Years ago as I was leaving a family function, I turned to my partner and said "Will I ever walk in this world as an adult instead of as an abused child?"
This statement was deep and prophetic and, tho I didn't know it at the time, indicative of the healing opportunities that were in front of me. At that time, I didn't know what an adult child was, all I knew is that I lived daily with fear, shame, guilt and behaviors that I labelled neurotic. I had migraines, back pain, social anxiety, intimacy issues and my world was getting smaller and smaller.
What I didn't understand was I was carrying trauma from my past that I didn't have a framework to understand or any knowledge of how to heal. Thankfully, my higher power was working on my behalf and carrying me along the path to deeper awareness, insight, and healing.
I was gifted with healing shame work that allowed me to identify, understand and heal shame and trauma from the past, and after becoming certified in that work to assist my clients, discovered ACA. The Big Red Book text of the Twelve Step program blew my world open even wider.
The ACA program recommends working with an informed therapist to supplement the spiritual work done with the Twelve Steps and a sponsor. If you are looking for support in addressing the shame and trauma from the effects of being an Adult Child, please reach out and schedule a session to see how I can aid you in your healing journey.
Wondering if you may be an adult child? Here are some resources for you: