35 episodes

Are you in a toxic relationship—one that leaves you confused, feeling attacked, or walking on eggshells? Seven years ago, recently widowed psychologist, Dr Kerry McAvoy, found herself trapped in a second marriage. Her story, LOVE YOU MORE, a raw and graphic memoir, offers a vulnerable look at psychological abuse and its power to render someone helpless, even a trained clinician. Listen in as Dr. McAvoy unpacks how to break free from narcissistic abuse. Each episode is a replay of a TikTok live where she takes the audience's questions.

Breaking Free from Narcissistic Abuse Kerry McAvoy, Ph.D.

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.5 • 13 Ratings

Are you in a toxic relationship—one that leaves you confused, feeling attacked, or walking on eggshells? Seven years ago, recently widowed psychologist, Dr Kerry McAvoy, found herself trapped in a second marriage. Her story, LOVE YOU MORE, a raw and graphic memoir, offers a vulnerable look at psychological abuse and its power to render someone helpless, even a trained clinician. Listen in as Dr. McAvoy unpacks how to break free from narcissistic abuse. Each episode is a replay of a TikTok live where she takes the audience's questions.

    How I became confused and trapped because of cognitive dissonance

    How I became confused and trapped because of cognitive dissonance

    I drove to my therapy appointment four years ago, praying and pleading for answers. Something was terribly wrong in my marriage. Should I stay? Or was I being naive for believing our relationship could be fixed?
    In this podcast episode, I share more of my story and what I know now and wish I’d known then.
    https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/why-can-t-i-just-leave-how-to-break-free-from-a-toxic-relationship (Get your ticket) to the Cognitive Dissonance Live Webinar with Dr. Kristen Milstead!
    Follow me on https://www.tiktok.com/@kerrymcavoyphd (Tiktok), https://www.instagram.com/kerrymcavoyphd/ (Instagram), https://www.youtube.com/c/KerryMcAvoyPhD (Youtube) and https://www.facebook.com/kerrymcavoyphd (Facebook)! @kerrymcavoyphd
    Are you looking for community support after narcissistic abuse? Check out Dr. McAvoy's https://app.vibely.io/toxicfreerelationshipclub (Toxic-Free Relationship Club)!
    Want to read a true story of narcissistic abuse?
    LOVE YOU MORE: The Harrowing Tale of Lies, Sex Addiction, and Double Cross
    Availablehttps://linktr.ee/LOVEYOUMOREbook ( here )at the following online stores.
    And be sure to sign up for https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/surviving-narcissism (Dr. McAvoy's 50 free Surviving Narcissism tips and exercises)!
    Consider https://ko-fi.com/kerrymcavoyphd (donating the cost of a cup of coffee) to support this podcast!

    • 36 min
    I know I should leave this toxic relationship but why can't I?

    I know I should leave this toxic relationship but why can't I?

    What makes it so difficult to leave a toxic relationship? This question is the one I most frequently get asked. So why don’t those trapped in a narcissistically abusive relationship walk out? In this episode, we will discuss the underlying dynamics that make it challenging to end a toxic relationship.
    Follow me on https://www.tiktok.com/@kerrymcavoyphd (Tiktok), https://www.instagram.com/kerrymcavoyphd/ (Instagram), https://www.youtube.com/c/KerryMcAvoyPhD (Youtube) and https://www.facebook.com/kerrymcavoyphd (Facebook)! @kerrymcavoyphd
    https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/why-can-t-i-just-leave-how-to-break-free-from-a-toxic-relationship (Get your ticket) to the Cognitive Dissonance Live Webinar with Dr. Kristen Milstead!
    Are you looking for community support after narcissistic abuse? Check out Dr. McAvoy's https://app.vibely.io/toxicfreerelationshipclub (Toxic-Free Relationship Club)!
    Want to read a true story of narcissistic abuse?
    LOVE YOU MORE: The Harrowing Tale of Lies, Sex Addiction, and Double Cross
    Availablehttps://linktr.ee/LOVEYOUMOREbook ( here )at the following online stores.
    And be sure to sign up for https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/surviving-narcissism (Dr. McAvoy's 50 free Surviving Narcissism tips and exercises)!
    Consider https://ko-fi.com/kerrymcavoyphd (donating the cost of a cup of coffee) to support this podcast!

    • 35 min
    Is all this talk about narcissism good? Isn't it demonizing hurting people?

    Is all this talk about narcissism good? Isn't it demonizing hurting people?

    Is all of this focus on narcissism and narcissists productive? Isn’t it attacking a broken group of people? Could we be demonizing them?
    In this episode, I tackle this tough topic, the difference between a mental condition and a personality disorder, how to recognize a toxic person on the first meeting, and what to do about a smear campaign.
    https://amzn.to/3BCEB9w (Women Who Love Psychopaths by Sandra L. Brown)
    Follow me on https://www.tiktok.com/@kerrymcavoyphd (Tiktok), https://www.instagram.com/kerrymcavoyphd/ (Instagram), https://www.youtube.com/c/KerryMcAvoyPhD (Youtube) and https://www.facebook.com/kerrymcavoyphd (Facebook)! @kerrymcavoyphd
    https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/why-can-t-i-just-leave-how-to-break-free-from-a-toxic-relationship (Get your ticket) to the Cognitive Dissonance Live Webinar with Dr. Kristen Milstead!
    Are you looking for community support after narcissistic abuse? Check out Dr. McAvoy's https://app.vibely.io/toxicfreerelationshipclub (Toxic-Free Relationship Club)!
    Want to read a true story of narcissistic abuse?
    LOVE YOU MORE: The Harrowing Tale of Lies, Sex Addiction, and Double Cross
    Availablehttps://linktr.ee/LOVEYOUMOREbook ( here )at the following online stores.
    And be sure to sign up for https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/surviving-narcissism (Dr. McAvoy's 50 free Surviving Narcissism tips and exercises)!
    Consider https://ko-fi.com/kerrymcavoyphd (donating the cost of a cup of coffee) to support this podcast!

