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Trauma Bonds to a Violating Partner: How Neurobiology Can Work Against Victims of Narcissistic Abuse

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Rhonda Freeman, PhD
1 Hour 06 Minutes
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Jan 28, 2022
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Even when they want to leave, the trauma bond ignites regions of the brain that cause clients to feel out of control and tied to their abusive partner. They stay, physically or emotionally. But this is not a safe partnership. In this session you’ll view Dr. Rhonda Freeman, a clinical neuropsychologist and narcissistic abuse educator, as she shows you how to identify the highly bonded state of mind, improve your case conceptualization clarity, and help clients disengage with abusive partners.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Rhonda Freeman, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist focusing on assessment of cognitive and psychological symptoms. Dr. Freeman is also the founder of Neuroinstincts, a neuroscience-based website for survivors who have been abused by narcissists and psychopaths. Her articles on abusive relationships and narcissists have been featured in a variety of publications and Psychology Today. Dr. Freeman earned her PhD in psychology, specializing in neuropsychology, from Drexel University's APA accredited program in Pennsylvania.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Rhonda Freeman is the founder of and has an employment relationship with South Florida Neuropsychology and Infinity Clinical Research Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Rhonda Freeman has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Investigate how manipulation and abuse impact the feelings and behaviors of clients.
  2. Utilize information about the brain systems associated with relationship connection to improve clarity when conceptualizing a client’s case.
  3. Employ psychoeducation to provide clients with a non-pathologizing explanation of their reactions to an abusive loved one.


  • Brain systems commonly impacted by falling in love with an abusive partner
  • How exposure to manipulation and gaslighting changes the “wiring” of the brain
  • Neuroplasticity, psychoeducation and treatment focus

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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