In my therapy sessions with adult children, typically up to the age of 45, the challenge of fostering a healthy relationship with their parents is a recurring theme. The intricate dance between acknowledging feelings of being “pushed too hard” and longing for parental pride creates a web of complex emotions that requires delicate navigation.
While some parents may indeed pose challenges, dwelling on their flaws can lead to a stagnant blame game. Blaming parents, especially if they deal with mental illness or addiction, can be more detrimental to you than to them in the end. Here are a few reasons to shift the focus:
Initiating an open, mature conversation with your parents is a crucial step. Choose a positive time, free from substances or distractions, and introduce the Parent/Child Relationship Audit Questions, adapted from Sarah Epstein LMFT, to foster meaningful dialogue:
Engaging in this dialogue serves as evidence that mature, open communication can exist within the parent/child dynamic.
Building a workable adult relationship between parents and children involves a delicate dance as it transitions from a relationship with full parental authority to one of mutual companionship. It necessitates excellent communication skills, flexibility, and effective boundaries.
For adult children, a healthy bond means working through past hurts, managing communication, and deciding the appropriate level of closeness. For parents, it involves owning their part in past hurts, respecting their adult children’s authority, and building a bond based on mutual interests.
Once you navigate the audit and start healing past childhood traumas, you’ll witness the potential for tough conversations, setting the stage for personal and relational growth.
Whether through 1:1 therapy, hypnotherapy, or our popular Writing Bravely support group, you will learn the WHY behind your not feeling happy and content with your life. You’ll process through childhood trauma and create new emotional meaning to replace the unconscious core schemas, and emotional wounds. You’ll reduce fear, insecurities, and build up, and learn tools to cope and gain control of your emotions while identifying the source of the issues. Finding a therapist in Richmond, VA can finally help you create the YOU that you want to be.
You don’t have to face your anger alone. Our counselors in Richmond, VA are equipped with innovative techniques like Internal Family Systems, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, and storytelling, provide a safe space for your healing. Your past can be transformed, your memories reconsolidated, and your future informed.
I take the scenic route when treating big emotions like anger, resentment, and grief because there’s less opportunity for shame to enter the room.
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Dr. Adina Silvestri is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Internal Family Systems (Level 1), Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Certified Brainspotter in Richmond, Virginia.
She loves using storytelling and metaphor, among other techniques, to help clients become aware that the feelings need to fit the facts and sometimes the facts are just wrong!
She is also a shame fighter!