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Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

  • I am particularly passionate about working with adult children of emotionally immature or narcissistic parents, as well as those struggling to see their worth in relationships with others.  The clients I have worked with may experience:

    • Feeling their worth is derived from what they do/accomplishments vs. who they are/interests

    • Not feeling "seen or heard" in relationships or in their family of origin

    • Overwhelming feelings of shame and guilt; always feeling responsible when things go wrong

    • Feeling like they are never "good enough"

    • Difficulty seeing red flags in others' toxic behaviors

    • Challenges with boundary-setting and getting needs met

    • Not being able to trust their own experiences or feelings

    • Having been told they are "too sensitive" or "dramatic"

    • Having an uncanny ability to read others and "take on" other people's emotions

I am trained in Dr. Karyl Mcbride's 5 Step Recovery Model for treating adult children of narcissistic parents.

  1. Acceptance and Grief: this phase allows us to process the trauma of not having an emotionally available, consistent, and attuned caregiver.  I typically utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) or Brainspotting during this phase to support clients with healing and working towards acceptance of the limitations of the caregiver(s).

  2. Separation/Individuation: we will work together to support you with developing a separate sense of self from the identified narcissist.  You will learn to identify what is a projection from the narcissist to challenge negative and untrue thoughts about self.

  3. Building Your Authentic Self: you will learn strategies to reparent your inner child and learn how to embrace your authentic self, without feelings of fear/obligation/guilt.

  4. Boundary-setting: you will receive support in setting boundaries with the identified narcissist.  Whether you choose to go no-contact or have more limited interactions, I will support you with identifying what level of contact feels "right" for you.

  5. Ending the Legacy: you will take a closer look at your current relationships and parenting to identify and address any unhelpful behaviors and learn more helpful ways of fostering more meaningful and authentic relationships with others.

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