Author Archives: Rebecca C. Mandeville, MFT

About Rebecca C. Mandeville, MFT

Rebecca C. Mandeville, MFT is a Psychotherapist and trauma-informed Recovery Coach, as well as an internationally recognized Family Systems expert. She served as Core Faculty at the world-renowned Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, where she first began identifying, defining, describing, and bringing attention to what she named (for research purposes) Family Scapegoating Abuse (FSA). You can purchase her book, 'Rejected, Shamed, and Blamed: Help and Hope for Adults in the Family Scapegoat Role' on Amazon and most other major online book retailers.

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Are You the ‘Family Scapegoat’? (10 Question Quiz)

It would be nice to believe that when children turn into adults they are somehow magically released from the ‘family scapegoat’ role. However, this is not at all the case. In fact, many individuals who come to me for therapy suffer from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) due to continued family abuse that has resulted in them feeling psycho-emotionally paralyzed and worthless – even suicidal.

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Scapegoated by Family and in Contact? Try These 12 Self-Care Strategies

SCAPEGOATED BY FAMILY & IN CONTACT? Try these 12 Self-Care Strategies! (From the author of the best-selling book, Rejected, Shamed, & Blamed).

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Divorcing a Covert Abuser: When Your Family Sides With Your Ex (Part One)

Few things are more heart-wrenching to me as a Mental Health practitioner than when I see a client being scapegoated, betrayed, and abandoned by their family-of-origin – and even some friends – when divorcing a spouse that engages in covert abuse…

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Narcissistic Parents and the Martyr Parent Ploy

One of the ways that a narcissistic parent marginalizes their child is to demean them and put them down – This is particularly the case with the ‘scapegoat child’. An example of such marginalization tactics is evident in what S.P. named the ‘Martyr Parent Ploy’, which we consider to be a form of covert narcissism.

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The Invisible Wounds of Psycho-Emotional Child Abuse – Part One

Note: This article was first published in 2014 and revised in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Were You a Victim of ‘Invisible Abuse’ in Your Family-Of-Origin? Ever wonder if you were… Read more »