The Voicelessness and Emotional Survival website was created by Dr. Richard Grossman to help people who have been deprived of “voice” by narcissistic spouses/partners, boyfriends/girlfriends, parents, siblings, adult children, bosses and co-workers. The website includes essays on narcissism and its damaging effects and a message board for people to share their experiences with voicelessness and help others deal with the aloneness that results from having one’s voice taken away.
What if the most powerful tool in a therapist’s “tool box” is the relationship between patient and therapist? And what if this tool is neither examined nor taught in therapist training programs? Dr. Grossman’s short book, Voicelessness and Emotional Survival—Notes from the Therapy Underground begins by describing the author’s personal and painful experiences as a student, practitioner and patient in the traditional high-status (e.g., Harvard Medical School) psychiatry/psychology world. The book then reveals what he learned from these experiences (including the importance of “character,” “subtext” and “repetition” in all relationships, including therapeutic relationships), how understanding and valuing the therapist–client relationship changed his practice of therapy and how this approach significantly improved the lives of his patients. CBS News called this new approach “Relationship Therapy for One.”