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Have you been hurt by a narcissistic, toxic, or abusive partner?

Do you suspect or know that your partner is a narcissist,  sociopath, or psychopath? Or maybe you are searching for answers because your partner is no longer the person you fell in love with.  You can't make sense of their cruel, erratic, crazy-making behavior or their Jekyll and Hyde personality. "Toxic" may be the best description you can find to make sense of the abuse you've experienced.

The truth is, you don't have to be an expert who can diagnose your partner to know that something is deeply wrong. 

You may be a survivor of a "pathological love relationship" or a "PLR."

Does this mean you are crazy or pathological?

NO. You are not crazy! But it does mean that your partner could have traits or a full-blown diagnosis of narcissistic, antisocial, or borderline personality disorder. They could also be a psychopath. Regardless of whether we have an answer to this, at the end of the day, their personality "pathology" will lead to inevitable harm if you are their partner. We call this a "pathological love relationship," (a PLR) a term coined by Sandra L. Brown, MA, my mentor and a pioneer in the field of research and treatment of survivors of this type of abuse. 

You don't have to be an expert to diagnose your partner. Instead, one telltale way to know if you've been in a PLR is that you may be experiencing what we call the "hallmark trauma symptom" of a pathological love relationship. This is called "COGNITIVE DISSONANCE," another concept coined by Sandra L. Brown, MA. 

If you find yourself constantly thinking or obsessing over confusing thoughts about your partner or your relationship, you are likely experiencing it. You may feel overwhelmed with confusion and "looped thinking" centered around trying to decide if your partner is essentially good or bad, healthy or unhealthy. Cognitive dissonance can sound like this:

  • He's my soulmate./He's my abuser.
  • She's so loving./She's so cruel.
  • This is the best relationship./This is an abusive relationship.
  • I would never tolerate abuse./Why do I keep tolerating this abuse?

CD can be debilitating and can make it feel impossible to leave, or to fully heal after you've left because you're still reeling with indecision about your partner and the relationship. 

THIS IS A SYMPTOM OF TRAUMA AND INDICATES YOU HAVE BEEN IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH A PATHOLOGICAL PARTNER. 

Survivors of PLR's experience unique symptoms of trauma which is why many therapists miss the signs. Here are some common symptoms of PLR trauma:

  • Constantly feeling a need to share what's happened to you, sometimes "burning out" your friends and family.

  • Because you've experienced being "love bombed"(intense moments of what seems like love and connection) coupled with abusive moments, you may have memories and "flashbacks" of these negative AND positive memories of your relationship. These can feel intrusive and out of the blue. 

  • You may have nightmares of the abuse as well as loving, positive dreams (that can feel disturbing because you may not want to think positively about your partner).   

  • Feeling depressed, isolated, and unable to get back to your pre-relationship self. 

  • Feeling confused by cognitive dissonance- as you focus on both positive and negative memories an can't seem to "decide" if your partner is good or bad.

  • Experiencing other health effects such as IBS, insomnia, chronic illness or pain, stress-related symptoms, weight gain. ​

  • Anxiety or panic attacks. 
  • Feeling hypervigilant, always on guard, walking on eggshells or waiting for something bad to happen. 

If you have experienced a pathological love relationship, you have experienced TRAUMA, which requires a specialized healing approach that your typical coaches, YouTube experts, and even uninformed, inexperienced therapists may not be able to offer.  Keep reading to learn more...

YOU ARE NOT ALONE, AND YOU ARE NOT CRAZY. THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL BREAKUP.

The effects of narcissistic abuse or a pathological love relationship can be devastating.

  • Are you caught in the trap of trying to leave a toxic partner, but you can't seem to stop thinking about all of the happy, loving memories that make you question whether you're making the right decision in leaving?
  • Do you find yourself ruminating over the relationship every time you're reminded of it?

  • Have you given your partner second, third, and fourth....chances?

