Lindsay C. Gibson, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in individual psychotherapy with adult children of emotionally immature parents. She is author of Who You Were Meant to Be and writes a monthly column on well-being for Tidewater Women magazine. In the past she has served as an adjunct assistant professor of graduate psychology for the College of William and Mary, as well as for Old Dominion University.
"Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents is a true gift
to readers who have difficulty acknowledging the legitimacy of
their needs and feelings because their EI parents unconsciously
placed their own needs front and center during the readers'
formative years. Clearly formulated and chock-full of useful case
illustrations and written exercises, this book vividly conveys the
dynamics that leave children burdened by emotional imperatives not
their own. By helping readers experience the compassion their
parents couldn't convey, Gibson guides the reader to a treasure
trove: the long-awaited experience of autonomy, authenticity, and
--Sarah Y. Krakauer, PsyD, author of Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder--Sarah Y. Krakauer, PsyD
"A rare book that goes beyond self-help and provides true therapy. Gibson's presence is felt throughout, breaking through the reader's emotional isolation and providing gentle, concrete guidance through a daunting journey. An intelligent and generous work."
--Laurie Helgoe, PhD, author of Introvert Power and Fragile Bully--Laurie Helgoe, PhD
"For those who have lived their lives in the shadow of their EI parent's pain--Gibson teaches, with clarity and comfort, that who you are today is quite different from who and what you were taught to believe. She gives you permission to leave your parent's issues with them-- to free yourself of ownership of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Gibson has offered a gift! Embrace it and look to your new future with peace and the power of the true you!"
--Pamela Brewer, MSW, PhD, LCSW-C, psychotherapist; host of MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer, a daily relationship and mental health podcast/broadcast--Pamela Brewer, MSW, PhD, LCSW-C
"In her newest book, Lindsay Gibson provides a beautifully written, easy-to-understand guidebook for all those who have had to struggle with being raised by EI parents. Gibson takes the reader through a straightforward, step-by-step approach, defining and explaining what EI parents look like, and how their conscious and unconscious behaviors have powerful and lasting effects on their children.
Using case studies, interactive written exercises, and a
comprehensive Bill of Rights, Gibson empowers those who have been
raised by EI parents to fully reclaim their authentic selves."
--Kenneth A. Siegel, PhD, clinical psychologist with over forty years of experience--Kenneth A. Siegel, PhD
Fortunately, the brilliance of Gibson's book sheds the light of
understanding and provides the keys to healing for countless
recovering individuals. This book is readable, relevant, grounded
in solid science, and yet so accessible to the person searching for
answers and healing from their wounds. It is a must-read for every
student of human behavior and every mental health
--Dan W. Briddell, PhD, licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist with over forty years of clinical practice experience, and author of The Love Bug and Other Tales of Psychotherapy--Dan W. Briddell, PhD