Dr. Ingrid Clayton grew up in an alcoholic household, and when her mother’s second husband, her step dad, came into the picture, consistent emotional abuse ensued. This resulted in childhood trauma which affected her life long term. Part 1 of 2 of Ingrid’s story is filled with examples of trauma bonding, grooming and gas lighting she received from her stepfather. As Ingrid tried to navigate life as a teenager, she sought out for her mother’s help who seemed so disconnected–another sign of a narcissistic family system. Ingrid’s upbringing led her down a dark path with alcohol abuse and AA. Listen to this episode and find out what Ingrid realized about her stepfather and mother, and the actions she took to start turning her life around for the better.
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Ingrid Clayton, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and author. Her recent memoir is Believing Me: Healing from Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma. She is a contributor to Psychology Today where her article, “What is Self-Gaslighting?” is considered an Essential Read. Ingrid has been interviewed for countless publications and podcasts including Women’s Health Magazine and The Healing Trauma Podcast.
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