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All posts published here are presented as casual conversation pieces to provoke thought in some direction or another, they do not necessarily represent fixed opinions of the Inner Council, as our work exists beyond the spectrum of bound statement and singular clause.

Childhood trauma & the Inner Child

The Inner Council Inner Child work is a form of therapy which is carried out by the participant. This means that you are the therapist and that you are going to be doing repeated practices that are considered the core of the therapy. The workshop is given in order to explain the structural content of the work and to take you on an initial journey from your birth and through your primary developmental stages where we build a trust relationship that will place you in the correct position for continuing the work yourself.
Along this journey your Inner Child will point out and guide you to the aspects that you are ready for healing. Some traumas are highlighted straight away, others are left alone when the correct level of trust has been attained in order to approach them.

What is a childhood trauma?

For the consideration of Inner Child work, childhood trauma is a single or repeated event that occurred during the primary developmental stages that we were unable to integrate, like an unhealed wound. During these events we often lacked an ensuring protection or emotional connectedness, in other words, there was a breach in our sense of safety. Often this trauma causes the individual to find protection or a similar need from an alternative source. From this stage on we may see a modification in our normal behavioural response which psychoanalysts would label as pathological.

This is where we find the division of the wounded Inner Child and the inner parent/adult who is navigating life on the outside. Simply put, our child developed indirect strategies to receive basic needs that are essential during childhood. We are now trapped in a familiar pattern, returning over and over to the behaviour that somehow chemically satisfied our craving for these basic needs.

The Inner Child workshop opens up a conversation in order to understand and to rectify these sometimes subtle controls for self-preservation which are disrupting our adult life.

Speak to a practitioner about your traumas and move into a new space on new terms with a renewed relationship with your Inner Child.