Barbara J. Bower, Review

Barbara J. Bower, Review

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by Tom2, Aug. 19, 2015

So I made the mistake of going to couple’s counseling with my abusive partner.
Narcissists are masters at creating great impressions and Barbara Bower was easily gaslighted. Because of this, our naïve therapist sided with my narcissist ex regarding the extreme and despicable claims made against me – the one being emotionally and/or physically abused.
Barbara’s lack of experience dealing with narcissists, allowed my ex to play the victim, which put her in a one-up position in regards to the abuse dynamic that inevitably got worse over time.
Barbara tended to talk more than her clients, imposing her will, perceptions and, advices.
I trusted Barbara while expressing my pain and disappointments however I felt she pushed me too hard and demanded too much and wasn’t able to recognize the emotions and limitations I had while completely ignoring my ex’s roll in the relationship troubles.  Neither my ex or Barbara appreciated  efforts extended by me to work through the therapy, and in fact Barbara mocked my ADHD, causing further emotional damage.
I felt that Barbara was too critical of only me and can be hostile in a passive-aggressive way, slowly injecting poison.
It`s almost funny to think about this experience now but it sure wasn`t funny then. I walked out of there feeling like someone had poured boiling water over my body. I had a really hard time suppressing my rage and trying to contain the horrible gut ache I had from this experience which seemed to last for a few months.

I just felt totally violated and ganged up on in those sessions.

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for <6 months
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