Narcissistic Personality (NPD) Therapists in South San Francisco, CA

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Joseph Choy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080
We are often ruled by thoughts and patterns of conditioning that are largely outside of our awareness. While adaptive, this process can sometimes lead us astray. I aim to help you uncover unhealthy patterns of conditioning by cultivating awareness through mindful intention which will ultimately help guide you towards a more conscious and fulfilling life. I have extensive experience working with individuals suffering from mood disorders, trauma-related disorders and substance abuse.
We are often ruled by thoughts and patterns of conditioning that are largely outside of our awareness. While adaptive, this process can sometimes lead us astray. I aim to help you uncover unhealthy patterns of conditioning by cultivating awareness through mindful intention which will ultimately help guide you towards a more conscious and fulfilling life. I have extensive experience working with individuals suffering from mood disorders, trauma-related disorders and substance abuse.
(628) 300-0288 View (628) 300-0288
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Sara Alexander
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
South San Francisco, CA 94080  (Online Only)
Underneath depression, anxiety, marital conflict, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other troubles there lies a single, painful, relentless problem: self judgement. Feelings are transient, and there are not good ones or bad ones, but we are not all raised to understand that. Encouraged by our culture to appear strong and happy, we feel pressured to hide our true feelings from each other. But when we take the time and care to pay attention to our authentic experience, it is possible to grow an enormous love for ourselves and great tenderness towards others, and even deep inner peace and great humor.
Underneath depression, anxiety, marital conflict, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other troubles there lies a single, painful, relentless problem: self judgement. Feelings are transient, and there are not good ones or bad ones, but we are not all raised to understand that. Encouraged by our culture to appear strong and happy, we feel pressured to hide our true feelings from each other. But when we take the time and care to pay attention to our authentic experience, it is possible to grow an enormous love for ourselves and great tenderness towards others, and even deep inner peace and great humor.
(415) 969-7119 View (415) 969-7119
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Holly Gordon
Psychologist, DMH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Talking to someone who understands the pain you feel-depression, anxiety, or feeling stuck-can relieve inner distress and give you a new perspective on your life. I am empathic and experienced at providing a safe setting where we can explore what is causing you to feel anxious, distressed or unfulfilled. In therapy we work together to clarify those emotions that have kept you from moving forward in your life. You will find new ways to see yourself and others, which leads to more meaningful relationships and a more fulfilling life.
Talking to someone who understands the pain you feel-depression, anxiety, or feeling stuck-can relieve inner distress and give you a new perspective on your life. I am empathic and experienced at providing a safe setting where we can explore what is causing you to feel anxious, distressed or unfulfilled. In therapy we work together to clarify those emotions that have kept you from moving forward in your life. You will find new ways to see yourself and others, which leads to more meaningful relationships and a more fulfilling life.
(415) 787-3993 View (415) 787-3993
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Open Mind Health
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
South San Francisco, CA 94080  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, isolation, relationship/family issues? At Open Mind Health, we get to the “root cause” of what’s actually leading to your emotional challenges, while treating the resulting issues and developing lasting solutions to help you feel optimistic and hopeful. With ease-of-access to our advanced telehealth platform or in-person visits, our expert psychiatrists and therapists offer highly individualized care wherever you are and whenever you need it. Our therapists and life coaches are compassionate and forward-thinkers. Call us today at 855-550-6063 to get started!
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, isolation, relationship/family issues? At Open Mind Health, we get to the “root cause” of what’s actually leading to your emotional challenges, while treating the resulting issues and developing lasting solutions to help you feel optimistic and hopeful. With ease-of-access to our advanced telehealth platform or in-person visits, our expert psychiatrists and therapists offer highly individualized care wherever you are and whenever you need it. Our therapists and life coaches are compassionate and forward-thinkers. Call us today at 855-550-6063 to get started!
