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Welcome to another guest episode of Post Traumatic Parenting! In today’s episode, we’ll be diving deep into the complexities of navigating toxic relationships with a nationally recognized expert clinical psychologist – Dr. Sherrie Campbell. Dr. Campbell shares her personal journey of growing up in a toxic environment and how she broke free from the cycle of abuse.

We discuss the importance of understanding family dynamics and setting boundaries to protect not only yourself but also your children. She provides invaluable insights on harnessing anger as a healthy emotion for justice and boundary-setting, distinguishing it from destructive rage. She emphasizes the need to prioritize your own happiness and privacy when dealing with toxic individuals. Dr. Campbell also introduces us to the concept of “gray rocking” – a strategy to navigate conversations with toxic individuals you can’t avoid. This episode is a treasure trove of advice for anyone grappling with the aftermath of a toxic relationship or seeking to break free from one.

A trigger warning: This episode contains swear words and discusses family estrangement. It may be triggering for parents who have experienced post-traumatic stress and have heard statements like, “If you set boundaries with me, your kids will grow up to cut you off.”


More about Dr. Sherrie Campbell:

Dr. Sherrie is a nationally recognized expert clinical psychologist with over 25 years of clinical training and experience. She was featured in major media networks such as CNN, Time, USA Today, and The Huffington Post. She is the best-selling author of But It’s Your Family…Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself in the Aftermath and Your Pocket Therapist: Quick Hacks for Dealing with Toxic People While Empowering Yourself. She is a mom who bravely shared her story to help more people break free of toxic family relationships and thrive in the aftermath.’


Topics covered on Navigating Toxic Relationships:

  1. The impact of growing up in a toxic environment on your parenting style.
  2. How can understanding family dynamics help you navigate toxic relationships?
  3. The importance of setting boundaries to protect yourself and your children from toxic relationships.
  4. How does Dr. Sherrie Campbell’s personal experience inform her expertise on dealing with narcissistic and toxic people?
  5. Why is self-healing crucial for post-traumatic parents and how can you break the cycle of abuse?
  6. How can love be a powerful tool in overcoming trauma and fostering a nurturing environment for children?
  7. What is the ‘gray rocking’ technique and how can it be used to manage toxic relationships?
  8. Why is valuing privacy essential when dealing with toxic relationships?
  9. How can reclaiming your own happiness and psychological resources help you deal with toxic relationships?


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More about Post Traumatic Parenting:

“How can I give my kids a normal childhood, when mine was anything but?” Post-Traumatic Parenting is the podcast for anyone who has ever asked themselves that question. Robyn Koslowitz, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and Post-Traumatic Parent, combines the fields of post-traumatic recovery and growth with our best understanding of how to raise Little Humans. Through interviews with experts in the fields of behavior science, psychology, trauma, and child development, as well as interviews with toy developers, children’s book authors, and anyone else who makes childhood a delight, Dr. Koslowitz explores how trauma impacts our parenting, and how to hack our traumas into superpowers and super-parenting.

Each week, Dr. Koslowitz unpacks how to survive and thrive as a Post-Traumatic Parent. She shares behind-the-scenes insights into the research that underlies what we know about parenting, child development, and trauma recovery. Each podcast provides actionable tips about how to transform our Post-Traumatic Parenting and how to turn our parenting journey into a post-traumatic growth experience. Dr. Koslowitz interviews some of the famous names in these fields, and some experts you’ve never heard of (but should have!). Ready to go from survivor to thriver? Ready to become the parent you’ve always dreamed of being? Join us!