You may be feeling:
Low self esteem
Critical of yourself
Held back as a parent
Growing up in a dysfunctional family is painful. You may feel that your parents never saw you clearly. Instead, they wanted you to be a certain way so that their needs would be met. You may feel like one or both of your parents criticized you endlessly no matter how hard you tried to please them. A parent may have been verbally, emotionally, and/or physically abusive. Your parents may not have protected you from a sibling. These kinds of behaviors have a huge impact on children and can lead to low self esteem so that now you may criticize yourself and question your own capacity.
In therapy you can learn to turn off the critical voices inside. You can start to feel your own self worth so that you feel more confident in the world.
If you are a parent yourself, it can sometimes feel difficult to give your children the attention and love that you never received as a child. When you give attention to your children it may be a constant nagging reminder of what you never received. You may be determined that your child is not raised in a dysfunctional family.
In therapy you can explore the blocks that come up for you as a parent so that you can be the loving parent you want to be for your children.
Therapy can allow you to explore and heal the wounds of being criticized and unseen as a child. You can turn off the self criticism and love yourself instead.
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