(619) 279-5464 View (619) 279-5464

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Maria Holden
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Are you working through trauma or a difficult life transition? Are you in relationship with a toxic or narcissistic person? Are you facing painful loss? Do you want to use principles of spirituality to strengthen you and answer life's deepest questions? Do you suffer from DID or dissociative disorder? For 30 years, I have guided people toward authentic ways of living and relating. Through many types of treatment, I help people to understand how traumatic life events change us and how to transform thoughts, feelings, and relationships. We focus on real actions you can take to find the power to reverse the effects of pain and trauma.
Are you working through trauma or a difficult life transition? Are you in relationship with a toxic or narcissistic person? Are you facing painful loss? Do you want to use principles of spirituality to strengthen you and answer life's deepest questions? Do you suffer from DID or dissociative disorder? For 30 years, I have guided people toward authentic ways of living and relating. Through many types of treatment, I help people to understand how traumatic life events change us and how to transform thoughts, feelings, and relationships. We focus on real actions you can take to find the power to reverse the effects of pain and trauma.
(510) 216-1317 View (510) 216-1317
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Nicole Bermensolo
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94122  (Online Only)
My particular areas of focus include: attachment therapy, helping children and their parents deal with co-parenting, divorce and/or blended families; healing from narcissistic abuse in parental/romantic relationships; stabilizing in recovery from alcohol and other substances.
The therapeutic process has the ability to transform. I am living proof of this. At my lowest point, I was anxious, depressed, suicidal, and trapped in addictions. With the help of a skilled therapist, I was able to come out of this darkness - inspiring me to leave the business world in order to help others who are suffering. I believe that everyone deserves a fighting chance to overcome trauma and abuse and live a rich, full, and satisfying life. I believe that we can change and grow at any time in our lives. I believe in the beauty, resiliency, and strength of the human spirit. I believe that we are all worthy and capable of love.
My particular areas of focus include: attachment therapy, helping children and their parents deal with co-parenting, divorce and/or blended families; healing from narcissistic abuse in parental/romantic relationships; stabilizing in recovery from alcohol and other substances.
The therapeutic process has the ability to transform. I am living proof of this. At my lowest point, I was anxious, depressed, suicidal, and trapped in addictions. With the help of a skilled therapist, I was able to come out of this darkness - inspiring me to leave the business world in order to help others who are suffering. I believe that everyone deserves a fighting chance to overcome trauma and abuse and live a rich, full, and satisfying life. I believe that we can change and grow at any time in our lives. I believe in the beauty, resiliency, and strength of the human spirit. I believe that we are all worthy and capable of love.
(323) 963-6977 View (323) 963-6977
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Dr. Susie King
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94129  (Online Only)
My main areas of focus are on women's issues, those recovering from emotional abuse and narcissistic relationships, ADHD, and problems with addiction and alcoholism.
My name is Dr. Susie King and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. I provide online psychotherapy (telehealth) to adults living anywhere within the state. To schedule an appointment with me, please visit my website (see link on this page). You will book your first session yourself and then you'll receive a confirmation email from me with next steps.
My main areas of focus are on women's issues, those recovering from emotional abuse and narcissistic relationships, ADHD, and problems with addiction and alcoholism.
My name is Dr. Susie King and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. I provide online psychotherapy (telehealth) to adults living anywhere within the state. To schedule an appointment with me, please visit my website (see link on this page). You will book your first session yourself and then you'll receive a confirmation email from me with next steps.
(707) 414-3954 View (707) 414-3954
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Jessica McGowen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
If you’re in or have been in a narcissistic relationship, I understand exactly what you have experienced.
I have 20 years of experience but I don't believe that says anything unless I can relate, connect and feel with my clients. I can be professional when necessary but I am better at just being real. I am not everyones therapist and I am okay with it. I engage in the conversation with respect and authenticity. I'm direct with the intention to help and shift the issues in a place for change . I am good at what I do and passionate about helping people through pain.
