In the realm of therapeutic interventions for trauma and emotional healing, Post Induction Therapy (PIT) stands out as a transformative approach. Developed by Pia Mellody, an influential figure in the field of addiction and codependency, PIT offers a robust framework for understanding and healing the wounds of childhood trauma. As a practitioner who has trained with Mellody and utilized her methods, I’ve witnessed firsthand the profound impact PIT can have on individuals struggling with the long-term effects of emotional pain.

Understanding the Roots of Codependency

Codependency, often rooted in childhood experiences, is characterized by a chronic focus outside oneself to internal feelings, needs, and desires. This condition typically originates in family systems where children’s emotional needs are neglected, leading to an impaired sense of self and dysfunctional relationship patterns in adulthood. PIT addresses these issues by helping individuals reconnect with their inner selves and healing the core wounds of their past.

The Five Core Issues of PIT

PIT revolves around five core issues that are central to the healing process:

Self-Esteem: This involves addressing feelings of inadequacy and building a healthy, realistic self-appraisal.

Boundaries: Learning to set and maintain healthy boundaries is vital for personal integrity and interpersonal relationships.

Reality: PIT helps individuals distinguish between distorted perceptions and reality, especially regarding their personal history and current relationships.

Dependency: The therapy addresses issues of dependency, promoting a balance of interdependence in relationships.

Moderation: Finally, PIT encourages moderation in all areas of life, helping individuals avoid extremes of thought, feeling, and behavior.

The Process of Post Induction Therapy

PIT is a structured, phase-oriented approach that allows for deep and gradual healing. It begins with an exploration of family history, identifying dysfunctional patterns and their impact on the individual’s current life. This historical perspective is crucial, as it lays the foundation for understanding the origins of codependency and related issues.

Following this, the therapy focuses on processing and releasing painful emotions connected to childhood experiences. Through guided imagery, group therapy, and other techniques, clients are encouraged to confront and reprocess these emotions in a safe and supportive environment.

The Role of Inner Child Work

A pivotal aspect of PIT is inner child work. This involves reconnecting with the parts of oneself that were neglected or wounded in childhood. Through various exercises, clients learn to nurture and protect their inner child, fostering a sense of safety and self-compassion that many have never experienced.

The Impact of PIT on Relationships

One of the most profound effects of PIT is seen in the realm of personal relationships. As clients work through their core issues, they develop healthier ways of relating to others. They learn to establish boundaries, express their needs and desires, and engage in relationships based on mutual respect and interdependence. For many, this is a transformative experience, leading to more fulfilling and balanced relationships.

Beyond Codependency: A Journey to the Self

Ultimately, PIT is more than just a therapy for codependency; it’s a journey towards self-discovery and empowerment. Clients emerge with a stronger sense of who they are and what they need to live a balanced, satisfying life. They learn to value themselves, trust their perceptions, and engage with others in a way that honors their inherent worth.

The Therapist’s Role in PIT

As a therapist trained in PIT by Pia Mellody, my role is to guide clients through this challenging yet rewarding journey. It involves creating a safe, empathetic space where clients can explore their deepest wounds and start the process of healing. The relationship between therapist and client is pivotal, providing the support and validation necessary for transformational change.


Post Induction Therapy is a powerful tool in the healing arsenal for those dealing with the effects of childhood trauma and codependency. It offers a path to understanding oneself, resolving past pain, and building a life of emotional health and relational fulfillment. As someone who has seen and experienced the transformative power of this therapy, I can attest to its effectiveness in helping individuals reclaim their lives and find a sense of peace and wholeness that may have seemed unattainable. In the journey of emotional healing, PIT stands as a beacon of hope, guiding individuals towards a brighter, more balanced future.

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Brent Peak Licensed Professional Counselor
Brent Peak, Licensed Professional Counselor and Trauma Recovery Specialist, is the owner of North Valley Therapy Services in Phoenix, Arizona. With a profound commitment to healing childhood trauma and aiding couples in severe crises, Brent has extensive experience and a unique ability to address trauma, poor self-esteem, and interpersonal challenges with empathy and effectiveness. Trained by Pia Mellody and endorsed by her for his work in Post Induction Therapy, Brent is not just a therapist but a trusted guide, offering hope and transformative change to those who have often felt let down by traditional therapy paths.
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