Family Court System

Courtroom Insights: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Affects Parenting and Child Development

Two individuals who once comprised a loving marriage, now bear titles of defendant and plaintiff, standing before the family court among a plethora of custody cases. Judges and family relation officers laboriously examine intimate details of a family, attempting to make reasonable decisions affecting multiple lives. Their rulings directly affect the future care and psychological… Read More Courtroom Insights: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Affects Parenting and Child Development

Family Court System

Handout for Mental Health Professionals by Rebecca Davis Merritt, Ph.D.

  One Mom’s Battle Handout for Therapists by Rebecca Davis Merritt, Ph.D. ( To download this as a printable handout, click here ) Why were you Given this Handout? If you are a therapist or psychologist and your client or client’s parent has given you this handout, it means that they believe the other parent has a Cluster… Read More Handout for Mental Health Professionals by Rebecca Davis Merritt, Ph.D.

Tina's Story

The Custody Evaluation and the Enabling Mother

by Tina Swithin Yesterday, I discussed the 2010 Custody Evaluation that placed my daughters in the “family home” of my ex-brother-in-law, Jason Porter, despite my concerns about him which were expressed in great detail during the evaluation. This ex brother-in-law is currently being housed in San Luis Obispo County jail on an unprecedented seven million dollar bail… Read More The Custody Evaluation and the Enabling Mother

Family Court System

Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Raising Healthy Children

by Rebecca Davis-Merritt Remember your journey with the Cluster B in your life: the lies, manipulation, wooing, broken promises, his/her victim status but how at first you fell in love with the charisma and apparent ability to look into your soul. You may have thought s/he was your soul mate. Now your eyes and thoughts… Read More Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Raising Healthy Children