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Discover insightful tips on understanding maternal relationships & healing the "Mother Wound". Embrace self-compassion, empower & foster emotional well-being.

In Episode 15 of the PsyMood podcast, host Sally Seiriki dived into the intricate dynamics of Mother’s Day alongside Ranj Heer, a PsyMood Therapist. Beyond the flowers and festivities, they explored a profound topic – the “Mother Wound.” This term encapsulates the unprocessed trauma and emotional complexities inherent in the mother-child relationship.


Ranj Heer, drawing from her experience as a counsellor based in Vancouver, British Columbia, provided invaluable insights into the Mother Wound. She emphasized that it’s not just about one day of celebration; it’s about acknowledging the intricacies of maternal relationships throughout our lives. From childhood to adulthood, the “Mother Wound” can manifest in various ways, impacting self-esteem, boundaries, and emotional awareness.


35% of adults reported experiencing some form of relationship issue with their mothers, varying from communication challenges to deeper emotional wounds. 


One key aspect highlighted in their discussion was the interplay of cultural influences and generational patterns. Ranj shed light on how cultural norms and historical experiences shape maternal caregiving styles, influencing the emotional landscape of individuals. This cultural lens provided a deeper understanding of why some may experience emotional neglect or detachment in their maternal relationships.


Here are some key tips for healing from a ‘Mother Wound’

  • Acknowledge the Mother Wound: Recognize and embrace your truth and acknowledge wounds from maternal relationships.
  • Practice Self-Compassion and extend kindness while navigating your healing journey.
  • Reparent Your inner child to address unresolved emotions and nurture your inner child.
  • Incorporate mindful practices like meditation and yoga for holistic healing.
  • Reconnect with Your Mother, even through various means, to foster healing and reconciliation.
  • Share stories with siblings to gain mutual support and understanding.


The navigation through the complexities of healing the Mother Wound offers practical insights and therapeutic approaches. The importance of embracing one’s truth and practicing self-compassion, are essential steps in the journey toward healing. Ranj shared her personal experience of reparenting her inner child and engaging in mindful practices as transformative tools for healing and reconciliation.


Let’s break the cycle as a mother figure:


  • Speak Your Truth Authentically: Express emotions honestly.
  • Empower Your Children: Create a safe space for emotional expression.
  • Listen Actively and Hold Space: Practice non-judgmental listening.
  • Celebrate Highs and Lows: Share daily experiences for connection.
  • Encourage Emotional Expression: Validate children’s emotions.
  • Shift from Solution-Focused to Listening: Focus on active listening.
  • Practice Self-Compassion as a Parent: Allow grace in parenthood.
  • Reflect on Mother’s Day: Acknowledge its significance and complexities.
  • Embrace different forms of Motherhood and celebrate diverse family dynamics.

A poignant reflection on the significance of reconnecting with one’s mother, albeit through various means, to address unresolved emotions and foster healing. Ultimately, the discussion highlighted the profound impact of maternal relationships on our lives and the transformative power of compassion and self-awareness in navigating the Mother Wound.


The significance of the “Mother Wound” at work

The impact of a “Mother Wound” transcends familial dynamics and can significantly influence relationships in the workplace. This psychological concept refers to the emotional scars and unresolved issues stemming from childhood experiences with one’s mother, which can manifest in various aspects of adult life, including professional settings.


At work, individuals with a Mother Wound may struggle with authority figures or hierarchical structures, mirroring unresolved feelings of inadequacy or rejection from childhood. This can lead to challenges in collaborating with supervisors or managers, as subconscious patterns may emerge, such as seeking validation or approval from authority figures. Additionally, individuals with a Mother Wound may struggle with setting boundaries or asserting themselves in professional situations, as they may fear rejection or criticism, echoing past experiences with maternal figures.


Furthermore, the Mother Wound can impact interpersonal relationships with colleagues. Individuals may unconsciously project unresolved issues onto coworkers, leading to misunderstandings or conflicts. For example, someone who experienced emotional neglect from their mother may seek validation and approval from coworkers, potentially leading to an over-reliance on external validation or difficulty in receiving constructive feedback. Moreover, the Mother Wound may contribute to challenges in forming trusting and supportive relationships with coworkers, as individuals may struggle with vulnerability or fear of abandonment, stemming from past relational patterns.


Addressing the “Mother Wound” in the context of workplace relationships requires self-awareness, compassion, and intentional healing. This may involve therapy or counselling to explore underlying emotions and patterns, as well as mindfulness practices to cultivate self-awareness and emotional regulation. Additionally, fostering a supportive and empathetic work environment where individuals feel safe to express themselves authentically can facilitate healing and growth. By acknowledging and addressing the impact of the Mother Wound on professional relationships, individuals can cultivate healthier dynamics in the workplace and promote their overall well-being and success.


By integrating these tips into your journey of healing and parenting, you are equipped with a deeper understanding of the ”Mother Wound” and empowered with practical tools for healing and reconciliation in your own lives. Cultivate deeper connections, foster emotional resilience, and embrace the transformative power of love and understanding within familial relationships.  

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Bio: Ranj Heer, Therapist

Ranj Heer, is a Professional Therapeutic Counsellor, Life Coach; and recent Graduate from Rhodes Wellness College. She is a mother to 3 empowered young women. She has over 25 years of experience in Wellness Coaching, Personal Fitness Training and Yoga Instruction. She utilizes a person-centred approach and works with CBT, DBT, Early Childhood Attachments, Gestalt Therapy, and Gottman’s Couples Counselling and is a Trauma trauma-informed counsellor. Ranj is passionate about sharing Psychoeducation, so her clients are well informed about the therapeutic approaches that are used during their sessions. Ranj offers you a safe and confidential space to bring new perspectives to the difficulties that you may be experiencing. We all have a story and experiences that differ in nature; she offers you a chance to explore yourself in depth with confidence. You are the architect of your life; but sometimes our designs can be derailed, by a multitude of factors. Ranj is here to help you stay on course to achieve an empowered life. You not only hold the Key to unlocking your potential; you are the Key.

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