Narcissistic habits rank among the top destroyers of relationships of all types. They undermine secure family bonds, long-term friendships, parent-child relationships, and partnerships, whether romantic or professional.
To estimate how frequently narcissistic habits become a treatment focus, I recently assessed narcissism in cases I worked with this past year. Narcissistic habits played a major causal role in the clients’ presenting problems in over 80% of cases. Yet conventional therapeutic wisdom says that narcissism is untreatable. Fortunately, while individual therapy may have minimal impact, couples therapy can quickly reduce narcissistic patterns.
This web conference begins by redefining narcissism as a listening deficit. Treated as insufficiently skilled communication behaviors, narcissistic habits can be addressed via the following comprehensive set of couples therapy interventions:
(1) Past-focused: Depth dive visualizations for exploration of family-of-origin sources of current patterns.
(2) Present-focused: Therapeutic mediation for present-focused resolution of conflicts.
(3) Future-focused: Coaching in the collaborative dialogue, conflict resolution, anger management, and positivity skills that can enable more harmonious relationships in the years ahead.
The web conference concludes with suggestions on how to start and end sessions to maximize treatment impact and how to include individual therapy within an overall couples format.
This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:
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"An excellent presentation! Designed for the experienced therapist as so few are. Brilliant concepts presented that will be useful extensions of what I already do." - Marilyn Miller, MS, LPC
"I loved her positive attitude around working with narcissistic traits. Thank you!" - Gretchen Burkholder, LMHC
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Dr. Susan Heitler, clinical psychologist, believes that most emotional distress stems from poorly handled conflicts between people. Her book for therapists, From Conflict To Resolution, focuses on the conflict-resolution patterns that sustain emotional health versus those that invite depression, anger, anxiety, and escape into addictive behaviors. Her explanations of healthy conflict resolution have brought developments from the world of mediation into the world of psychotherapy. On the basis of this contribution, Dr. Heitler was chosen to demonstrate couples therapy for the master therapist with the video series, Assessment & Treatment of Psychological Disorders. Her video from that series, The Angry Couple, is utilized in couples-therapy training programs around the globe.
In recent years, Dr. Heitler has authored multiple books, audios, and a video for the general public, in addition to conducting a clinical practice specializing in couples therapy. Her podcasts on depression, anxiety, and conflict resolution for couples can be downloaded for free from her website. Her book and workbook for couples, The Power of Two, teaches the foundational communication and conflict-resolution skills for marriage success. Three of Dr. Heitler’s adult children have created an interactive, online marriage education program, PowerOfTwoMarriage.com, that teaches the skills she writes about in these books.
For more information on Dr. Heitler, and her work, please visit therapyhelp.com.