Nurturing the inner child

I have been working with the concept of the inner child for some time. It often helps people who have tried various ways of helping themselves with a particular problem but have not had the result they were looking for.


In the intricate tapestry of our minds, there exists a concept that often goes overlooked - the inner child. This metaphorical representation of a part of our psyche, frozen in time, so there may be a frightened child, an abused child, a lonely child etc., that is still causing those feelings and consequential behaviours in adulthood.

Uncovering and embracing this inner child can be a powerful tool for improving self-esteem, gaining control over our lives, and fostering adult-to-adult conversations in situations that would typically trigger child-like responses such as sulking, arguing or shouting.

Understanding the inner child

The inner child embodies various aspects of our past experiences, ranging from a frightened child to an abused or lonely one. These unresolved emotions can manifest in our adult lives, influencing our reactions and behaviours. Recognising and addressing the needs of our inner child is crucial for personal growth and well-being.

Examples of inner child issues which can be treated with hypnotherapy 

  • fear of abandonment
  • being sulky and bad-tempered
  • narcissistic temper tantrums
  • passive hostility
  • destructive behaviours
  • violent aggression
  • criminal behaviour

Family dynamics during Christmas

The festive season, particularly reunions with siblings after a prolonged separation, often brings out the inner child in us. Sometimes, parents unknowingly perpetuate this dynamic by continuing to treat their adult children as if they were still kids. This can lead to strained relationships and trigger child-like behaviours such as shouting, sulking, or arguing.

How hypnotherapy helps 

Hypnotherapy serves as a gentle and effective method for accessing and working with the inner child. Through this therapeutic approach, individuals can begin the process of reintegrating their inner child into their adult selves. By acknowledging and understanding the emotions associated with the inner child, individuals can pave the way for healing and personal transformation.

Daily practices for inner child healing

Clients are encouraged to maintain a daily connection with their inner child. Inner conversations, where individuals consciously communicate with and comfort their inner child, can create a sense of safety and freedom. Many find journaling these conversations to be an invaluable tool for self-reflection and emotional release.

Case study

A 25-year-old client recently shared her profound experience with this process, describing it as the most amazing journey she has embarked upon. The impact has been tangible in how she manages herself and navigates her relationships, marking a significant positive shift in her life.

Embracing and healing our inner child is not just a therapeutic exercise; it is a journey towards self-discovery, empowerment, and improved relationships. By acknowledging and addressing the emotions that linger from our past, we pave the way for a more balanced and fulfilling present. The inner child, once nurtured and understood, becomes a guiding force on our path to personal growth and emotional well-being.

If you would like to find out more about working with me, get in touch.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 9AP
Written by Sheila Price, D.hyp, PDCHyp, MBSCH
Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 9AP

Sheila Price D.hyp PDCHyp MBSCH, MGHR

An experienced clinical hypnotherapist with a special interest in helping people who are conciously or unconsciously grieving some type of loss.



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