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A Date With Darkness podcast discusses the impact of narcissistic abuse and other relationship wounds on your well-being. This podcast provides tips for breaking free from relationships with narcissists and other unhealthy relationship patterns so that you can begin your healing journey, reclaim your independence and sanity, feel confident and know your worth, break toxic cycles, and create the healthy loving relationships that you deserve.
 
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Susan Anderson LCSW, therapist, author, and expert on abandonment joins the show today. Susan discusses the wounds of physical and emotional abandonment and the long-term impact of both of those unhealed wounds. Having a core wound of being abandoned can cause us to look for love in the wrong places, depression, attempt to seek out comfort in abusi…
 
Dr. Holly Sawyer, Phd, LPC, CAADC, SAP joins us today to discuss how Black women internalize microaggressions in the workplace. Dr. Sawyer and I break down the different layers of microaggressions and how Black women may develop problematic coping skills such as drinking to cope with being oppressed, invalidated, and unseen in the corporate workpla…
 
Britt Frank, LSCSW, SEP and I sit down today to have a candid discussion about trauma, feeling emotionally stuck, and emotional incest that adult children experience from growing up in a family with parents who don't respect boundaries. Britt Frank, LSCSW, SEP and I discuss why adults who experience emotional incest from their parents may stay stun…
 
Cameka Alexander, a behavioral counselor and owner of Fasttell non-profit joins us today. She and I have a candid conversation about misogyny and how it show’s up in the relationship dynamics between fathers and their daughters. Ms. Cameka Alexander, a behavior counselor, offers her theory on why fathers “hate” their daughters and how this affects …
 
If you grew up in a severely narcissistic or toxic family, you may have been struggling with boundaries or communication and the dynamics of your family. If you are wondering if it's time to let go of a family relationship that no longer serves you, but you are unsure of how to do it then be sure to listen to Dr. Sherrie Campbell's tips. Dr. Sherri…
 
Dalila Jusic-LaBerge, LMFT, owner of Be Here & Now Counseling and Therapy joins us today to discuss anxious and avoidant attachment in relationships. We discuss the dynamics that occur when the avoidant person starts to pull away in dating triggering the anxious person's fear of abandonment. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are ge…
 
April is financial wellness month, and the show will be honoring financial wellness in discussing money all month long. Bernadette Harris, MS, MBA, CFE joins us today to discuss money, and the depths that people will go to hide it. Bernadette shares her experience in forensic accounting, and the consequences that people suffer when they try to hide…
 
April is financial wellness month, and the show will be honoring financial wellness in discussing money all month long. When you have experienced trauma or mental health issues, it's not uncommon for that to manifest in finances. So many people burn through money because of suppressed feelings of shame. Emily Maclin, a financial coach joins the sho…
 
Dr. Fanike-Kiara Young, LCSW joins us today to have a candid conversation about intuition. Your gut feeling about a person or situation is often your first indicator of a red or green flag. Instead of paying attention to how we feel about a person or a situation, we attempt to play things safe or small by giving it the "benefit of the doubt." *Plea…
 
Devaluation occurs when you are no longer being idealized by the narcissist. The narcissist may be preparing to discard you and regardless of what you do, you cannot prevent them from attempting to find fault in you or treat you poorly. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are general suggestions and is not applicable to every situati…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I discuss what idealization of romantic partners is in relationships, and why we do it. In the beginning of relationship, there are some of us who get caught up in the idea that this person is the "one" therefore we refuse to evaluate evidence to the contrary. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are ge…
 
Long after an abusive relationship has ended, you may continue to silently abuse yourself. I discuss ways that we continue treating ourselves poorly and how we can put a stop to it. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are general suggestions and is not applicable to every situation or person. This episode may not be suitable for ever…
 
One of the most challenging things to do is to pick up the pieces of your life and start all over again after leaving a relationship with a narcissist. Where do you start? What do you work on first? Join me as I have a candid conversation on personal development tools to work on after leaving a relationship with a narcissist. *Please note: Informat…
 
On this solocast, I discuss the signs of narcissist discard. When a narcissist is done with the relationship and is on their way out the door, the signs are there. I discuss why it's important to see these signs for what they are and how you can take the steps to put yourself first and resist the urge to stay connected to an abusive person. *Please…
 
It's not uncommon for people to have more than one narcissistic or toxic relationship in their life. If you have evaluated the relationships in your life and have come to the conclusion that most of them are toxic, here are some reasons why as well as general tips on what to do about it. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are genera…
 
Dr. Donna Oriowo, PhD. owner of Annod Right and 3rd time guest on the podcast joins the show today. Dr. Donna and I have a candid conversation about misogynoir and how it is showing up in dating. Dr. Donna and I also discuss the common question, "what do you bring to the table?" We discuss why misogynoir behavior is abusive and why you should avoid…
 
Last week, I discussed how narcissists can draw negative attention to themselves by acting out in a variety of ways during the holidays. This week, I provide simple tips and coping strategies that can help manage the holiday stress caused by a narcissist. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are general suggestions and is not applicab…
 
During the holidays, it's not uncommon for the narcissist in your life to draw attention to themselves by creating havoc and animosity in the home. Anything from creating a scene to giving you a demeaning gift to demonstrate your worth to them is fair game. In this podcast, I review ways that the narcissist attempts to create unnecessary drama by a…
 
In the 100th episode, I discuss how to protect your energy and avoid holiday burnout by protecting and implementing boundaries, honoring your emotions and mental health, being mindful of spending and gift giving, protecting your time, refusing to engage in toxic behaviors, and getting plenty of rest. The purpose of the holidays is to maximize enjoy…
 
Eliza Boquin, LMFT and sex therapist; owner of Flow and Ease Counseling, and Co-Founder of Melanin and Mental Health joins the show today. She and I had a candid conversation about sex, shame, and how that shows up in our intimate relationships. Unresolved sexual shame prevents us from being emotionally close to our partners, unable to enjoy pleasu…
 
In this solocast, I give you my thoughts on the commonly asked question "my abuser came back into my life and wants a relationship, what should I do?" While I don't recommend going back into a relationship with an abusive person, I recognize that it may take multiple attempts to leave an abusive relationship for good. Here are some things to consid…
 
In this solocast, I discuss some of the reasons why we may gravitate towards abusive partners if we have a history of being in abusive relationships. Basic interventions are provided to help you avoid falling into a cycle of continuously connecting with abusive personalities. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are general suggestion…
 
Nikki Tucker, CDFA joins us to discuss how we prepare our finances for divorce. Nikki talks to us about why it's important to take control of your money, and how to make the best financial decisions when it comes to divorce. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are general suggestions and is not applicable to every situation or person…
 
Canadian-based psychotherapist Jordan Pickell joins us on the couch today to discuss what it means to be vulnerable. Jordan also explores challenges survivors of sexual assault have with being vulnerable in their relationships. *Please note: Information provided on this episode are general suggestions and is not applicable to every situation or per…
 
Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, BCD joins us today to talk about reporting child abuse. Nicol provides education on when we should report child abuse, why it's important to report it when we see or hear about it, let the reporting agency determine what will be investigated, and challenges that state agencies and law enforcement have with proving cases…
 
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