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Healing From the Pain of a Mother Who Wasn’t Really There

Ghost MothersWelcome to the opportunity to heal from the pain of a mother who wasn’t really there.

  • Did you grow up with a mother who was unable to guide, love or emotionally connect with you?
  • Was your mother abusive, self-absorbed, mean, narcissistic, addicted, neglectful or otherwise not there for you?
  • Do you struggle in relationships because you didn’t learn how to love?
  • Is self-doubt a constant companion in your life?
  • Do you want to heal from the pain of growing up ghost mothered?
  • Are you ready to feel happy, trust others, improve your relationships and discover who you really are?

Sadly, many mothers don’t bond with their children due to an inability to manage their own lives. The result is a ghost mother who isn’t emotionally present in her critically important role.

The impact on those who grow up this way is substantial. Happily, knowledge is power! Unraveling and understanding the pain of the past is the key to a more fulfilling future.

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Overcome the Pain of a Ghost Mother

Women who are ghost mothered often struggle with some or all of these issues:

  • A deep sense of emptiness

  • Fear of abandonment

  • Numbing of emotions

  • Lack of confidence

  • Distorted views of love

  • Low self-esteem

  • Stuck in negative patterns

  • A sense of shame

I wrote the book Ghost Mothers: Healing From the Pain of a Mother Who Wasn’t Really There, to describe and validate the experience of those who grew up with mothers who didn’t bond and weren’t able to emotionally connect.


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Kathryn, Rudlin, LCSW

Kathryn Rudlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #13445) with over 30 years experience in a variety of therapeutic settings. Drawing on her personal and professional experience, she’s passionate about helping others who grew up poorly mothered.

WIEBGE Certified

The WIEBGE acronym stands for Will I Ever
Be Good Enough? and signifies certification
in Dr. Karyl McBride’s five-step recovery
model for treating adult children of narcissistic

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“It’s common when raised this way to mistakenly believe that you are the one with the problem and that your mother is reacting to something you did, or didn’t do.”