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Toxic family is real. Toxic parents are real. Smear campaigns are real. Toxic in-laws are real. You are not alone. On this podcast, you have a voice.

On this podcast, Dr. Sherrie Campbell will help you learn more about your family dynamics, unconscious patterns that drive toxic human behavior, and ways to deal with your trauma.

And most importantly, you will embark on a journey that will help you know yourself and love yourself more.

Dr. Sherrie is a nationally recognized expert clinical psychologist with over 25 years of clinical training and experience. She was featured in major media networks such as CNN, Time, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.

She is the best-selling author of But It’s Your Family…Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath and Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself.

She is a mom who bravely shared her story to help more people break free of toxic family relationships and thrive in the aftermath.

Subscribe now to get your monthly "Sherapy Sessions" (Sherrie Therapy Sessions) straight from your phone.

Sherapy Sessions: Cutting Toxic Family Ties Toxic Family Help

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Toxic family is real. Toxic parents are real. Smear campaigns are real. Toxic in-laws are real. You are not alone. On this podcast, you have a voice.

On this podcast, Dr. Sherrie Campbell will help you learn more about your family dynamics, unconscious patterns that drive toxic human behavior, and ways to deal with your trauma.

And most importantly, you will embark on a journey that will help you know yourself and love yourself more.

Dr. Sherrie is a nationally recognized expert clinical psychologist with over 25 years of clinical training and experience. She was featured in major media networks such as CNN, Time, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.

She is the best-selling author of But It’s Your Family…Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath and Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself.

She is a mom who bravely shared her story to help more people break free of toxic family relationships and thrive in the aftermath.

Subscribe now to get your monthly "Sherapy Sessions" (Sherrie Therapy Sessions) straight from your phone.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Addiction and Coping: Insights from Laura K. Connell (Bonus Episode 9)

    Addiction and Coping: Insights from Laura K. Connell (Bonus Episode 9)

    Join me in a powerful conversation with Laura K. Connell as she talks about her experiences growing up in a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive family, where she was subjected to a narcissistic mother and an emotionally neglectful father. And how she battled with alcoholism while addressing the deep-seated trauma she endured. 
    ✅ How and why survivors turn to various addictions (alcohol, substance abuse, eating disorders, etc) to cope 
    ✅ Feelings of relief from our emotional pain addictions initially bring. 
    ✅ Ah-ha moments that awaken the need to change 
    ✅ What triggers help us turn our lives around 
    ✅ Both the growth and the grieving of toxic family dynamics are round/whole rather than linear 
    ✅ It’s Not Your Fault -realizing your parents are character-disordered 
    ✅ Going No Contact 
    ✅ Stay the course, life gets better after definitive boundaries have been set on our toxic family members 
    Laura K. Connell is a trauma-informed author and coach who helps professional women discover the subconscious reasons they self-sabotage and how to finally have the fulfilling life they deserve and desire. She writes about the impact of dysfunctional family dynamics on her website, laurakconnell.com. 
    Her guest articles have reached millions through personal development websites Life Hack, Pick the Brain, Dumb Little Man, Highly Sensitive Refuge, the anthology Chicken Soup for the Soul, and national newspapers The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. 
    She has helped thousands heal from dysfunctional family trauma through her popular online retreats. Her book It's Not Your Fault: The Subconscious Reasons We Self-Sabotage and How to Stop is available now at the Simon & Schuster website.
    Mentioned in the episode:
    📌 (Book) It's Not Your Fault: The Subconscious Reasons We Self-Sabotage and How to Stop - https://amzn.to/48Xpi8A 
    📌 TEDx Talk Not All Parents Are Good by Dr. Sherrie Campbell - https://youtu.be/deyHwDkG7oc 
    📌 (Book) Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life - 
    📌 (Book) A Million Little Pieces - 

    Connect with Laura K. Connell:
    📌 Website: https://www.laurakconnell.com/ 
    📌 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulminimalist 
    📌 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurak.connell/ 

