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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

Christine Louis de Canonville

One of the most listened to guests on Mental Health News Radio Network, Christine Louis de Canonville, has joined us many times. Please enjoy her interviews listed below on podcasts across our network!

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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

What Three Billy Goats & a Troll Have to Do with Covert Narcissists Dr. Rhoberta Shaler

Whatever has the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff got to do with covert narcissism? Just who is that troll under the bridge in the story? In your story? Let’s take a look at that in today’s episode of Save Your Sanity. Sad that any one has to live under a bridge, for sure. No doubt about it, the parents of a covert narcissist taught them how to do it. That’s how they survived their childhoods. Unfortunately, those are the only strategies they currently have, and so….under the bridge! Covert narcissists love to live under a bridge, have a sad story to tell, and offer to “gobble you up” when you don’t meet their needs. Today, I’m using this story to help illustrate how crafty covert narcissists are, how they hide in wait to pull you under! How they are lying in wait to make you wrong! Dr. Craig Malkin wrote that: “What’s different about covert narcissists is that because they’re introverted, they don’t advertise their inflated egos.” They may not advertise, but they still sell you that bill of goods. Are you feeling guilty that you can’t make things right or good for someone who seems to never want to feel better? Are you exhausted from trying to show someone that they matter, and it seems they don’t want to see it? You could be with a covert narcissist…or, maybe, you were raised by one. For sure, today is a good day to see what’s under the bridge, and refuse to cross any more! HIGHLIGHTS OF TODAY’S EPISODE:Why your heart goes out to people who are “takers”What covert narcissists do to make you feel as though you’re never doing it enough to make them feel goodWhy their constant stories of “it’s not fair” or “no one ever gives me a chance” need to stop playing on your heartstringsHow covert narcissists use passive-aggressive behavior to pull you down, and pull you under the bridgeWhy you’re only valued for what you can give a covert narcissist, never for who you areI hope this help you see that more clearly. If you need help with this, I’m here for you.Let’s talk soon. I can help. Schedule an initial hour consultation HERE for only $97.I hope this empowers you to make positive changes NOW.Talk soon.RhobertaRhoberta Shaler, PhD,The Relationship Help DoctorForRelationshipHelp.comP.S. Subscribe to my newsletter, Tips for Relationships, HERE.WANT THE PRIVACY AND SAFETY OF MY SUPPORT GROUPS AWAY FROM FACEBOOK?You can have that, and:access to my Optimize Circlesmy 21 Steps to Empowered Emotional Savvy programmonthly “Ask Me Anything” callsat least monthly insightful webinarYou can get most of this right now for the price of one latte a month! WITH DR. RHOBERTA SHALER:Website: ForRelationshipHelp.comFacebook: RelationshipHelpDoctorTwitter: livestream show, Help for Toxic Relationships, on Mondays at 6 PM Pacific Time.Subscribe now to get a reminder. Ask your questions in the chat each week!You can also listen to the last 32 episodes of Save Your Sanity on Mental Health News Radio Network. That’s a great place to get in-depth insights for shoring up mental and emotional health of all kinds.#Hijackals #toxicpeople #verbalabuse #emotionalabuse #RhobertaShaler #narcissists #borderlines #antisocial #difficultpeople #toxicrelationships #manipulativepeople #walkingoneggshells #mentalhealth #emotionalhealth #abuse #narcissisticabuse #boundaries #personalitydisorders #MHNRNetwork #covertnarcissist #trolls #identifycovertnarcissism

Whole Again with Jackson MacKenzie (Author of Psychopath Free)

In this episode we will explore the topic of healing and rediscovering your true self after toxic relationships.

You’ll finally understand why going No Contact and discovering narcissism and psychopathy, although important steps in the process, don’t equate to healing the damage caused.

You’ll find out about the internal obstacles in your self-healing journey that you’ll need to overcome if you want things to change.

You’ll also get to hear an interview with Jackson MacKenzie in which we discuss the emotional wounding and repetitive patterns that are caused by narcissistic abuse.
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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.

Why Is Love-Bombing So Dangerous?

In this episode we’ll explore love-bombing AKA idealization and how that fits into the abuse cycle. This is so important for you to be able to break through the Cognitive Dissonance.

You’ll finally understand why you felt so addicted to the relationship and had such a hard time accepting that the abuser is an abuser. 

You’ll also find out about the flipside of idealization and how you might be internalizing the abuse training by idealizing the abuser and others or comparing yourself to others and holding yourself to an unrealistic expectation of perfection.

You’ll get some tips for avoiding the love-bombing sickness and addiction. These tips will help you build immunity to narcissistic abuse.

The Journey: A Roadmap for Self-healing After Narcissistic Abuse


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