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Exploring the 6 Versions of Self in Mental Health: A Journey Towards Healing and Wholeness

Aug 21, 2023 | 0 comments


The information provided here is not intended to be a substitute for professional health and mental health care or consultation. Individuals who believe they may require or benefit from treatment should seek the advice of a psychologist or other licensed mental health professional.

Very Good Counseling is a private practice of licensed mental health therapists who specialize in EMDR.  We provide online mental health services to individuals throughout the State of Florida,  and in-person at our office in Fort Myers, FL. For more information, contact us.

by: <a href="" target="_blank">Robert Engle, EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Therapist</a>

by: Robert Engle, EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Therapist

Because We Believe You Matter

Robert joined the practice full time in 2022 to help neurodivergent individuals with ADHD, anxiety, and depression find freedom and enjoy life through counseling. He is currently working towards becoming a Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP). Trained in EMDR therapy, he excels at understanding the intricacies of ADHD and Trauma.

Delving into the Complexities of Human Identity

In the vast landscape of mental health, uncovering the intricate layers of our inner selves stands as a pivotal step towards genuine healing. Within every individual resides a tapestry of versions, each representing a distinct facet of identity and experience. By embarking on a profound journey through these six dimensions of self, we illuminate the path to self-awareness, self-compassion, and remarkable personal growth. This enlightening exploration unveils the intricate tapestry that forms our internal world, with EMDR therapy serving as a powerful guide in addressing the challenges associated with each layer.

Recognizing the Different Facets of Our Being

1. The Present Self: The radiant essence of our current existence is embodied by the present self. It’s the mirror reflecting our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in the immediacy of the moment. By fostering mindfulness and grounding techniques, EMDR therapy facilitates a profound connection with the present self. Through the transformative practice of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, individuals gain the tools to navigate through unresolved traumatic experiences, unshackling themselves from the past and embracing the richness of the present.

2. The Past Self: Our journey through life leaves imprints that shape our past self—forged by experiences, memories, and upbringing. This version of self weaves a tapestry of beliefs, behaviors, and emotional responses. EMDR therapy stands as a beacon of hope, offering a transformative path to heal past wounds and traumas. By reprocessing distressing memories, individuals unveil the strength to untangle the emotional grip that binds them to the past, allowing personal growth and resilience to flourish.

3. The Future Self: Envisioned in our dreams and aspirations, the future self embodies our loftiest ambitions. This version embodies the radiant potential within, striving to transcend barriers and reach new heights. EMDR therapy is a powerful catalyst in this journey, guiding individuals to unravel and address the limiting beliefs that cast shadows on their path. Through introspection and reprocessing, individuals embrace empowerment and set the course towards aligning with their most radiant future self.

4. The Inner Child: Nestled within the heart of our being resides the inner child—a tender and vulnerable version shaped by our early years. EMDR therapy becomes a nurturing haven for this inner child, providing a safe space to heal and integrate. By resolving past childhood traumas, individuals extend a healing hand to their inner child, cultivating self-compassion that nurtures emotional well-being and fosters self-acceptance.

5. The Shadow Self: The hidden corners of our psyche shelter the shadow self—a repository of suppressed emotions, fears, and insecurities. EMDR therapy beckons individuals to embark on a journey of self-acceptance by embracing these obscured facets. Through the transformative process, individuals unravel the profound growth that arises from acknowledging and reconciling with these hidden dimensions, enabling inner harmony and integration.

6. The Ideal Self: Aspiration takes form in the ideal self—a vision of our highest virtues, strengths, and values. EMDR therapy acts as a bridge, connecting our current reality with our lofty aspirations. By confronting and reprocessing negative self-beliefs, individuals kindle the flame of self-compassion, forging the path towards aligning actions and choices with the embodiment of their ideal self.

Cultivating Mental Well-Being and Personal Growth

This holistic exploration of the six versions of self unveils a transformative journey towards mental well-being and personal evolution. EMDR therapy, a beacon of hope, holds the key to unraveling the intricate challenges entwined with each self-layer. If you stand at the threshold of this transformative expedition, consider taking that courageous step towards a session with Very Good Counseling. The path to understanding, nurturing, and harnessing the potential of your six versions of self is a journey well worth embarking upon. With a trained EMDR therapist as your guide, the profound tapestry of your inner world awaits illumination, leading you towards self-compassion, growth, and the vibrant life you deserve.

Joining the Path of Healing and Self-Discovery

Ready to commence your journey towards healing and self-discovery? To initiate your transformation with Very Good Counseling, simply click the button below and select the mental health intake option to begin your transformative odyssey alongside a skilled EMDR therapist. Remember, the voyage towards self-compassion and personal evolution begins with a single, resolute step.

The information provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional health and mental health care or consultation. If you believe you may require or benefit from treatment, we encourage you to seek the advice of a psychologist or other licensed mental health professional. The success stories and testimonials shared are specific to individual cases and do not guarantee similar results for all clients.

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