My name is Bree Bonchay, and I am a Los Angeles based psychotherapist (LCSW) trained as a general practitioner, but I have narrowed my scope to relationships, which is not really all that narrow. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. Prior to entering USC, I attended California State University, Northridge, where I completed my Bachelor degree in Journalism with a minor in Psychology. I am an advocate and have appeared on several radio shows as a guest expert and the author of the book, I Am Free: Healing Stories About Surviving Toxic Relationships With Narcissists And Sociopaths.
After graduating from USC, I had plans to start a private psychotherapy practice. Well, what I discovered through my years of working with people and my own personal experiences is that interpersonal relationships are the “currency of life ” and the most valuable resources we have. Ultimately, the quality of our relationships, whether with family, friends, intimate partners or co-workers determines the degree of our happiness and our overall physical and mental well-being.
However, my 15 plus years as a practicing Psychotherapist working with clients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder to Paranoid Schizophrenia and everything in between did not protect me against the deceptive talents of a covert malignant narcissist.
This is what inspired me to focus on educating people and building awareness about narcissistic abuse and toxic relationships. Relationships can be the source of our greatest joys or the cause of our worst pain. Good relationships can enrich our lives, add value, provide support and guidance. Bad relationships often cause depression, anxiety, decreased self-esteem and take a toll on our physical health. We can’t control much in life, but we can control who we allow into our lives and who we choose not to. Since our happiness and physical and mental well-being are directly dependent upon these choices, there is no better time to arm and empower yourself with knowledge about these toxic individuals.