Scapegoat Recovery
with Rebecca Mandeville, MA, MFT

Adult Survivor

My Journey as the Family Scapegoat

A Family Therapist's 'Lived Experience'

Last week I published an article describing 16 experiences common to family scapegoats (which has already  been shared almost 1500 times on social media thus far).  Many readers of this blog post wrote me privately to ask how I was able to "so perfectly describe" the story of their life.

Much of what I write about in my 'Scapegoat Recovery' blog is based on research I have been conducting on what I now term Family Scapegoat Abuse...

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

16 Experiences Common to Family Scapegoats

As a licensed Psychotherapist specializing in Family Systems, I have worked with many clients who struggled with being in the family scapegoat role, yet they did not realize how this was negatively impacting nearly every area of their life. They often presented in my practice with anxiety, depression, and poor self-esteem, but blamed themselves for their symptoms, not realizing how being the family scapegoat had affected their ability to succeed and thrive in life.

Family scapegoating is far more common than...


The Invisible Wounds of the Family Scapegoat

If you find yourself in the role of the 'family scapegoat’, you may be suffering from a variety of life challenges and mental health symptoms, including relationship issues; impostor syndrome, generalized anxiety, depression, addiction, codependency, and even trauma symptoms, yet have no idea that...