If you’re in or have been in a narcissistic relationship, I understand exactly what you have experienced.
I have 20 years of experience but I don't believe that says anything unless I can relate, connect and feel with my clients. I can be professional when necessary but I am better at just being real. I am not everyones therapist and I am okay with it. I engage in the conversation with respect and authenticity. I'm direct with the intention to help and shift the issues in a place for change . I am good at what I do and passionate about helping people through pain.
(415) 529-8891 View (415) 529-8891
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Jessica ' Chiara ' Viscomi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Are you looking to recover from the wounds of narcissistic abuse and codependency and forge happier, healthier relationships? Welcome. Or do you need support for having a loved one with serious mental illness (SMI)? Welcome.
Are you looking to recover from the wounds of narcissistic abuse and codependency and forge happier, healthier relationships? Welcome. Or do you need support for having a loved one with serious mental illness (SMI)? Welcome.
(415) 569-0239 View (415) 569-0239
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Claudia Sinay-Mosias, Mft Online Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MHS, LFMT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I specialize in treating survivors of narcissistic abuse, relationship issues, anxiety and depression. I am also very interested in what it means and how to become, a fully functioning human being, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. In this world that has been accelerating at a pace beyond our expectations and sometimes our ability to cope,how do we find peace, happiness and fulfillment, or at least the absence of anxiety and depression? Locked within our own personal stories lie the answer to these questions. Whatever "pathology" you present with can be turned into a "path" toward healing.
I specialize in treating survivors of narcissistic abuse, relationship issues, anxiety and depression. I am also very interested in what it means and how to become, a fully functioning human being, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. In this world that has been accelerating at a pace beyond our expectations and sometimes our ability to cope,how do we find peace, happiness and fulfillment, or at least the absence of anxiety and depression? Locked within our own personal stories lie the answer to these questions. Whatever "pathology" you present with can be turned into a "path" toward healing.
(628) 600-1629 View (628) 600-1629
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Ronald Bauer
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94103  (Online Only)
Whether you are struggling with, anxiety,narcissistic abuse,depression, or self image, there is one common denominator-YOU! In our work together you will learn to discover yourself, challenge and overcome dysfunctional behaviors, develop effective tools and coping strategies,set boundaries,recognize your triggers,become more self aware and learn to take responsibility for your part in developing healthy relationships. As we work together we will create challenge false realities and create new map.
Whether you are struggling with, anxiety,narcissistic abuse,depression, or self image, there is one common denominator-YOU! In our work together you will learn to discover yourself, challenge and overcome dysfunctional behaviors, develop effective tools and coping strategies,set boundaries,recognize your triggers,become more self aware and learn to take responsibility for your part in developing healthy relationships. As we work together we will create challenge false realities and create new map.
(707) 595-9717 View (707) 595-9717
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Maysie Tift
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94117
Recovery from narcissistic abuse and Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) are two of my areas of focus (among others).
Are you Super Loyal? An excellent listener, who perhaps doesn’t share much about yourself? The one everyone leans on for support, advice, money, or favors? Are you the glue in your family, and the one who puts out fires? Many of my clients who identify with these kinds of qualities struggle in characteristic ways. Many are uncomfortable acknowledging their own feelings & desires. They make too many sacrifices to avoid being "selfish". They fear confrontation and the possibility of upsetting or disappointing others. They often get drawn into imbalanced relationships... or worse, toxic ones with selfish or narcissistic people.
Recovery from narcissistic abuse and Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) are two of my areas of focus (among others).
Are you Super Loyal? An excellent listener, who perhaps doesn’t share much about yourself? The one everyone leans on for support, advice, money, or favors? Are you the glue in your family, and the one who puts out fires? Many of my clients who identify with these kinds of qualities struggle in characteristic ways. Many are uncomfortable acknowledging their own feelings & desires. They make too many sacrifices to avoid being "selfish". They fear confrontation and the possibility of upsetting or disappointing others. They often get drawn into imbalanced relationships... or worse, toxic ones with selfish or narcissistic people.