    *****
    NEW BOOK!!! 
    Adult Survivors of Emotionally Abusive Parents: How to Heal, Cultivate Emotional Resilience, and Build the Life and Love You Deserve - https://amzn.to/3UhURWI 
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    Books by Dr. Sherrie Campbell:
    ⚉ Adult Survivors of Toxic Family Members: Tools to Maintain Boundaries, Deal with Criticism, and Heal from Shame After Ties Have Been Cut. - https://amzn.to/3L3sMuA 
    ⚉ But It’s Your Family…: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath - https://amzn.to/3tuNQEn 
    ⚉ Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself - a href="https://amzn.to/3JBql1R" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

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    Protecting Valuable Relationships with Nontoxic Family Members

    Protecting Valuable Relationships with Nontoxic Family Members

    Many survivors of toxic family abuse must learn to cope with the loss of their toxic family members while trying to maintain relationships with their healthier family members who are, by no fault of their own, in the middle.

    In this episode, you will learn how to protect and preserve valuable relationships through healthy boundary setting practices.

    ✅ If you're like many survivors, you have a large family and a host of non-toxic family members or close family friends who are important to you.
    ✅ Managing feelings of betrayal
    ✅ The key issue when establishing and maintaining these relationships is emotional safety.
    ✅ To feel safe with your healthier family members will require trust. Yet trust will prove to be challenging.
    ✅ Define your non-negotiable in these relationships
    ✅ Prioritize your mental and emotional health
    ✅ How To’s and Boundaries to Set


    *****

    NEW BOOK!!!

    Adult Survivors of Emotionally Abusive Parents: How to Heal, Cultivate Emotional Resilience, and Build the Life and Love You Deserve - https://amzn.to/3UhURWI

    *****


    Books by Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Adult Survivors of Toxic Family Members: Tools to Maintain Boundaries, Deal with Criticism, and Heal from Shame After Ties Have Been Cut. - https://amzn.to/3L3sMuA
    ⚉ But It’s Your Family…: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath - https://amzn.to/3tuNQEn
    ⚉ Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself - https://amzn.to/3JBql1R
    ⚉ Success Equations: A Path to Living an Emotionally Wealthy Life - https://amzn.to/3uobd1u
    ⚉ Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person - https://amzn.to/36mlXp5


    Connect with Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Website: https://drsherriecampbell.com/
    ⚉ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrieCampbellPhD


    Check out the Sherapy Master Class: The Toxic Family Sherapy Course designed to help people master toxic family members and turn their life around to one of freedom, peace, and empowerment. Click here https://bit.ly/SherapyMasterclass


    Get early access to news, insights, and tips straight from your inbox. Subscribe to Dr. Sherrie’s email list, go to https://drsherriecampbell.com/

    The Lifelong Process of Grief Around Family Estrangement

    The Lifelong Process of Grief Around Family Estrangement

    Grief of estrangement lingers, and it comes with many names. Regardless of how you refer to it, this type of grief is most often a lifelong process.

    Let's find out why in this episode:

    ✅ The grief of estrangement is inherently complicated because our family members don't stop gossiping or smearing us regardless of boundaries set.

    ✅ Estrangement grief can also be referred to as:
    ▪️ Complicated/ambiguous grief
    ▪️ Prolonged grief.
    ▪️ Chronic grief.
    ▪️ Persistent complex bereavement disorder.

    ✅ Prolonged grief is when a true death doesn't occur but the cutting of relational ties does.

    ✅ Signs and symptoms of prolonged grief.

    ✅ Common triggers of prolonged grief.

    ✅ Transformative properties of prolonged grief.

    ✅ How To's and Boundaries to Set


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    NEW BOOK!!! Dropping March 1, 2024.

