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The Clinician’s Guide to Treating Adult Children of Narcissists

Pulling Back the Curtain on Manipulation, Gaslighting, and Emotional Abuse in Narcissistic Families

Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC |  Amy Kempe, LPC, NCC, CSAT
Publication Date:
Feb 21, 2023
PESI Publishing
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There is nothing in the world quite like the feeling that someone, somewhere, finally gets it.

Adult children of narcissists have been conditioned to downplay, dismiss, and ignore their experiences. This survival skill of staying below the radar can cause even very skilled clinicians to miss subtle opportunities to connect. As a clinician, it is paramount that you understand the scope of what these clients have endured so you can avoid inadvertently repeating the cycle of invalidation.

Drawing from decades of specialized clinical practice and illustrated with rich client stories, this essential guide provides a thorough walk-through of the assessment and treatment of narcissistic abuse so you can:

  • Differentiate narcissistic abuse from other forms of family conflict
  • Work through ethical considerations when assessing narcissism
  • Treat complex trauma, grief, and attachment wounds
  • Navigate transference, countertransference, and the person of the therapist



Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC's Profile

Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC Related seminars and products

Amy Marlow-MaCoy, LPC, focuses her practice on treating complex and developmental trauma in adults raised in narcissistic, emotionally immature, and toxic families of origin.

She is the author of the Amazon best-selling book The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook: Healing from Emotional Abuse (Callisto Media, 2020), a workbook designed to help individuals identify, understand, and begin to heal from emotional trauma and abuse caused by gaslighting in interpersonal relationships.

Amy has been trained in Level 1 Internal Family Systems therapy. She also provides supervision to LPC candidates and regularly consults with other clinicians regarding treatment of adult children of narcissists. She earned her Mast of Education in counseling psychology degree from Temple University.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Amy Marlow-MaCoy maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author and receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Amy Marlow-MaCoy is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Amy Kempe, LPC, NCC, CSAT's Profile

Amy Kempe, LPC, NCC, CSAT Related seminars and products

Amy Kempe, LPC, NCC, CSAT, is the owner and founder of a private practice specializing in narcissistic abuse recovery and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. She is also a certified sex addiction therapist and works with individuals and couples suffering from out-of-control sexual behaviors. Amy has a wealth of experience supporting adult children of narcissists in healing and recovering from their abusive relationships. She earned her master's degree from Villanova University and is trained in Internal Family Systems, Brainspotting, and EMDR.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Amy Kempe is the owner of CLIMB Health & Wellness. She receives royalties as a published author. Amy Kempe receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Amy Kempe has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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