(415) 799-9000 View (415) 799-9000
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Infidelity/Betrayal Trauma Counseling and Recovery
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, C-PD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94116  (Online Only)
BRINK OF BREAKUP OR DIVORCE; INFIDELITY; PARTNER BETRAYAL; DECEPTION, LIES, SECRECY; GASLIGHTING; CODEPENDENCY; TRAUMA BONDING ATTACHMENT: Struggling with the aftermath of infidelity, betrayal, relational safety violations, gaslighting or narcissistic abuse? Feeling trapped in toxic bonding, attachment issues, or navigating turbulent waters of a hi-conflict relationship? Whether you’re an individual grappling with inner turmoil or part of a couple ambivalent about staying together, I’m here to help you find clarity, healing, and a path forward.
BRINK OF BREAKUP OR DIVORCE; INFIDELITY; PARTNER BETRAYAL; DECEPTION, LIES, SECRECY; GASLIGHTING; CODEPENDENCY; TRAUMA BONDING ATTACHMENT: Struggling with the aftermath of infidelity, betrayal, relational safety violations, gaslighting or narcissistic abuse? Feeling trapped in toxic bonding, attachment issues, or navigating turbulent waters of a hi-conflict relationship? Whether you’re an individual grappling with inner turmoil or part of a couple ambivalent about staying together, I’m here to help you find clarity, healing, and a path forward.
(424) 344-5967 View (424) 344-5967
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Laila Ansari
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Did you grow up in an unstable household with challenging parents? Do you struggle with holding boundaries and saying no? Do you feel like you keep repeating negative patterns in relationships? I work with adults/couples who struggle with anxiety, trauma, family/partner relationship issues and consequences of childhood abuse and neglect. My specialty is in working with adult children of narcissistic/borderline parents and how early childhood experiences affect the individual’s adult relationships. Additionally, I help clients improve communication, build healthy relationships, set healthy boundaries and advocate for their needs.
Did you grow up in an unstable household with challenging parents? Do you struggle with holding boundaries and saying no? Do you feel like you keep repeating negative patterns in relationships? I work with adults/couples who struggle with anxiety, trauma, family/partner relationship issues and consequences of childhood abuse and neglect. My specialty is in working with adult children of narcissistic/borderline parents and how early childhood experiences affect the individual’s adult relationships. Additionally, I help clients improve communication, build healthy relationships, set healthy boundaries and advocate for their needs.
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Natalie R Cargill
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
Has something in your life become too much to bear? If you’re feeling lonely, alienated, confused about your relationships, hurt, angry, or feeling unheard; if you’re finding the stress of parenting overwhelming, or feeling defeated by cycles of conflict, I'd like to help you. I work with individuals, couples and families wounded by their family systems, who have experienced trauma or abuse, have struggled with a narcissistic parent or partner, or have been negatively impacted by relationships with their in-laws. I passionately believe that with the right help, you can move from suffering and uncertainty to clarity and empowerment.
Has something in your life become too much to bear? If you’re feeling lonely, alienated, confused about your relationships, hurt, angry, or feeling unheard; if you’re finding the stress of parenting overwhelming, or feeling defeated by cycles of conflict, I'd like to help you. I work with individuals, couples and families wounded by their family systems, who have experienced trauma or abuse, have struggled with a narcissistic parent or partner, or have been negatively impacted by relationships with their in-laws. I passionately believe that with the right help, you can move from suffering and uncertainty to clarity and empowerment.
(510) 800-8143 View (510) 800-8143
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Lisa Abdilova Andresen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94107
Specialties include the links between trauma & achievement, narcissistic relationships, and family estrangement.
