Daughters of Critical Mothers

Do you have a voice inside telling you “you’re not good enough” or “nobody likes you” and feeling you’ll never measure up? Well, you are not alone.

Early experiences influence who we are, and mother is often a part of those experiences that form who we are, how we think, and what we believe.

This group unpacks our internal relationship we have with ourselves, and in relation to others.

The group is a place to find support, insight, and healing.

A place to be seen, heard, and understood.

This is a place to be with your feelings while being in the presence of others who have the same or similar experiences and want extra support.

We can understand, release, and heal in a supportive space.

This can include sharing, writing, art making and more.

Therapy Group is run by a trauma informed specialist. The group meets every other week on Zoom for 1.5 hours on Thursdays, between 11:00 am and 12:30pm and size is limited. Meeting with group leader before joining required.

To join you can take the course “Daughters of Critical Mothers” as a prelude to the online group, or as a stand alone learning experience.

If interested, please click below for more information on the Daughters of Critical Mothers (DOCM) course.


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Suggested Reading

Daughter Detox

Peg Streep unpacks her research about daughters who have been harmed in their relationship with their mother. The book is structured in a self-help format and includes useful information and strategies for healing. 

What Happened to You?

This book delivers key insights on what we need as human beings to heal. Without blaming, shaming, or judging, it encourages the reader to reflect on painful experiences and the impact they had on the psyche. 

My Mother, My Self

This classic, research-based book was first published in the 1970s. Nancy Friday focuses on the unique and important relationship between a mother and daughter and hints at the concept of intergenerational transmission of trauma.


The Drama of the Gifted Child

This book, first published in 1997, looks at causes, types, and preventions of childhood trauma. The New York Magazine sang the author’s praises saying, “her examples are so vivid and so ordinary they touch the hurt child in us all.”

Necessary Losses

Judith Viorst eloquently addresses grief and the importance of processing loss in order to gain a truer sense of self. Drawing on research and experience, she offers guidance through grieving the loss of our mother’s protection, our younger selves, and some of our dreams.

Discovering the Inner Mother

This self-help book explores female growth and empowerment within a cultural, intergenerational, and patriarchal lens. Written in 2020, the author points out that everyone has a mother wound, and shares ideas for how to work with it.


Mother Hunger

The intention of this book is to help women break the cycle of negative patterns of behavior. While offering plenty of case vignettes, tools, and psychoeducation Kelly McDaniel traces the cycle back to the earliest relationship, with mother.

Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

This engaging book focuses on the daughter’s experience of an abusive, absent, self-involved mother and how that plays out in their adult lives. The author includes helpful case vignettes from her own therapy practice, as well as guidance for the path to recovery. 

The Verbally Abusive Relationship

Verbal abuse is not always obvious, but it is felt and has a profound impact on the victim. This book’s focus is on helping you notice when verbal abuse occurs, what it represents, and how to respond safely and appropriately. 

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents

Written by a clinical psychologist, this book unveils the effects of being parented by parents that need parenting. The author exposes the destructive nature of emotionally immature parents, and offers suggestions for finding freedom from the pain, confusion, and disappointment. 

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