Topic Expert Article: Why Childhood Feelings Toward Your Parents Still Matter | Justin Lioi, LCSW - Brooklyn, NY

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My Topic Expert article on Good Therapy is about a fear many people have when they enter treatment: “Will therapy make me hate my parents?”

I write about it at length so please feel free to add your comments and let me know what you agree with or don’t agree with. The aim of therapy, at least how I see it, is freedom. Freedom from defining your life through your parents–or anyone else’s–eyes. That could mean you have the best or the not so greatest mom or dad. Therapy should free you from who other people thing you are and connect you to the human you actually are.

Take a read: Why Childhood Feelings Toward Your Parents Still Matter.

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Justin Lioi, LCSW is a men’s mental health and relationship expert based in Brooklyn, NY (and online throughout New York State and internationally.) He received his degree from New York University and has been providing counseling for men and their families for over 10 years. Justin is on the Board of the National Association of Social Workers and writes a weekly column for the Good Men Project called Unmasking Masculinity. He can be found on local and national podcasts talking about assertiveness, anger, self-compassion, all with the goal of becoming the man you want to be.