    Adult Survivors of Emotionally Abusive Parents: How to Heal, Cultivate Emotional Resilience, and Build the Life and Love You Deserve - https://amzn.to/3UhURWI

    *****


    Books by Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Adult Survivors of Toxic Family Members: Tools to Maintain Boundaries, Deal with Criticism, and Heal from Shame After Ties Have Been Cut. - https://amzn.to/3L3sMuA
    ⚉ But It’s Your Family…: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath - https://amzn.to/3tuNQEn
    ⚉ Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself - https://amzn.to/3JBql1R
    ⚉ Success Equations: A Path to Living an Emotionally Wealthy Life - https://amzn.to/3uobd1u
    ⚉ Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person - https://amzn.to/36mlXp5


    Connect with Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Website: https://drsherriecampbell.com/
    ⚉ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrieCampbellPhD


    Check out the Sherapy Master Class: The Toxic Family Sherapy Course designed to help people master toxic family members and turn their life around to one of freedom, peace, and empowerment. Click here https://bit.ly/SherapyMasterclass


    Get early access to news, insights, and tips straight from your inbox. Subscribe to Dr. Sherrie’s email list, go to https://drsherriecampbell.com/

    Relief As A Form Of Grief

    Relief As A Form Of Grief

    Relief is often overlooked as a valid form of grief.

    We are taking a deep dive into this one in this episode.

    ✅ There's no right or wrong way to grieve our abusive family members. Each of us will have our own response to their abuse, manipulation and abandonment.

    ✅ For some of us, cutting off from them may feel more like a gain than a loss, leaving some of us feeling inappropriately guilty and confused.

    ✅ When we are grieving a family member who made our life nothing short of a living hell, it's very normal to feel relief when we cut off from them.

    ✅ Reasons we feel relief or "absent grief."

    ✅ Taking guilt out of relief.

    ✅ Don't compare your grief to societal or anyone else's projected standards.

    ✅ How To's and Boundaries to Set


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    NEW BOOK!!! Dropping March 1, 2024.

    Adult Survivors of Emotionally Abusive Parents: How to Heal, Cultivate Emotional Resilience, and Build the Life and Love You Deserve - https://amzn.to/3UhURWI

    *****


    Books by Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Adult Survivors of Toxic Family Members: Tools to Maintain Boundaries, Deal with Criticism, and Heal from Shame After Ties Have Been Cut. - https://amzn.to/3L3sMuA
    ⚉ But It’s Your Family…: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath - https://amzn.to/3tuNQEn
    ⚉ Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself - https://amzn.to/3JBql1R
    ⚉ Success Equations: A Path to Living an Emotionally Wealthy Life - https://amzn.to/3uobd1u
    ⚉ Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person - https://amzn.to/36mlXp5


    Connect with Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Website: https://drsherriecampbell.com/
    ⚉ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrieCampbellPhD


    Check out the Sherapy Master Class: The Toxic Family Sherapy Course designed to help people master toxic family members and turn their life around to one of freedom, peace, and empowerment. Click here https://bit.ly/SherapyMasterclass


    Get early access to news, insights, and tips straight from your inbox. Subscribe to Dr. Sherrie’s email list, go to https://drsherriecampbell.com/

    Grieving the Living Dead

    Grieving the Living Dead

    Grief is an emotional reaction to the loss of something or someone important.

    But what about grieving someone who is alive and emotionally absent?

    ✅ Grieving someone who is alive, but who is no longer a welcomed part of our life introduces a host of unexpected challenges.

    ✅ Grief of the living dead catapults us into unfamiliar, scary, and lonely situations, where we find it hard to stay hopeful and often feel desolate without a “family” support system.

    ✅ Grieving the living dead makes us acutely aware that we have ALWAYS been grieving them, even when we were connected to them.

    ✅ There difference between being alone and lonely.

    ✅ The living dead don’t go peacefully after ties have been cut. They haunt us from the sidelines of our life for the remainder of our/their life.

    ✅ What to expect along this grief journey.

    ✅ How To’s and Boundaries to Set


    *****

    NEW BOOK!!! Dropping March 1, 2024.

