The Inner Child reflects the child that we once were. Sometimes referred to as ‘the child within’ or the ‘wounded child’, it conceptualises an aspect of the subconscious mind that influences and sometimes takes over our emotions and behaviours.
Most psychological issues stem from unmet needs, often as a child. Childhood hurts and traumas leave a severe imprint. They run unhelpful subconscious programmes of low self-esteem, anxiety, and other mental health issues that can immensely disrupt adult lives.
Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung first developed the concept. In his words:
What is the Inner Child?
“In every adult there lurks a child – an eternal child, something that is always becoming, is never completed and calls for unceasing care, attention and education. That is the part of the human personality which wants to develop and become whole”.
Connecting with Your Inner Child
Connecting with your inner child is an effective therapy to heal emotional and psychological issues. Sometimes, even forward looking therapies might need to explore the inner child before getting to a place where issues can be resolved. This might offer a feeling of closure and the ability to unlock the resources for change. Clinical hypnotherapy offers one the best and most effective ways to connect with your inner child. The Gestalt Therapy procedure searches deep under hypnosis to make the connection, nurture the child, accept what happened, close the wounds and enable to get closure and move on positively.