What is Narcissistic Abuse?

Narcissistic Abuse is emotional and psychological abuse by a person who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder or traits of the disorder. The abuse can be from a partner, family member, parent, friend or anyone else close to you in your life. 

Does this person often belittle you, make you feel 'crazy' and make you question your reality and truth? Do you feel like you never know which side of this person you will get from day to day? Will you be loved and adored or will you be supjected to rage, manipulation and criticism? Do you walk on eggshells with this person? Do you get the gut feeling they are a 'wolf in sheeps clothing'? Have you started to sacrifice your own emotional and physcial needs to satisfy this person? Maybe you are now manipulating yourself into believing "it's not all bad" or "I'm making this up" because it's all so hard to put into words. "Who will believe me?"

Narcissistic abuse is often covert and hard to identify because the individal is skilled at covering their tracks and making you question what is really going on. 

You are not 'crazy' and this is really going on. You don't have to continue suffering through this, you can break free from their control.

Treatment 

I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to identify root cause/causes of trauma and abuse, and reprocess to allow you to regain control and power over your life.

EMDR is a therapy modality that targets trauma memories and works to desensitize those memories to reduce emotional intensity. By using bilateral stimulation (fast moving eye movements), EMDR activates boths sides of the brain to allow for healing and reprocessing of the traumatic event(s). This is a proven and evidence based treatment that has shown to reduce sessions to achieve goals. 

CBT is a therapy modality that uses the idea that thoughts create and depict our reality. Thoughts stem from perceptions which are refletions of core beliefs. Core beliefs can form in childhood and after traumatic events. Challenging thoughts can result in changing emotional responses and later shifting negative core beliefs to positive. This is a proven and evidence based treatment that has shown effectiveness in treating trauma. 

Courtney Johnson, MA, LPC

Onyx Counseling and Wellness Center 

706 W Ben White Blvd Building B 170

Austin, TX 78704

(512) 649-5789

hello@onyxcounselingandwellness.com

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