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Staying Safe and Assertive in Relationships

Join The Savvy Shrink as we interview Dr Laura Dabney, MD, psychiatrist, who specializes in helping people to have healthy relationships. We talk about boundaries, self care and personal growth within boundaried relationships and what to do if you suspect there might be emotional abuse in the relationship.

Dr. Laura Dabney has been a psychiatrist in Virginia Beach, VA for twenty plus years. She has treated patients in more than a dozen cities across Virginia, including more recently Richmond, VA. Her psychiatric expertise has been featured on radio, podcasts, websites, and in print media. She consults for a number of large institutions, including the Virginia Veterans Administration Medical Center. She received her MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School and has been Board Certified in Psychiatry.

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Trauma-Informed Approaches to Transcend the Era of COVID-19 with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD

Join previous guest, Cathy Malchiodi, and Andrea as they discuss trauma informed approaches that can be used during this unique and unprecedented time of Covid-19.

Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT, Director, Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute
Author, Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body and Imagination in the Healing Process | Guilford Press 2020
Contributing Writer, Psychology Today Online | Arts & Health, 5 million readers

Trauma-Informed Interventions for Narcissistic Abuse Survivors: Dr. Linda Martinez-Lewi

Survivors of psychological abuse by a narcissistic abuser require nonjudgmental, validating support by clinicians trained in this field in order to heal. Listen in as pioneering expert Dr Linda Martinez-Lewi shares her clinical wisdom as relates to trauma-informed and strengths-focused interventions to support survivors in the aftermath of narcissistic abuse.

The Nature of Coercive Control with Christine Louis de Canonville

Christine Louis de Canonville and Andrea discuss the nature of coercive control and how narcissists use this form of extreme emotional and psychological abuse to ensnare their victims.

Christine is a Psychotherapist, Educator, Author and Supervisor of mental health professionals for over 28 years. She was part of a team in the Trauma Unit of St. Brendan’s Psychiatric Hospital, Dublin, and has worked specically with victims of pathological narcissistic abuse in her private practice for many years.

Her books, “The Three Faces of Evil: Unmasking the Full Spectrum of Narcissistic Abuse” and “When Shame Begets Shame: How Narcissists hurt and shame their victims” set out to to help those who have been affected by a narcissist and also to address the shortfalls in a therapist’s education, so that they become better equipped to work with survivors 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 Dark Triad”, (Narcissism, Machiavellianism and Psychopathy). These three faces of evil are vital information for understanding the full spectrum of narcissistic abuse and the dire effects on the victims.It is her vision that narcissistic abuse becomes part of the curriculum of all Mental Health clinicians. Her website is

Attachment Wounds and Maternal Mental Health: Healing Developmental Trauma

Join host Andrea Schneider and her guest Bethany Warren, LCSW as they talk about attachment wounds and maternal mental health. Some the questions below are topics of their discussion. We also include a recommended reading list.

· Why is attachment important?

· What are the benefits to the child from secure attachment?

· Is it possible to heal from intergenerational patterns of abuse, neglect, etc, particularly as one prepares to then care for ones own child?

· What does differentiating from our parents mean? What does this look like?

· Our life experiences change our brain and lay down neural pathways including how we respond to situations and others (including your baby and their need for you).

· Does there have to be actual abuse or neglect for there to be attachment wounds?

· Overlap between attachment and PMADs:

· What can women do to promote secure attachment with their own babies?

· What can women do to heal their own attachment wounds?

Bethany (Beth) has a passion for women’s reproductive and mental health issues and has worked in this field for around 20 years. She specializes in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, working with women experiencing pregnancy loss, infertility, birth trauma or facing adoption or surrogacy. She is passionate about coaching and guiding parents through their adjustment to their new roles and helping women explore and build their core identities, self-worth and self-esteem. Beth also focuses on working with clients experiencing grief, trauma, new or chronic medical issues, and mood disorders in addition to other life stressors and transitions.

