Befriend Your Parts


Introduction to Personal IFS Practice

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
1-2:30pm EDT/NYC
via Zoom
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Everyone has limiting beliefs, inner critics, and other unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors.

You've probably tried more than one technique to banish some of these inner voices. Meditation, affirmations, and reasoning seem like good strategies. Unfortunately, these tools focus on the symptoms and not the root causes.

Have you ever wondered how these voices got there?

This is where Internal Family Systems (IFS) Parts Work comes in. IFS is an evidenced-based therapeutic model for clearing unhelpful and unskillful habit energies while creating direct access points to your Core Self.

Unlike other methods, the IFS model encourages us to befriend the myriad parts of our personality, even the shadow ones. When we get to know them and hear their stories, we can uncover and heal the roots of what keep us from leaning into our life with a fiercly open heart.

IFS Parts Work can help you:

  • identify and reconcile areas of inner conflict.
  • make peace with the parts that you typically disavow.
  • gain perspective around who you truly are.
  • disidentify with negative thought patterns and behaviors.
  • access the Essential Qualities of your Core Self as guidestars in your life.

In this introductory workshop, I'll unpack the IFS model of the mind through the lens of personal practice. You'll learn:

  • how to enter and navigate your inner terrain with meditation and journaling.
  • how to detect the presence of parts.
  • how to taproot the Essential Qualities of your Core Self.

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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 yogis 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.