February 26: Drop-In Interactive/IFS Group

Drop In IFS Interactive Group

Free Drop-In Interactive/IFS Group

This drop-in group is designed to give you an idea of how Interactive/IFS Groups operate, and also to provide a group experience that can be powerful learning in itself.

In a Drop-In Interactive Group, you can be totally honest about your feelings. Everyone is encouraged to share their moment-to-moment experience with the group. It’s a big risk but very exciting!

A small group of people meets to practice awareness, honesty, and connection. Using IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy), we practice speaking for our parts rather than as our parts. This means being in Self (a calm, caring place) and talking about how a part of you is reacting in the moment, as opposed to dumping your feelings on other people. This helps you to communicate in a more effective manner, and it also makes the group safe for everyone.

I facilitate the group, helping you to tune into what you are experiencing and speak your truth. You may tell others honestly and directly how you are feeling toward them. We create an atmosphere of caring and trust so that this can be done in a safe, connected way. You also have a chance to get honest feedback from people on how they are responding to you.

The group meets by videoconference, so we can all see each other. It will not be recorded.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
10 am – 12 noon pacific time
(1-3 pm eastern, 6-8 pm UK)
Click here to enroll




A Social Movement for the Great Turning

 A free presentation by Jay Earley and Michael Goldstein
A Social Movement for the Great Turning
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Our world is in the midst of a planetary crisis leading to a historical transformation. The severity of problems we are confronting is staggering. But it is not chance that all these things are happening at this time in history. We have come to the end of a historical era, and our old ways of doing business are no longer working.

For the last 3 or 4 hundred years, the world has adopted a worldview based on science, rational thought, technology, and competition for power. We have treated the natural world as a machine to be analyzed and controlled. The tremendous explosion of our technical power, our population, and our ability to exploit the earth has brought a whole new set of issues which our industrial worldview can’t comprehend. Our current lifestyle of material consumption and personal ambition has also outlived its day and is now contributing to the problems and dangers we face.

Our collective psyche is erupting with signs and portents of a new way of being that will transform society. We have hints that it will be built on a foundation of cooperation, interconnectedness, and an interest in the inner life, and that it will involve cultural diversity, social justice, human scale institutions, and reverence for the earth.

This transformation has been called the Great Turning, and it is the most important thing that is happening on the planet, though it is invisible to most people. We believe that the world needs to nurture a social movement for the Great Turning, for whole-system, life-affirming transformation—creating a broad, diverse coalition of groups, organizations, individuals, and movements that work together for the over-arching goal for society.

The beginnings of this movement already exist and are growing, but we need much greater involvement and the movement needs to be organized to work together for this larger goal. It also needs to birth small groups that are created to be part of the movement. These will involve not only political action but also consciousness raising and education (about the current state of the world, the prospect for transformation, the evolutionary perspective, spiritual aspects of the new society, and more), capacity development (such as leadership, productive conversations, collaboration, etc.), group bonding, mutual support for finding one’s personal/life purpose contribution, and preparation for action when the time comes.

Michael and Jay will discuss the parameters of such a movement. We will solicit your ideas on the best approach for this movement and how you might participate.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7-9 pm, doors open at 6:30
At the Pachamama Alliance Office
1009 General Kennedy Ave., San Francisco, CA

RSVP at https://connect.pachamama.org/node/2007

Click here to read an essay on this.

Webinar: Introduction to Interactive Groups 9-15-2016

Interactive GroupsThis webinar will introduce you to Interactive Groups and explain how they work and what you can get from one.

Thursday, Sept. 15
4:30-6 pm pacific time (7:30-9 pm eastern)
Click here to register for free

Register even if you can make the time, because you will receive a recording afterwards

An Interactive Group can help you . . .

  • Develop your capacity for intimacy and learn how to make a love relationship work
  • Become more assertive
  • Become more outgoing and socially comfortable
  • Learn what you may be doing to keep your relationships from being satisfying
  • Understand and trust people of the opposite sex . . . or of the same sex
  • Learn how to deal with anger and conflict constructively
  • Become part of a loving community of people
  • Raise your self-esteem
  • Get in touch with your personal power

You can learn these relationship skills:

  • Being in touch with your feelings and expressing them
  • Reaching out to others confidently
  • Saying No firmly
  • Allowing yourself to be open and vulnerable
  • Expressing yourself forcefully and spontaneously
  • Being comfortable relating to a group of people
  • Asking for what you really want
  • Having the courage to bring up difficult issues
  • Empathizing with others

