Therapy for Narcissistic Abuse Survivors in Iowa

Are you constantly made to feel inferior by your spouse, family member, or friend? Were you raised by a parent or guardian who was envious or constantly critical of your achievements and expected nothing short of perfection? Do you feel like you can’t trust what is reality in your life? Feel that you are crazy because what you experience is invalidated by your partner or parent? Finish a conversation with a loved one and feel that you have no idea where the conversation started or what the original issue was?

Maybe you live with someone who has a huge ego and acts as if everything is your fault? Or a person that has rules and standards for others that they rarely hold themselves to? 

If any of this sounds familiar, there is a high chance that you are dealing with someone with narcissism.

The Negative Effects Of Living With Narcissism Can Include:​

Low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, physical aches and pains that don’t seem to have a specific cause, never feeling mentally or emotionally safe in your own home, withdrawal from things like family, friends, and hobbies. What are the signs of narcissism?​

Why Is Consulting A Mental Health Professional Recommended?​

It is difficult to detect a narcissistic personality on your own, especially after months or years of being made to feel that you are the problem.​

If you suspect that your loved one has this personality disorder, some of the symptoms you need to be on the lookout for include:

Constant criticism, sarcasm, or the need to put you down so that they feel superior. Shifting expectations or “double standards” where you are expected to behave a certain way, but they are not. Separating you from family and friends because it increases your dependence on them. A strong sense of self-importance, despite difficulty accomplishing their own goals. Disagreeing is taken personally, and not as a point of discussion. Things worsen when you question or assert needs or feelings of your own. Their needs take primacy over anyone else’s. No empathy for your needs or feelings. 

Manipulation is a common trait for narcissists. They may manipulate conversations or situations so the outcome always suits their own needs.

I understand what you are going through and the challenges you are facing daily.

Let me help you begin to heal from narcissistic abuse. Take the first step and let me partner with you on a journey towards recovery and an abuse-free life. You no longer have to walk this alone.

Please don’t get stuck in a position where you are constantly undermined, abused and belittled; get in touch with me today for a free 20 minute consultation. Let me help you heal the trauma of living with narcissism.

Kate Freese, LISW
Kate Freese, LISW
Kate Freese, LISW
Kate Freese, LISW