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7 Steps to Emerging from the Abuse Fog

by on September 18, 2020

It finally hit. After years of wondering what was wrong, who was crazy, and how this could have happened, the reality of abusive behavior hits like a ton of bricks. The insight is simultaneously overwhelming, shocking, frustrating, disgusting, and demeaning. But there it is the answer that was longed for but may never have been… (more…)

How to Escape the Honeymoon Phase of Narcissistic Abuse

by on September 2, 2020

Sam saw a disturbing pattern in her marriage between herself and her partner. After her narcissistic husband would explode combining verbal assaults with mental and emotional abuse, he would enter a calmer phase of interaction for several weeks – almost allowing her to believe the abusive behavior had completely ceased. Then, as if there was… (more…)

How to Help after a Trauma

by on August 26, 2020

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 asleep so 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, and carrying… (more…)

Domestic Violence Happens to Men Too

by on July 31, 2020

William was feeling ashamed and embarrassed. For years he tolerated abuse from his wife and had been too humiliated to tell anyone. Knowing he would not strike back at her, she frequently hit him, threw things at him, physically blocked him from leaving the room, and followed him when he was able to pass her, yelling… (more…)

20 Indications of an Addict

by on June 13, 2020

Angel came into counseling knowing that something was wrong, but not knowing what it was. After being married to his wife for seven years he noticed she had become more secretive and distant. Money from their savings account was missing and unaccounted for, his wife would disappear frustrated and return weirdly happy, and she seemed… (more…)

10 People You’re Allowed to Avoid at Work

by on May 30, 2020

Sometimes the key to success is in knowing when it is alright to avoid a colleague at work. Because our coworkers can often affect our job performance and focus, having the wrong association can be the difference between promotion and demotion. In some extreme cases, the casualty could even be a loss of employment. So… (more…)

How to Identify a Deceitful Person

by on May 2, 2020

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott wrote this famous line into his poem titled “Marmion,” a piece written about the Battle of Flodden (1808). The poem recounts a story focused on a love that manages to survive despite a series of deceptions, manipulations, mischaracterizations, lies,… (more…)

How a Narcissist Treats a COVID-19 Spouse

by on April 23, 2020

Kathy woke-up startled to hear her phone ring so at 5 am, with COVID-19 and a stay-at-home order in place, she was immediately worried.  On the line calling her was her narcissistic dad, which he hadn’t done since she left home, so she was immediately on high alert. He skipped any niceties and immediately started… (more…)

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