ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS
Growing up in a home with alcoholism can have profound impacts on who you are today and how you navigate the world. If you grew up with alcoholism or other addictions in your home, you may relate to some or all of this:
On the surface you seem to have it all together. You are responsible - sometimes overly responsible. You may try to take on responsibility that is not yours and end up spending a lot of time trying to fix other people's problems for them. For the most part, people see you as trustworthy and competent.
Control makes you feel safe and is evident in all your lists, schedules, and planning. When you sense a lack of control, life can feel unsafe and scary. Sometimes all the organizing and planning can feel overwhelming but you need it in order to feel secure.
Life looks good on paper, but you can’t seem to shake the feeling that something doesn’t feel “right.” Sometimes the weight of responsibility and organization can feel exhausting, but you can’t stop for fear of facing what is underneath. If you can relate, you’re in the right place. I can walk with you as we safely explore what is going on underneath your tightly held control.
If you are looking for a therapist familiar with the Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) program, you’re in the right place. I am familiar with ACA (including: the laundry list, 12-steps, inner child work, re-parenting, etc.) and can work with you to ensure our sessions together compliment your work in the program.