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Breaking Free from Narcissistic Abuse
Breaking Free from Narcissistic Abuse
Kerry McAvoy, Ph.D.

Are you in a relationship that confuses you? One that leaves you feeling attacked or walking on eggshells? Maybe you've left but... more

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Episodes

Best Advice for Divorcing a Narcissist Without Losing Your Sh*t: Interview with The Dirty Laundry Podcast

Send us a Text Message.Divorcing a narcissist often ends up a contentious battle. Victims come into court shaken up and... more

22 Jul 2024 · 27 minutes
When You Can't Leave: How to Survive a Narcissistic Relationship

Send us a Text Message.What if you're not going to leave a narcissist? What if leaving isn't possible? Is there... more

15 Jul 2024 · 25 minutes
Stop trauma dumping on me! How to know if you're trauma dumping vs. trauma reprocessing

Send us a Text Message.Have you heard of trauma dumping? It’s become a new way to attack victims for talking... more

08 Jul 2024 · 28 minutes
Aren't all relationships tough? Why We Struggle to Spot Narcissistic Abuse

Send us a Text Message.In celebration of the upcoming holiday, this episode features three of our listeners’ favorites. Listen in... more

01 Jul 2024 · 25 minutes
Only Me & Never You: Inside the Bizarre Mind of a Narcissist - Interview with Dr. Les Carter

Send us a Text Message.The mind of a narcissist is wildly self-absorbed and oblivious to those around them. They are... more

24 Jun 2024 · 21 minutes
I desperately love and fear them: The Terrifying Power of a Trauma Bond

Send us a Text Message.Could you be trauma-bonded to a narcissist? Are you battling a strange mix of love and... more

17 Jun 2024 · 29 minutes
Why Can't I Leave? The Crazy Confusion from Late-Stage Cognitive Dissonance

Send us a Text Message.Have you asked yourself, "Why can't I leave?" You know you should. You've even started hiding... more

10 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Feeling duped and conned? Why We Miss the Signs of a Covert Narcissist: An Interview with Eleni Sagredos

Send us a Text Message.Have you left a relationship feeling duped? Not just betrayed, but conned? You’ve likely met a... more

03 Jun 2024 · 24 minutes
Is my partner a narcissist? Highlights from Dr. Kerry's 3 Favorite Interviews

Send us a Text Message.Relationships with narcissists can be confounding, confusing, and incredibly frustrating. Join Dr. Kerry for this holiday... more

27 May 2024 · 24 minutes
"We're just trying to help!" How to Manage Toxic In-Law Drama

Send us a Text Message.Are you battling toxic in-law drama? Is your mother-in-law or father-in-law intruding into your relationship or... more

20 May 2024 · 27 minutes
"How mad can I make you?" The Toxic Games Covert Narcissists Play

Send us a Text Message.Do you find yourself exasperated or angry at your partner, but you aren’t sure why? Do... more

13 May 2024 · 26 minutes
"You're trying to control me!" Why Managing Boundaries with Narcissists Fails

Send us a Text Message.Have you noticed managing boundaries with narcissists always fails? That they find some tricky way to... more

06 May 2024 · 27 minutes
"You’re not taking my babies from me!" How Jessica Kent Escaped Abuse

Send us a Text Message.(Trigger Warning: This episode contains graphic descriptions of abuse.)This week, Jessica Kent, a wildly popular social... more

29 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
How Could I Have Not Known? How Devastating Betrayals Blind Us

Send us a Text Message.Sometimes, the truth can be right in front of you, but you still can't see it.... more

22 Apr 2024 · 26 minutes
Why I'd Snoop Again: How this Toxic Behavior Sometimes Provides Closure and Safety

Send us a Text Message.Is it ever okay to go through your partner's phone? I've been guilty of snooping and... more

15 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
I Think My Pet is Being Hurt! The Danger Narcissists Pose to Our Animals

Send us a Text Message.An all-too-common problem is narcissists and pets. Toxic people often pose a serious danger to our... more

08 Apr 2024 · 24 minutes
Did the Church Groom Me for Abuse? When Spiritual Leadership Becomes Toxic

Send us a Text Message.Have you been a victim of spiritual abuse? It's not just interpersonal relationships that can be... more

01 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
Am I The Narcissist? When Toxic People Accuse You of Being The Problem

Send us a Text Message.Have you ever wondered, "Am I the narcissist?" Have you been accused of being the problem?... more

25 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
Is It Really Abuse If I Can't Do What I Want? What is Coercive Control?

Send us a Text Message.Is being overly controlling a form of abuse? In this podcast episode, Lisa Sonni joins me... more

18 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
When Stonewalling Is Used Against You: How to Disarm Toxic Interactions

Send us a Text Message.Stonewalling or giving someone the silent treatment is one of the nastiest forms of unfair fighting.... more

11 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
What's wrong with me? The Power of Gaslighting to Confuse and Control: Interview with Dr. Robin Stern

Send us a Text Message.Have you wondered what's wrong with me? This could be a sign of gaslighting. Dr. Robin... more

04 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
When Fear of Change Keeps You from Leaving: How to Say Goodbye to a Toxic Life

Send us a Text Message.Leaving often brings along with it a fear of change. We might dread how change will... more

26 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
Could Your Relationship be Making You Sick? The High Cost of Living With a Narcissist

Send us a Text Message.Could living with a narcissist be making you sick? Are you struggling with more illnesses? Maybe... more

19 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
Don't Trust Yourself? How Self-Doubt Keeps Us Stuck in a Bad Relationship

Send us a Text Message.Are you stuck in a bad relationship? Are you wondering if you have good enough reasons... more

12 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Time to Leave? Top Dos and Don'ts When Divorcing a Narcissist: Interview with Kate Anthony

Send us a Text Message.Are you considering divorcing a narcissist? Wondering how to do it safely?In today's podcast, Kate Anthony,... more

05 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
Off-balanced by the ups and downs? How narcissists keep you confused.

