Orientation to the STJ Inner Critic Course

What the Course is About

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.

IFS is a cutting-edge psychotherapy model that has been shown by peer-reviewed research to be effective in treating psychological issues. Click here to learn more about it. 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—the Taskmaster, Perfectionist, Inner Controller, Underminer, Guilt Tripper, Conformist, and Destroyer—and discover which ones are the most harmful to you. If you haven’t already, you can take a quiz to learn which of these types are more trouble for 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 section of the website is designed for people who have enrolled in the course, but if you have gotten here without yet enrolling, you can click here to enroll for free.


In this course, you will use Self-Therapy Journey (STJ), a web program based on IFS that has a module for Inner Critic work. You will be taught a step-by-step approach for using STJ to transform your Inner Critic, over 9-weeks. Click here to look over STJ if you like.

Each week you will receive articles, videos, links to web pages, homework, and other material for taking that week’s step in the process. These will be available on this website.

You will meet weekly with a group of about 12 people who are taking the course. In this group, you can share what is happening with your Inner Critic work, learn from other people, find a buddy to partner with in doing your homework and using STJ (if you want), and get your questions answered (both technical and psychological). If you haven’t sent us your preference for the small group time you want, click here right away to do that.

You will be paired up with different people in your small group to help you find someone to buddy with. Click here for details about this.

There will also be a large online meeting of everyone taking the course near the beginning and another at the end of the course. (You can watch a recording of these meetings if you can’t attend.) These dates are Tuesday, May 31 and Thursday, July 28, from 5-6 pm pacific time (8-9 pm eastern)

There will be an online forum for the entire class where you can share your experience in working on your Inner Critics, get questions answered, and learn from other participants. You have already been added to this Google Group. Here is the email address to use to send messages to it: stj-inner-critic-course-participants@googlegroups.com.


The class meets from the week of May 23 to the week of July 25.


1. Donation of what you can afford. Click here for details. The donation can be made at the end of the course.

2. Self-Therapy Journey costs between $14.50 and $80 for two months. Click here for an explanation of enrollment options, and click here to actually choose your enrollment (this can be done later). Registration for STJ is free and let’s you look around and take quizzes. Enrollment allows you to actually use STJ and has a cost.

3. You might choose to pay $50 for an interview to get access to the stage of STJ for working on childhood emotional wounds.  Click here for details about how this works.

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