211, 311 – Confronting the Narcissistic Client

How to Set Limits and Hold Them Accountable
Parts 1 & 2
Wendy Behary

Narcissists are notoriously difficult to work with. They can be arrogant, condescending, lacking in empathy, and so self-absorbed they seem incapable of forming genuine relationships with anyone, including their therapist. Since being nice is usually ineffective with such clients, in order to get through to them, you’ll need to use a different method—empathic confrontation. In this workshop, you’ll:

  • Develop a comprehensive conceptualization of narcissism and a detailed treatment approach informed by the evidence-based Schema Therapy model
  • Practice being direct with these clients, using customized scripts that will hold them accountable for their behavior
  • Discover how to say “no” with your face and body language as you develop your ability to not look, act, or feel like a doormat
  • Identify your own trigger points and vulnerabilities, and enhance your ability to empower yourself to express difficult but necessary truths to clients


Continued with workshop 311

Wendy Behary, LCSW, is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy. She’s the author of Disarming the Narcissist and Let’s Face It!.

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