Send us a Text Message.Are you feeling off-balanced? Do you wonder how your narcissistic partner or loved one is keeping... more

29 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Men can't be victims, right? Common myths about men and narcissistic abuse: An Interview with Brent MacLerie

Send us a Text Message.One of many harmful stereotypes men face is that they can't be victims of narcissistic abuse,... more

22 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
Deceived by your partner? The devastating effects of betrayal trauma

Send us a Text Message.When there's been a massive breach of trust, victims experience what's called betrayal trauma. Yet,... more

15 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
How narcissists can turn dream honeymoons into a waking nightmare!

Send us a Text Message.Did you think you had met the most amazing person only to discover you had married... more

08 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
How to manage runaway triggers in new situations and at family celebrations

Send us a Text Message.Are you managing trauma triggers in new situations or at family holiday celebrations? Are you struggling... more

18 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
How to make your holidays special despite the yearly toxic family drama!

Send us a Text Message.Do you struggle each holiday with the toxic family drama? In this episode, Tara and I... more

11 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
What red flags are you missing in that new relationship? An Interview with Dr. Heidi Brocke

Send us a Text Message.What red flags are you missing? Are you ignoring the early warning signs of a possible... more

04 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
Can't live without them? Watch out for this early sign of a trauma bond!

Send us a Text Message.Dependency can be an early red flag that you're trapped in a traumatic bond with a... more

27 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Are you arguing a lot? Here's why you should not try to win a fight with a narcissist

Send us a Text Message.Are you fighting a lot? Maybe it's better to learn how not to win an argument... more

20 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Does the narcissist always ruin your holidays? How to handle celebration nightmares!

Send us a Text Message.Have you wondered why narcissists ruin holidays? Why they can't let you enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas, or... more

13 Nov 2023 · 25 minutes
Suddenly on your own? How narcissists use isolation to cut you off from others

Send us a Text Message.Are you suddenly alone? Learn how a narcissist isolates you as a way to gain control... more

06 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Are you trapped by a covert narcissist? The top reasons why you're not spotting covert narcissists faster!

Send us a Text Message.Do you want to know why you're not spotting a covert narcissist? Learn what is a... more

30 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Are all narcissists abusive? Aren't we unfairly demonizing a group of people?

Send us a Text Message.Are all narcissists abusive? Aren't we unfairly classifying a group of wounded people as toxic or... more

23 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
Has the narcissist got you feeling confused? Here's how they keep you in the dark!

Send us a Text Message.Have you wondered what's real? Maybe you've noticed how narcissist keeps you in the dark--that they... more

16 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Is it a boundary or an ultimatum? Why narcissists hate limit setting

Send us a Text Message.Have you wondered why narcissists hate limit setting? Why are your boundaries treated as though optional,... more

09 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Why isn't my narcissistic partner changing when they say they're trying?

Send us a Text Message.Have you ever asked yourself, Why isn't my narcissistic partner changing despite going to therapy? Many... more

02 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Were you emotionally abused or narcissistically abused? Why the differences matter.

Send us a Text Message.Why distinguish narcissistic abuse from emotional abuse? Aren’t both referring to the same thing? In this... more

25 Sep 2023 · 21 minutes
Are you trapped? What to do if you're stuck in a bad relationship

Send us a Text Message.What should you do if you get trapped in a bad relationship? Narcissistic abuse victims often... more

18 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
Is it love bombing or real love? Can you tell the difference?

Send us a Text Message.How do you know if it's love bombing vs. real love? What signs should we be... more

11 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Are all narcissists sex addicts? What goes wrong with intimacy in the bedroom

Send us a Text Message.Can narcissism be linked with sex addiction, and what exactly is sex addiction? In this episode,... more

28 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Have you met a narcissist? How sympathy sometimes can be a warning

Send us a Text Message.Is empathy a good indicator you've met a healthy person? Narcissists are often thought of as... more

21 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Feeling knocked down? Defeated? Here's Kerry's secret on how to become an overcomer

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Tara flips the script and interviews Kerry. Dive in as Kerry reveals a... more

14 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
Why am I so confused? The Making & Breaking of a Trauma Bond with Lisa Sonni

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Tara and Kerry interview Lisa Sonni, author and trauma bond expert, on the... more

07 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
How to find joy and renewed power after surviving abuse: An interview with Tara

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, we get a behind-the-scenes look into our co-host, Tara's life. She shares how... more

31 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Why do narcissists have to make life miserable? Dr. Les Carter Explains Narcissism

Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Tara and Kerry interview Dr. Les Carter, a psychologist with wildly popular YouTube... more

24 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
Breaking Free from Narcissistic Abuse
Why am I so confused? The Making & Breaking of a Trauma Bond with Lisa Sonni
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Send us a Text Message.In this episode, Tara and Kerry interview Lisa Sonni, author and trauma bond expert, on the development of... more