Inner child healing
We all have an inner child in us—and we’re not just talking about those times we eat ice cream for dinner. As kids, all of us experienced events—big or small—that left a mark on our psyches and shaped who we are today. These experiences could be the playground-bullying variety (being teased for not fitting in, or not being an ace at kickball) or sad moments, like losing a beloved stuffed toy. Or, the experiences that shaped us can be even more consequential and traumatic, like being physically or emotionally abused by an adult you trusted. No matter what you experienced, your “inner child” can strongly influence who you are as an adult. You might not have ever considered your inner child before. We tend to think of childhood as something we leave in the past, only to revisit when adulting gets hard and we’re feeling nostalgic for “simpler times.” But it’s clear that childhood is more complicated than that, which is where inner child healing comes in. Inner child healing is any therapy that can help you identify the childhood patterns that hold you back, emotionally or physically. (Sure, you’re an adult...but that doesn’t mean you’re automatically free of these issues!) You might benefit from inner child healing if you believe there’s something “wrong” with you, if you have trouble standing up for yourself or expressing your opinions, if you’re a chronic worrier, if you engage in self-harm and addictions, or if it’s hard to trust others. If you’re not sure whether it’s right for you, that’s completely understandable; it can sometimes be hard to identify which therapeutic model is the best fit. A mental health practitioner you trust can likely give you good insight and advice. It’s important to know that no therapist puts a shingle on their door advertising “inner child healing.” This is a broad category of approaches—from self-care to intense psychotherapy—designed to help you undo and heal the damage caused by early wounds. Inner child work is the process of understanding, embracing, and healing your original shame-free self…all in the name of paving the way to becoming an adult who can freely express and feel joy, innocence, security, and intimacy.
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Alan Robarge / Attachment Trauma Therapist: Inner Child Healing and Attachment Trauma
Alan Robarge / Attachment Trauma Therapist
Books about Inner child healing
Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child
Based on Dharma talks by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and insights from participants in retreats for healing the inner child, this book is an exciting contribution to the growing trend of using Buddhist practices to encourage mental health and wellness. Reconciliation focuses on the theme of mindful awareness of our emotions and healing our relationships, as well as meditations and exercises to acknowledge and transform the hurt that many of us experienced as children. The book shows how anger, sadness, and fear can become joy and tranquility by learning to breathe with, explore, meditate, and speak about our strong emotions. Reconciliation offers specific practices designed to bring healing and release for people suffering from childhood trauma. The book is written for a wide audience and accessible to people of all backgrounds and spiritual traditions.
Affirmations for the Inner Child
All of us need positive affirmation throughout our lives. As children, these powerful messages helped us to know that we were worthwhile, that it was all right to want food and to be touched, and that our very existence was a precious gift. The messages that we received from our parents helped us to form decisions that determined the course of our lives. If we were raised with consistent, nurturing parents, we conclude that life is meaningful and that people are to be trusted. If we were raised with parents who were addictively or compulsively ill, we determine that life is threatening and chaotic--that we are not deserving of joy. These are the crucial decisions that impact our lives long after we have forgotten them. Unfortunately, childhood judgments don't disappear. They remain as dynamic forces that contaminate our adulthood. When childhood needs are not taken care of because of abuse or abandonment, we spend our lives viewing the world through the distorted perception of a needy infant or an angry adolescent. The more we push these child parts away, the more control they have over us. This collection of daily meditations is dedicated to those adults who are ready to heal their childhood wounds. It is through this courageous effort that we will move from a life of pain into recovery.
Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child
Are you outwardly successful but inwardly do you feel like a big kid? Do you aspire to be a loving parent but all too often “lose it” in hurtful ways? Do you crave intimacy but sometimes wonder if it’s worth the struggle? Or are you plagued by constant vague feelings of anxiety or depression? If any of this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing the hidden but damaging effects of a painful childhood—carrying within you a “wounded inner child” that is crying out for attention and healing. In this powerful book, John Bradshaw shows how we can learn to nurture that inner child, in essence offering ourselves the good parenting we needed and longed for. Through a step-by-step process of exploring the unfinished business of each developmental stage, we can break away from destructive family rules and roles and free ourselves to live responsibly in the present. Then, says Bradshaw, the healed inner child becomes a source of vitality, enabling us to find new joy and energy in living. Homecoming includes a wealth of unique case histories and interactive techniques, including questionnaires, letter-writing to the inner child, guided meditations, and affirmations. Pioneering when introduced, these classic therapies are now being validated by new discoveries in attachment research and neuroscience. No one has ever brought them to a popular audience more effectively and inspiringly than John Bradshaw.
Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
In 1987, Charlie Whitfield's breakthrough concept of the child within - that part of us which is truly alive, energetic, creative, and fulfilled - launched the inner child movement. Healing the Child Within describes how the inner child is lost to trauma and loss, and how by recovering it, we can heal the fear, confusion, and unhappiness of adult life. Eighteen years and more than a million copies sold later, Healing the Child Within is a perennial selling classic in the field of psychology. And it is even more timely today than it was in 1987. Recent brain research, particularly on the effects of trauma on the brain of developing children, has supported Whitfield's intuitive understanding as a psychiatrist. About HCI Recovery Classics: HCI's recovery backlist contains some of the most important and best-selling works in the recovery field. These books are still sought after today, selling more than 100,000 copies per year. Our new line of branded audiobooks features expanded editions of our top recovery titles, new introductions, updates on pertinent recent developments in the field, and contemporary new cover art.
Healing The Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
Dr. Whitfield provides a clear and effective introduction to the basic principles of recovery. This book is a modern classic, as fresh and useful today as it was more than a decade ago when first published. Here, frontline physician and therapist Charles Whitfield describes the process of wounding that the Child Within (True Self) experiences and shows how to differentiate the True Self from the false self. He also describes the core issues of recovery and more. Other writings on this topic have come and gone, while Healing the Child Within has remained a strong introduction to recognizing and healing from the painful effects of childhood trauma. Highly recommended by therapists and survivors of trauma.
