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I'm Adam, a U.K. based Psychotherapist working with people across the globe.

I like to think I'm a regular guy, with a sole focus to help others improve their lives, which is ultimately how I have chosen to improve mine.

I am a curious humanitarian and I speak as I find. I love to travel and I buzz off meeting new people and seeing others grow.

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The Turbulent Waters of Enmeshment: Finding Balance Between Independence and Intimacy



The journey from childhood to adulthood is marked by crucial developmental stages, one of the most significant being the process of individuation during adolescence. This natural evolution allows a young person to develop a separate identity from their parents. However, for those who experience enmeshment with a parent - where boundaries are blurred and individuality is stifled - this critical stage can be compromised. The repercussions of this developmental disruption often extend into adulthood, manifesting as a complex aversion to close relationships.


Adults who have grown up in an enmeshed family environment frequently find themselves caught in a perplexing dichotomy. On one hand, they have a deep-seated yearning for closeness, intimacy, and the security that relationships can provide - fundamental human needs that are as essential as air and water. On the other hand, there exists a profound fear that engaging in intimate relationships might lead to a loss of self, a kind of psychological annihilation that threatens their hard-won independence.


This internal conflict is not only painful but also deeply confusing. Individuals with enmeshment wounds often oscillate wildly between an intense desire for connection and an overwhelming urge to flee from it. During adolescence, when individuation from parents is thwarted, these individuals often resort to psychological fantasies of freedom. These fantasies serve as a mental escape from the suffocating closeness of their family dynamics. They represent a yearning for what was not obtained naturally - the freedom to be one's own person, separate and distinct.


As these individuals mature, the fantasies of freedom can morph into a lifestyle of hyper-independence, a stark contrast to their enmeshed upbringing. This overcorrection, however, comes at a cost. In their quest to safeguard their individuality, they may inadvertently neglect their innate needs for emotional closeness and intimacy. Thus, they swing from one extreme to another, struggling to find a stable middle ground.


The key to healing and finding balance lies in recognising the need to exist as a distinct individual within a relationship. It involves understanding that it is possible to maintain one's sense of self while simultaneously engaging in deep, meaningful connections with others.

Therapy and self-awareness work can aid in setting healthy boundaries and softening the fears associated with closeness. Through this therapeutic journey, one can learn to embrace the paradox of maintaining individuality while fulfilling their intrinsic human needs for intimacy and security, ultimately leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.


If this resonates with you and you're seeking that elusive balance between independence and intimacy, I invite you to connect with me. By understanding your unique story, together we can navigate the path towards healing and fulfilling relationships. To book a consultation, please click here.


This invitation to dialogue and healing is open to anyone feeling the weight of these complex emotions. Whether you are just beginning to recognise the signs of enmeshment or are already deep in your journey of self-discovery, it is never too late to seek support and reclaim your right to a balanced and autonomous life.

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