Upcoming Small Group Intensive Dates:

October 12/13, 2019

November 9/10, 2019

January 18/19, 2020

Dr. Karyl McBride is now offering small group intensives designed to build and strengthen individual recovery work and create amazing connections within a community of support.

If interested in scheduling, contact Dr. Karyl McBride at her office: 303-420-9565 or by sending a message.

Led by Dr. Karyl McBride, each group will include 6-8 adult children of narcissistic parents. We are inviting both men and women raised by narcissistic parents.

The small group intensives are ten hours total with six hours on Saturday and four hours on Sunday. They are always scheduled on weekends to make it easier for you to attend. The sessions are from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays with an hour break for lunch and from 9 am to 1 pm on Sundays.

The intensive weekend includes instruction on Dr. McBride’s five-step recovery model, group discussion and sharing, individual processing time, and Q&A with Dr. McBride depending on the needs of the attendees. Although not appropriate for crisis intervention, the small group intensive is for those who feel stuck on a certain recovery step, want to strengthen their coping strategies, uncover negative core beliefs, and address feelings of isolation and self-doubt. You will go home with a clear roadmap for your continued recovery work.

Location for Intensives:

The attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging. Lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday are included in the cost. The fee is $999 per attendee.

The Town Square Professional Building
5738 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80002

Dr. McBride’s office is located in Historic Olde Town Arvada where you will also find fun boutiques, antiques, and interesting shops and food. There are hotels fairly close and the office is a quick jaunt to downtown Denver and other shopping.

Listed below you will find additional information for your travel plans.


Hilton Garden Inn Arvada, CO
5455 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, Colorado, 80002

Tip: this is a business class hotel. It is brand new and is within walking distance of Dr. McBride's Office.


Omni Hotels and Resorts
500 Interlocken Blvd.
Broomfield, CO 80021
1-303-438-6600 - Guests of Dr. Karyl McBride receive a special discount! The special rate at the Omni is listed under "Dr. Karyl McBride" when booking by phone. When reserving online, enter the rate code: 45238816690 in the Corporate/Promo Code box to get the special discount.  

Tip: This hotel is located approximately 20 minutes from Dr. Karyl McBride’s office and is a lovely place to stay with mountain views of Boulder, Colorado and close by shopping at The Flat Irons shopping center. There is in-house dining and a full-service spa. The Omni is about 35 miles from the Denver International Airport.

Tip: If you go to the hotel websites, you will find directions from the airport, and more information about the accommodations and other transportation options.

Dr. McBride looks forward to meeting you for this specialized time designed to provide support of peers who are all in recovery together. We are hopeaholics and believe in recovery! With the damaging impact of narcissistic parenting, don’t go it alone…come join us if you can!


(Published on Amazon reviews) "The fact that Dr. McBride lived this makes it all the more meaningful. The book isn’t written in a straight-on clinical manner, but more as a guide to get you through the stages of having been born to a narcissist, including all the damage it did to you. But because she has deeply personal reasons, it’s almost like a healing spa for the wounded soul in us. There are no excuses made, but there are difficult steps to follow, each step taking a while. It’s ok to stay in a step, processing it for a while, but the point of the book is to guide you through to the next step.

The most unfortunate thing is that more therapists don’t practice this type of healing, or even help you recognize the damage your narcissistic mother did to you.

I bought the paperback, and then the digital download, as I wanted to be able to reference it on the go. But my understanding is that the audible is amazing, as it is literally in the author’s own voice, and some of the stories are hers, as she had to personally do this work for her own healing.

It’s incredibly validating to know that we are not alone, and that this insidious personality disorder is so common. Just look at all the reviews here with people saying they lived through this. The real crime is that the mental health profession as a whole doesn’t see this for the enormity that it is." - April 2019 Attendee

- April 2019 Attendee

"I had been told that my experience growing up was not that bad, that I should be over it by now, that I was such a goodhearted person I would never be happy without an open relationship with my mother. Like coming to an oasis in the desert is how I would describe my time with Dr. Karyl McBride in this Small Group Intensive. I heard from her that my childhood experiences would not be right or meet the emotional needs of any child, that my recovery takes as long as it takes, that my relationship with my mother is based on what is comfortable for me at any given time. I am so grateful to Dr McBride for a breakthrough about internal negative messaging that I never could have gotten on my own. This was my main goal in coming to the Intensive & it has been stunning for me - I feel amazingly different inside. Thank you for your work, for your book."