What Happens

  • You work directly on how you are relating to the other group members . . . in the moment. Instead of just talking about how you relate in your life, you practice interacting with others right in the group and get help as you do.
  • You get direct and honest feedback on how people are reacting to you.
  • The group provides a safe place for you to try out new, healthy ways of relating to people.
  • You learn how to feel your emotional responses while interacting with people
  • You learn how communicate openly, clearly, and assertively.
  • You learn how to access and work with the parts of you that get triggered in interactions with people, using IFS.
  • You discover your ways of relating that aren’t working for you , so you can experiment with changing them in the group.
  • You can share your life issues and struggles with the group.
  • You see other people struggling with problems similar to yours, and through this you learn about yourself and others.
  • There is a strong sense of support for each person and a warm feeling of community in the group.


They are ongoing groups which meet by videoconference, so we all can see each other, enhancing the group connection. The groups meet twice a month, and you meet with me for an individual consultation on the group every 3 months.

Types of Interactive Groups

  1. Regular Interactive Group
  2. Interactive Therapists’ Group
  3. Interactive Couples Group

Click here to Learn More about Interactive Groups



Webinar: Introduction to Advanced IFS Classes – 9/13/2016

This webinar is an introduction to the Advanced IFS Classes, where you can find out more about how the classes operate and what topics we will be covering.

In the Advanced Ongoing IFS Classes, you learn intermediate and advanced techniques and understandings that go beyond what I teach in the Basic and Exiles Courses. In addition, the whole group works together on important psychological issues such as procrastIn the Advanced Ongoing IFS Classes, you learn intermediate and advanced techniques and understandings that go beyond what I teach in the Basic and Exiles Courses.ination, the inner critic, depression, eating issues, and many more. Therapists also have a chance for advanced training and consultation on IFS.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
4:30-5:30 pm pacific time (7:30-8:30 pm eastern)
Click here to register for free

Format. The classes meet twice a month for two hours by video-conference. Each class includes teaching, lots of sharing and discussion, demonstration IFS sessions where I work with a volunteer from the class, and experiential group exercises. You pair up with each other between classes to practice doing IFS sessions with each other. This is a very important part of the class, and people tell me how much they get from working with each other. We develop a really close-knit, connected group (especially since we can see each other by video-conference), which makes it safe to be vulnerable with each other.

The texts for the class are my books, Self-Therapy, Vol. 2, and Self-Therapy, Vol 3.

Professionals. Therapists and coaches (and other helping professionals) are welcome in the classes and some classes are all professionals. For those classes, we will engage in activities aimed primarily at professionals. These classes are approved by the Center for Self-Leadership for IFS CE credit, but they are not a substitute for taking the IFS Level 1 professional training from the Center for Self-Leadership.

 Class Activities

  • Guided meditations
  • Sharing your issues and getting support from the group
  • Lecture and discussion
  • Demo sessions
  • Group and pair exercises in class
  • Pairing up for practice IFS sessions for homework
  • Supporting each other in making changes in your behavior (especially useful with topics such as procrastination or eating issues).
  • Practicing speaking for your parts as they arise in the group process.
  • Working through interpersonal issues that arise between group members

Each class will be recorded, so if you have to miss, you can listen to the recording.

Click here for the schedule of classes, detailed information about the class topics and more.

Freedom from Shame and Inadequacy: Transforming Your Inner Critic

A View Through Two Lenses

Jay Earley and Ann Weiser Cornell

Transforming your Inner CriticEven though this webinar, Freedom from Shame and Inadequacy: Transforming Your Inner Critic, isn’t happening until April, I wanted to let you know about it in advance since I have a special guest co-leader, Ann Weiser Cornell, the Focusing teacher and expert.

  • Do you feel bad about yourself?
  • Do you hear a voice calling you worthless and unlovable?
  • Do you struggle with self-hatred?
  • Is there a voice that constantly doubts your abilities?
  • Do you believe that you’ll never get anywhere?

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. It seems to come up especially when you are expanding, doing more, being bigger. In fact there is not one Inner Critic, but a whole flock of them, hovering anxiously and ready to attack or push when you want to take new steps in your life.

You have so much you could contribute to the world if you just didn’t sabotage yourself from inside. Join Jay Earley and Ann Weiser Cornell for an inspiring and practical one-hour webinar that will help you free yourself from undermining inner attacks so you can move into living the life you were born to live.

