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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

    Healing “Burden Syndrome”

    Healing “Burden Syndrome”

    In this last episode of the Burden Syndrome series, let's discuss practical strategies for setting boundaries, cultivating self-worth, and more.

    ✅ Burden syndrome is built upon rejection and accompanying shame.
    ✅ Destructive thought patterns that dominate this state of mind.
    ✅ Having needs and “being needy” are not the same.
    ✅ Symptoms that make up Burden Syndrome
    ✅ 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/

    Differential Treatment and Burden Syndrome - A Personal Story

    Differential Treatment and Burden Syndrome - A Personal Story

    Let's talk about how differential treatment in toxic family dynamics can create burden syndrome or help exacerbate it.

    And, I am sharing my personal experience of being the family burden.

    ✅ The outsider of the family.
    ✅ The forgotten child.
    ✅ Not having a sense of belonging.
    ✅ Never being chosen.
    ✅ How being the burden in my childhood replicated throughout my young adulthood and adulthood.
    ✅ How to turn the tables and get clarity.
    ✅ No contact allowed me to heal my life.
    ✅ Why midlife empowered my decision to go no contact.
    ✅ Healing is possible.


    *****

    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/

    “I Am A Burden” Syndrome

    “I Am A Burden” Syndrome

    Toxic family systems create lingering feelings of inadequacy and insecurity in its survivors that are stubborn to eliminate.

    Whether initiated or enabled by parental figures or from the consistent negative influence of other family members the struggle of feeling inadequate and “in the way” is real.

    In this episode, let's dive deep into this topic:

    ✅ Feeling like a burden means we frequently feel afraid that we are inconveniencing, annoying, or frustrating other people.
    ✅ As a child we likely learned to apologize even when we had done nothing wrong.
    ✅ What causes this feeling of being a burden?
    ✅ How early does “I am burden” syndrome develop?
    ✅ “I am a burden syndrome” and shame
    ✅ As we try and heal, negative beliefs about ourselves cling tightly, because our value has been based solely on making other people happy, all the while being accused of being the burden our family had to sacrifice for.
    ✅ How To’s and Writing Exercises


    *****

    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/

    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 
    *****

    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"...

    • 55 min
    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


    *****

    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/

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 Ratings

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So helpful!

This podcast has helped me so much! I started listening to Dr. Sherrie Campbell and it has changed my mindset and feelings towards how I have processed cutting out my toxic family. This came to me in a time in my life when I was feeling so overwhelmed, down, and guilty, but she helped me feel strong and empowered that I made the healthiest and best decision for me and my family. Thank you for giving a voice to survivors of toxic families.

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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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