IFS Exiles Course – Starts February 6

The IFS Exiles Course is the second of my IFS Courses.IFS Exiles Course

You learn how to:

  • safely access young wounded parts (exiles),
  • how to stay in Self,
  • how to develop a healing relationship with your exiles, and
  • how to unburden the pain and negative beliefs of exiles so they are transformed.

This enables you to do a complete IFS session with yourself or a partner. You learn how to facilitate a partner who is working on themselves.

Prerequisite: IFS Basic Course or equivalent. Contact me if you aren’t sure whether you qualify.

Mondays 4:30-6:30 pacific time (7:30-9:30 eastern)
Feb. 6 – March 13 (6 weeks)
$280 ($250 if paid by Jan. 30)
Click here to enroll

Class Enrollment

Course: Transforming Your Inner Critic using IFS

The Inner Critic is the part of you that judges you, pushes you, and undermines your self-confidence. It can make you feel worthless, ashamed, guilty, depressed, or inadequate. Actually, you probably have more than one Inner Critic part, each of which judges you for something different or in a different way. I have learned how to best work with these difficult parts using Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) in order to transform them into inner allies.

Many people can use IFS successfully on their own, without a therapist, and I have put together a step-by-step IFS procedure for transforming your Inner Critic and developing self-confidence. This is explained in my book, Freedom from Your Inner Critic.

These Inner Critic parts aren’t quite what they seem to be. They are actually trying to help and protect you even though their effect is to harm you. In this course, you will learn how to work with your Inner Critics using IFS to make friends with them and then transform them.

In this course, you will learn about the seven types of Inner Critic parts and discover which ones are the most harmful to you. You will learn how to discover the exiles (wounded inner child parts) that are being protected by your Inner Critic and how to heal them in order to free up your Critic from its judgmental job. You will discover how to develop your Inner Champion, which is the healthy part of you that can support and encourage you in the face of Inner Critic attacks.

This work will help you develop Self-Esteem, Ease, Pleasure, Aliveness, Courage, and other healthy capacities that have been blocked by your Inner Critics.


This course consists of 6 two-hour classes by videoconference where you get to interact with me and a small number of other participants. Since we can see each other, it allows us to really create connection and trust in the group.

I will teach you how to do this powerful inner work and demonstrate it using live IFS sessions with volunteers from the class. You will also be paired up each week with someone from the class to practice doing an IFS session on yourself with your partner witnessing and helping you.

Mondays, 4:30-6:30 pm pacific time (7:30-9:30 pm eastern)
Oct. 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 21
Cost: $250

Click here to register

p.s. If you missed the Inner Critic webinar, you can click here to see it.



New Australia IFS Class with Bonnie Weiss, LCSW

In these four session video-conference classes you will learn about the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy. We will discuss the IFS understanding of parts, the structure of the psyche, how to access the true Self, working with protectors (defenses), and healing exiles (wounded child parts).

There will be lecture and discussion, live demonstrations, case consultation, and (optional) practice IFS sessions in pairs for homework.

Small learning group/s will be limited to 8-10 persons maximum (a waitlist will run for next class).

These classes have been scheduled to be compatible with the Australian timezone however participants from all over are invited to join us.

Saturdays 9:00-11:00 am Australian Eastern timezone

9th and 23rd April
7th and 21st May

(Australian EDT = UTC/GMT+11 hours)

Equivalent times in US Pacific/Eastern timezone – all welcome! 

Fri. April 8, 22, May 6, 20
4-6 pm PST | 7-9 pm EST

This class will prefer you for the Advanced Melbourne Workshop in June.

$180 USD

For more information or to enroll, click here


Australia IFS Class

Bonnie Weiss LCSWIn this four session video-conference class you will learn about the Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) model of psychotherapy.

We will discuss the IFS understanding of parts, the structure of the psyche, how to access the Self, working with protectors, and healing exiles. It features lecture and discussion, demonstration IFS sessions, and pairing up for practice IFS sessions.

There will be lecture and discussion, live demonstrations, case consultation, and (optional) practice IFS sessions in pairs for homework.

Small learning group/s will be limited to 8-10 persons maximum (a wait-list will run for next class).

These classes have been scheduled to be compatible with the Australian timezone. However participants from all over are invited to join us.

Click http://sensemaking.com.au/ifs-training2016 for more information or to enroll.

The sessions are running Saturdays 0900-1100
6th and 20th February
5th and 19th March

(Australian EST = UTC/GMT+11 hours)

Equivalent times in US timezones – all welcome!
Fridays 5th and 19th February and 4th March – 2-4pm (PST) – 5-7pm (EST)

Note! the 18th March will be effected by the DLS time change – 3-5pm (PDT) – 6-8pm (EDT)

Check other timezone differences here

The class is open to people everywhere.

Click http://sensemaking.com.au/ifs-training2016 for more information or to enroll.


Transforming Your Relationship Patterns Phone Course

Conflict Care and LoveTo register, click here
Mar 19 – Apr 23 (6 weeks)
4:30-6:30 PM Pacific Time (7:30-9:30 Eastern Time)

Find out why your relationships get mired in conflicts, power struggles, distancing, or deadness rather than providing the love and caring you want? This course will help you understand your problematic relationship patterns and those of your current or past partners. For example, are you Dependent, People-Pleasing, or Conflict-Avoiding? Is your partner Controlling, Passive-Aggressive, or Distancing? You will also learn how to work through and transform these patterns using IFS. And you will discover how to cultivate the healthy capacities that make relationships work, for example, Self-Support, Assertiveness, Intimacy, Cooperation, and Caring.

