One-on-one Inner Child Coaching Sessions
Something is “Wrong with Me”
When we are children, those that are in charge of our upbringing form our internal views of ourselves. If we are loved unconditionally we will feel that we are enough. If we are treated with love and respect, we will feel that we are worthy of it throughout life and cultivate those types of relationships. If we are criticized constantly we will do the same with ourselves and others. If we are physically or emotionally abused, we will seek out the same throughout our lives. It makes sense, doesn’t it? It’s what we know and recognize as familiar. The problem is that this is a dysfunctional way to live life. Far from satisfying us, it moves us further and further from our essence which knows what is best for us. Many of us tend to ignore or minimize the emotional wounds inflicted on us at an early age, though more often than not the psychological disorders we’ve developed as grown-ups are largely related to our childhood. Depression, low self-esteem, codependent relationships, addiction, indecision, fear; there’s an ongoing list of consequential symptoms that grow along with us as we age. We feel that there is something “wrong with us.” Though we are functional, we continue to play the roles that we developed in our infancy and act from a place of hurt. Working with the Inner Child offers an effective method to re-parent ourselves, to stop toxic programming and get over the devastating consequences of trauma.
Diagnosed with depression at age 19, I was told I was born with a chemical imbalance and that I would need to take pills for the rest of my life. Not until I stopped taking them, however, did my healing begin. In the search to find what the pills had been concealing, I fell into a deep depression and went through many years of feeling a victim, resentful, frustrated and unhappy. It is through working with my Inner Child that I finally emerged from this cycle of negativity and hopelessness.
A Rescue Voyage
The vast majority of us grew up in environments in which we were victims of victims. Co-dependent relationships were established and as children, we were called on to fill inappropriate roles. One doesn’t have to be sexually or physically assaulted to experience abuse. We need to delve deep in order to understand the depth and seriousness of the damage we were subjected to. Not out of self-pity or to place blame on others, but to validate our lived experience rather than minimize it and to be able to look into the eyes of that scared defenseless child and rescue him/her. To take him out of a toxic environment where he still dwells and embraces him with the unconditional love needed to lead a rich full life in which being our true selves is sufficient.
Inner Child Work
It consists of reconciling the various Inner Children with the Grownup Self through a series of guided meditation and introspective work to provide a foundation of love and support. You will learn to communicate to your Inner Children and meet their needs in appropriate ways in a process of restoring a balance of roles in where the adult self, assumes the responsibility of his/her life. The client is all the time aware of what is going on. I am there as a guide yet the client’s adult self is the one who does the work. In most cases, a few sessions are enough for the clients to feel that they are holding the steering of their life. You are most welcome to my practice for an in-person session or we can schedule a Skype or Zoom consultation. I speak English, Dutch and Spanish.
“Risa is amazing, inspiring and connected women who is sharing her medicine of dance and playfulness with the world. Thank you so much for supporting my transformation ✨🙏✨ such a blessing and honour to meet you on this Sacred Path of Life.“ – Vera Anja
“I appreciate Risa Luna for two reasons. She listens and strengthens your courage. When I told her my childhood story, she reflected and provided me with resources on what I needed to be healed and what I needed to flourish: a self-love journey through time. She knows that the healing process is difficult but not unattainable for anyone. In this way, she strengthens your internal courage to know that self -healing and self-love are possible.” – Lauren
“Risa proposes simple and deep exercises and knows how to create a nice, safe space where you can be honest and true to yourself. And make the most out of a group experience. I recommend her work, either for those who take their first steps in self-reconciliation or for the ones that have been doing inner work for a few years.” – Marco
“Last weekend I went to the workshop ‘Inner child’ from Risa. A beautiful and deep inner journey where Risa guided us to connect with our inner child in our own authentic way. Risa is a beautiful, shiny, enthusiastic, warm and pure person. You feel in everything that she loves what she is doing. It really comes from her heart. I felt safe to be fully me and let go of everything that came up. Risa was there to support and hold space for me, which even motivated me more to go deeper. I’m really grateful for this beautiful experience! Thank you so much!” – Marlon
“Thank you so much for such a rewarding workshop. I am grateful to how you hold the space with love and safety, allowing me to break down the walls and guide me to a place of higher consciousness through a powerful connection with the child within, enabling deep healing, inner peace and playfulness thank you!” – Martin
“That workshop ( Dancing with my Inner Child ) was truly an eye-opener. There is a whole world beyond everyday consciousness that is run by those parts of ourselves that are in the shadow… this work is a great way to transform the ones that don’t serve you. As well as bringing your strengths back to the light. Reconnecting with the child I have been (the younger versions of myself ) and to then take this child by the hand was very emotional for me.
