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Toxic Relationship Recovery

Your Guide to Identifying Toxic Partners, Leaving Unhealthy Dynamics, and Healing Emotional Wounds after a Breakup

About The Book

“A game changing resource for those seeking to reevaluate their relationships.” —Publishers Weekly

Let go of your toxic partner, heal your emotional wounds, and set healthy boundaries for future relationships with this step-by-step guide to overcoming toxic relationships.

From red flags to crossed boundaries, to lies and gaslighting, you’ve recognized that you were or currently are in a toxic relationship. But now what?

It’s time to fully let the relationship go and begin to heal. With Toxic Relationship Recovery, you’ll address the ways that you were wronged during your relationship. You’ll learn strategies for how to trust other people and yourself again after being gaslit, find the warning signs of toxicity and narcissism in others, and reframe negative, harmful thoughts to a positive outlook on life.

As you work to let go of the toxic relationship that ate away at your happiness, you’ll learn how to carve out space for you to be happy on your own and to love yourself for who you are. When you’re ready to enter another relationship, you’ll implement healthy boundaries and clear communication. Put yourself first with Toxic Relationship Recovery.

About The Author

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Jaime Mahler, MS, LMHC, is the New York-based licensed psychotherapist and mental health educator behind the popular Recollected Self social media brand. Jaime’s therapeutic education on trauma and toxic relationships has gone viral on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube with millions of views and likes. In addition to becoming the trusted, empathetic resource for her many followers, Jaime was acknowledged by Harvard University as a public mental health leader during the inaugural Creators Summit on Mental Health. She is a noted mental health contributor for outlets such as USA TODAY, NBC News, BustleInsider, and more. Jaime is actively engaging in conversations around trauma healing and toxic relationship dynamics through her popular mental health podcast, Unlearned. When she isn’t working, you can find her raising her three children with her incredibly supportive partner, Stewart. Find Jaime online at and @RecollectedSelf on all social channels.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Adams Media (September 5, 2023)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781507220511

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Raves and Reviews

"A game changing resource for those seeking to reevaluate their relationships."

Publishers Weekly

Toxic Relationship Recovery should be required reading for all young people, those who have survived toxic relationships and are looking for answers, and anyone interested in psychology. Jaime Mahler masterfully explains this often-overlooked topic in an approachable and nonjudgmental way. We will be recommending this masterpiece for years to come.”

—Justin Romano, MD, psychiatrist and cohost of the Millennial Mental Health Channel podcast

“Both practical and powerful, this book is the definitive guide for understanding and healing from toxic relationships. Jaime puts names to things that most of us experience, yet many of us don’t talk about. But now we can.”

—Sarah Edmondson, author of Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My Life and host/producer of the A Little Bit Culty podcast

“A companion when life feels impossibly toxic. You don’t have to heal alone. Jaime gently guides us from ‘That’s not normal’ to full recovery and rediscovery. I will be reading it twice.”

—Qveen Herby, recording artist, @qveenherby

“Healing from the wounds of trauma can be a very difficult journey, but Jaime Mahler’s Toxic Relationship Recovery is a guiding light toward healing and empowerment. With compassion and wisdom, Jaime shares her profound knowledge and provides a very powerful message for others to navigate the complexities of trauma recovery. Toxic Relationship Recovery is extremely easy to read and offers many case studies to help you understand the premise of the chapters. It offers insightful perspectives and practical tools which empower survivors to reclaim their strength and rewrite their narratives. If you or someone you know has been affected by trauma and needs help navigating through tough decisions, Toxic Relationship Recovery is an invaluable companion on the journey toward healing and reestablishment.”

—Yasmin Regan, trauma survivor

“Jaime gives you the two essential components required to fully heal from a toxic relationship: a trusted guide and an effective plan. As a therapist and consultant, I will be recommending this book to my clients because of Jaime’s expertise and her ability to communicate what’s necessary in a warm, engaging manner. She delivers substantial information, and she uses stories and real-world examples to help the information move from your head to your heart.”

—Trey Tucker, LPC, MA, therapist, consultant, and founder of Rugged Counseling

“Jaime finds a way to make the difficult topic of recovery from a toxic relationship understandable for clinicians and consumers alike. Her ability to connect with all groups helps to normalize these conversations and empowers those who are reading to feel like they are no longer alone. Early on, Jaime reminds readers that ‘You have value’—this helps set the tone for the healing that can be expected throughout the book.”

—Eddie Carrillo, MA, LPC, licensed mental health therapist and cohost of the Millennial Mental Health Channel podcast

Toxic Relationship Recovery is an instant favorite and has quickly risen to the top of my recommendation list with clients. Jaime brilliantly elucidates the complexities of relationships, and helps the reader find the line between self-advocacy and toxic behavior—a line that is often difficult to discern in high-conflict relationships or after betrayal. This book is a must-read for anyone trying to recalibrate the way they love and connect with others.”

—Dr. Kate Balestrieri, psychologist, sex therapist, founder of Modern Intimacy, and host of the Modern Intimacy podcast

Toxic Relationship Recovery offers a practical and accessible approach for individuals seeking to heal past wounds and establish healthier patterns in their relationships. Jaime’s exceptional ability to deconstruct the concepts presented in this book—along with the aid of insightful examples—empowers readers to identify and liberate themselves from toxic patterns.”

—Dr. Patrice Berry, psychologist and author of Turning Crisis Into Clarity

“I wish I could send Toxic Relationship Recovery to myself in the nineties. It would have saved me decades of heartache. Jaime covers so much ground in this book. I recommend it to anyone who might be questioning their relationship patterns, and to those who are clear about the dysfunction they’re experiencing but need concrete tools in order to create sustainable change.”

—Ingrid Clayton, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Believing Me: Healing from Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma

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