Beth has an empathetic, compassionate and approachable style and has found EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Short Term Solution Focused Therapy techniques to be very useful in her practice. She also integrates relaxation and mindfulness approaches into her sessions and tailors each intervention to her client’s specific needs. She enjoys facilitating group therapy and has lead postpartum support groups for new mothers and psychoeducation groups for people dealing with anxiety. She also enjoys being active in the community, and currently serves as President of the Postpartum Health Alliance Board. Beth strongly believes in empowering her clients by teaching them useful techniques and tools so that they can become more resilient and healthy in their interactions with others and in their everyday lives.

Beth is an adjunct professor at a local University and provides clinical supervision for clinicians working towards their licenses as teaching others in the same field is a passion of hers. She also is frequently featured as a Maternal Mental Health subject matter expert on podcasts and other media outlets. Beth received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Colorado State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma:

Becoming The Narcissist’s Nightmare

The Whole-Brain Child-

Daring Greatly-

Parenting from the Inside-Out-

The Female Brain-

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog-

Circle of Security International:

Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline:

Elevating Child Care-

The Happy Baby on the Block-

Cherish the First 6 Weeks-

The Incredible Years-

Heading Home with Your Newborn-

What’s Going on Up There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life

Raising Kids in the 21st Century-

Soul Vampires

Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers:

Healing Trauma: Attachment, Mind, Body and Brain

Trauma-Informed Therapy and EMDR

Anastasia Pollock-Doulis, LCMHC is an approved EMDRIA Consultant and Trauma Recovery/HAP Facilitator for clinicians who are pursuing EMDR training or certification. She has extensive training in EMDR, specifically in treating complex trauma, Dissociative Identity Disorder, sexual abuse and women’s issues.

Safe Community for Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse with Tracy Malone

Tracy Malone is the founder of a global resource to victims from more than 145 countries. In addition, she is the hosts two local support groups in Colorado and she created a support Facebook group with more than 5,000 members; and she is a popular YouTuber on the subject. Her channel has now reached more than 550,000 survivors; her work can also be found on her podcast on iTunes. Tracy loves making memes, her Pinterest ‘Narcissist abuse’ boards have seen more than two million monthly visitors.

Tracy is a surTHRIVER of a lifetime of the crazy making behaviors from a narcissistic parent, sisters, aunt, ex-husband and boyfriend, she is passionate to share her empowering story of how she learned her own accountability and turned her life around to help others do the same.

Today, passionate about raising awareness on the subject, she is taught, coached and interviewed 1000’s of victims to help bring the voices of all to her work.

Tracy’s inspirational presentations leave your audience with a deeper understanding of narcissistic behaviors and how they can support survivors to thrive after experiencing such difficult and troubled relationships.

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Psychopathy Awareness and #MeToo with Claudia Moscovici and Titti Damato

Join host Andrea Schneider for a global discussions of psychopathy awareness and the intersection of the #MeToo movement with Claudia Moscovici and Titti Damato.

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.

Titti Damato is an Italian journalist who has recently acquired a degree in psychology. Having herself been a victim of a pathological person, she was interested in finding out more about that individual’s behavior and found Claudia’s blog. She not only read this blog, but also translated it and created the Italian blog, The Italian blog includes information and articles from Claudia’s blog and books (the nonfiction Dangerous Liaisons and the novel The Seducer) as well as numerous other helpful articles provided by Titti herself and other contributors. She contacted Claudia to let her know about this Italian blog and they communicated by Facebook and became collaborators and friends. Together they decided to try to publish Claudia’s book on psychopathy, Dangerous Liaisons, in Italian (Relazioni Pericolose) because there seemed to be little awareness about such dangerous individuals in Italy. Titti was instrumental not only in finding a publisher (Edizioni Sonda), but also in translating the book and launching it at the Feltrinelli Bookstore in Rome and at the Italian Parliament (Camera dei Deputati). Right now, they are working together on doing the same for Claudia’s novel on psychopathy, The Seducer. Claudia considers her not only a great translator and what the Italians call “curatore” (media promoter, event launcher and translator all rolled up in one role), but also a great friend, educator on the subject of personality disorders and victims’ advocate. She has collaborated with public figures and made big strides in Italy in informing the public about personality disorders and dangerous individuals.