What’s special about this webinar:

  • You’ll learn surprising truths about the positive intent of Inner Critic parts
  • You’ll understand the dynamics of inner criticism and how to transform it to inner support
  • You’ll learn powerful practices that you can use immediately in your life
  • You learn from two different teachers and methods

Watch Jay and Ann together. For the first time ever, these major figures from IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy) and IRF (Inner Relationship Focusing) will be presenting together. We will explore the similarities and differences between our powerful methods in a lively, interactive dialogue.

Learn how to develop self-esteem and self-confidence, so you can

  • Accept yourself just as you are.
  • Know that you are lovable.
  • Feel confident in what you can do.
  • Feel proud of your capacities and accomplishments.
  • Feel a deep sense of self-worth.

Other reasons to take the webinar

  • Are you a Healing Professional whose clients who struggle with shame, low self-esteem, or inadequacy?
  • Are you curious about how to work with a “part” or how to use a “felt sense”?
  • Have you been wondering how IFS and IRF are similar and different?

Tuesday, April 21
5:00-6:00 PM Pacific time (8:00-9:00 PM Eastern)

Click and Register for the Self-Therapy Journey Webinar


Feel free to register even if you can’t attend at that time. A recording will be available afterward.

Self-Therapy Journey Webinar: Demonstration of Stage 4

Please join us for the Self-Therapy Journey Webinar: Demonstration of Stage 4. 

Wednesday, July 23
4:30-6 PM Pacific (7:30-9 PM Eastern)

In this webinar, I will demonstrate Stage 4 of a Self-Therapy Journey session, which involves working through the fears and desires that fuel your patterns. I will take you through Stage 4 as if I were an STJ user, showing you how to work with every page.

The webinar is for you if

  1. You are already using STJ and want support and guidance.
  2. You want to learn about STJ to decide if you want to use it.

I am excited to meet people who are using Self-Therapy Journey and find out how it is working for you. I would also love to get feedback from you about what you like and how it could be improved.

I will also provide an overview of STJ and answer questions from those of you who are considering using it.      

Feel free to register even if you can’t make that time. A replay will be available afterwards.

Click and Register for the Self-Therapy Journey Webinar


Self-Therapy Journey (STJ) is the first of its kind—a general purpose web program for psychological exploration and healing. You can check it out at www.selftherapyjourney.com.

What can you do?

  • Understand yourself psychologically
  • Resolve problems like procrastination, shyness, or anger
  • Gain self-confidence, strength, openness
  • Transform behavior patterns, such as dependency or people-pleasing
  • Achieve intimacy, success, contentment

How does it work?

  • You take charge of your growth, in private, at your convenience
  • There are guided meditations for healing your emotional wounds
  • You get a customized report for each pattern, wound, and capacity
  • You engage in homework practices to change your behavior
  • You systematically work on your issues and track your progress

Get the life-changing power of psychotherapy for a tiny fraction of the cost ($25/month)

You can think of STJ as a very sophisticated and interactive set of self-help books, plus guided meditations and customized reports. It is based on the Pattern System and Internal Family Systems Therapy.

What People Are Saying

Click here to enroll in the webinar.

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


Family Service Agency of the Central Coast Presents a One Day Seminar/Workshop

Internal Family Systems: Eating Disorders
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

When:    Saturday, January 14, 2012
Time:     9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M
Where:  Seacliff Inn
                  7500 Old Dominion Court
                 Aptos, CA [Read more…]

Patterns of Relating Phone Class

You have probably been reading the articles and stories I have been sending out over the last six months on various patterns, capacities, and dimensions in the Pattern System. Now I will be offering a six-week class that will cover the major interpersonal dimensions.

The Pattern System is a systematic way of understanding your personality in a way 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. It gives you a much more detailed understanding of yourself than other personality systems. [Read more…]

The San Francisco Level 1 Training

“I learned more than I can express about myself, the human experience, healing and resilience of the soul.”

~ IFS Graduate

Level 1 Curriculum and Format

As a Level 1 participant you will have the opportunity to learn about IFS theory and technique, gaining both the conceptual understanding and practical skills you need to effectively use it with individuals, couples, children, families and groups.  You will also benefit from the myriad opportunities IFS offers for personal development.

IFS trainings feature lectures, discussions, demonstrations, experiential exercises and small group supervision and practice sessions. This Level 1 training meets for six weekends over a 10 month period.  Upon successful completion of the training, participants receive Certificates of Completion and become eligible to pursue IFS Certification. [Read more…]