What is Inner Child Work?
Inner-child work helps you access the child piece of you, the younger version of yourself, along with the experiences and emotions that child had. It is an opportunity to explore and understand the needs that were unmet during childhood. When you examine your past experiences, you may recognize patterns of neglect, abandonment, or emotional deprivation that left you with unresolved needs. These unmet needs can manifest in you adult life, affecting our ability to regulate emotions, form healthy connections and set appropriate boundaries.
Healing the wounded inner child involves understanding how relational and traumatic experiences have shaped your current choices and behaviors. It allows you to make conscious decisions rather than living on autopilot driven by unconscious beliefs or memories. This court will help you learn how to take on the role of a nurturing caregiver to your inner child by becoming attuned to their needs and emotions, learning to listen and respond to them with empathy and compassion. By acknowledging and validating these needs, you can begin the process of healing attachment.
When we can recognize, assert, and advocate for our needs, we create opportunities to heal the wounds of the past and cultivate healthier relationships in the present.
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RELEASING FALL 2023
Each module includes video lectures with me, Dr. Deniz, that have been intentionally designed to pair with the exploration exercises, course prompts, and audio meditations. You will also receive a 100+ page workbook to help you follow along the modules and stay on track. Workbook includes concepts, exercises, journal entries and worksheets. The concepts & skills in this program are derived from interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness and self-compassion-based therapies, Somatic Experiencing, CBT, and parts work.
Learn about the neurobiology of attachment, co-regulation, and repair how these experiences correlate with inner safety & emotion regulation. You'll learn about the impact of healthy & unhealthy attachment experiences, identify your attachment style, and explore the impact of your own attachment experiences. This module also covers attachment as the birthplace of authenticity or self-abandonment.
AN EMBODIED PATH TO REPARENTING
This module covers the relationship between attachment experiences and the concept of embodiment & disembodiment. You'll receive an introduction to trauma-informed mindfulness & embodiment practices to facilitate self-attunement.
IDENTIFYING YOUR WOUNDED INNER CHILD
This module covers how our early relational experiences become internalized and influence our belief systems. You will be guided in identifying how these narratives get activated when your inner child is triggered by events that feel similar to their experiences long ago. Various inner child wounds are reviewed.
THE INTERNALIZED PARENT
This section covers how our internalized voice and ways that we adapted can contribute to resisting, judging, and criticizing our inner experience. The physiology of shame and self-compassion are discussed as a roadmap to working with the nervous system to promote attainment, validation, and safety.
COMPASSIONATELY CONFRONTING PAIN
In this module, we connect somatic and self-compassion practices with actively identifying unmet needs, responding to those needs, and reparenting ourselves. Time is spent reviewing pacing and how to work with emotional intensity.
WORKING WITH DIFFICULT EMOTIONS
This module covers toxic shame, its origins and working with it to promote inner secure attachment.
ALL FEELINGS WELCOME
In this module, we discuss anger, how and why it is suppressed, and the importance of emotional and somatic expression. Using anger to mobilize self-protective actions, such as boundary setting is discussed in context of unmet needs. Various types of boundaries are explored.
In the final module, we work towards identifying core values and related actions to support authenticity. This module also emphasizes an exploration of play and creativity as a means of reconnecting with the inner child and reclaiming the joy of your authentic self. Finally, it concludes with a summary and maintenance plan.
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"With practice, we can see that our wounded child is not only us. Our wounded child may represent several generations. Our mother may have suffered throughout her life. Our father may have suffered. Perhaps our parents weren’t able to look after the wounded child in themselves. So when we’re embracing the wounded child in us, we’re embracing all the wounded children of our past generations. This practice is not a practice for ourselves alone, but for numberless generations of ancestors and descendants."
My courses are not therapy or a replacement for therapy. My courses are for educational purposes only. I am a psychologist, but this is not a therapeutic relationship. It is recommended to be working with a mental health professional, support team, or support system to help you through this process.This is vulnerable work, so be mindful as you move forward.