Narcissistic abuse treatment centre
At Paracelsus Recovery, we provide exclusive and intensive narcissistic abuse treatment programmes. Our number one priority is to help survivors regain those parts of themselves that they lost during the cycle of abuse.
Narcissistic abuse treatment
At Paracelsus Recovery, we provide individualised treatment for narcissistic abuse. We begin with an intricate assessment procedure to identify every element of your life that has been negatively impacted by the abuse. These assessments examine physical, psychological, social and biochemical components. We will then create a treatment plan that directly addresses each specific issue.
Their treatment programme will include biochemical restoration, intensive psychotherapy, psychoeducation and complementary therapies.
Our specialized psychotherapists use the most modern techniques such as emotional freedom technique (EFT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to help you process the abuse. We will also provide a live-in therapist who will stay in the same residence and be available for 24x7 emotional support.
We can provide treatment for narcissistic abuse in our residential treatment centre in Zurich and in London.
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Signs of narcissistic abuse include
Gaslighting - Gaslighting occurs when a person tries to gain control over another by making them question their perception of reality. For example, if a person finds evidence that their narcissistic partner is having an affair and the partner responds by calling them ‘crazy’ or ‘jealous.’ Another common sign of gaslighting is when a person tries to make their partner only trust their opinion of events or people.
Love bombing - Love bombing usually occurs at the start of a relationship with a narcissist and involves inundating a person with an unhealthy and overwhelming amount of adoration. Love bombing eradicates all boundaries from the beginning, thus building the foundations for abuse.
Smear campaigns - A smear campaign is a deliberate effort to undermine someone’s reputation. For example, a narcissist might overemphasise their partner’s drinking habits to their peers and as a result, if the partner ever tells these friends about the abuse, the narcissist can counteract with statements about how intoxicated their partner was at that time, thereby destroying their credibility.
It is painful to be on the receiving end of narcissistic abuse. A victim can feel paralysed, exhausted, alone and unable to break free from the abusive cycle. Narcissistic abuse can lead to depression, anxiety, codependency and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hypervigilance, a pervasive feeling of shame, flashbacks and numerous other mental health challenges. Substance abuse dependency often occurs as an unhealthy method of coping with these overwhelming feelings and experiences.
Symptoms of narcissistic abuse include
- Feelings of intense self-doubt, low self-esteem and indecisiveness.
- Feeling like a ‘shadow’ of the person they were before the abusive relationship.
- Withdrawal from friends and family.
- Feeling compelled to put the needs of their abuser before their own.
- Scarifying their emotional safety to satisfy the abuser.
- Developing a pervasive mistrust of others.
- Feeling obligated to protect the abuser, often to the point of gaslighting themselves.
- A feeling of disconnection or dissociation from their emotional pain and anguish.
- Anxiety symptoms such as persistent worrying, nausea, headaches or dizziness.
- Depression symptoms such as a pessimistic outlook on life or suicidal ideation.
Understanding narcissistic abuse
Narcissistic abuse refers to the psychological and physical violence that people suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) inflict on others.
NPD is a complex personality disorder that results in a distorted relationship with reality and is usually rooted in childhood trauma. Symptoms include a sense of superiority over others, a lack of empathy and a need for constant admiration. For example, an abused or neglected child will feel terrified and vulnerable and to protect themselves against this vulnerability, the child develops a mask of supremacy to shield them from some of the pain. However, when they grow up they may become narcissistic adults terrified of intimacy.
A narcissist can feel threatened any time they feel vulnerable and therefore treat their loved ones in an abusive, manipulative and aggressive manner
Narcissistic abuse can occur in any type of relationship. It is prevalent between romantic partners, siblings, friends, colleagues and the parent-child relationship. It is common for a vicious cycle to occur whereby a narcissistic parent inflicts narcissistic abuse upon their children who in turn develop narcissistic personality disorder or symptoms of narcissistic abuse.
Symptoms can include panic attacks, insomnia, intrusive thoughts, obsessive thoughts, a ‘loss of self,’ self-blame, second-guessing oneself, a loss of interest in loved ones or activities and suicidal ideation amongst many other difficult and challenging experiences.
Anxiety, depression and substance abuse issues often arise as a result of narcissistic abuse. Abuse of any kind puts a person under a profound amount of stress which can trigger feelings of worry, nervousness or fear, especially when you never know how the narcissistic person will behave. A person’s mental health can then take a toll as a result of these distressing and persistent feelings.
Psychotherapy, otherwise known as talking therapy, is the best treatment for victims of narcissistic abuse. An abusive relationship with a narcissist often leaves people feeling confused about who they are, what the truth is, what they feel and what happened to them. A specialised psychotherapist can help individuals rediscover their sense of self and come to terms with the abuse in a safe and contained environment.
A trauma bond refers to an intense and unhealthy connection that can arise between an abuser and their victim. Childhood trauma is often at the root of why two people end up in a trauma bond. If a person experienced abuse in their home then abusive forms of intimacy could seem normal later in life. Trauma bonds usually begin as very intense and passionate, with the abuse only emerging months or years into the relationship.