Thanks to the workshop I could uncover some forgotten dreams and be guided into growing a more loving and healthy version of myself. Thank you Risa!”– Mirjam
Risa does an amazing job reconnecting us with our inner child. Thank you very much for your work and sharing your knowledge. Reconnecting with ourselves by seeing and feeling like children is extremely healing. I highly reccomend practicing this dinamic… The result is wonderful. Infinite thanks. – Fiorella.
“Dancing with my Inner Child workshop was amazing! Risa was a great teacher and guide to connecting with my inner child, what a lovely, warm woman. The connection I made and the techniques I learned are very valuable to me! Much thanks for sharing your wisdom and creating such a safe and loving space!” – Nina
“I really enjoyed the Dancing with my Inner Child workshop with Risa. Risa has a soothing, reassuring voice that lends well to guided meditations and helps to bring you to a deep state of relaxation. The space was light and airy, the rest of the group friendly and Risa created a beautiful safe atmosphere whereby the participants felt at ease to explore the inner child work. Risa clearly laid out the steps needed to continue the work on your own, which if you keep up definitely delivers results. Highly recommended!” – Daisy
“A peaceful and non-judgemental space to make a connection to our inner beings and discover a sense of self. Excellent workshop and a great way to spend time on ourselves.” – E. Clarke
“I followed an Inner Child workshop with Risa last year in November. I had just lost my father. I was doubting my life choices and myself. I was in a very sad, confused, lost and in a negative space. I was doubting all I had done up to that moment. I realized that there was a deep seated something that needed attention. That something was my lonely and unsure inner children. With Risa, I was able to very easily connect to a younger version of myself that was lonely and needing love and attention. We did this with attention, invitation and writing. The simple rituals and activities we lovingly did together gave me so much insight into my repressed and ignored needs. I have been able to continue with this work with the tools and guidance I received from Risa. This has been a journey of discovery; finding pain and voices that have long been neglected. The connection and lightness coming with this work feel amazing. I am thankful for the tools, guidance and inspiration I received from Risa and wholeheartedly recommend doing Inner Child work with her.” – Lisa Ann
“A healing and mind-blowing experience. To meet the little child I was; to see her when she was a few months old; to caress her; to know how she felt and how the environment she was born in was wonderful! You need to live the experience in its totality and surrender with all your heart so this beautiful girl can live inside yourself peacefully. I love you Luisita, you are the most beautiful girl who has ever existed and you are unique.” – Luisa
“I always thought that I did not have many emotional issues to work through. I was taught that to feel down sometimes was part of life, that everybody had a bad day. And it might be so, but what happens when that bad day repeats itself over and over, and you start sharing with your friends and tell them how you feel and you hear: “Take it easy”; “it will be over”; “you are courageous”; “it is part of being human”. I lived this way for a long time, always focused on how to look nicer, not for me, but for others, forgotten of my emotional side, thinking that I just had another bad day. Until one day I had my first panic attack. Life stopped me so that I had to look inside. I thought panic attacks happened to another kind of people. I asked myself: “Why me if my parents gave me everything?” “I’ve got everything.” “Why me?” I could not sleep that night. Days later I met Risa. I cannot express how grateful I am. My life changed completely. I learned to love myself, to respect and value myself and to be free. The best thing that life has given to me is my family but unfortunately, my upbringing was not the best you can ask for. My parents were victims of other victims. They hurt me seriously when I was little. Now I understand where my fears come from, my insecurities and sadness. I learned all these thanks to Risa and the Healing the Inner Child training. Now I can say that I am responsible and more conscious of my emotions. It has been hard to reach the point where I am but now when a bad day arises, I am positive that I can deal with it.” – María José
“After meeting my inner child, miracles started to happen like finding and even receiving my ‘dream garden’ house that was exactly like the one my inner child enjoyed playing in. Inner child work is essential powerful medicine and Risa has the sensitivity and the skills to do this very well, as you can feel when a guide has been and is committed to/ doing her own inner work, which I find much more important than any other credentials.” – Sayenn
“I took part in this workshop to explore my inner child. I had heard of the concept of the inner child before, and it made me curious. Over the weeks, following the program, I’ve definitely felt a change, a shift in behavior. Risa has not only been able to introduce me to my inner child, she has also brought us together. I’ve become more conscious of my needs and emotions, and I’ve become a more loving and self-assured person. I’ve never felt so empowered.” – Tijmen