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Betrayal and Gaslighting: The Emotional and Psychological Trauma of Being Chronically Lied To
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Betrayal and Gaslighting: The Emotional and Psychological Trauma of Being Chronically Lied To


When: Friday, March 15th
Registration and Networking starts at 9:30 AM, Presentation runs from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: 1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Road
Dulles, Virginia  20166
United States
Michelle Mays, LPC, CSAT-S
Melat Johnson

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Betrayal and Gaslighting: The Emotional and Psychological Trauma of Being Chronically Lied To

-1.5 Credit Hours

Michelle Mays, LPC, CSAT-S

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About the Event:

Betrayal and Gaslighting:

The Emotional and Psychological Trauma of Being Chronically Lied To

One of the key injuries affecting individuals who experience intimate betrayal is the traumatic impact of being chronically and systematically lied to by their significant other in order to cover up secret behaviors. This type of lying, often referred to as Gaslighting, is emotionally and psychologically damaging and must be specifically included in any treatment plan addressing betrayal trauma. This presentation will focus on deepening participant’s understanding of gaslighting, the impact to the betrayed partner and pathways for treatment.


·         Identify the four key types of lying behaviors that are included in the experience of gaslighting.

·         Describe the impact gaslighting has on betrayed partners including the three stages of gaslighting.

·         Identify three key treatment goals to address the emotional and psychological injury resulting from gaslighting behaviors. 


Earn 1.5 Contact Hours for attending this event.

About the Presenter:

Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Relational Recovery with offices in Leesburg Virginia, and Washington DC, Michelle Mays LPC, CSAT-S has over 15 years’ experience in providing individual, couples and group therapy to those struggling with sexual addiction, trauma and relationship issues.

Michelle is also the founder of PartnerHope a website dedicated to providing practical help, support and a pathway for healing to those who have experienced betrayal trauma, particularly partners of sex addicts.

Michelle is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes. She is also trained in Post Induction Therapy by Pia Mellody for the treatment of developmental trauma. Michelle is sought as a writer, trainer and speaker on sexual addiction, partners of sex addicts, the developmental model of trauma treatment, and relationship issues. In addition, she mentors and supervises upcoming therapists. Michelle is in the process of completing her certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.

Michelle is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the American Counseling Association, and the Northern Virginian Licensed Professional Counselors Association.

Prior to entering private practice Michelle worked with a national crime victim assistance organization creating new programs and training materials. Prior to that she spent several years working in international relief and development.




Ø  Founder and Clinical Director, Center for Relational Recovery, Leesburg VA

2011 – Present

Founded the Center for Relational Recovery, a counseling center focused on providing therapy services to individuals, couples and families struggling with sexual addiction, trauma, or relationship issues. Michelle leads a team of six clinical associates in providing services to over 150 active clients of the Center through individual, couples and group therapy. For more information please see the website at

Ø  Private Practice Therapist, Leesburg VA 2005 - 2011

Private Practice Therapist, Seattle, WA 2002 - 2005

Provide counseling services to individuals and couples treating a variety of problems.  Focus on the diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction and trauma.  Services included: individual and group therapy, couples counseling, workshops and seminars.


Ø  Business Consultant, Envision, Seattle WA 2000 – 2006

Launched Envision, a consulting business providing program development, strategy, fund raising and marketing/branding expertise to nonprofit organizations around the country. Clients included:

§  HighPoint Solutions, Tacoma, WA

§  St. Andrews Housing Group, Seattle, WA

§  The Seattle School, Seattle, WA

§  Viva Network, Seattle WA

§  Mark Publow Associates, Auburn, WA

§  Northwest Graduate School, Seattle, WA

§  International Urban Associates, Seattle, WA

§  Asha Forum, Seattle, WA

§  Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, SC

Ø  Resource and Research Development Manager, Neighbors Who Care (NWC) —a national nonprofit crime victim assistance organization, Washington, DC 1997-1999.


Ø  Project Coordinator, Multilateral Institutions Division, World Vision Relief & Development (WVRD)—a non-profit, international relief and development organization raising over $55 million annually in government grant funding, Washington, DC 1994-1997.



Master of Arts in Counseling

Western Seminary Seattle 2001                 

BA Political Science

Taylor University 1993




Ø  The Aftermath of Betrayal, Michelle D. Mays LPC, CSAT-S, Relational Recovery Press, 2017.

Ø  God and the Victim: Theological Reflections on Evil, Victimization, Justice and Forgiveness.  Editor, Lisa Barnes Lampman, Associate Editor, Michelle D. Shattuck (Mays)., Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1999.


Ø  Helping a Neighbor in Crisis Study Guide.  Michelle D. Shattuck (Mays). Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 1997.





§ International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)

§ Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)

§ International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

§ American Counseling Association (ACA)

§ Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association (NVLPC)



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