cooking is good, or always clean before grandma comes to the house. These guidelines are followed without question to keep the family running smoothly. However, when a narcissist is added to the… (more…)

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