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Emotional Wounds: What They Are and How They Can Be Healed

Transformation Therapy can help you to begin the process of healing your emotional wounds and breaking patterns of self-defeating and harmful behaviors.
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Most people have had negative experiences that cause deep, long-lasting psychological pain. These are known as emotional wounds. The pain is usually caused by someone close, such as a parent, significant other,  mentor, or friend. Emotional wounds can be tied to specific events, realizations, or physical challenges and often revolve around a surprising situation. While emotional wounds usually change people in a negative way, they can be healed. Though many of these wounds occur when we are children, wounds can occur at any point in our life. Those who seek treatment soon realize there are many benefits of psychotherapy.

Get Help with Healing Emotional Wounds 

Healing emotional wounds takes time. When you suffer psychological pain, you become sensitive to things that didn’t bother you before. These things may seem harmless to other people, but they touch you deeply and cause further hurt. 

Maybe you feel particularly bothered when your boss points out an error in your work, but your coworkers seem to move on quickly. It’s probably not because you value your job more than they do; they may simply not have the same emotional wounds. Maybe your mother was very critical of you as a child, so you’re now overly sensitive to criticism as an adult. After you’re started healing emotional wounds, your boss’ comments won’t have the same impact.  When you notice that a situation bothers you more than you think it should, you likely have an emotional wound that has been triggered. 

You may not even be aware of the wounds you have, even though they are affecting your life in significant ways. However, when you become conscious of your childhood trauma, healing can begin. Healing emotional wounds from childhood can make a big difference in your daily life and relationships.

When healing deep emotional wounds, there are some things that help. These include:

  • Allowing your emotions to arise without acting on them.
  • Practicing breathing techniques to calm yourself.  Learn techniques to help you stay within a window of emotional tolerance (i.e. neither too agitated nor too numb)
  • Take good care of yourself mentally and physically.  
  • Work with a therapist to help uncover and process painful situations from the past.
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Listening to Your Inner Child: Healing Emotional Wounds

Everyone has an inner child--a part of their personality that feels and reacts like a child. Unless you do the work to heal that child, you carry your childhood emotional wounds well into adulthood. They can lead to violent, passive-aggressive, self-harming, and self-defeating thoughts or behaviors. They cause you to feel less than others and inadequate to the task at hand.  When you accept and learn to understand your inner child, healing emotional wounds becomes easier. You may need to remind your younger self that you are deserving of love and that you did the best you could with what you had at the time.

Seeking professional help from a therapist can make the process more effective. I use several techniques to help you identify your emotional wounds and begin the healing process. I offer counseling for adults and couples in Arvada, Golden, and Wheat Ridge, CO. Call us at (303) 872-7899 to ask questions or book an appointment.