I resisted inner child work for about 10 years, or should I say it took my 10 years of therapy to come to a place where I was ready to connect into and love that wounded dissociated traumatised child that was cringing and hiding inside of me in a very dark place, and may I ad thanks to my incredibly patient and compassionate therapist walking that entire 10 year journey with me.
As a thervadan buddhist practitioner I sometimes translate some the tools of this practice into psychological therapeutically appropriate support interventions for clients; however sometimes I don't. Mindfulness and meditation are not the same thing and sometimes there are significant risks that come with meditation, specifically making anxiety and depression worse. So I wanted to take a moment to describe how I distinguish between the two.
Mirrors are funny things. 2 dimensional fields that reveal not only our outer appearance but our 4th dimensional inner life. If I am ever feeling stuck with a client I whip out my trusty old mirror and wow does that get a session going. Nothing is more confrontational that being in presence with ourselves in reflection.