Inner child healing explained

No matter what age we are, inside all of us, we have an 'inner child'. Depending on how 'our child' is feeling our behaviour and emotions will be reflected in our adult selves. If, for instance, our Inner Child is hurt or frightened, then that's how we are in our adult life. We may witness other people responding in a child-like way in certain situations, or recognise in ourselves that we are reacting in an immature or overly-emotional way. Maybe a trigger has us running an automatic 'programme' that our adult self can see is inappropriate, but we can't seem to stop it. Our Inner Child influences us all the time.

So, who needs or would benefit from Inner Child Healing? Well, arguably, all of us! It's been said that the vast majority of us are carrying emotional baggage from our younger years and getting help to heal the Inner Child can free us to live more contented, well-rounded lives. Inner Child Healing, however, is not something that's 'done' to us but is something that we, as the client, have some control over. Good rapport between client and therapist is essential, and there needs to be a willingness on the part of the client to communicate with their child-self whilst in hypnosis. Anyone can benefit from this therapeutic process, but it is especially helpful for those who have had a difficult childhood, including those who have suffered physical or sexual abuse. Inner Child Healing can be a very liberating experience and can work just as well with logical people as with those more inclined to self-reflection. It’s a very creative therapy which allows a client to tap into their imagination and to use their own creative resources to connect with their inner self and to experience healing at a deep level. For those who are unaware of the source of their problems or pain, Inner Child Healing can be a great way to re-connect with their child-self.

Another benefit is that to some extent it can be 'content-free'. This means that individuals don't have to reveal the details of conversations or interactions they have with their inner child unless they choose to; it, therefore, gives the client a degree of control over the therapy process. Inner Child Healing can be a wonderful therapeutic process.

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Written by Lorraine McReight D. Hyp, DCBT, FAPHP, MNCH (acc)

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7

Lorraine McReight is an award-winning hypnotherapist with a therapy centre in Wimbledon. She is principal of London Hypnotherapy Academy & is editor of the professional journal, Hypnoversity. Lorraine is development director of the NCH (National Council for Hypnotherapy) & a fellow of the APHP (Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy)

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