After narcissistic abuse.

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ETA: Here is an essay by Michelle Mallon, who wrote this letter. I’m not entirely sure, but I think the psychopathic therapist she writes about here may be the person she wrote this letter to.
http://www.naswoh.org/?page=mallon

It’s prudent to be careful who we choose as a therapist. So many of them are narcissistic or even psychopathic. They’re drawn to the field of psychotherapy because it allows them plenty of narcissistic supply and the opportunity to hurt vulnerable people. In a professional setting, it’s hard to see the red flags, especially if the therapist seems sympathetic.

If you begin to feel used, gaslighted or abused in any way by your therapist, or just feel uncomfortable around them, LEAVE.

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15 thoughts on “After narcissistic abuse.

  1. Hi there. I just found this site and saw you posted the pin I made. Yes, this was an excerpt from a letter I wrote to a therapist who emotionally abused me. I had originally taken my two young children to see this therapist for counseling. He convinced me I needed to see him too. Doing anything I could to help my children I eagerly agreed. He seemed really competent at first and then after a while things began to gradually change. By the time I last saw this man, I was utterly dependent on him for nearly every decision I made in my life. I have tried to protect other innocent people from this monster, but quite frankly, the Ohio Board of Psych protected him. And the board seems to be accountable to no one. I can tell you that recovering from what this man put me through was the most difficult journey I have ever taken. I never thought I would emerge from this whole again. I am very happy to report that after researching everything I could about Narcissistic abuse and began to reach out to other survivors who had found their ways through this as well, I have reclaimed my life and my identity. I have done some writing for the website Surviving Therapist Abuse. Here is a recent piece I wrote http://www.survivingtherapistabuse.com/2015/03/reclaiming-my-life/ I also have a survivors advocacy forum on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/NarcissisticVictimSyndrome Thank you very much for sharing my journey here. I am quite touched that it has been helpful to you in some way. Hugs to you!

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  2. Lucky Otter, to be really honest with you, I don’t blame you for not being active on facebook. There are some survivor’s forums out there that are potentially very destructive to survivors who are trying to find their ways to healing. It was actually after I found a closed group that was run by an incredibly dangerous person that I decided to start my own open forum to at least help survivors have one more place to find good, accurate information in a safe environment. Trying to “out” destructive groups can be personally very dangerous so I did the only thing I knew I could and that was be an example to others about what respectful, compassionate guidance really is. Since I have become strong enough to advocate for others I have spent a lot of time reaching out to other mental health professionals who, like me, are trying to bring awareness about Narcissistic abuse to the entire profession. It is heartbreaking how little is understood about this all too common form of abuse. I am going to include a link to a radio interview of which I was a part with Christine Louis de Canonville (of Ireland), Andrea Schneider (California) and Kristin Walker (CEO of Everything EHR) where we discuss some of the things we have been working on and advocating for http://everythingehr.com/narcissistic-victim-syndrome-why-do-victims-blame-themselves/. I don’t know if you have stumbled upon Christine’s site before but it is outstanding. This is a link to one my favorite articles on her site http://narcissisticbehavior.net/category/narcissistic-victim-syndrome-what-the-heck-is-that Christine is truly amazing! I have learned so much from her. Hopefully I haven’t overwhelmed you with links :o)

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