  • Do you wonder why everything else in your life seems to go well, but you keep having unhealthy or toxic relationships?

  • Do you feel upset with yourself because you missed or ignored the red flags from the beginning (or even the middle, and end) of the relationship?

  • Have you noticed that your body feels or looks worse than it did before the relationship?

  • Are you experiencing insomnia, gut issues, weight gain, exhaustion, muscle tension, headaches, or other unexplainable symptoms since you began experiencing stress in the relationship?

  • Do you secretly feel ashamed or embarrassed about the things you put up with in your toxic relationship?

  • Have you tried therapy, reading books, and watching YouTube videos but you still can't seem to break your connection with this pattern or this partner for good?

  • Do you wonder why other people seem to move on from their relationships but you still feel like you can't let go or fully heal?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are in the right place. Whether you are currently debating leaving a partner, or you've been out for days, months, or years but can't seem to heal, there is hope.  

You may have no idea where to start or whom to turn to. It is common to feel like you're living in a fog, as the effects of gaslighting, stress, and trauma can leave your mind, body, heart, and spirit in a frazzled, rundown state of intense stress. 

I have almost 30 years of clinical experience in helping women just like you, and I'm also a survivor of narcissistic abuse. I get it.

That's why I developed The Nest, a safe, deeply transformative, trauma-informed program that can help you break free from narcissistic, pathological, and toxic relationship patterns for good. 

The Nest

Here's some of what you'll learn in the Nest:
  • Why simply focusing on healing codependent patterns is NOT the solution.
  • Identify and understand the research (not just trendy reshares of social media posts) behind what actually makes you vulnerable to toxic partners so you can better protect yourself in the future (and what most coaches and therapists are getting wrong about their approach to this).
  • Exactly why setting boundaries can be so challenging in these relationships.
  • Why it's so difficult to resist the urge to return to an abusive or toxic partner.

  • How to reclaim your mind, body, and spirit so that you can feel happy, healthy, and more like yourself again.

  • How to feel confident in your ability to identify and trust red flags in the future.

  • How to break the pattern once and for all so you never fall back into the cycle of self-betrayal.

Are you ready to take your power back, break free, and finally begin to heal?

What's Included in The Nest? 

You’ll receive 8 weekly online course modules in our membership portal. Each week includes a 60+ minute video session covering the topics below (and more!).

Weekly “self-work” assignments to deepen your insight and healing work.

With the gold membership option, you receive 2 live Q&A calls with Chelli each month via Zoom, for a total of 4 calls during the 8-week program. (See FAQ section for schedule). This is a valuable opportunity to receive live coaching with Chelli and connect with other group members. We'll focus on topics from the course and may occasionally invite guest speakers. All calls will be recorded so you can listen later if you are not able to attend.

Lifetime access to our Toxic Relationship Recovery Facebook group where you can continue to seek support after the program ends (including occasional Facebook live calls). 

Validation and support from a safe community of women who get it!

The latest research-backed and trauma-informed information about narcissistic abuse and toxic relationship recovery.

What's Included in The Nest? 

You’ll receive 8 online course modules delivered weekly to your membership portal. Each includes a 60+ minute video session covering the topics below (and more!).

Weekly “self-work” assignments to deepen your insight and healing work.

Two live Q&A calls will be offered each month via Zoom, for a total of 4 calls during the 8-week program. (See FAQ section for schedule). This is a valuable opportunity to receive live coaching with Chelli and connect with other group members. We'll focus on topics from the course and may occasionally invite guest speakers. All calls will be recorded so you can listen later if you are not able to attend

Lifetime access to our Toxic Relationship Recovery Facebook group where you can continue to seek support after the program ends. We will be adding more content into this group over time.

Validation and support from a safe community of women who get it!

The latest research-backed and trauma-informed information about narcissistic abuse and toxic relationship recovery.

