Beyond Eating Audio Course

Beyond Eating Audio CourseI am very excited to announce the Beyond Eating Audio Course.

It lays out a three-pronged model for helping people with food-related issues. The course will help you with food addiction, weight-related anxiety, and the hopelessness that comes from managing one’s relationship with food.

The program focuses on:

  • Understanding hunger
  • Identifying the parts of you that arise around food and developing a healing relationship with them
  • Developing self-nurturing practices

The package consists of:

  • 2 introductory tracks
  • 8 lecture tracks
  • 11 meditation tracks
  • 4 therapy session demonstration tracks
  • 1 Word document with homework, articles, graphics and forms.

It is linked with our on-line community of other journeyers where you can find support and homework partners.

It is geared toward deepening your understanding of your relationship with food and eating, and in addition, it has the potential to affect your sense of yourself in profound ways.

My wish is that you come away with more compassion for yourself, the ability to stand more separately from your parts, a greater capacity for making healthy choices, and a deeper sense of your own preciousness.

Bonnie Weiss, LCSW ♥

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New IFS Demonstration Sessions on Eating Issues

I am excited to add 4 new eating demonstrations on eating issues to the store this week. Click on any title to learn more about it or purchase it.


Working with Exiles DemonstrationWorking with Eating Exiles

This is a particularly touching piece of work. The client has maintained normal weight throughout her life, though she constantly struggles with food and eating. She finds that she has an Inner Controller stemming from for a teenager who experienced ridicule about her body, and a protector with a trunk of memories from early childhood. The two most prominent memories were of a baby who got too much milk and not enough love from a rushed mother; and a little girl who stuffed her face to escape from family dinner table arguments. As we work with these two exiles she is amazed at the clarity she is able to achieve and the depth of understanding and compassion that emerges.


The Hijacker Indulger DemonstrationThe Hijacker Indulger

This client has been a yo-yo dieter for years, and now in midlife finds that she cannot lose the weight as easily as in the past. We work on the polarity between a controlling part and an unconscious out-of-control indulger. The exile that we find goes back to a broken relationship in her mid-20s. Its protector never wants to be intimate and vulnerable to that depth of hurt again.


Getting to know a food controller demonstrationGetting to Know a Food Controller

This university professor client has explored IFS intellectually, and was eager to experience it. She begins by exploring three parts of the cluster: the Food Controller, the Indulger, and the Inner Defender. As we get to know the Food Controller in the form of a Head Mistress, it spontaneously begins to soften and change. We are able to get a glimpse of the exile that she is protecting, but the client is not ready for work with her at this time. The Head Mistress wants to maintain her role, but in a softer way. The system nicely re-organizes itself and comes to a new, more peaceful status quo. This session is an excellent introduction to the IFS process.


B26-Working-with-a-Foggy-Part-NEWA Foggy Part that Protects Shame

This is an interesting demo with a client who has a lot of eating disorder treatment experience. She is still struggling with a dissociative foggy part. The turning point in the work is my helping her to take a stand with a Shaming Part that arises as the exiles are telling their stores. She arrives at an important clarification about the difference between facing internal struggles and feeling incapacitated. As she feels stronger and clearer, she is able to stand up for her exiles for the first time, and her credibility in the system is solidified. We see the dramatic changes that occur when she is present with courage and vitality in her internal system.


Food Related Issues Monthly Support Group

Monthly Support Group on Food Related Issues By Phone

Bonnie Weiss, LCSW

Many of us have found the IFS model particularly helpful in working with eating and food related issues. People who have taken the Beyond Eating Classes or read our articles find that the idea of a cluster of parts that collaborate to maintain the status quo makes emotional sense. Naming and getting to know the usual list of characters: The Indulger, The Food Controller, The Rebel, The Foggy Part, the Inner Defender can soften the hold that they have on you. It makes possible to make contact with and nurture the younger parts, or exiles, that they have been protecting. A natural consequence of the healing IFS work is to enhance the capacities for pleasure and conscious consumption. These capacities support our ability to engage in self care.

This monthly group is for people who have had some experience with the IFS model and would like regular support in using these concepts to work with your food-related issues. There will be a short meditation, a didactic presentation, and opportunities for discussion and individual work.

Mondays or Wednesdays
4:30 – 6:30 PM Pacific
7:30 – 9:30 PM Eastern
Second Monday or Wednesday of the month.
$40 per session
To enroll, email Bonnie at

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