The Good Daughter Syndrome
with Katherine Fabrizio, M.A., L.P.C.


It’s Time To Heal The Mother Wound: This Comes First

From my psychotherapy couch, I see your face fall and an unbearable sadness comes over you. Your heart is breaking in two.

The child in you is facing an unbearable loss. The love you want so very much to feel from your mother just isn't going to be. Wishing it weren't true, you have been hiding this from yourself for so long. You wish you had a mother who would see the best in you.

You don't.  

Instead, you feel...


The Enmeshed/Appropriating Mother: 6 Ways She Takes Over Her Daughter’s Childhood

"Looking back, mom never let me have my own life. She tried to take over every aspect of my all of my life. Although I had no way of understanding why at the time, any independence on my part was taken as a rejection of her. I never wanted to hurt her; I just wanted to live my own life."

Susan, a client on my psychotherapy couch, couldn't understand as a child that her mother was operating...


3 Ways Your Dysfunctional Childhood Can Make You A Better Mother

" I just want her to feel good about herself. "
I hear this from EVERY mother in psychotherapy on my couch who has a difficult mother and is now raising a daughter.
They worry they will make the same mistakes their mother made and leave their daughter feeling anxious and insecure.

If you are one of those mothers I have good news for you.

While it is true that an unexamined dysfunctional childhood is likely to be repeated, the opposite...


Is Mom The 3rd Person In Your Marriage? If So, The Consequences Are Worse Than You Think

Her timing is impeccable.
 Just when you are starting to get intimate with your partner your cell goes
"Hold on sweetie; I've got to get this. It's mom calling!"
Good lord, the invasion of Iraq didn't take this much planning.

Your oldest is having a play date, SCORE!
The baby down for a nap, SCORE!
Your libido is somehow retrieved from the south ! SCORE! SCORE!

A private moment stolen with your husband/partner, and just as you were starting to, you know, get...

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