Jan Bergstrom, LMHC


Every year on a regular basis I conduct family of origin workshops called "Healing Our Core Issues". They investigate the origins of adult dysfunctional behaviors. These workshops are based on the empowering work of Pia Mellody. 

During this dynamic educational and experiential process, participants learn to identify and address those early childhood issues, which have fueled various addictions, depression, eating disorders and painful relationships. The program is not about blaming caregivers; it is about getting in touch with the feelings that follow any less-than-nurturing event that occurred in the past, and resolving the consequential grief and anguish. The "Healing Our Core Issues" Workshop in separated into four phases:


During this phase, participants will learn about the two forms of trauma: Abandonment and neglect, which is a parent being too far away or enmeshment, a parent being too close. Participants discover what kind and to what degree of trauma they got, and how it shows up today. Participants will begin to understand the relationship between the child and the adult as perceived by the child. 


This phase consists of delving into the past and recollecting less-than-nurturing and/or abusive childhood experiences and identifying associated thinking and feelings.


In this phase, participants will re-experience childhood in a safe and nurturing environment. They will release painful emotions and begin to reclaim their rights and personal power through Inner Child and Feelings Reduction work.


Lastly participants will receive a set of strategies, tools, and resources to make permanent these empowering principles in their daily lives. 

This workshop ultimately assists the client in being able to live more fully from their functional adult self. Most clients are aware that without some therapy or intensive work, they struggle and slide into “trauma reactions” in their interactions. Through the education and three experiential processes during the workshop, they work toward the goal of”having their own back” and being empowered. 

In reviewing their childhood, then accepting and speaking the truth of what occurred, they make an adult to child connection, by meeting the needs of the younger parts that are wounded during childhood. This essentially is a process of re-parenting them. Finally they work to protect and stand up for their childhood parts and step fully into functional adult by learning to care for self, advocate for self, shedding emotions and beliefs that no longer work. 

The workshop is typically not billable to your insurance and the entire fee is due one week prior to the workshop. Your deposit of $400 holds your space in the workshop; once you fully pay your workshop tuition, it is non-refundable unless I can find another participant to fill your space in which case you will receive your tuition back, less a $100 administrative fee. 

Please download the following forms and take your time filling them out. Please send the forms to me one week before the start of the workshop. I do take the “Bill Me Later” option on PayPal and MC or Visa for payment.


"No matter what the form of treatment for trauma
the goal is to be “here” and not “there”. "
Bessel Van der Kolk

Healing Our Core Issues


I do offer Couples Boundary workshops in my private practice. Couples learn effective ground rules to achieve and sustain true intimacy, attain self-esteem and emotional stability, understand their strengths and limitations and acquire concrete tools for building healthy relationships. Through the experiential use of the speaking and listening boundaries, couples take turns in working through their core patterns of communication to create a new connected way of interacting. Please inquire about future dates.

‚Äč“Maturity is about being able to maintain your 
boundaries in the face of your partner losing theirs.”

Pia Mellody  
"I came back on a high note feeling more compassion and understanding for both others and myself. It has opened up a more open, honest and deep dialog between my wife and me. I am feeling less stressed about trying to control things in the future, also less judgment about my past.
I am present and when I start
worrying about the future,
I simply focus on the fact that today I am fine. I will see where this all leads but so far I am delighted with the results."

Sam, Concord, NH

“The workshop was great for me
because it has helped me
get closer to my core issues and also helped me to further see that, while I am still responsible for all of my actions, the cultivation of my personality and my habits was largely the result of my parents and the crazy world they lived in. It has helped me to see the importance of creating an environment for
my children of love, compassion, tolerance, good health and

Jack, Portsmouth, NH
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