The brain is complex, but truly amazing! Rewiring our brains helps us be better able to manage what life throws our way. With the right tools, we can begin to train our brain to help us live the life, create the relationships and achieve the goals we desire. Rewiring our brain is like weight lifting though. It's challenging at first, but with time, patience, the right help and consistent practice it gets easier. Don't...

Most narcissistic parents are highly unlikely to seek out professional help as they feel they have done nothing wrong and there is nothing wrong with them. This means that it is highly unlikely that the family system and dysfunction will change due to the narcissistic parent's resistance to making changes. Thus, healing will be an internalized process filled with addressing painful experiences and emotions, while learning...

The most dangerous part about narcissists and those caught in their web is that they actually believe the false narratives and lies that they engage in. Here are some tactics they use to keep their delusions and false narratives alive...

No family is perfect, and every family has areas they can improve upon. However, there are some key dysfunctional dynamics that exist in Narcissistic Families. If this is your family, you can expect to spot the following traits and dynamics: Secrets among family members regarding the fact that children's needs aren't being met. Family secrets are especially strong if there is abuse going on within the family unit. The...

All families have roles in which each member acts in accordance. However, in narcissistic families the roles are distinct and damaging to the members individually as well as the family unit. The roles continue the level of dysfunction within the family unit with the purpose being to protect the narcissist from addressing their own unresolved issues with themselves or others. Thus, how family roles are assigned are intentional,...

There are many relationships where we can experience an interaction with a narcissistic person. We can meet friends, significant others, spouse, and even family members who abuse us in this especially hurtful and toxic way. Usually, we are unaware of their toxic behavior until we are so close to them it feels impossible to escape. Escape and healing become especially difficult when it is our own family who engage in these dysf...

Self-love is not only a selfish act, but also a selfless act. In order to continue to give to others we HAVE to be selfish enough to place our mask on first. We HAVE to be selfish enough to take time to rest, fuel our minds and bodies, set boundaries around our time, accept the treatment we deserve, while rejecting the treatment we don’t, and learn to love ourselves first and foremost. Self-love is the foundation not just for...

The holidays are officially here and, for some of us, with it comes great food, traditions and holiday cheer. However, for others of us the holidays bring a new level of stress, anxiety, sadness and grief. Whether it be conflict with family, the loss of a loved one or a major life change the holidays can remind us what once was, but is not now. So here are some ways to manage the holiday stress and soak in as much holiday chee...

Although President Trump put an end to the "zero tolerance" border enforcement program in May 2018, we cannot stop our advocacy work to help the children and families affected. Parents of more than two thousand children continue to wait to be reunited with their families, despite the end of this program due to bureaucratic delays (4). Thus, these children continue to wait in foster homes and group facilities and will remain so...

"Toys are children's words and play is their language." - Play Therapy: The Art of the Relationship byGarry Landreth

As defined by the Association for Play Therapy (APT), Play Therapy is "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and deve...

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