    • 27 min
    How do I know I've healed enough from abuse to start dating again?

    How do I know I've healed enough from abuse to start dating again?

    Surviving narcissistic abuse is tough enough. How do we know when we are ready to start date again? What are the red flags we should watch out for so we don’t end up in another toxic relationship? In this episode, we will tackle this topic as well as the importance of learning to listen to your gut and why narcissists give such mixed signals.
    Follow me on https://www.tiktok.com/@kerrymcavoyphd (Tiktok), https://www.instagram.com/kerrymcavoyphd/ (Instagram), https://www.youtube.com/c/KerryMcAvoyPhD (Youtube) and https://www.facebook.com/kerrymcavoyphd (Facebook)! @kerrymcavoyphd
    https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/why-can-t-i-just-leave-how-to-break-free-from-a-toxic-relationship (Get your ticket) to the Cognitive Dissonance Live Webinar with Dr. Kristen Milstead!
    Are you looking for community support after narcissistic abuse? Check out Dr. McAvoy's https://app.vibely.io/toxicfreerelationshipclub (Toxic-Free Relationship Club)!
    Want to read a true story of narcissistic abuse?
    LOVE YOU MORE: The Harrowing Tale of Lies, Sex Addiction, and Double Cross
    Availablehttps://linktr.ee/LOVEYOUMOREbook ( here )at the following online stores.
    And be sure to sign up for https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/surviving-narcissism (Dr. McAvoy's 50 free Surviving Narcissism tips and exercises)!
    Consider https://ko-fi.com/kerrymcavoyphd (donating the cost of a cup of coffee) to support this podcast!

    • 26 min
    Something is really wrong with this relationship, could I be the narcissist?

    Something is really wrong with this relationship, could I be the narcissist?

    When relationships start to go wrong, it’s common for us to wonder if we’re the problem. Especially if there’s been a string of failed relationships. In this replay of a TikTok live, we will take a closer look at this issue as well as discuss how to resolve a trauma bond and start our healing after narcissistic abuse.
    Follow me on https://www.tiktok.com/@kerrymcavoyphd (Tiktok), https://www.instagram.com/kerrymcavoyphd/ (Instagram), https://www.youtube.com/c/KerryMcAvoyPhD (Youtube) and https://www.facebook.com/kerrymcavoyphd (Facebook)! @kerrymcavoyphd
    Are you feeling trapped in a toxic relationship?
    Then this is the event for you! Come hear Dr. Milstead define cognitive dissonance and why it renders us helpless in this upcoming live event, "Why Can't I Just Leave?" August 18, 6:30 p.m. EST
    https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/why-can-t-i-just-leave-how-to-break-free-from-a-toxic-relationship (Get your ticket) to the Cognitive Dissonance Live Webinar with Dr. Kristen Milstead!
    Are you looking for community support after narcissistic abuse? Check out Dr. McAvoy's https://app.vibely.io/toxicfreerelationshipclub (Toxic-Free Relationship Club)!
    Want to read a true story of narcissistic abuse?
    LOVE YOU MORE: The Harrowing Tale of Lies, Sex Addiction, and Double Cross
    Availablehttps://linktr.ee/LOVEYOUMOREbook ( here )at the following online stores.
    And be sure to sign up for https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/surviving-narcissism (Dr. McAvoy's 50 free Surviving Narcissism tips and exercises)!
    Consider https://ko-fi.com/kerrymcavoyphd (donating the cost of a cup of coffee) to support this podcast!

    • 28 min
    Help, I'm married to a narcissist and don't know how to get out

    Help, I'm married to a narcissist and don't know how to get out

    Most of us slowly realize something is wrong in a relationship. We often think the problems are a normal part of a new relationship—we don’t consider that maybe the problem isn’t us but our partner. What should we do when we realize we are in a relationship with a narcissist? How do we get out? In this replay of a TikTok live, we will explore what to do when we feel stuck in a destructive relationship, why we gaslight victims instead of hold predators responsible for their behaviors, dealing with a gaslighting co-parent and a vengeful partner, and finally some discussion on using the Gray Rock technique.
    Are you feeling trapped in a toxic relationship?
    Then this is the event for you! Come hear Dr. Milstead define cognitive dissonance and why it renders us helpless in this upcoming live event, "Why Can't I Just Leave?" August 18, 6:30 p.m. EST
    https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/why-can-t-i-just-leave-how-to-break-free-from-a-toxic-relationship (Get your ticket) to the Cognitive Dissonance Live Webinar with Dr. Kristen Milstead!
    Are you looking for community support after narcissistic abuse? Check out Dr. McAvoy's https://app.vibely.io/toxicfreerelationshipclub (Toxic-Free Relationship Club)!
    Want to read a true story of narcissistic abuse?
    LOVE YOU MORE: The Harrowing Tale of Lies, Sex Addiction, and Double Cross
    Availablehttps://linktr.ee/LOVEYOUMOREbook ( here )at the following online stores.
    And be sure to sign up for https://resources.kerrymcavoyphd.com/surviving-narcissism (Dr. McAvoy's 50 free Surviving Narcissism tips and exercises)!
    Consider https://ko-fi.com/kerrymcavoyphd (donating the cost of a cup of coffee) to support this podcast!

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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Amazing.

To hear this all thru the words of a PhD just makes me feel so much better about my current situation. Each podcast just shines so much light and explains my marriage. Beyond grateful I found you.

Samantha

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