What You Can Get from This Course

The course is based on several books, including Self Therapy by Jay Earley, and is designed to help you learn the following:

  • How to understand your psyche from the IFS perspective.
    • What drives your motivations, desires, needs, and behavior?
    • What makes you avoid or try to control or manipulate people or situations?
    • Where do your emotional experiences originate, and where do your reactions come from?
    • What is the nature of your inner conflicts; polarized parts, alliances, and coalitions?
    • What are your parts; protectors, helpers, exiles, unattached burdens?
    • What impact do the parts have on your life?
    • How do they relate to other people’s parts, toward you, and each other?
    • You will end up with a detailed mental map of your internal psyche.
  • How to work with and relate to your parts on a daily basis as they get activated in your life.
  • How to recognize when a part is activated around trailheads (experiences and interactions).
  • How to connect with a part and help it relax. This will help you to deal with situations in a calm, effective, open way that doesn’t make the situation worse. It will also foster resilience, and more internal cooperation and integration.
  • How to do an IFS session with yourself in order to explore yourself, understand and connect with your parts, discover their history, and heal them.
  • How to be a more effective client when working with an IFS therapist or coach or when doing IFS peer counseling with a friend who is also reading this book.
  • If you are a therapist or life coach, how to use IFS in your work with people. Since IFS uses a structured method for therapy, it is easy to teach as a step-by-step procedure in this book. We illustrate each step with a transcript of an IFS session so you can see how it actually works in vivo.


Earley, J. (2009). Self-Therapy: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Inner Wholeness Using Ifs, a New, Cutting-Edge Therapy. Hillcrest Publishing Group.