Alyssa Mancao believes there is such thing as healthy narcissism, but the pathological and Narcissistic Personality Disorders are where the darker issues lie.
In this conversation, Alyssa shares the clinical definitions of narcissism, gaslighting and what it means to “walk on eggshells.” She offers advice for those who love a narcissist, how to protect your heart, and how to leave them.
Alyssa Mancao, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice located in Sherman Oaks, CA. Alyssa received her Bachelor’s degree at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California. She has provided clinical treatment with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic at Harbor- UCLA, with the Child and Family Guidance Center, and as an Independent Licensed Contractor with Counseling4Kids.
Alyssa has experience providing 9 years of therapy in the outpatient and residential setting. Her professional experience also includes providing supervision for mental health professionals in the individual and group setting. Currently, in her private practices she treats anxiety, depression and trauma using a combination of cognitive behavior therapy and inner child healing.
I know this may have been a tough episode to listen to, especially if you love a narcissist. Know that you are lovable, valuable and you will get through it. Take care of yourself first and I am personally sending you all kinds of love and strength.
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Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”
In your ears, filling your heart.