Even the most successful people could benefit from support sometimes. Are you getting sick of what's bothering you? Feeling unlike yourself, beating yourself up, disappointed in your relationships, or frustrated with your family? Learn how to redirect unproductive thoughts. What if therapy could help you unwind and have fun — even when you're stressed? It's okay to set boundaries, prioritize your values, and make space to clarify what you want and need to be happy. Together, we can problem-solve what doesn't seem right in your job, life, or business, and develop personalized tools and strategies to help you reach your goals.
Specialties include the links between trauma & achievement, narcissistic relationships, and family estrangement.
Even the most successful people could benefit from support sometimes. Are you getting sick of what's bothering you? Feeling unlike yourself, beating yourself up, disappointed in your relationships, or frustrated with your family? Learn how to redirect unproductive thoughts. What if therapy could help you unwind and have fun — even when you're stressed? It's okay to set boundaries, prioritize your values, and make space to clarify what you want and need to be happy. Together, we can problem-solve what doesn't seem right in your job, life, or business, and develop personalized tools and strategies to help you reach your goals.
(628) 200-3816 View (628) 200-3816
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Michelle Carr
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94133  (Online Only)
I work with adolescents and adults suffering from Anxiety, Trauma, Eating Disorders, and the affects of Narcissistic Abuse.
Congratulations on taking the first step toward a deeper self awareness! I work with my clients to help them understand how personal challenges like anxiety, depression, addiction or trauma may be influencing their relationships, work, or daily life. My style is interactive, engaged, and non-judgmental while integrating the psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual well being of the whole person. I also feel that it is important to incorporate laughter into the healing process! Once we can find the humor in our human-ness it becomes easier to forgive ourselves and others as we move toward more authentic happiness.
I work with adolescents and adults suffering from Anxiety, Trauma, Eating Disorders, and the affects of Narcissistic Abuse.
Congratulations on taking the first step toward a deeper self awareness! I work with my clients to help them understand how personal challenges like anxiety, depression, addiction or trauma may be influencing their relationships, work, or daily life. My style is interactive, engaged, and non-judgmental while integrating the psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual well being of the whole person. I also feel that it is important to incorporate laughter into the healing process! Once we can find the humor in our human-ness it becomes easier to forgive ourselves and others as we move toward more authentic happiness.
(831) 288-2302 View (831) 288-2302
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Stacy Donovan George
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in grief and loss, anxiety and depression, relationships and narcissistic abuse, self-esteem and identity, perinatal mood issues, parenting, and life transitions (divorce or empty nest).
Are you struggling with overwhelming anxiety, depression or grief? Are you stuck in unhealthy patterns or self doubt? Is a difficult relationship causing you pain? You are taking a courageous step in caring for yourself and your well-being by seeking support. With curiosity and non-judgment, I can help you to find relief, grow and clarify a more sustainable, joyful path forward. Together we'll explore what underlies your symptoms, the adaptive function they serve, and how you can permanently heal core issues. You will discover strengths, develop new tools, and find serenity and authenticity in yourself and your relationships.
I specialize in grief and loss, anxiety and depression, relationships and narcissistic abuse, self-esteem and identity, perinatal mood issues, parenting, and life transitions (divorce or empty nest).
Are you struggling with overwhelming anxiety, depression or grief? Are you stuck in unhealthy patterns or self doubt? Is a difficult relationship causing you pain? You are taking a courageous step in caring for yourself and your well-being by seeking support. With curiosity and non-judgment, I can help you to find relief, grow and clarify a more sustainable, joyful path forward. Together we'll explore what underlies your symptoms, the adaptive function they serve, and how you can permanently heal core issues. You will discover strengths, develop new tools, and find serenity and authenticity in yourself and your relationships.