    Adult Survivors of Emotionally Abusive Parents: How to Heal, Cultivate Emotional Resilience, and Build the Life and Love You Deserve - https://amzn.to/3UhURWI

    *****


    Books by Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Adult Survivors of Toxic Family Members: Tools to Maintain Boundaries, Deal with Criticism, and Heal from Shame After Ties Have Been Cut. - https://amzn.to/3L3sMuA
    ⚉ But It’s Your Family…: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath - https://amzn.to/3tuNQEn
    ⚉ Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself - https://amzn.to/3JBql1R
    ⚉ Success Equations: A Path to Living an Emotionally Wealthy Life - https://amzn.to/3uobd1u
    ⚉ Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person - https://amzn.to/36mlXp5


    Connect with Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Website: https://drsherriecampbell.com/
    ⚉ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrieCampbellPhD


    Check out the Sherapy Master Class: The Toxic Family Sherapy Course designed to help people master toxic family members and turn their life around to one of freedom, peace, and empowerment. Click here https://bit.ly/SherapyMasterclass


    Get early access to news, insights, and tips straight from your inbox. Subscribe to Dr. Sherrie’s email list, go to https://drsherriecampbell.com/

    Grief Series: Healing Abandonment Syndrome

    Grief Series: Healing Abandonment Syndrome

    Abandonment syndrome, rooted in early attachments, leaves survivors feeling undesired, insecure, and easily discarded.

    Understanding abandonment syndrome is crucial for the development of positive self-worth, feelings of psychological safety, and for building and maintaining healthy, stable relationships.

    ✅ Abandonment syndrome is an emotional state in which we feel undesired, left behind, insecure, or easily discarded.

    ✅ As infants, we need gentle, patient, and responsive primary caregivers to provide the nurturing essentials we each need and deserve to grow us into being a stable, healthy adults.

    ✅​​ Foundational Anxiety

    ✅ Causes of Abandonment Syndrome

    ✅ Signs and Symptoms of Abandonment Syndrome

    ✅ The Link Between Trauma and Self-Harm, especially eating disorders

    ✅ How To’s and Boundaries to Set


    Books by Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Adult Survivors of Toxic Family Members: Tools to Maintain Boundaries, Deal with Criticism, and Heal from Shame After Ties Have Been Cut. - https://amzn.to/3L3sMuA
    ⚉ But It’s Your Family…: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath - https://amzn.to/3tuNQEn
    ⚉ Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself - https://amzn.to/3JBql1R
    ⚉ Success Equations: A Path to Living an Emotionally Wealthy Life - https://amzn.to/3uobd1u
    ⚉ Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person - https://amzn.to/36mlXp5


    Connect with Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

    ⚉ Website: https://drsherriecampbell.com/
    ⚉ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrieCampbellPhD


    Check out the Sherapy Master Class: The Toxic Family Sherapy Course designed to help people master toxic family members and turn their life around to one of freedom, peace, and empowerment. Click here https://bit.ly/SherapyMasterclass


    Get early access to news, insights, and tips straight from your inbox. Subscribe to Dr. Sherrie’s email list, go to https://drsherriecampbell.com/

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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217 Ratings

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Live Your Best Life!

I have followed Dr. Sherrie for many years. She has been instrumental in my healing along with a wonderful counselor who had experience with a BPD mother and enmeshed father. Every book, episode, and social media post Dr. Sherrie writes has been helpful to me. She gets it.

If you’re living this with very difficult family dynamic, please subscribe for you and for everyone who loves you and wants you to be healthy.

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A Game changer! Jaw dropping truth is spoken here!

When I first stumbled upon this podcast, I could not believe what I was hearing! It was everything I needed, finally, a voice, validating everything I have gone through since my childhood. Every episode speaks my truth, validates my feelings, an answers the hundreds of questions I have asked myself. Before finding this podcast, I was so confused, alienated, and nothing made sense. Now having listened to this entire series up to this point, the weight has been lifted, the truth is so clear and it all makes sense. All the pieces of the puzzle fit! And the gift of freedom from this toxicity is right in front of me. I am on the path and because of this podcast I have the courage and feel so empowered! So thankful for this!

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Essential to going no contact

Going no contact with toxic family is one of the hardest things you can do. It’s agonizing, but this podcast walks you through every step. For many of us it’s the first time anyone has validated our emotions and experiences. I will be listening to this not just once, but multiple times because of the strength it’s given me.

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