Sometimes, issues that happened in childhood come up again and it is very painful for the inner child. Traumas to the inner child might include sexual, physical, and mental abuse. This is when it is important to know about "Inner Child Therapy".
One’s childhood fears, neglect, and abandonments, may resurface if they are stuck within the inner child. It is very important to note that anyone who is finding that old traumas or issues are resurfacing may need to seek help with a therapist as soon as possible.
If you are studying to become a therapist you need to understand that therapist themselves seek help when it is needed.
If you are open to the inner child therapy exercises below that will reconnect you to your inner child you need to realize that this can be a frightening process.
Several negative and sometimes terrifying feelings can resurface from within the inner child. Again, one must be responsible enough to self- monitor and to know when it is time to seek out a therapist for the appropriate help with inner child therapy.
While the inner child therapy exercises below are sometimes scary or difficult one must know that in order to grow emotionally it is important to reconnect with your inner child in inner child therapy.
Once these lost parts have been acknowledged, accepted, and feel safe you will begin to feel more “whole” and find a sense of joy and happiness that you never felt before with your inner child.
Each time I have taught the inner child therapy part of the class I am somehow changed in a positive way. I have rediscovered old fears and have gained insight from where they came from within my inner child.
One example of using inner child therapy with myself was based on the fact that I hate to buy shoes. Yes, I am a woman who hates shoe shopping! I love other forms of shopping, so some friends have pointed out that they think this is "odd".
I will wear shoes into the ground before going into a shoe store. My entire family knows that I get anxious walking into a shoe store, and have to buy shoes online.
The big warehouse shoe stores really terrify me. Since I love to shop for clothes, etc., so, I never understood this fear.
My first and only clue was that I bit a shoe salesman when I was three years old because he was trying to put shoes on my feet. I had never bitten anyone before this. I then ran down the Sears escalator with my embarrassed mother running after me. I am sure I got quite the spanking after this incident.
I was a very shy and timid child and this aggressive behavior was quite odd to my mother.See Next Page of Inner Child Therapy Here
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Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.
*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed mental health professional immediately.
"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.
For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.
Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.
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