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Women In-Depth: Conversations about the Inner Lives of Women

Listen in as therapists, coaches, writers, and other experts explore the inner lives of women: their struggles, fears, hopes, & dreams. This podcast is about cultivating a conversation around the uncomfortable, uncertain, and unknown aspects of a woman's experience. Through interviews and stories, Lourdes Viado, PhD, MFT goes beneath the surface and takes a deeper look at relationships, motherhood, self-acceptance, authenticity, aging, healing, suffering, loss, and other areas connected to the emotional and psychological well-being of women. We will be cultivating conversation around the entire experience of being a woman, with all its different aspects.
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Jun 22, 2020

How do you see and interact with the world around you?  

 

While some people go through life without paying attention to every little detail, highly sensitive persons pick up on just about everything – and every bit of information is deeply processed within.  

 

On this episode, I talk with trauma-informed psychotherapist Carmen Schmidt Benedetti  about highly sensitive persons (HSPs) who have had the experience of complex trauma, particularly complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We break down the myths and misconceptions around the intersection of high sensitivity and PTSD; how it manifests in people’s lives; and how people can learn to treat their high sensitivity as a gift.  

 

About Carmen Schmidt Benedetti 

Located in Sonoma County, California, Carmen Schmidt Benedetti is a trauma-informed psychotherapist for highly sensitive adults. She helps them heal layers of unrecognized childhood trauma and create a sense of calm, balance, and stability in their life. She is also a certified EMDR therapist and guides adults in reframing their past from an empowered perspective, helping them realize they are good enough and that their needs and feelings matter.  

 

Some Questions I Ask:  

  • How did you end up working in the intersection of highly sensitive individuals and complex trauma? (3:07) 
  • What are some of the myths about high sensitivity? (10:58) 
  • What’s complex trauma? (14:14) 
  • Why is complex PTSD so significant for highly sensitive individuals? (23:15) 
  • How can highly sensitive individuals who have experienced trauma move forward towards healing? (32:03) 

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:  

  • What it means to be highly sensitive. (7:12) 
  • How complex trauma is different from other types of trauma. (14:47) 
  • How complex trauma shows up in individuals. (19:32) 
  • How complex trauma affects emotional regulation. (26:17) 
  • Why it’s important for highly sensitive persons to seek a therapist who is informed on this trait. (34:00) 

 

Resources:  

Carmen Schmidt Benedetti’s Website 

The Trauma Treatment Toolbox by Jennifer Sweetens 

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel an der Kolk 

HS Person Website 

Jun 8, 2020

“It’s part of our culture that we’re supposed to respect our parents, and I understand that that’s important. But sometimes that relationship does not work.”

As a child, did you absorb the belief that you’re not good enough. or that you don’t have the right to be your own person? 

 

This is a telltale sign of having a narcissistic parent and the root issue behind  other thought negative processes; issues around self-perception; and even one’s own parenting styles.

 

In this episode, I talk with clinical psychologist Dr. Stephanie Kriesberg, PsyD, who has personal experience in growing up with a narcissistic parent as well as a passion for helping others move forward from similar experiences.  In this conversation, Dr. Kriesberg discusses what it’s like to have a narcissistic mother, and some of the dynamics inherent in this experience. She also dives into how to cope; and some of the misperceptions around having a narcissistic mother.

 

About Dr. Stephanie Kriesberg:

Located in New England, Dr. Stephanie Kriesberg is a clinical psychologist who helps parents, children, teens, and adults with narcissistic parents lead healthier, happier lives. She treats children, teens, and adults with anxiety disorders – including social anxiety, panic disorder and phobias. She has over 20 years of experience with extensive training in the treatment of anxiety disorders and in the use of clinical hypnosis.

 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did you get drawn to your work? (3:15)
  • What does it mean for someone to be described as narcissistic? (5:11)
  • How can you determine if your parent is narcissistic? (12:17)
  • How does one cope with a narcissistic parent? (27:04)
  • Does a narcissistic parent care if they ever see their children? (34:31)
  • What do I need to look for in myself to break the cycle of narcissistic parenting? (39:40)

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What it means to have a healthy personality. (5:43)
  • What gaslighting from a narcissistic parent looks like. (17:39)
  • The pattern of inconsistent behaviors in public and behind closed doors. (21:14)
  • Tools to help you find your voice. (30:05)
  • How someone can protect themselves before, during, and after spending time with a narcissistic parent. (36:02)
  • How narcissistic parents experience no-contact from children. (41:42)

 

Connect with Dr. Stephanie Kriesberg:

Website

Twitter

 

Resources:

Will I Ever Be Good Enough? By Dr. Karyl McBride

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

Books by Dani Shapiro

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