Webinar January 11: – Introduction to Advanced IFS Classes

In the Advanced Ongoing IFS Classes you learn 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 procrastination, the inner critic, depression, eating issues, and many more. Therapists also have a chance for advanced training and consultation on IFS.

There are 4 classes.

Click here for detailed information about the Advanced IFS Classes, schedules, and how to join.

I am so grateful for this offering from Jay and the opportunity to deepen and expand my understanding of IFS (which I adore).  Jay has structured the class so thoughtfully, resulting in a wonderfully safe and respectful container for learning and processing.  In addition, he presents a deliciously comprehensive curriculum, and best of all, invaluable demonstrations each session.  This is pure gold.  On top of all of this, Jay has assembled a fantastic group of practitioners as participants, whom–thanks to Jay’s video-conferencing wizardry–I can see and interact with in a way that feels intimate and dynamic.
— Carolyn Hinman, JD, CCHT

Webinar: Introduction to Advanced IFS Classes
Jay Earley, PhD
Monday, Jan. 11
4:30-5:30 pm pacific time (7:30-8:30 pm eastern)
Click here to register for free

Register even if you can’t attend. You will receive a replay afterward.

Self-Therapy Journey Launch

Self-TherapyJourneyLogoI am thrilled to announce that, after three years of work, Self-Therapy Journey launched on January 20, 2014. Self-Therapy Journey (STJ) is a powerful web application that allows you to explore and resolve psychological issues that are causing you difficulties. It is the first of its kind—a general purpose web application for psychological exploration and healing.

What can you do?

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

How does it work?

  • Do guided meditations for deep exploration
  • Generate a customized report for each pattern of yours
  • Create homework practices
  • Transform problems into healthy capacities
  • Track your progress

You can develop the healthy attitudes and behavior to live the life you have dreamed of.

All for a small fraction of what psychotherapy costs.

STJ is not intended to be a substitute for psychotherapy or counseling. You can think of it 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. Though STJ can be used by the general public without guidance from a therapist, it is also a powerful adjunct to psychotherapy, especially IFS therapy.

You can try it out for free for two days. Go to www.selftherapyjourney.com.

Help Us Fix Problems

Despite having done extensive testing with STJ, this is our initial launch, so there are bound to be some problems that we didn’t catch. Please give us feedback on whatever bugs or other difficulties that you notice. Use the Feedback tab on the left edge of pages.

We are also interested in suggestions for how to improve STJ, or anything else you want to say. If you love STJ, we would appreciate your sending in a testimonial that we can put on the website.

What People are Saying

Self-Therapy Journey is brilliant. It’s been an absolutely great experience to use it. I have done IFS in a phone situation in the class with Jay, who is one of the best at it, and this online system comes darn close. It covers all the bases. Every time I had a thought like, “What about this?” there was something in the online system to handle it. It’s complete. It covers every nook and cranny of what will occur with the pattern, what it’s like to live inside it, and what it takes to live a different way. That part of it is brilliant.
— Athena Murphy

I think Self-Therapy Journey is immensely helpful. I have people who are waiting to hear the report on what I learned next! I’m looking forward to being able to use it with clients. The interconnectedness and the depth of the exploration is quite something! I’m impressed with the comprehensiveness of the system. You can go as deep as you’re willing or want to go. It’s perpetually useful.
— Elizabeth Moulton , Clinical Psychologist

The problems that I worked on using Self-Therapy Journey have been resolved. It’s a really nice way to work by yourself and get clear and connect the dots about something you want to change. It helped to bring my issue to the program and strategize about the behavior I wanted to be different. I find it hard to be in therapy or a group, so I liked the idea of doing it on my own in this format. I love the Pattern System. I can’t wait until the book on it comes out. The Pattern System has jump-started a lot of my clients in understanding their issues at the beginning of their work. People really do like maps of what is going on inside.
— Cathy Duke, Licensed Counselor

Click here to read more testimonials

Hope and the Inner Critic

I have been thinking a lot about hope lately.

A while ago, I had the opportunity to invest in a possibly foxy, possibly foolhardy currency scheme. My conservative parts won out: I declined. The result was that I got on the mailing list of investors and have been privy to the ups and downs of the easy money world. The only part of me that can benefit from tracking this information is my Inner Critic, who audibly salivates at the opportunity to call me a chicken-hearted fool for missing out. Over the years, I’ve had clients who live in this world: gold, silver, oil, gas, tech secrets, stock tips, start-ups, and so on. I’ve watched the impact of hope and disappointment on their moods, relationships, views of the external world, and inner systems.

In IFS, we often think of ourselves as “hope merchants.” Our presence as therapists who hold Self energy impacts the system by providing a different view from the prevailing internal logjam. We offer an opportunity to see things differently. It is often experienced as an infusion of hope.

Firefighters-those parts usually associated with addictive behavior or rash, impulsive actions-can only be wooed into contact with an offer of hope. They don’t resonate with logical reasoning the way our more strategic managers do. We tell firefighters that we know we can fix things, that we have a way to make things better. We say that if they trust us, we’ll show them how to stop hijacking the system and getting everyone in trouble. A hopeful thought!

Some spiritual teachers caution about hope. I think there is concern about the tendency to escape and deny the reality of a current situations by skipping off to the future.  They point to the existence of a part that always thinks that things will be different if I am just  not here in the present moment., If i only could loose the weight, get that job, find true love, then I could relax. That part seduces us to believe that things will be different next time, even with the same behavior, mindset, and social context. “This time when I go out with the boys, I’ll just have a soda.” It resists the surrender phase of being in Self, facing what is, and being in the  moment.  I think it is important to name those parts and give them a seat at the table.

The hope that I am aware of is repeatedly echoed by people who have been introduced to IFS and our Inner Critic work and, most recently, by people who have been exploring the cluster of eating-related parts. When I teach people that the incessant cacophony of self-demeaning thoughts, rebellious attitudes, demanding children, or dense fog in their heads is reliably identifiable parts that can be named, separated from, and negotiated with, they are excited and hopeful. They dare to believe that getting to know the Food Controller, the Rebel, the Indulger, and the Foggy Part can actually get them out of their cycle of dieting, bingeing, and hating themselves.

For years now, we have been told that identifying the seven types of Inner Critics has brought clarity to internal experience. The act of identifying the Critic as a part, and not a terrible secret truth about oneself, releases people from a self-imposed prison. We often hear, “Oh, I see-that feeling that I am bad, lazy, or worthless or shouldn’t dare to dream is coming from a part of me. I have always assumed that was who I was.” This mindshift helps them move from hopelessness to curiosity, and then, with understanding, toward compassion for their parts. This is the beginning of healing.

So I watch the function of hope. I notice that people buy lottery tickets and self-help books, do spiritual practices that require time and discipline, invent things in their garages or on their computers. And yes, I see people go from one thing to another just to keep hope alive. But I do think there is something very human about believing we can impact our fate or be proactive in shifting our experience-that tomorrow could be better. It stirs our juice, gets our brain chemicals flowing. I personally want to land in the field of helping fulfill some of those hopes and to support people with the tools I have to find their way in making things brighter.