The Importance of Understanding the Past
There is a widely held misconception that therapy is all about sitting and talking about the past. In actuality, at its best, therapy is present and future oriented. However, we do revisit our past in therapy, and for good reason. We can’t fully and consciously participate in the unfolding of our lives in the present if we are still being unconsciously impacted by things that happened to us in the past.
Processing our childhoods—understanding through the lens of our adult selves, how our experiences impacted us and allowing our bodies to fully integrate the emotions connected with these experiences—is the key to healing pervasive issues such as low self-worth, perfectionism, anxiety, people-pleasing, and codependency. Most of us are carrying some level of childhood trauma, and everyone can benefit from processing their childhood experiences.