Help for People with Overly Critical, Narcissistic or "Toxic" Parents
If you grew up with parents who were narcissistic, self-absorbed or overly critical, you may be suffering from:
Overly Critical or narcissistic parents expect perfection and high performance from their kids (who they see as an extension of themselves). But they don't know how to provide guidance and support. And they don't know how to normalize mistakes and imperfection.
Growing up with toxic or narcissistic parents leaves us feeling like we have to be perfect all the time - but also like we don't have the skills or abilities it takes to achieve perfection. We may believe that needing help is a sign of weakness or a burden on others. Low self esteem, feelings of shame, or lack of self-worth make it even harder to live up to impossible standards. Those who manage to achieve, often become addicted to work and achievement. But no matter how successful they become, they never feel good enough.
Therapy provides a safe place to explore and heal the pain of early criticism, shaming, and emotional abandonment. Therapy is a place to learn the skills you missed out on in childhood. And it's a place to develop the loving, accepting inner parent you never had as a child.
Find out if therapy can help. Call for a free 30-minute consultation: (925)335-6441
or begin the scheduling process online by clicking here: Schedule Consultation
. I generally respond to inquiries within 2 business days. You can also check my current availability here.
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