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A Clinician’s Guide to Gaslighting

80+ Worksheets and Exercises for Detection, Intervention, and Healing from Emotional Abuse

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC
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Mar 12, 2024
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Help survivors break free from the cycle of manipulation and begin to heal.

Many clinicians have difficulty recognizing and treating victims of gaslighting – an intense and long-term form of psychological abuse – especially now that it’s become such a misunderstood and misused cultural term. As a result, clients often struggle to release themselves from the effects of toxic or manipulative relationships, instead being left to question their perceptions and sense of reality.

A Clinician’s Guide to Gaslighting will be your number one tool for supporting and empowering these clients. Written by gaslighting expert Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, this workbook provides you with the tools needed to identify, validate, and treat the lasting effects of gaslighting and other forms of emotional abuse. Inside, you’ll find resources, worksheets, handouts, and exercises to:

  • Differentiate between gaslighting and poor communication in a relationship
  • Determine the origins and causes of gaslighting and narcissistic abuse
  • Explore family-of-origin issues that make clients more vulnerable to gaslighting
  • Identify and respond to gaslighting and emotional abuse in organizations
  • Guide clients in breaking free from the trauma bond
  • Help clients rebuild healthy boundaries
  • Create a safety plan for clients planning to leave an abusive relationship
  • Help clients reconnect with trusted family and friends
  • And more!

Gaslighting makes victims feel trapped, helpless, and powerless. As a clinician, your job is to recognize this manipulation and help clients regain control over their narrative. Let this book be your guide.




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Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PhD, NCC, DCMHS, LMHC, is a psychotherapist specializing in narcissistic abuse, gaslighting, anxiety, and ADHD. She is the author of eight books and one workbook, including the best-selling Healing from Toxic Relationships: 10 Essential Steps to Recover from Gaslighting, Narcissism, and Emotional Abuse and Break Free. Dr. Sarkis is a national certified counselor, licensed mental health counselor, American Mental Health Counselors Association Diplomate (clinical mental health specialist in child and adolescent counseling), and a Florida Supreme Court certified family and circuit mediator. She has been in private practice for 22 years. She is a senior contributor for Forbes and is also a contributor to Psychology Today. She is the host of the Talking Brains podcast. She is based in Tampa, Florida. You can visit her website at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis maintains a private practice. She serves as a contributor to Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today and is an advisory panel member for Evergreen Certifications. Dr. Sarkis is a facilitator for Collaborative Divorce. She receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis is a professional expert for, part of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. She is a member of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.


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