Gaslighting is Emotional Abuse in which someone makes you doubt your reality and sometimes even question your sanity. People who gaslight will often shift the blame to their partner, this is death by a thousand cuts. It is the slow corrosion of your confidence and if you let it go on too long, you will doubt more than just your reality. You will second guess every aspect of yourself.
Part of the reason gaslighting is so common is because of its effectiveness. This toxic demand becomes a learned habit that is hard to break because love the target has for their partner is being weaponized against them. Be advised, manipulation, control, belittling, etc. is not loving behavior. People who gaslight expect total loyalty while they provide none.
We wanted to address this in a separate service due to the detrimental emotional impact. Treatment for one who is trying to detox from a gaslighting experience is specialized, and the process spans several recovery phases. If you are currently in a relationship where you are constantly second guessing yourself: 1) “Is this my fault, did I remember that wrong, did I really hear that?” or 2) If you left a relationship that depleted you so severely that you are emotionally unrecognizable to yourself and disoriented – seek help immediately! You may also have difficulty having confidence in yourself to make any type of decisions because of guilt, shame, and anger for allowing this to happen. Let’s get started releasing and healing from it!