Posts Tagged "inner child"

Are you an Adult Child of an Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Family?

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Are you an Adult Child of an Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Family?

Believe it or not but a large group of people fit into the “Adult Child” group. If you grew  up in what you would consider a dysfunctional family, for many different reasons, this could be an added element to your identity. There are specific groups for specific types of dysfunction. For example, people who grew up in a family where there was a substance abuser you might fit into the Adult Children of Alcoholics group (ACoA or ACA). For those who grew up in a family where a member suffered from a chronic illness or mental illness, you might feel more at home with those in the...

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How Counseling and Play Can Help Break Patterns

Posted by on Jan 21, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

How Counseling and Play Can Help Break Patterns

Forget what you know about Play Therapy, if you know anything at all about it. In fact, forget what you know about play, specifically that it is only for kids. Sandtray is a type of play therapy but my favorite people to use it with is adults! Sandtray is a tool that can be used as an alternative to verbal communication. It is something that can be used with all ages but with adults it is particularly useful because adults can process the tray and see what are possible barriers they are not facing, over-arching themes that might be holding them back, or future oriented goals that they can...

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Boundaries – What are they and why do you need them?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Boundaries – What are they and why do you need them?

Sometimes people find themselves bending over backwards for others and then experience resentment towards that person. The truth is when we choose to step over our own boundaries, it is nobody’s fault but our own. Having healthy boundaries can help you maintain your inner peace when the outside may be full of turmoil and uncertainty. Boundaries will help you express what you will accept from others, in terms of behavior. For example if someone calls you a name and you do not draw the line that calling you a name is unacceptable then you have put that “in bounds”, or ok for...

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What Does It Mean To Practice Self-Care?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

What Does It Mean To Practice Self-Care?

Self-care is a skill that many find they have forgotten about when the going gets tough. Research shows that when we are suffering though a depression that one of the first things to go is self-reward. Simple as it may seem, treating yourself good makes you feel good. They can be indulgent, self-loving, nurturing interests, allowing time for peace and quiet, and even reconnecting with childhood interests we may have forgotten about. Self-Care: Alone or With Others? Personally, I try to teach people how to participate in self-care as an individual skill. What I mean by that is self-care can...

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What is Inner Child Work?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

What is Inner Child Work?

I often have people ask me what inner child work is and tend to find many women coping with problems that might find resolution by doing inner child work. The concept is that we all have the young version of ourselves still inside. If that child has experienced difficulties that have not been healed then he/she will contribute to how we interact to others as an adult. How do you know if your inner child needs healing? Here are some common symptoms of a wounded inner child: 1. Feeling too scared to be totally open with people, difficulty showing them the real you. 2. Being reactive: instantly...

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