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Working with Narcissism

Essential Strategies for Treating Narcissism, Severe Traumatisation, Abuse, and Neglect

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Christiane Sanderson, BSc., MSc.
6 Hours
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Apr 24, 2024
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This workshop will examine the range of narcissistic injuries to the developing self that underpins narcissism, how this manifests in therapeutic practice and essential strategies of how to work with traumatic narcissism. It will identify how early trauma, narcissistic abuse and shame committed by narcissists impact the developing child and how that can lead to narcissistic traits as a defence against these early wounds to the self. The focus will be on resourcing participants with essential strategies to work with traumatized, or vulnerable narcissists by linking their narcissistic traits to early childhood trauma and exploring the function of narcissistic traits as a defence against chronic shame and as a protective survival strategy to preserve any sense of self. Through the use of trauma-informed practice, emotional dysregulation, compassion, empathy, mentalisation, therapeutic humility and epistemic justice participants will learn skills that will enable traumatised narcissistic clients to reclaim their authentic sense of self.



This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



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Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc, is a former senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 30 years of experience working in the field of childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence and complex trauma. She has delivered advice and training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, the police and faith communities. She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd Edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Professionals, Partners, Families and Friends for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.


  1. Determine the link between trauma, narcissistic abuse, neglect, shame and traumatic narcissism and the development of narcissistic traits 
  2. Distinguish different types of narcissism such grandiose, vulnerable, or traumatised, altruistic and malignant narcissism 
  3. Identify the range of narcissistic injuries that impact on the developing self including chronic shame 
  4. Recognise the narcissistic traits commonly associated with the traumatized, or vulnerable narcissist and how these manifest in the therapeutic space such as shame, perfectionism, narcissistic rage, alcohol and drug dependence, self harm and relationships difficulties 
  5. Name the interplay of client’s and therapist’s narcissistic wounds,  and how to manage narcissistic threats to the therapist narcissistic equilibrium without activating shaming or retaliatory defences.


Understanding the impact of traumatic narcissism and its link to narcissistic traits  

  • The nature of and dynamics of the traumatizing narcissist 
  • Narcissistic parents, siblings, family members, teachers, partners, work colleagues, faith leaders, therapists 
  • The impact of  stigmatisation and marginalisation and its impact on self-identity, gender and sexual identity as well as racism, poverty  
  • How these intersect and compound traumatic narcissism 

Identify the range of narcissistic traits commonly associated with traumatized narcissists 

  • Identify the origin, function and manifestation of mirror hunger 
  • Identify the origin, function and manifestation of relational hunger 
  • Recognise the need for validation, to be seen, and the need to have unmet needs met 
  • How to distinguish between healthy and chronic shame and recognise defences against shame such as narcissism  

Working with traumatized narcissists  

  • Identify essential strategies and skills for working with how to work with narcissistic traits  and avoid shaming clients  
  • How to incorporate the Power Threat Meaning Framework and Trauma Informed Practice model into therapeutic practice 
  • How to facilitate collaboration, promote choices, build trust and trustworthiness, and emotional dysregulation  
  • How to meet unmet needs of attunement, mirroring , empathy and compassion 
  • How to model and promote mentalisation and reflection skills 

The Therapeutic Relationship 

  • How to adopt an effective therapeutic stance  which includes how to equalise power dynamics 
  • How to ensure and adopt cultural and therapeutic humility, and epistemic equality  
  • How to  identify and manage therapist’s defences against threats to narcissistic equilibrium  
  • Identifying the three narcissistic snares: ‘to know all, to heal all and to love all’and how these can impact on  clients’ relationships

Target Audience

  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • Counselling Psychologists
  • Clinical Psychologists



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