- September 2018 Attendee

"Dr. McBride is a very warm and understanding person. I appreciate the sisterhood I was able to form with the women in my weekend intensive group and felt a deep empathy that I was not able to receive in my childhood. I won’t forget this experience and will continue to work my way to recovery." - June 2018 Attendee

- June 2018 Attendee

"I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to attend Dr. McBride's 5-step recovery weekend intensive workshop. In addition to working through the phases with Dr. McBride, I met a truly incredible group of survivors, each with different stories yet with common threads to which we could all relate. I walked away with a deeper understanding of why, for most of my life, I've felt so lost and alone. I got back home feeling empowered to continue my soulful, healing journey and being proud for the first time to truly owning my story through forgiveness, gratitude, and learning to love myself unconditionally. I highly recommend attending the weekend intensive, it's a game changer." - June 2018 Attendee

- June 2018 Attendee

“After watching my dad do the victim thing and catching myself doing it and working so hard to get out of that “habit”, my biggest fear for coming to this past weekend was that it would be all victim stuff. I understand allowing myself to feel and to be and to grieve, but I so want to soar and not go back to that victim tact as a life-approach to problems. SO I want to really thank you for the approach that Dr. McBride takes, helping us soar!!” – June 2018 Attendee

- June 2018 Attendee

"After participating in the group, I am finally at peace with myself and my past, and I am healing emotionally. I understand the limitations and dysfunction of my family of origin, don’t expect them to change, and separate myself from the unhealthy and toxic messages I got from them. My life has changed on many levels." - May 2018 Attendee

- May 2018 Attendee

“I thoroughly needed this event in my life to shake me up just a little bit more. Honestly I could use more of these events. Being surrounded by other women that related so well was such a let my hair down feeling one I will never forget and hold close to my heart forever. In hind sight I believe I was starting to find a new comfortable hiding spot within so I could further deny my feelings but I know now it's urgent for me to allow my truths to breath so I can accept them and finally be free to be me.

I honestly didn't expect this experience to make me feel so vulnerable not to that extent anyways as I am the queen of putting on a tough exterior. However having such an accepting kind group of ladies in this warm open space encouraged my feelings to rush out organically and that was awesome to feel so safe. Even though I felt bad that I wasn't as far along as I had assumed I was it still feels right to know exactly where I am on my healing journey and to trust that it's ok to begin again, to start over and fill in those skipped gaps because this acceptance part is crucial to the foundation of my healing journey and needs to be properly addressed.”
– April 2017 Attendee

-April 2017 Attendee

"I just wanted to say thank you so much! I really enjoyed the weekend and my time in Colorado. It really helped me in my processing and recovery work. I hope to come back again." - April 2017 Attendee

-April 2017 Attendee

Excerpts from a recent attendee’s testimonial:

“My feedback is super brief because on the whole I thought it was perfect... I must admit it was intense! Took me a little while to recover- hence my silence - but it was a good recovery, like I had run an emotional marathon… it was amazing to have Dr Karyl start off - and in fact throughout the session - she was so honest and gave us a deeper look in to her own personal experience… It really set the tone for everyone to open up and feel comfortable because the woman who literally wrote the book was laying her heart out on the table”. ~February, 2017 attendee

-February, 2017 Attendee

"Hi Dr. McBride, I just wanted to thank you for such a great weekend. I got everything I wanted out of the small group intensives. In retrospect, the most powerful moment for me was sharing my story and getting genuine responses of understanding, care and encouragement from others. I felt such a connection with these ladies and felt so good in their presence. The necklace I'm wearing reminds me that I'm courageous and connected. I left the group feeling more confident. Thank you for creating a safe place to connect and please thank Michelle for me too. I can tell you surround yourself with great people. I can't thank you enough for your bravery in writing this book. I wish you the very best."


