The Emotional Needs of a Child | Coon Rapids Therapist

family therapy providerIf it is possible to distill the benefits of good therapy into one phrase or short sentence, it may well be that “good therapy can help answer questions we never knew had been formulated by our minds.” Such is an apt description of what can happen in the mind of a child. Whether by design or by accident, the world of a child’s emotions forms as a result of parental influence. And though the vast majority of parents likely mean well, some do not. And even among those who do mean well, the fragility of a child’s mind can determine that the messages they receive get translated into negativity, which in turn can lead to symptoms and manifestations of neglect.

Making Sense Of Questions From Your Childhood

If you find yourself going through life with a feeling that something is missing, or if you cut yourself off from your emotions, are easily discouraged, feel vulnerable to rejection or the fear of abandonment, or suffer the effects of low self-esteem or perfectionism, it may mean that you grew up with a measure of parental neglect. Though it is not necessarily true that such feelings are always the result of parental neglect, they likely indicate that you have unanswered questions that could potentially be answered by seeking the insights of a qualified, professional therapist. Laurie Grengs is exactly the kind of therapist who can help you not only answer many of the questions you have about your emotional life, but identify those questions in the first place.

Look To Your Past For Keys To Your Future

The work of identifying the sources and manifestations of emotional numbness, hollowness, and distance is complicated. Laurie Grengs understands that the answers to such questions are seldom simple. But she can help you make progress in answering the critical questions that might have been present about your emotional well-being for much of your life. Certain parental personality characteristics tend to characterize the young lives of people who grow up with the results of emotional neglect. Below is a non-exhaustive list of traits that tend to be present in parents who are neglectful. If you have a parent who could be described in any of the following ways, exploring in greater depth with someone like Laurie Grengs could be helpful to you:

  • Authoritarian parents
  • Narcissistic parents
  • Overly permissive or perfectionistic parents
  • Parents who were largely absent during your childhood

If you find that any of these trends resonate with you as sources for your emotional responses, you would do well to contact Laurie Grengs for the assistance she can provide you in understanding your life better. Call Laurie at 1-(877) 572-2326 to make an appointment.