"People don't always need advice. Sometimes all they really need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart to understand them." - author unknown
Hello and welcome! I work with all forms of trauma and PTSD - both single event and Complex PTSD - with a specialization in adult children of narcissistic parents.
When I think of trauma therapy I think of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. Like broken pottery, we may feel cracked and cut-off from parts of ourselves we once knew, or are longing to know. By reconnecting these parts of ourselves and mending them together with compassion - the "gold" of our work together - we no longer have to feel the weight of shame and self-criticism, and instead we can feel at home and safe within ourselves.
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Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents
Children of overtly and covertly narcissistic families could not go to their parents for emotional support or comfort, and were often responsible for meeting the needs of their parents. These children were afraid to rock the boat, felt defective or inadequate, or felt they could not meet their parents expectations no matter how hard they tried and how well they listened. These children may have experienced emotional and psychological abuse such as silent treatments, gaslighting, denying and minimizing.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy ("ART")
From the ART Therapy website: ART incorporates a combination of techniques used in many other traditional psychotherapies. ART works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. ART accomplishes this through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. Although techniques similar to these are used in other types of therapies, ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years. ART combines long respected, sound treatment practices with safe and effective methods validated by current scientific research studies conducted by the University of South Florida.