Inner Child Therapy
Remembering who you were before the world told you not to be
Inner Child Therapy is an incredibly powerful form of therapy and it is one of my favourites!
Our Inner Child is the most authentic version of ourselves. It is often referred to as the true self, the child-like self, the part of us that we revert back to when we are feeling distressed or excited.
No matter how big or small, almost all of us experienced some kind of trauma as children.
These traumas could vary from having your favourite toy thrown in the rubbish, to being abandoned by your best childhood friend, or to being physically or emotionally abused by your parents.
Inner child theory says that all of us have an ‘inner child’ that part of us who is playful, inquisitive, innocent, cheeky, mischievous, and looks at the world with wonder and awe.
In a psychologically mature individual, this is the part of us that allows us to play and have fun, whether it be getting down on the floor and playing ‘make believe’ with a real child, or being deliciously silly with a lover, or throwing up our arms and running into the sea on a beautiful summer morning for the sheer joy of being alive; for me personally it's playing in the snow or kicking up the autumn leaves with my unicorn
Inner Child Therapy works well with those who have experienced adversity in their childhood and in some circumstances abuse.
When we haven't been parented adequately or our needs have gone unmet in our childhood. What tends to happen is that we end up feeling unfulfilled, empty, alone, or feel like we're searching for 'something' because a part of us feels we're missing 'something' in our lives.
Typical symptoms of a 'wounded' inner child can be issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, phobias, inability to form intimate and/or trusting relationships, destructive behavioural patterns, self-sabotaging behaviours and even chronic illnesses.
Inner child work is a vital component of inner work because it reconnects us with a wounded element of ourselves: the child within. When we reconnect with this fragmented part of ourselves, we can begin to discover the root of many of our fears, phobias, insecurities and sabotaging life patterns.
This is where the true healing happens!