As a child our greatest need is to be nurtured, nourished, loved and cared for. A healthy family, means we are provided with a safe space to grow emotionally, to explore, to discover, to imagine, to create and to simply be – to cry, to laugh, to feel anger and to feel love. As adults we are more able to maintain a healthy balance between our responsible, problem solving adult self and our childlike sentiments, freely expressing our child’s joy, spontaneity, creativity and sense of fun into our adult life.
Coming from a dysfunctional family, in which we may have been abused, neglected, shamed, abandoned, rejected, made to grow up too quickly or told we were never good enough meant we never received the nurturing, care and love we needed for our emotional growth and maturity. Never having had the freedom to play as a child, never having been given permission to enjoy life, to have fun or to freely express our thoughts and feelings in a safe space can result in us supressing our feelings and needs and becoming emotionally stuck at that point in our lives. Our child’s grief, pain, shame, guilt, fear, anger and feelings of isolation continue into adulthood. As a result we may struggle to maintain healthy relationships, we may strive to maintain an appearance of control and order by overachieving or afraid to let go and enjoy life, take life too seriously demanding perfection. We may even shirk responsibility afraid of taking risks and exposing our weaknesses. Self-preservation becomes essential and silences the child within, preventing the walls of our self-imposed prison from caving in and leaving us vulnerable and exposed. Unless we reconnect with our inner child and learn to love the child within we will be unable to continue on our journey to wholeness and fulfilment.
Using a variety of therapeutic techniques, Inner Child Therapy can help you reconnect with your inner child, providing you with a safe and non-judgemental space to explore, express and work through your feelings. Inner Child Therapy gives you permission to embrace and enjoy your life fully as you discover and learn to love the child within – the real you.