This course covers four of the most important interpersonal dimensions in the Pattern System—Intimacy, Conflict, Power, and Care. It is based on the newly published book Conflict, Care, and Love: Transforming Your Relationship Patterns. For more information on this book, click http://www.personal-growth-programs.com/store/pattern-system-books/Conflict-Care-and-Love.

The patterns and capacities in these dimensions deal with how you relate to all people in your life, and they are especially relevant for love relationships.

Learn how to work through patterns of yours that get in the way of healthy relating. Learn how to deal with your partner’s patterns. If you are a therapist or coach, learn how to understand your clients’ patterns and how to help them. IFS provides powerful tools for transforming problematic patterns which integrate beautifully with the Pattern System.

This course will be a webinar, so I will be showing you various graphics about these dimensions of the Pattern System on the web, so plan to have access to a computer or tablet, if possible.

Course: Working with Self-Therapy Journey and the Pattern System

Hiker onlyWednesdays
March 5 – April 9 (6 meetings)
4:30-6:30 PM PST | 7:30-9:30 PM EST
Cost: $230
Register here

Self-Therapy Journey (STJ) is a new interactive web program that enables you to systematically classify, explore, and transform your psychological issues. You can think of it as a sophisticated and interactive set of self-help books, plus guided meditations and customized reports. STJ is based on IFS and the Pattern System.

What can STJ help you do?

  • Resolve problems like procrastination, shyness, or depression
  • Transform behavior patterns like dependency, controlling, or people-pleasing
  • Navigate through defenses
  • Heal emotional wounds
  • Create a complete psychological profile for yourself

How does STJ work?

  • It provides recorded guided meditations for deep exploration.
  • It generates a customized report for each of your patterns.
  • It guides you in creating homework practices.
  • It transforms problems into healthy capacities.
  • It helps you track your progress.

In this course, you will learn how Self-Therapy Journey works and how to get the most out of it.

The Pattern System is a systematic approach to understanding your personality that can lead directly to psychological healing and personal growth.  It also helps you to understand other people—why they respond as they do, what makes them tick.

In this course, you will also learn about the Pattern System—how to chart your personality, and how to choose which patterns and capacities to work on in STJ.

By taking this course, you will be able to get access to the Therapist-Guided Version of STJ that includes Stage 2 work on childhood wounds, if this is appropriate for you.

Beyond Eating: Dealing with Food Addiction

by: Bonnie Weiss, LCSW

Have you struggled with your relationship with food for years? Gone up and down? Thought you had an answer, only to find the yoyo happens again? IFS understands how parts are involved in this eating conundrum. It offers a unique portal into seeing what is going on from a new perspective. In the Beyond Eating class we will untangle the web of parts that are involved in eating problems and have us feeling like a hopeless failure. We will work with the Inner Controller, the Indulger, the Rebel, the Foggy Part, the Criticized Child and the Inner Defender. We will build an Inner Champion and Inner Mentor to support us and provide guidance on finding our way out of this dilemma.

Intro Call
Monday, October 21
4:30 – 6:30 PM Pacific
7:30 – 9:30 PM Eastern
To register, click here

Phone Course  
Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9
4:30 – 6:30 PM Pacific
7:30 – 9:30 PM Eastern
Cost $230
To enroll click here

Phone Consultation and Training Groups

phone-consultation-training-with-Jay-EarleyPhone Consultation/Training Groups
Led by: Jay Earley, PhD

Day: There are two groups: Tuesday or Thursday, once a month
Time: 10am-12noon pacific time (1-3pm eastern)
Cost: $70/session

These are on-going groups where the members take the time to form a cohesive group where there is comfort and safety for people to work on vulnerable issues.

The groups involve:

  • Consulting on your clients or asking questions about the IFS process.
  • I conduct a demonstration session with a volunteer from the group, followed by a training discussion.
  • Consultations and questions take the first hour and the demo session the second hour.

Call Jay at 415-924-5256 to discuss joining a group.

IFS Experiential Evening in Bay Area

Please join Lynne Michelson, MSW, CPCC for an IFS Experiential Evening in the Bay area.

  • Potent and elegant model for more presence, calm, creativity, and intimacy
  • Direct way to dis-entangle confusion & pain into spaciousness and resilience

Register for Free Evening here
Monday September 30th
or contact Lynne at lynne.michelson@gmail.com / 415-472-8501.

Discovering Your Inner GPS

Like a map to a new city, IFS is a sort of inner GPS that helps us explore both tricky and painful feelings and also help us move into a calm, clear, and connected place. This ability to experience both at the same time is similar to watching a sped up version of a glass of muddy water resting, and when the muck has settled down, the glass contains mostly clear transparent liquid. Like the muddy water, we are sometimes stirred up and when we use the IFS process, the clearing brings relaxation and understanding, and a potential for a new capacity for intimacy and creativity. We can begin to trust ourselves even in confusing experiences, as we rely internally on a sense of empowered Self within.

6 Mondays IFS Class (Max 12 participants)—IFS in Community
Starts October 7th 7:30-9:30 pm
To register for 6 week IFS class ($230) go here

“I came to see Lynne after my divorce because I wanted to be conscious in my process of finding a life partner. Without Lynne I would not have seen that there were roadblocks in my life to having a healthy relationship for she brought tools from her life experience, her training, and an excellent catalog of materials that she shares with me during every session.  Her warmth and encouragement keep me moving forward and positive, but her knowledge and resources are also boundless.”
Marcy H.

IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy) was developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD. For more information, go to www.selfleadership.org