Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Inner Child Work

Inner Child Work books available through Amazon.com :

HEALING YOUR ALONENESS: Finding Love and Wholeness Through Your Inner Child, by Ericka J. Chopich and Margaret Paul, Harper & Row, 1990, ISBN 0-06-250149-6. This is a wonderful book. It helps identify the concept of having an Inner Child, but it goes beyond that as well. Almost more importantly, this book helps you find your Inner Adult and learn to have that part of yourself become more loving. This book has useful suggestions for individual work as well as work in the context of therapy.

INNER BONDING: Becoming a Loving Adult To Your Inner Child, by Margaret Paul. Margaret Paul continues where the previous book left off by developing the process of Inner Bonding to improve the relationship with your Inner Loving Adult and Child. She then addresses Inner Bonding in the many relationships in our lives: with our spouses, lovers, parents, children, friends, work relationships, and when we are alone.

12 STEPS TO SELF-PARENTING, by Patricia O'Gorman and Philip Oliver-Diaz. O'Gorman and Diaz base this book on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, revised to address the relationship between our inner child and our "Higher Parent." Also on tape.

FACING CODEPENDENCE, by Pia Mellody. Pia Mellody defines codependence as immaturity, "feeling like a little person in a great big body." She contends that anyone who has experienced less than nurturing parenting may be codependent, experiencing extremes in self-esteem, boundaries, the ability to know our own reality, the ability to meet our needs and wants, and the ability to live in modertion. Also FACING LOVE ADDICTION and Breaking Free : A Recovery Workbook for Facing Codependence.

GROWING UP AGAIN: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children, by Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson. Although this is an actual parenting manual, it is also a reparenting manual! It has wonderful suggestions to make our parenting of our actual children healthier and more loving, and it applies these same suggestions to addressing our own internal parenting and self-care.

THE INNER CHILD IN DREAMS, by Kathrin Asper. This is a Jungian book on the child and childhood as a symbol. "Karen Asper's book is a veritable treasure map for discovering our own inner child. She demonstrates how the child appears in dreams at times of transition and renewal, and, more importantly, how to realize the purpose and meaning of those appearances."

THE ASTROLOGY OF SELF-DISCOVERY: An In-Depth Exploration of the Potentials Revealed in Your Birth Chart, Emphasizing Neptune, Pluto, the Moon & The Outer Planet Transits, by Tracy Marks. CRCS Publications, 1985. This Jungian astrology text includes wonderful information, including applying astrology to inner child work, interpreting the 12 possible sign placements of the Moon, interpreting the lunar nodes, outer planet transits, information about Neptune and Pluto, astrology and self-development.

Jane Rekas

LCSW, CHt

Jane Rekas is a Licsensed Clinical Social Worker at Turtle Dove Counseling and Hood River DBT, Certified Hypnotist at Hood River Hypnosis, Reiki Master at Rekas Reiki, Astrologer at Astrological Counsel, and Seasonal Color Analyst at Expressing Your Truth.

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