LA Inner Child Therapy

“The trick is growing up without growing old.”

- Casey Stengel

LA Inner Child Therapy

Transformative Inner Child Therapy

So many of us have learned to suppress, deny, and censor the truest aspects of ourselves as a result of conditioning, culture, and trauma.

But often that which we suppress holds the key to what makes us feel most alive.

Our inner child keeps us connected to our vitality, playfulness, and wonder.

But so many of us have learned that the parts of ourselves associated with our inner child––like sadness, vulnerability, and even sometimes curiosity and open-heartedness––should be tucked away.

These wounded parts of ourselves incur a cost: our vital connection to life, to our passions, and to our souls.

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Inner Child Therapy & Healing

Reintegrated Fragmented Parts With Inner Child Therapy in LA

A lot of our “psychological baggage” as adults is the result of unresolved trauma from childhood. 

In order to heal this emotional damage, it’s helpful to start at the source—the age when the trauma happened. 

This is what we therapists call “Inner Child Work.”

Connecting with our inner child requires us to cultivate our inner observer, which is the part of ourselves that’s able to call out the discrepancy between our false self and true self. 

Sigmund Freud—the OG of psychology—was the first to call this our consciousness.

Often when our childhood wounds are triggered, we experience “fragmenting” or “splitting.” 

Fragmenting is the surfacing of other “selves” or “ego states” that have different ages, emotions, and ways of behaving. 

How we become fragmented also stems from our early years. 

Our parents/caregivers were our first teachers who provided us with a foundation for how we love and view the world. 

Until the brain develops critical thinking and reasoning skills, a child is highly dependent upon those who care for them. 

A child needs healthy mirroring, or validation of their being, in order to feel seen, heard, and loved. 

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At My LA Therapy, our warm and experienced therapists specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, & relationships.

Steps to Healing the Inner Child in Therapy

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In some family dynamics, there’s a lack of healthy mirroring, which may be due to a parent’s own negative childhood experience, physical or mental illness, abuse, or addiction. 

As a result, a child will learn to hide parts of the self, causing a false self to emerge in order to receive validation. 

Depending on the home, the false self can even stay under the radar. 

As the false self arises, we lack an anchor or connection to our body and our feelings. 

This distance from our own somatic (or bodily) experiences and emotions results in abandonment of the self. 

The new false self is created to respond to others’ needs, which is known as ‘acting in agency’. 

In other therapeutic modalities, “accommodation” and “enmeshment” refer to similar phenomena.   

The earlier in life that we develop a false self, the more it becomes ingrained in us, and the harder it can be to overcome later. 

As we move through life, this pattern of acting in agency can contribute to immune system stress, and undermine our sense of resiliency, often resulting in physical and emotional suffering. 

And that’s no good.

That’s why our skilled therapists are here to help you access your Inner Child by using a variety of research proven techniques.

One technique we use is called guided visualization.

Guided visualization actively works to heal childhood wounds through visualizing and participating in a dialogue with the younger self. 

We also work on building your mindfulness skills and somatic awareness, so you can better anchor your body and increase your attention to somatic cues, which are connected to your emotions.

While we can’t erase psychological scars, trauma, and pain, we can heal them and change our experience of them by creating a more empowered way of relating to our past and present selves. 

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At My LA Therapy, our warm and experienced therapists specialize in inner child therapy.

Steps to Healing the Inner Child in Therapy

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A Step-By-Step Breakdown of Inner Child Therapy Practices

Step 1: Acknowledge Your Inner Child

First of all, you have to acknowledge that you have an inner child. We’ll help you come to terms with your past trauma and the fact that you may not be fully healed from it. The healing process can’t begin until you are willing to start. Makes sense, right?

Step 2: Connect With Your Inner Child’s Feelings

Next, you need to slow down, take a breath, and drop into your inner experience to connect with your inner child’s feelings. These feelings can be anything from anger and insecurity to feelings of anxiety and guilt. The inner child’s feelings can surface in a variety of different ways ways, like for example, when situations don’t go your way.

Step 3: Letter Writing

Cultivating a relationship with your inner child and getting to know them more deeply can also be achieved through writing a letter to your inner child. Writing to your inner child can help you provide reassurance, care, and healing, as well as to learn more about their needs, experiences, and perspectives. 

Step 4: Play

When we think about children, we often think about play. Restoring our connection to and healing our inner child often allows playfulness and curiosity to emerge. Playing helps connect us to our inner child and helps us heal. 

This can be especially helpful if you had a really negative childhood or only remember traumatic experiences, but everyone can benefit from playing.

Restoring a sense of joy and vitality requires us to take a break from our serious, adult selves to learn to reconnect with a sense of play.  

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Therapy can successfully improve your life by helping you minimize the anxiety in your life, identify and change underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and provide you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.

To experience true and lasting joy in our life, we must face and conquer our pain by healing our underlying trauma and confronting our fears.

Our evidence-based, scientifically proven therapy interventions are demonstrated by research to be effective in healing depression, anxiety, low-self esteem, and trauma that get in the way of healing our inner child.

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