Join leading expert Brenda Stephens, MS, LPCC, online on March 8, 2024, from 10 am – 3 pm PST for this NBCC-approved training for $99 and receive 4.5 CE credit hours with a certificate.

The program content is aimed at teaching strategies to therapists and others to help clients release shame, resolve attachment injuries, and create a sense of self.

About the Course

To help people start recovering from narcissistic abuse effectively, mental health professionals must understand what narcissistic abuse is and how it is presented in therapy. It is unusual, but not unheard of, for clients to come to therapy with an understanding of what narcissistic abuse is and how their experience with a narcissist has affected them.

More commonly, however, clients will likely have more vague complaints, such as feeling like they are in a “fog” or describing that they feel like they are “going crazy.” Many clients present with significant dissociation and other signs of trauma, such as fawning, extreme fight-or-flight reactions, and insecure attachments.

Mental health professionals must learn to recognize both the subtle and overt evidence that the client sitting in front of them has experienced trauma in the form of narcissistic abuse.

Victims of narcissistic abuse often have difficulty recognizing their experience as traumatic since this tends to be a lifetime experience, and narcissistic abuse is all they know. It is challenging for survivors of narcissistic abuse to understand their experience as traumatic since this type of abuse is part of the emotional language they have known since birth.

Children who grow up in environments where they have been neglected often have difficulty functioning when they are emotionally overwhelmed. Neglected and abused children are often forced to act as their parents, becoming “parentified” because they are left with the responsibility of parenting themselves and sometimes their siblings. Parentified children miss out on childhood and feel disoriented and unprepared when they reach adulthood. They often lack a sense of self because they have spent so much time and energy focused on trying to survive an unhealthy dynamic with their parents in their developmental years and beyond.

Without some intervention, these children pass on traits of narcissism, codependence, complex trauma, stress, and enabling their children, perpetuating a legacy of trauma.

This offering will give mental health professionals the tools to help their clients who are survivors of narcissistic abuse to recognize and stop the transgenerational trauma and to heal from the abuse they have experienced.

About Brenda

Brenda Stephens is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who works solely with survivors of narcissistic abuse and trauma. She obtained her education through the University of Wisconsin system, graduating with honors. She is licensed in several states and provides therapy, training, and coaching to people worldwide.

Brenda is the founder of a mental health therapy group practice in Southern California, Stephens Therapy Associates, and of The Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Center, a coaching practice assisting survivors of narcissistic abuse globally. She offers training to other therapists to help them support their clients who are children, partners, and others who have been abused by a person or persons with narcissistic traits. She is the author of “Recovering From Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter’s Guide” and “The Narcissism Recovery Workbook: Healing from Emotional Abuse.” Brenda has presented at several conferences and appeared on many podcasts to talk about narcissistic abuse, and recently appeared in a documentary on Covert Narcissism.

Brenda Stephens is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who works solely with survivors of narcissistic abuse and trauma. She obtained her education through the University of Wisconsin system, graduating with honors. She is licensed in several states and provides therapy, training, and coaching to people worldwide.

Brenda is the founder of a mental health therapy group practice in Southern California, Stephens Therapy Associates, and of The Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Center, a coaching practice assisting survivors of narcissistic abuse globally. She offers training to other therapists to help them support their clients who are children, partners, and others who have been abused by a person or persons with narcissistic traits. She is the author of “Recovering From Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter’s Guide” and “The Narcissism Recovery Workbook: Healing from Emotional Abuse.” Brenda has presented at several conferences and appeared on many podcasts to talk about narcissistic abuse, and recently appeared in a documentary on Covert Narcissism.

Sign-up

To sign up, click on March 8th in the calendar below, select the 10 am spot, and follow the prompts. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing everyone soon.