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DNMS for Clients

Have you ever felt like a secure, confident adult one moment, then after something triggering happens, suddenly felt like a sad, angry, or fearful child?


When we’re significantly wounded in childhood, child parts of self get stuck in time. From then on, those wounded child parts feel hurt, powerless, alone, and lost. They hold negative, untrue beliefs about oneself and the world.

Reminders of a painful past can trigger a flood of overwhelming emotions, evoking a felt sense that the past is still happening now.

Some child parts manage those painful emotions with troubling behaviors – like overeating, starving, withdrawing, gambling, or drinking. 

There are 2 kinds of childhood wounds – trauma wounds and attachment wounds:

  • Trauma wounds form when safety needs are not met well. This occurs when bad things happen – like a tornado, hurricane, or school shooting.

  • Attachment wounds form when emotional needs are not met well. This occurs when important good things do not happen – like when parents fail to make a loving connection, soothe painful emotions, or attune.

When parents are physically abusive or threatening, they inflict both trauma and attachment wounds. 

What if there was a therapy that could heal wounded child parts stuck in old trauma and attachment wounds by helping them get their unmet emotional and safety needs met now?

What if this therapy could help child parts come to feel emotionally secure, valuable, lovable, and safe? Would that interest you?

The DNMS is a gentle, multidimensional, comprehensive, strengths-based, client-centered, ego-state therapy developed by Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC. It helps heal childhood trauma and attachment wounds by meeting the needs of wounded child parts to help them get unstuck from the past.

The DNMS starts with mobilizing a team of loving internal Resources.

The Resources join the therapist in providing all the emotional support, compassion, empathy, and radical acceptance wounded parts needed in childhood but didn’t get.

They’re gently given all the information they need to come out of the past and into the safety of the present moment.

As more and more wounded parts heal, unwanted behaviors, beliefs, emotions, and urges diminish.

Internal conflicts fade out and self-esteem grows.

All this makes it easier to handle the stresses of life with adult skills and strengths.


To learn more, click on the video link below.

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