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Children of Emotionally Unavailable Parents

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If you grew up with an emotionally unavailable parent/caregiver and are experiencing ongoing emotional challenges as a result, we are here to support you. 


At be Morr, we understand the implications of growing up with emotionally unavailable parents/caregivers. 


You may have trouble expressing and validating your own emotions or establishing safety with others. Have you ever questioned what’s at the root of that? We support adult children of  emotionally unavailable parents/caregivers to heal their inner child. 


If you’re ready to start discovering safety, schedule a complimentary consultation with us today.

Therapy for Children of Emotionally Unavailable Parents in NYC

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An emotionally unavailable parent is someone who is unable or unwilling to connect with their child emotionally.

Here are some common struggles that someone who grew up with an emotionally unavailable parent/caregiver may experience

  • Difficulty forming close relationships, as they may not have experienced emotional closeness in their own family.

  • Feelings of inadequacy or low self-worth, as they may have felt like they were not valued or important to their parents (If a caregiver was not present due to long hours at work, a child is unable to register this as a necessity, but can form an unhelpful narrative about lack of availability).

  • Trouble expressing emotions, as they may have learned to suppress or ignore their emotions in order to cope with their parent's emotional distance.

  • Trust issues, as they may have learned that it's not safe or reliable to rely on others for emotional support.

  • Fear of abandonment,  as they may have experienced emotional abandonment from their parents/caregivers.

  • Codependency, as they may have learned to prioritize the needs of others over their own in order to cope with their parent's emotional unavailability.


Please give yourself a second to pause. Take a breath. While we are naming behaviors that are painful, be mindful of how you are consuming this information.  The information provided on this page is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


There is space to also offer compassion to caregivers who just didn’t have the tools to offer emotional safety. You can acknowledge the lack of emotional safety AND extend grace to caregivers who didn't have the capacity to provide you the love you deserve.

 Get help from a Therapist who has experience in supporting Children of Emotionally Unavailable Parents

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There is strength in unpacking your childhood experiences. We celebrate you for being here! It is not easy to be the first one in your family to do this challenging work. Not having someone teach you the ways isn’t a reason to give up. It is possible to learn how to receive and give love in a different way from your caregivers. You are creating a new legacy by breaking cycles!

Give yourself the chance to unpack your experiences  and  Schedule your free consultation today

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