Stephanie M. Kriesberg, PsyD, has practiced clinical psychology for twenty-five years. A graduate of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University, she is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In addition, she is trained in the practice of clinical hypnosis. Kriesberg is on the board of the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
"Many people navigate adulthood with psychological scars imprinted
by their parents. Adult daughters of narcissistic mothers are
particularly susceptible to negative feelings about themselves and
shame surrounding their relationships with their mothers. Clinical
psychologist Kriesberg describes types of narcissism and explains
how the narcissists' use of gaslighting and a lack of empathy often
leave their daughters feeling alone. They may also have a hard time
setting boundaries and tend to live their lives for others.
Kriesberg introduces readers to various psychological therapies and
exercises designed to help them discover who they are and what they
want out of life. Readers are directed to websites where they can
access and practice various exercises to develop coping skills. As
a result, readers will be able to develop self-confidence and trust
in their inner voice. VERDICT: While aimed at daughters of
narcissistic mothers, Kriesberg's practical advice is applicable to
anyone dealing with challenging parents, not just narcissists.
Readers who have already engaged in self-exploration may not learn
as much, but this primer will serve as an excellent entry for those
beginning to deal with the aftermath of growing up with a
--Library Journal-- "Library Journal"
"An intricate and eye-opening dive into maternal narcissism. Through a series of compelling vignettes and applied exercises, Kriesberg provides the perfect road map for understanding, navigating, and overcoming the impacts of being raised by a narcissistic mother. Highly recommend!"
--Jill A. Stoddard, PhD, author of Be Mighty and The Big Book of ACT Metaphors--Jill A. Stoddard, PhD
"Filled with dozens of relatable stories and curative coping tools, Kriesberg's guide is like having a compassionate therapist in your pocket who shows you how to navigate the conflicting feelings of dealing with a self-centered mother so you can confidently set boundaries, honor your own needs, and put yourself back in the center of your own life."
--Courtney Armstrong, LPC, author of Rethinking Trauma Treatment--Courtney Armstrong, LPC
"Stephanie has neatly captured the multitude of ways in which having a narcissistic parent can constrain your own development and cause turmoil in family functioning whilst also acknowledging the different forms of narcissism, each with their unique behavioral repertoires. Narcissists resist change; however, this is an excellent resource for developing skills for dealing with your narcissistic mother--for you and your (future) family."
--Claire M. Hart, PhD, narcissism researcher and associate professor of psychology at the University of Southampton, UK--Claire M. Hart, PhD,
"Stephanie Kriesberg has written a reassuring and easy-to-read book about what it's like to grow up with a mother who is raising you to meet her own needs and is generally incapable of empathy. Kriesberg describes the causes of narcissism in vivid prose. Replete with real-life examples, exercises, and thoughtful journaling questions, I will be sending clients and friends to this book again and again."
--Jonice Webb, PhD, psychologist, and author of Running On Empty and Running On Empty No More--Jonice Webb, PhD,
"Stephanie Kriesberg's book fills an important need for women trying to understand and heal from the myriad issues resulting from being raised by a narcissistic mother. Kriesberg skillfully weaves together a number of treatment modalities to provide practical strategies for coping and recovery. This is a beautifully written and very accessible self-help book. I will definitely recommend it to my clients who come from this kind of background."
--Lorna McKenzie-Pollock, LICSW, director of education for the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis; with a private practice in Brookline, MA--Lorna McKenzie-Pollock, LICSW
"This is a hands-on, straight-to-the-point, useful guide for processing challenging residual experiences of mothers exposing a narcissistic personality. Facing the range from distant ignorance to intrusive preoccupation--all in the service of the mother's own self-interest--has a major impact on a daughter's continuing internal sense of self. The author connects close descriptions of internal struggle with systematic and thoughtful strategies for daughters' healing and growth."
--Elsa Ronningstam, PhD, associate professor (PT) at Harvard Medical School, and clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital--Elsa Ronningstam, PhD
"Women struggling with the emotional impoverishment and instability of life with a narcissistic mother will find themselves on long-sought solid ground with Stephanie Kriesberg's Adult Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers. Straightforward, reassuring, and interactive, this welcome guide provides an admirable balance of relatable examples, compassionate validation, and proven strategies for healing."
--Julie L. Hall, founder of The Narcissist Family Files, and author of The Narcissist in Your Life--Julie L. Hall