"My take away from this weekend brought women together that share common threads of emotional scarring constructed by our narcissistic mothers in varying intensities. In my case, my narcissistic mother, always made me feel like I was a burden. I was physically and emotionally invisible to her, unless she wanted to yell at me or have me do something for her. However when I turned thirteen, my role changed dramatically after my father's death.

In a safe and loving place with Dr. McBride, discussing the similar toxic and emotional, crazy-making languages that were fixed upon us by our narcissistic mothers was incredibly validating to me. Each of us had either engulfing or ignoring mothers, or combinations of both; and with Dr. McBride's expertise and guidance, we were able to share our pains and coping strategies that we have used throughout our lives. The moments to even talk about these emotional issues with these brave and intelligent women, gave me an inner strength that made me feel that I wasn't invisible anymore.

The Intensive weekend made me realize that as an adult, with due diligence, I can take charge and reset those negative childhood messages and continue on my journey to become my true and authentic self. It will be a weekend I won't forget and will lovingly protect and honor. I will remember what you did for me Dr. McBride."


“The weekend intensive brought together women from all different backgrounds into an environment where we could share openly and discover how much we all had in common. This was GOLD! Despite each of us having a different story we were all working through the process to define ourselves outside of our narcissistic upbringing. I still have a lot of work to do but was inspired by the other women who have done so much already and by how they have taken charge of their lives in such a positive way. Dr. McBride is skilled at leading a group, allowing sharing to be done at will and as each individual feels comfortable. She explains each part of the recovery process through her own personal experiences, insights from her research and participant sharing. If you are just getting started, have gotten stuck or need some new recovery strategies, I would highly recommend attending a small group intensive!”

- K.A.

“I really enjoyed the Small Group Intensive and found it to be immensely healing. Having done an individual intensive as well as now a small group, validated my experience of being raised in a narcissistic home. Hearing other daughters' experiences, although we come from significantly different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, was uniting because we all could relate to each other's stories. It was so wonderful and helped me to feel that I am not alone. With Dr. McBride guiding us along the way, I felt my healing and recovery reach a new level. I can't remember the last time I felt such a deep connection to people, as I didn't have to worry about them not understanding my perspective. The weekend was definitely one that I will treasure for a lifetime!”

- N.C.

“Thank you so much for creating a comfortable, safe, and stress-free environment for our group! I know you put a lot of effort to help all of us feel at home. Having attended my second Small Group Intensive, I think it is very important to return: at your second group, you are able to put things in a perspective, look at your experience from a different angle, and really listen to the other daughters. At my first group, I had a lot to tell and needed someone to hear my story and validate my experience; this time, I was able to listen, and learn to give others support and validation. I know I am a changed person now, more authentic, stronger, and kinder to myself and other people, including my mother. The last group was just wonderful. I am glad I met those amazing courageous women, and I am endlessly grateful to them and Dr. McBride for support, compassion, and guidance. I am looking forward to the next Small Group Intensive.”

- N.W.

“WOW!!! What an eye-opening experience. Hearing the experiences that other women had growing up with a Mother (or other family member) that was not capable of plugging into their feelings was very powerful!

I not only attended this small group intensive for myself, I attended for my own little daughter. I wanted to gain more insight into maternal narcissism so that I can better equip myself with the tools that I will need to stop this madness and not perpetuate this crazy way of relating to my own daughter.

I am slowly learning the wonderful gift of empathy and it is a task that I am trying to improve within myself each and every day…little step by every little step. Thank you, Dr. McBride for helping me pave the way for my little daughter’s emotional future!”

- M. D.

"Having participated in the group intensive led and guided by Dr. Karyl McBride has been life changing. I finally feel free of emotional chains that did not allow me to be ME."

- E. M.

“I just can't express my gratitude to you and the other daughters in our group. I know that I walked out the door a changed person. After so many years, I finally know what was wrong with me and how to "fix" it. I am still processing my experience in the group, and each day I feel better than the day before. I am looking forward to the next small group intensive! And I definitely recommend it to other daughters. It helped me in a way none of my other therapists could.”

- N.W.