“Social justice is part of my ethical code”: Licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Andrea Schneider brings cutting edge trauma recovery information to Mental Health News Radio Network.

The Savvy Shrink hosted by Andrea Schneider MSW, LCSW, interviews leading experts in the field of trauma, narcissistic abuse and maternal mental health.

The Savvy Shrink joins Mental Health News Radio Network as one of its thirty six podcasts dedicated to mental and behavioural health and well-being.

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Community Art Therapy in Social Justice and Political Discourse

Join host Andrea Schneider with her guest, Berenice Badillo, discussing community art therapy.

How is art transformative in the communities in which you work?
Why is a disiplinary approach to art therapy necessary?
How can you utilize art in trauma informed practice?
How do we assist in supporting art therapists to contribute to a social justice agenda?
How can art be used in political discussions regarding subjects such as immigration?

Berenice Badillo, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC. PhD Candidate is a bilingual dynamic and creative therapist and artist with over sixteen years of experience in working with at risk youth. She has created art therapy programming and has experience in grant writing and community organizing. She is a pioneer and hopes to continue her path in creating new programming with youth and disenfranchised communities.

Specialties: Art Therapy, Complex Trauma, EMDR (eye movement desentsitization reprocessing) 1 and EMDR 2, (TFT) Thought field therapy, Bereavement,Specialty mental health, Adolescents and Individuals, Dual Diagnosis, Anxiety and Anger Management.

Bio: Art saved my life, it was the only thing that redirected my rage, changed my life trajectory and gave me a voice. Art was my escape, the one thing that I excelled in and the only place where I could express myself freely. Art calmed me amid the chaos and would propel me into a path that seemed insurmountable to achieve. I grew up straddling two worlds as a first generation immigrant, balancing the intertwined cultural and subcultural identities that were my daily reality. At an early age I found myself in negotiation of identity, power and self-worth. Identifying as a Chicana/Xican@ helped me reclaim my identity and gave me a purpose. Art became my platform; a vehicle of change where we could disseminate the stories and struggles of the community on a grand scale. Intuitively, I utilized art as a tool for diffusion and de-escalation, to unite and to empower. I refined the skill of organizing and taught people that they too had something to contribute to their community through art. It is through these experiences that I began to see art and its potential to transform society. I utilize the experience of being a community artist, board certified art therapist and activist in my current work serving low-income adults with severe and co-occurring mental health issues. I provide an alternative forum to safely express and process trauma.

I collaborate with my clients to develop client led art shows, three-dimensional sculptures and installations immediately changing their environment to reflect their stories, struggles and successes. This core group of clients in turn, teaches other participants in the community to participate in the art process.
Art can provide a collective platform to explore inequalities, create dialogue and validate other cultural perspectives not belonging to the dominant society. In this current climate of colorblindness or passive racism, art has the ability to create ripples of change by bringing awareness to social issues; challenging the status quo, creating cultural development and reinforcing a positive identity for marginalized people of color and their communities.

As an over-educated Chicana, I realize that my own life has changed drastically as education has allowed me to enjoy a different socioeconomic status, provide resources and distinct opportunities. In acknowledging my privilege, I am cognizant that holding true to my roots assists in the telling of my own story in my own voice and provides a platform for the shared voices of my community. This amplification of the stories and struggles of others enriches and breaks through the confining walls of the ivory tower of academia. I take refuge in knowing that although I no longer take off my earrings and fight you in the street, I can still throw down using the pen as my sword and my paintbrush as my beacon.


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