An in-depth and candid discussion with Christine Louis de Canonville, B.A. Hons; MIACP; MTCI; MPNLP, CMH; CHyp. Christine has been a Psychotherapist and Supervisor of mental health professionals for over 20 years. She worked in the trauma unit of a Psychiatric hospital, and worked specifically with victims of narcissistic abuse in her private practice.
During my own research after a horrendous work experience with a disordered and malignant narcissist, I was referred to Christine as the expert to have on Mental Health News Radio Network. Christine joined me the day after Thanksgiving 2014 from Dublin, Ireland to discuss her book, her work with therapists and survivors, and her hopes to educate the public about these dangerous and toxic individuals. I am so honored to have her on the show.
This is such a hot topic that the seven days after we posted information on our social media outlets to pre-advertise the show, Christine had thousands of new downloads from the Americas for the first chapter of her book and 20,000 new visitors to her site www.narcissisticbehavior.net.
Christine has recognized a gap in the training of many psychotherapists. Her book THE 3 FACES OF EVIL – Unmasking The Full Spectrum Of Narcissistic Abuse sets out to address the shortfalls in a therapist’s education so that they become better equipt to work with survivors of narcissistic abuse. As part of her health advocacy work she set up her Website (narcissisticbehavior.net) where she posts original and much needed information for educating both therapists and survivors. She went on to develop an effective program for working one-on-one with victims suffering from Narcissistic Victim Syndrome, and developed workshops for educating therapists and other health professionals in the whole spectrum of Narcissistic abuse. Much of her knowledge has come from her post-grad studies in Criminology and Forensic Psychology, and it is through these disciplines that she has gained her understanding of the The Dark Triad, (Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy). These Three Faces of Evil are vital information for understanding the full spectrum of narcissistic abuse.
It is her vision that narcissistic abuse becomes part of the curriculum of all Mental Health Professionals and other professionals (i.e. Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Police, Doctors, Solicitors, Law Courts, HR management, etc.) who deal with the fallout of this form of abuse.
Listening to Christine’s lovely accent is reason enough to download the broadcast but the information provided is imperative for survivors and for therapists. I have invited Christine to be a regular guest since this is a topic that is finally getting the attention it deserves. After my own experience in a toxic work environment (you can read the article I wrote about it here), I learned that these personality disordered individuals flock together (bird’s of a feather) leaving whomever stands against the abuse as a target. The healing process is especially painful for survivors because of the damage that can affect their emotional, financial, mental, and physical health. The show has been downloaded from Blog Talk Radio and iTunes well into the thousands and from all over the world. It is awe inspiring to be a part of bringing awareness to this subject and working with individuals like Christine.
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The staff of everythingEHR is committed to continuing our efforts at bringing awareness of this abuse to the public. The more people that are educated about this subject, the fewer targets will be available, and quite possibly this may force these disordered personality types into long-term treatment.
A note and wise words from Christine, “There is nothing like a narcissist to bring out your own pathology.”
While it is imperative to treat survivors of this abuse, it is also important for survivors to dig deep and look for the reasons why they were targeted. On my own journey I found taking responsibility for why I was in this situation was a necessary step on the road to my own recovery. Many times victims of this type of abuse are accused of being the abuser. A main difference is the willingness of the victim to go to therapy and examine their behavior while the narcissist stays far away from treatment. One of the most insightful articles we have found other than those on Christine’s website is here. There are 3 phases/cycles involved when in relationship with a narcissist:
No one escapes this pattern. Victims that continue on with the abuser will go through these stages over and over again until they finally and hopefully get the help they need to extricate the abuser from their lives. Sadly there are mental health professionals that are either uneducated about how to properly treat this form of abuse or they are abusers themselves. We’ll discuss this on our next show on Narcissistic Abuse.
If you have questions for Christine:
Counselors listed by country that specialize in this type of abuse:
Hands Full of Hope: http://handsfullofhope.com/narcissistic-abuse/
Christine Louis de Canonville: http://narcissisticbehavior.net/category/narcissistic-victim-syndrome-a-new-diagnosis/
Dr. Paolo Molino
Parental Alienation Legal Resources & Support:
Linda Martinez-Lewi, PhD: http://thenarcissistinyourlife.com/
Evan Kimble: http://www.safepassagetherapy.com/index.htm
Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT: http://www.whatiscodependency.com
Andrea Schneider, LPC: http://www.andreaschneiderlcsw.com/
Karyl McBride, PhD, PC: http://www.karylmcbridephd.com/
Christa Alexander, LPC: http://www.heartthyself.com/