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Psychopathy Awareness with Claudia Moscovici

Claudia Moscovici, founder of Psychopathy Awareness Blog ( joins Andrea Schneider, LCSW today to discuss the prevalence of psychopathy and the covert nature of this form of psychological abuse. She shares with listeners her expertise on how the public can be informed and protected from psychopathic (and narcissistic) abuse.

Moscovici was born in Bucharest, Romania. At the age of 12, she immigrated with her family to the United States where she has gone on to obtain a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. Moscovici taught philosophy, literature and arts and ideas at Boston University and at the University of Michigan. Born in Bucharest, Romania, she writes from her experience of life in a totalitarian regime, which marked her deeply.

In 2002, she co-founded with Mexican sculptor Leonardo Pereznieto the international aesthetic movement called “Postromanticism”,[2] devoted to celebrating beauty, passion and sensuality in contemporary art. She wrote a book on Romanticism and its postromantic survival called Romanticism and Postromanticism, (Lexington Books, 2007) and taught philosophy, literature and arts and ideas at Boston University and at the University of Michigan. Most recently, she published a nonfiction book on psychopathic seduction, called Dangerous Liaisons (Hamilton Books, 2011) and a psychological thriller called The Seducer (forthcoming in March, 2012), which tells the story of a woman lured by a dangerous psychopathic predator.

Freeing Yourself From the Narcissist in Your Life: Linda Martinez-Lewi, Ph.D.


Join us on Mental Health News Radio as we discuss Narcissism and Narcissistic Abuse with Dr. Linda Martinez-Lewi. She is a published author and behavioral health provider specializing in the treatment of narcissistic abuse. We leave no stone unturned regarding this topic. Get ready to take notes and enjoy the show!

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Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder the same as Narcissism?: Randi G. Fine


As our listeners know we have quite an eclectic group of guests on Mental Health News Radio. It is our shows, however, on Narcissistic Personality Disorder that garner the most downloads. Today’s guest is an expert in the field that we hope to enjoy many times on our show.

Randi G. Fine is an Empath and Life Issues Counselor who has compassionately guided thousands of people, both nationally and internationally, in their life journeys. A professional writer, her highly regarded blog Love Your Life is translated and read in 180 countries worldwide. She is also Professional Speaker and Radio Show Host of the acclaimed Blog Talk Radio Podcast: A Fine Time for Healing. She is the author of three books: the memoir Fine…ly, the inspiring self-growth book Awaken from Life and her upcoming book about Pathological Narcissism.

Join us as we discuss the differences between Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Narcissism. As always these shows are very personal, intimate, and include information for victims and survivors of NPD abuse.


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The 3 Faces of Evil – Unmasking The Full Spectrum of Narcissistic Abuse

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


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Christine Louis de Canonville: What is No Contact with a Narcissistic Abuser?

Our most requested guest returns to discuss the term NO CONTACT in relation to Narcissistic Abuse. Author and therapist Christine Louis de Canonville is back to discuss No Contact and Low Contact with Cluster B personality types.

Christine’s shows are downloaded well into the thousands every month and she’s quickly become the go-to expert when it comes to educating anyone working in and with the field of behavioral health about the subject of narcissistic personality disorder. Before we air any show we take the temperature of our listeners to find out which questions come up repeatedly. Lately we’ve been inundated with requests around what it means to extricate yourself from a toxic relationship and how to do this safely (emotionally and physically). Sometimes it does involve some “trickery” on your part. Please enjoy our latest and, again, be prepared to take notes. Christine’s advice around this topic is invaluable.


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Cognitive Dissonance, Trauma Bonds, Healing for Survivors of Psychological Abuse

Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW, psychotherapist and author of Soul Vampires: Reclaiming Your LifeBlood After Narcissistic Abuse, talks about the concept of cognitive dissonance in the aftermath of healing from narcissistic abuse, in addition to clinical interventions  that are evidence-based, trauma-informed, and strengths-focused for survivors. She draws upon her ebook for discussion. A second edition of the book is in the works with more elaboration on clinical interventions.  

Narcissistic abuse has become a hot buzzword, in part because of recent political events which have made the word “narcissist” common vernacular. No one is immune from the talons of a malignant narcissist, and Andrea discusses how targets of abusers are often highly intelligent, empathic, self-sufficient and successful individuals. Narcissists can sink their talons into unsuspecting people in love, work, family or friend relationships. It’s never the survivor’s fault they were harmed. The good news is that survivors can heal and move on into a new chapter of reclaiming their wellness. Andrea talks about those steps in this podcast.

The Intersection of Complex Trauma in Childhood & Toxic Relationships in Adults

Join host Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW and writer/life coach/survivor Shahida Arabi as we discuss evidence-based and trauma-informed theory and interventions for survivors of narcissistic abuse in family-of-origin and adult romantic relationships. Shahida Arabi shares her perceptions and experiences as a survivor and prolific writer on the intersection of complex trauma in childhood and how exposure to narcissistic abuse during such a vulnerable time can prime the survivor for the familiarity of narcissistic abuse in romantic relationships, as well as friendships or workplace. We discuss how survivors can heal and protect themselves.  We also address the difference between trauma bond and co-dependency, and the importance of strengths-focused, empowering language as imperative for survivors in their healing journey and reclamation of their life narrative.

004: Destigmatizing Maternal Mental Health with Dr. Walker Ladd

Join the Savvy Shrink, Andrea Schneider, MSW, LCSW as she interviews pioneering maternal mental health researcher and writer, Walker Ladd, PhD on the subject of destigmatizing maternal mental health. We talk about the importance of discerning evidence-based literature and research relevant to maternal mental health. And we address the importance of mothers obtaining qualified mental health services during the childbearing year and beyond. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of childbirth. We talk about access to care, advocacy, and where to get help. It’s not a woman’s fault if she has a PMAD, with help she will be better. Sometimes moms have symptoms of depression and anxiety later on during the child-rearing stages (for example during perimenopause). It’s just as important at that life stage to receive qualified and trained clinical support. Dr. Ladd provides us with information about her qualitative research, and shares with us some information about her upcoming work addressing older moms in later life stages past their initial PPD (postpartum depression) or PMAD (perinatal mood and anxiety disorder) and what to do if symptoms come up then. She also shares with us her work addressing bipolar disorder and how impactful this particular chronic condition requires exquisite trauma-informed, client-centered care. Dr. Walker Ladd is the Associate University Research Chair for the Center for Health Engineering and Research, at the University of Phoenix.

Soul Contracts and Pathological Abuse: Sandra L. Brown, M.A. & Martha Juchnowski

Join the founder of Sandra L. Brown, M.A. (Author of Women Who Love Psychopaths) and healer Martha Juchnowski examining the role of soul contracts and soul connections in relationship to Pathological Love Relationships (Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Psychopaths). Our host Kristin Sunanta Walker moderates the discussion between these two incredible women as they delve into a discussion that not all survivors may be ready to explore.


Please enjoy Sandra’s first interview on Mental Health News Radio here.


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