(510) 314-8566 View (510) 314-8566
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Dr. Kara Kornher
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94108  (Online Only)
Relationships are key to our wellbeing. Frequent conflict & toxic interactions cause harm. While being heard & understood makes us feel safe. Healing prior traumas or toxic relationships (e.g. narcissistic abuse/cPTSD) & prioritizing self-care & your own dreams can be a challenge. I'll help you identify & share your feelings & needs, set boundaries gracefully & be your most genuine self. My affirming, solution-focused approach will help you shift unhealthy thoughts & patterns, enhance your ability to express yourself in ways that will be heard & find or transform relationships into authentic connections that enhance your well-being.
Relationships are key to our wellbeing. Frequent conflict & toxic interactions cause harm. While being heard & understood makes us feel safe. Healing prior traumas or toxic relationships (e.g. narcissistic abuse/cPTSD) & prioritizing self-care & your own dreams can be a challenge. I'll help you identify & share your feelings & needs, set boundaries gracefully & be your most genuine self. My affirming, solution-focused approach will help you shift unhealthy thoughts & patterns, enhance your ability to express yourself in ways that will be heard & find or transform relationships into authentic connections that enhance your well-being.
(619) 630-9013 View (619) 630-9013
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Present Moment Wellness, LLC
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94127
Are you searching for a therapist to support you with the impact of anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse (including narcissistic), grief, loss, or neurodiversity (e.g. ADHD, autism/ASD)? Perhaps you could use some support with transitions (e.g. divorce, parenting, menopause), cooperative living, or self-exploration (e.g. identity, dating)? Hi, I’m Ðiệp. As a Vietnamese-American first (or 1.5) generation immigrant, refugee, parent, and educator, I am dedicated to providing a collaborative space where you can express your needs and wishes, be your authentic self, and share your unique story–where you are believed and believed in.
Are you searching for a therapist to support you with the impact of anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse (including narcissistic), grief, loss, or neurodiversity (e.g. ADHD, autism/ASD)? Perhaps you could use some support with transitions (e.g. divorce, parenting, menopause), cooperative living, or self-exploration (e.g. identity, dating)? Hi, I’m Ðiệp. As a Vietnamese-American first (or 1.5) generation immigrant, refugee, parent, and educator, I am dedicated to providing a collaborative space where you can express your needs and wishes, be your authentic self, and share your unique story–where you are believed and believed in.
(415) 870-7544 View (415) 870-7544

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Narcissistic Personality (NPD) Therapists

What type of therapy is best for narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is best treated with talk therapy, which could involve cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, schema therapy, gestalt therapy, or similar approaches. A therapist will help a patient uncover the feelings that may drive their behavior and discover how to engage with themselves and those around them with greater empathy and understanding, fewer demands, and less defensiveness, with the goal of developing a more authentic sense of self that enables healthier relationships.

How do therapists treat NPD?

By developing a strong therapeutic relationship, and continually focusing patients on relationships, community, and connection, a therapist, through talk therapy, may be able to help someone with NPD change. In sessions, a therapist will help an individual achieve relief from their current stressors, including the treatment of co-occurring conditions such as anxiety or depression. A therapist may also help an individual to recognize unhealthy coping mechanisms, learn new ways of interacting with others, and eventually become able to feel and display empathy.

Can a narcissist be cured with therapy?

Therapy can be effective. After a serious setback or great loss, someone with NPD may be forced to recognize that they are not immune to life’s challenges. That can spur feelings of melancholy and depression that lead them to seek professional help. Once an individual decides to seek help, they have already taken a step that the majority of those with NPD never will. Still, people with NPD often quit therapy as they naturally resist feeling vulnerable, being challenged, or admitting to flaws.

How can you get narcissistic personality disorder treatment for someone?

It is notoriously difficult to convince someone with NPD to seek help. With their feelings of superiority, they may be unlikely to recognize or acknowledge that they have a problem, or that their problem is narcissism. Sometimes, they are aware that they are arrogant and that others resent them but they don’t see it as a problem because they are convinced of their superiority. People with NPD have trouble maintaining relationships, but family members and others who do feel close to them, and whose presence they value, may be able to encourage them to seek therapy.