Life Practice is
anchored by Tina Moody, an accomplished psychotherapist with more than 30 years
experience in counseling adults, couples and group therapy. In
addition to her clinical practice, Tina has served as a chaplain in hospitals, psychiatric
facilities and prisons, as pastor for churches, as a teacher and as a therapist
in the collaborative law process. She is co-author of Sweet Relief from the
and is an experienced public speaker.
A graduate of Texas Tech University, Duke Divinity School, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The
Fielding Graduate Institute, Tina has devoted her professional life to offering
supportive guidance and expertise to individuals and couples who are
confronting obstacles or transitions to fuller, richer, more fulfilling life. She
believes each person has a unique blend of attributes that when realized, contributes
invaluable gifts to family, friends, community and, perhaps most significantly, ourselves. Personal growth,
education, authenticity, and respectful living continue to be her guiding
Here's what she has to say about recovering from a relationship with a narcissist, one area of expertise reflected in her book, Sweet Relief from the
"The experience of being in relationship with a narcissist is
like the experience of being in the sun after having been cooped up inside. At
first it warms you, feels good on the skin, entices you to want more. You may
notice your skin changes color after a while, but you don’t worry about
it. Other things claim your attention
and you’ve gotten accustomed to the heat.
But after you’ve been in the sun long enough, you begin
feeling hot and itchy and tight. You may not be able to see the effects of
exposure but your sense of self-preservation kicks in and you retreat from the
glaring rays. Only then do you see the
What was the moment you got “too much sun” and realized you
were in trouble? Living with narcissism can be hard to identify. All
relationships have rocky times, but with a narcissist there will be forms of
trouble that are inevitable.
Only when you’re on the brink of losing yourself completely,
no voice, no vote, no respect, no acknowledgement, do you recognize you are in
trouble. Self-recrimination often follows.
“Am I ungrateful, or unrealistic, or demanding, or bad, or lazy, or
unable to love, or no longer ‘in love,’ or…”
Reclaiming yourself is the key, the road may be long, a
guide will be invaluable, but there’s shade along the way."