Inspiration behind writing Gaslighting Recovery for Women by Dr. Amelia Kelley

My name is Dr. Amelia Kelley and I am a trauma-informed therapist and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and other forms of relationship trauma. With 20 years of experience as a therapist, I have seen first-hand the impact that gaslighting and other forms of emotional abuse can have on survivors as well as gaslighting often found in marginalized areas in our society.

In addition to counseling, I am a coach, professor and public speaker, and have had the honor of speaking with several interesting thought leaders from around the world. After my first book, which I co-authored with podcast host, Kendall Ann Combs, What I Wish I Knew: Surviving and Thriving After an Abusive Relationship published in 2022 I had the opportunity to cover the topic of gaslighting more in depth and explore how it negatively impacts survivors of domestic violence and other forms of relationship trauma. This led to a viral article in PureWow that explored “6 Gaslighting Phrases” that are markers of true toxicity.

When writing about any topic I commonly refer to myself as a “method writer.” Much like an actor who learns to take on a role or persona, I entrench myself in the topic from every angle possible. I will listen to podcasts, watch TED Talks, Vlogs, ask my clients about their experience and opinions, talk with family and friends, read any article or book that has value on the topic, and even find myself daydreaming about the topic until I feel like I can flush out its many angles and experience true empathy about what it feels like to walk in the shoes of that lived experience. 

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