In this 8-week online program, you will learn:

Module 1

Intention setting and connecting to your inner child. Identify areas in your life that need healing in the aftermath of a toxic relationship.

Module 2

Understanding and managing cognitive dissonance and other trauma symptoms from a PLR. Identify your level of trauma and therapeutic needs.

Module 3

How to identify “external red flags” or pathology in a partner. Know the signs to look for and identify the red flags you missed or dismissed in the past. 

Module 4

Identifying and coping with dynamics of pathological love relationships such as gaslighting, love bombing, mirroring and more. 

Module 5

Exploring what makes you vulnerable or the “internal red flags.” This includes understanding the trauma-informed, research-backed factors that actually make you vulnerable…and why “healing your codependency” is NOT an effective way to deal with toxic relationship recovery. Instead, learn about personality super traits, trauma histories, and other factors so you know exactly what you need to heal.

Module 6

A continuation of the topic of what makes you vulnerable, this class is all about attachment theory. Your attachment style can be a significant factor in toxic relationships and can even be the root of what you may think are simply “codependency issues.”

Module 7

How to listen to your intuition, your body, and internal red flags so you can better trust and protect yourself. Identify common physical symptoms and ailments that occur in toxic relationships. 

Module 8

Integration and identifying the next steps in your healing journey. How to move forward after the abuse. 

INTRODUCING...

THE NEST RECOVERY PROGRAM

In this 8-week online course, you will learn:

Module 1

Intention setting and connecting to your inner child. Identify areas in your life that need healing in the aftermath of a toxic relationship.

Module 2

Understanding and managing cognitive dissonance and other trauma symptoms from a PLR. Identify your level of trauma and therapeutic needs. 

Module 3

How to identify “external red flags” or pathology in a partner. Know the signs to look for and identify the red flags you missed or dismissed in the past. 

Module 4

Identifying and coping with dynamics of pathological love relationships such as gaslighting, love bombing, mirroring and more. 

Module 5

Exploring what makes you vulnerable or the “internal red flags.” This includes understanding the trauma-informed, research backed factors that actually make you vulnerable…and why “healing your codependency” is NOT an effective way to deal with toxic relationship recovery. Instead, learn about personality super traits, trauma histories, and other factors so you know exactly what you need to heal.

Module 6

A continuation of the topic of what makes you vulnerable, this class is all about attachment theory. Your attachment style can be a significant factor in toxic relationships and can even be the root of what you may think are simply “codependency issues.”

Module 7

How to listen to your intuition, your body, and internal red flags so you can better trust and protect yourself. Identify common physical symptoms and ailments that occur in toxic relationships. 

Module 8

Integration and identifying the next steps in your healing journey. How to move forward after the abuse. 

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Experience guided, trauma-focused somatic (body focused) exercises to help calm and regulate your nervous system.

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I'M CHELLI.

Psychotherapist, Coach, Author, Survivor.

 
Chelli Pumphrey
 
 
 
Chelli Pumphrey
 

 

I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, Colorado, and I've been a therapist for almost 30 years. In the early part of my career, I worked in community mental health, child welfare, and domestic violence shelters. 

After sixteen years, I left my job and created my own private practice, which later grew into a successful group practice, Trilogy Holistic Mental Health. I sold Trilogy in 2021, and have since returned to one of my passions... supporting survivors of narcissistic abuse and pathological love relationships.

My clinical specialties include the treatment of complex trauma (C-PTSD), adult attachment, and pathological love relationships.

I am an active board member of the Association for NPD/Psychopathy Survivor Treatment and Education, and provide public speaking and training on pathological love relationships. I am also a Certified Integrative Mental Health Practitioner, an intuitive, and a Reiki Master. I feel it is important to understand the connection between mind, body, heart, and spirit in our healing. 

Most of all, I have experienced narcissistic abuse several times in my life. I understand it from both a personal and clinical viewpoint and am here to help you find healing, insight, and support. 

 

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