Step Seven Professional Help
  1. Many survivors describe a particular feeling or sensation in their bodies that, over time, comes to represent their wounded inner child. Explore that feeling with your therapist and see if you can't bring this part of you into sharper focus. What does this wounded child feel like to you? What does s/he want or need from you today? Are there any metaphors images that capture the bodily sensations that could explain what this child is experiencing? Many survivors report feeling "empty" inside or "cut off" below the neck or a "hole" in the stomach. Exploring the inner child through your own personal metaphor may help you and your therapist figure out how to heal the wounds.
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