Podcasts about Inner child healing
Almost 30: Family Constellations - Connecting Your Inner Child to Your Adult Self + Healing Generational Trauma with Marine Sélénée
You may not know it (at least not yet), but your family story might be the one thing holding you back from success. We can’t change our parents or our family – and we can’t change what’s already happened – but we can change our perception around it. Unresolved traumatic events in your family can hinder how happiness and success flow to us in the present and future. Marine Sélénée is a Family Constellations specialist who is dedicated to bringing peace, love, and respect to families. Krista + Lindsey can attest that Family Constellations will help you break free from any negative painful patterns – and it will be life changing. After hitting rock bottom at the age of 25, Marine started her own healing journey and discovered the power of Family Constellations firsthand. Now she shares that gift with others, helping people finally bring order back to their lives, make peace with what was, and accept what they did receive and did not receive. We talk about… Moving from France to the U.S. Hitting rock bottom at the age of 25 + going through a spiritual awakening Starving to be be seen, to be heard, and to be recognized Everyone has a different perception Why you can’t heal unconscious, underlying problems in your family – you need to unearth them The little boy or girl inside of you who is just waiting to be seen or heard Storing trauma in your body + healing it When a mom or dad might need their kid to take care of them How to discover what affected you subconsciously Why parents need to respect their children enough to tell them the truth, even when it’s hard How you can be impacted by past generations, beyond your mother and father Practicing acceptance + respect Do we choose our parents? Healing ghosts by recognizing them
EXPANDED Podcast with Lacy Phillips: How to Heal Your Inner Child with Dr. Nicole LePera
“Kids are really seeing more of what you’re doing. Even if you say the most brilliant, conscious building statements to your children; if you’re not modeling that, if you’re modeling reactivity, if you’re modeling worrying about the external world, whatever it is that you’re modeling is more what’s going to impact your children.” - Dr. Nicole LePera “People can only provide others, even children, what they provide themselves.” - Dr. Nicole LePera “I think the more you practice self-observation, the more you get to see how patterned those narratives and then those feelings are, so you can get clarity that ‘okay this is just that nervous anxiety I always feel in that situation’ so probably safe situation, old story that I can lose.” - Dr. Nicole LePera Dr. Nicole LePera is leading the way for a holistic approach in the clinical field. In this episode, Lacy and Nicole discuss how she has intertwined her background in clinical psychology with a holistic approach to mind, body, and soul. She shares tools for approaching healing and acknowledging patterns in our own narratives.
The Melissa Ambrosini Show: Conscious Parenting & Healing Your Inner Child With Dr Shefali
Dr. Shefali is one of a kind in the parenting field. An acclaimed author, world-renowned wisdom teacher, clinical psychologist and international speaker, she integrates Eastern mindfulness with Western psychology to reach a global audience. Her genius insights into parenting and raising empowered kids has seen her books rocket to the top of bestseller lists and become firm favourites with the consciousness crowd. Ms Oprah Winfrey herself is even a mega fan, saying that The Conscious Parent (Dr. Shefali’s first book) is one of the most profound books on parenting she has ever read. (Quite the endorsement, right?!) I’ve been wanting to get this amazing woman on the show for ages now — she’s been one of the biggest influences on my journey as a step mama, and has quite literally changed the way I view parenting… She truly is something special, and I am beyond excited for you to soak up the wisdom in this wide-ranging conversation. So if you’re a parent, or you want kids one day, or perhaps you just want to find out how to parent YOURSELF more consciously, then strap in for an episode packed with why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moments and truth-bombs galore… Beautiful, this one’s for you! In this episode we chat about: Her story — from growing up in India, to moving to America at 21, to where she is today (10:35) What is conscious parenting? (14:05) How to consciously parent your children (and how we can transform ourselves in the process) (15:39) Becoming a conscious step parent (18:40) How to quit being reactive when your kids trigger you (21:23) Why relinquishing control is so important in parenting (and how to truly let go) (23:39) Why our children are not our easels (27:05) How to heal your inner child (30:48) What to do if your partner is not on board and does not share your parenting style and beliefs (33:58) Her best tips for a conscious relationship (36:29) How to heal your relationship with your parents (41:35) How to reparent yourself (44:55) How to find your tribe (50:37) Plus so much more! Today’s podcast is brought to you by the brand new Certification program created by my health guru and one of my all-time favourite humans on the planet, Dr. Stephen Cabral (Naturopathic Doctor, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Ayurvedic Expert). This is a program like no other — it literally *saved* my husband’s life, and changed mine forever. With a powerhouse combo of ancient Ayurvedic wisdom and cutting-edge science, this program is for anyone who wants to create epic health and next level healing for themselves and their family, or for anyone who wants a career in the health industry
The Adult Chair: Communicating with our Inner Child — A Session with Sarah
We get triggered, feel painful emotions and go into “fix it mode.” The answer to our triggers and pain is to find the core emotion and go into it. This is where true healing occurs. Bonding with our Inner Child is the only way to do this. In this episode, I have an excerpt from a session with “Sarah” who is learning about the chairs and how to bond with her inner child. It’s the part of the session right after she discovers the feeling of “I don’t matter.” We work with her inner child, bond with her and she ultimately finds peace.
Feminist Wellness: Inner Child
In this episode, I'm giving you an introduction to inner child work and what the concept of the inner child can do for your healing. We'll talk about how you can reparent yourself in small but important ways, the things your inner child might have learned, and how your relationship with your inner child is affecting your work, health, and relationships as an adult
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