Befriend Your Inner Critics

An IFS Practice Workshop

Thursday, August 26, 2021
1-2:30pm EDT/NYC
via Zoom
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Inner critics can wear many different hats, but what they have in common is an undercurrent of nagging self-doubt. Everyone has inner critics, and it seems that everyone has ideas about how to ignore or banish them.

But what if I told you that the motivations of your inner critics are protective? Their intention is not really about making you feel awful. They're just trying to keep you from taking painful risks.

In this Internal Family Systems (IFS) workshop, you'll meet and befriend your inner critics and find out what fuels these negative voices.

IFS is an evidenced-based therapeutic model for clearing unhelpful and unskillful habit energies while creating direct access points to your Self.

Through the IFS len, inner critics are members of your team of protectors who work diligently and tirelessly to keep you from being exposed to deeply uncomfortable emotions.

What make IFS Parts Work unique in that instead of trying to ignore your inner critics or our use affirmations to shut them out - strategies that never seem to work for very long - you get to know more about what they're protecting and why they're so afraid for you. This affords you the opportunity to address their specific fears and concerns, not what someone else thinks you should do.

Inner critics, when they're able to set down the burden of keeping you safe, can transform into some of your most creative allies such as smart boundary setters and inner mentors.

In this experiential workshop, you'll...

  • learn about the common motivations and intenstions of inner critics
  • enter your inner terrain and connect with your inner critic through meditative inquiry,
  • use journaling or drawing as tools to get to know your parts, and
  • have opportunities to share about what you discovered in a caring container.

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About Your Facilitator, Jennifer O'Sullivan:
I found yoga and mindfulness practices at a time when I was very under-resourced to meet the emotional challenges I was facing. I got lucky that I discovered a gentle, non-dogmatic teacher whose approach had a therapeutic lean. When I became a teacher myself, I foregrounded self-compassion, inner listening, and stress management practices in my classes.

In the nearly 20 years that I've been teaching these techniques, I've become very aware of what these practices can't do. While very good at revealing our unskillful thoughts and patterns, these ancient approaches don't offer strategies to meet and heal our wounds.

I'm now a Level 2 IFS Practitioner and enthusastic booster for Parts Work precisely because it offers yoga and mindfulness practitioners a very complementary way to compassionately befriend shadow parts. My clients frequently share that this work feels familiar and is a natural extension of their personal practice.