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Lovefraud Professional Resources

If your client doubts herself, is it low self-esteem? Or an exploitative relationship?

 

Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHT, will present the webinars, “Love and Exploitation.”

Suppose you’re a therapist and a new client walks into your office. This person appears confused, full of self-doubt and self-blame. What might you think might be causing your client’s problems?

  1. Anxiety
  2. Low self-esteem
  3. An exploitative relationship

If you’re like most therapists, you probably wouldn’t even think of option 3 — an exploitative relationship. But Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHT, explains that confusion, self-doubt and self-blame are almost universally experienced by people who are being exploited and manipulated by their intimate partners.

If we want something different, we need to do something different

Amber Ault

By Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW

I’m fond of this axiom: “If you want something different from what you’ve had, you need to do something different from what you’ve done.”

Here’s an important corollary: Doing something different will, at first, feel strange.

When we envision something different for ourselves and begin to practice creating it, it’s important to prepare to receive it. Otherwise, new possibilities will be assimilated by the powerful machinery of old patterns and we’ll continue to feel stuck. It’s not enough to want something different, or even to envision it. In order to create something different, we must release the barriers — often unconscious — that stand in its way. We need to lay in new skills, including tolerating the discomforts of receiving the goodness we desire.

Valentine’s Day help for creating the happy, loving relationship you deserve

 

Protect-your-heart-300x200If you’re the survivor of a toxic relationship, here’s a lifeline for moving forward and creating the best life possible.

This week, clinical sociologist Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, is offering Lovefraud readers her annual Valentine’s Day special event.

Lovefraud readers can access four digital books at specially discounted rates from February 13 to February 15.

The Kindle edition of The Five Step Exit: Skills You Need to Leave a Psychopath, Narcissist or Other Toxic Partner and Recover Your Happiness Now, is available during this promotion for 99 cents.

How to recognize narcissistic abuse

Just about everyone who visits Lovefraud.com has experienced narcissistic abuse, although you may not know it.

If you go for therapy, your counselor may not know it either. Why? Tiffany Ketterman, LPC, explains a big reason: The mental health community has yet to agree on an official definition of narcissistic abuse.

Still, there is a cluster of behaviors that are typical of narcissistic abuse. And there is a cluster of symptoms in people who are on the receiving end of the abuse.


Q&A with attorney Megan Lyons, an expert in court battles with sociopaths

megan-lyons-adMegan Lyons, Esq., who is based in Sarasota, Florida, is the newest member of the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

What experience have you had dealing with sociopaths or other disordered personalities—personally, professionally, or both?

I have dealt with pathological sociopaths for most of my life in my personal experience, romantically and in the professional arena. As a result of these life changing experiences and relationships, I committed years to studying sociopathy and the recovery from such insidious and sadistic abuse.

How do you go about helping clients who have tangled with a sociopath? 

Special Free Comfort and Coaching Call on Thanksgiving Day

Amber AultClinical sociologist and Lovefraud CE instructor Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW, will be offering a free coaching call on the US Thanksgiving Day (open to folks from other countries as well).

If you need extra support, strategies, or relationship coaching as we enter the holidays, you’re invited to join this open coaching call November 24. It is scheduled for noon US Central time, 1 pm Eastern, 6pm London/Dublin. 

Here’s how to join:

Attend by phone:
Call in number: 425-440-5100, or 414-203-0452
Guest pin code: 064024#

Attend online:
Event page: http://iTeleseminar.com/91901280
Event page password: thanks

The ABC’s of choosing a non-toxic mate

Amber AultBy Amber Ault, Ph.D., MSW

Partner choice is important to all of us. Toxic relationship survivors often avoid opening themselves to new relationships because of their fear of choosing a partner who will bring more devastation and drama into their lives. Many of us learn to watch for the warning signs that a person is a psychopath, narcissist, or other toxic type, but we aren’t certain about the positive characteristics that indicate someone is good partner material.

In addition to screening out difficult people, we need to learn how to screen in good matches.

Groups – a key to healing from a sociopath

Mary Ann GlynnBy Mary Ann Glynn, LCSW, CHT

 Most of you who have been involved with a sociopath have been to therapists either with your partner or individually. Therapy is critical to healing from the PTSD of these relationships from control, abuse, manipulation and deceit, and hopefully you have found a therapist who knows techniques for helping PTSD.

There is also the rebuilding of self and the grief of loss that therapy can help with, not to mention the potential stressful impact of divorce on yourself and any children. It would be fortunate if your therapist understands the type of relationship you’ve been in and the person you were with. This is all necessary and important, but there’s a critical piece missing to healing.

This weekend: How to get a toxic partner out of your life

Five Step ExitBy Amber Ault, Ph.D.

To celebrate the first anniversary of the publication of my book, The Five Step Exit: Skills You Need to Leave a Narcissist, Psychopath, or Other Toxic Partner and Recover Your Happiness Now, I’m offering two gifts to Lovefraud readers.

First, a free coaching call on Saturday, October 22, 2016 [12 noon Pacific 2 pm Central, 3 pm Eastern, 8pm London/Dublin]. On the call, I’ll share five skills you need to prevent a crazy-maker from making you crazy and offer free, live coaching, so you can get some relief from the crazy-making situation in your life.  To take part, sign up at amberault.com.

Video: Dr. Karin Huffer on dealing with a coercive controller in court

You’ve been traumatized, and now you must face the person who traumatized you in court. Whether the case is divorce, child custody or some other litigation, you know that your opponent’s objective isn’t just to win the case. Your opponent will attempt to use legal procedures and the courts to crush you. How can you protect yourself?

Surviving Court When You’re Traumatized

Part 1: How to protect yourself when you’re facing a coercive controller
Monday, October 17, 2016 • 8-9 pm EDT • $25


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