Groups / Healing Circles #

Groups offer benefits beyond what is possible with individual counseling #

  1. IFS groups offer the feeling of community, which can foster insight and potentially reparative interpersonal interactions with group members.
  2. IFS groups offer the collective, felt experience of Self-energy.
  3. IFS groups offer observable correlations and real-time experiences between the identification of Parts and the individual’s behavior.
  4. IFS groups offer an opportunity for individuals to see their Parts as universally natural and part of being human.
  5. IFS groups help foster natural accountability by supporting the inherent motivation and of the individual’s internal system toward health, wholeness, harmony, and purpose.

Copied from Burris, 2022, p. 13

Invitation #

I facilitate Healing Circles of 4-6 people. Groups meet weekly in 90 min sessions. To convene a group, there has to be a coincidence of wants: a mutually acceptable meeting time slot and theme. If one of the themes listed below appeals to you,

We will be in touch within 8 days.

Location 🌎 #

Groups meet online using video 📹 conference software.1 I am located in Oregon (near California).2

Themes #

Male Identity Group ♂ #

Open to all who identify as male including gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.

Brotherhood of Understanding: Forge genuine connections, share insights, and build a strong network of support among men who are walking similar paths.

Explore Masculinity: Dive into discussions about masculinity, societal expectations, relationships, emotional well-being, and personal growth. Challenge stereotypes, embrace authenticity, and redefine what it means to be a man in today’s evolving world.

Cultivate Inner Resilience: Whether you’re facing transitions, personal hurdles, or seeking self-improvement, our group offers a space for growth and healing.

Addiction Group #

Uncover the Root Causes: IFS goes beyond surface-level solutions. It delves deep into your inner world, helping you explore the core issues and traumas that may have fueled your addiction. By understanding and healing these wounds, you can break free from the cycle of dependence.

Release Your Inner Healing Resources: Your inner self is a rich reservoir of strength and resilience. IFS empowers you to connect with your inner parts, each with unique qualities and experiences, to harness their wisdom and healing energy. This collaborative approach leads to lasting recovery.

Embrace Self-Compassion: Addiction often leads to self-blame and shame. IFS fosters a non-judgmental and compassionate relationship with yourself, allowing you to let go of self-destructive patterns and embrace self-love.

Restore Balance and Harmony: Just as a family thrives when its members work together, your internal system functions best when all your parts cooperate harmoniously. IFS helps you resolve inner conflicts and achieve a sense of unity and balance within yourself.

Build Resilience for the Future: IFS equips you with practical tools and coping strategies to navigate life’s challenges without resorting to addiction. You’ll develop the skills to face triggers and stressors with confidence.

Note: I’m thinking that an addiction cohort should stay together for at least twice as long as for these other themes.

Parenting Group #

This theme is open to all parents.

Unlock Your Inner Balance: IFS is like a compass for your emotional world, helping you navigate the complexities of parenthood with confidence. By understanding and addressing the different Parts within you, you can create a harmonious inner ecosystem that radiates calm and resilience.

Strengthen Family Bonds: 👪 IFS isn’t just about individual self-discovery; it’s a tool that empowers parents to nurture healthier family connections. Learn how to resolve conflicts with more ease and foster an atmosphere of love, trust, and understanding at home.

Embrace the Wholeness of Parenthood: Parenthood is a journey of self-discovery, and IFS is your ultimate companion. Whether you’re dealing with challenging behavior in your children, juggling multiple roles, or simply seeking more fulfillment as a parent, IFS can guide you toward a richer, more rewarding experience.

Psychedelic Integration Group #

Harness the power of IFS to navigate the intricate landscapes of your mind unveiled by psychedelics. This innovative psychotherapeutic method recognizes that within each of us exists a diverse internal family of subpersonalities, each with its own voice, needs, and wounds. By engaging with these facets of your psyche, IFS guides you in developing a compassionate and healing relationship with yourself.

  • Deepen Self-Awareness: Navigate the depths of your psyche, uncovering the roots of past traumas, fears, and patterns that may have held you back. Psychedelic experiences can provide initial insights, while IFS facilitates ongoing exploration and integration.

  • Harmonize Inner Conflicts: Just as psychedelics can offer a fresh perspective, IFS empowers you to mediate conflicts and tensions within your internal family. By acknowledging and nurturing these parts, you foster inner harmony and create a foundation for personal growth.

  • Cultivate Self-Compassion: Psychedelic journeys can be intense and emotionally charged. IFS equips you with tools to embrace and comfort these heightened emotions, fostering a sense of self-compassion that carries forward into your daily life.

  • Navigate Ego Dissolution: IFS provides a structured approach to navigate the dissolution of ego boundaries often experienced during psychedelic trips. By understanding these states and engaging with them in a safe and guided manner, you can glean invaluable insights for personal evolution.

  • Integration for Lasting Change: The integration of psychedelic experiences is essential for meaningful transformation. IFS offers a structured and gradual process to incorporate insights gained during your journeys, translating them into tangible shifts in your daily life.

Discover the unparalleled synergy between IFS and the profound insights of psychedelic experiences. Unleash the potential for holistic healing, self-discovery, and personal growth, as you embark on a journey towards a more harmonious and empowered self.

Sample Schedule #

Week Activity
1 guidelines for safety, introductions, setting intentions
2 get to know a part
3 self-led feedback
4 individual work with participant 1
5 individual work with participant 2
6 individual work with participant 3
7 individual work with participant 4
8 individual work with participant 5
9 individual work with participant 6
10 review intentions
11 closure

In addition, most sessions will include check-in (~15 min) and resonance (~15 min).

Cost #

Since Healing Circles is a new offering, there is an introductory promotional price of $100. This amount is for the whole series of more than 10 hours of group work.

Notes #

  1. In the future, I may offer in-person options either near my home or retreat-style week-long intensives. ↩︎

  2. I acknowledge that I live on the traditional territory of the Shasta; Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians; Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla; Cow Creek Umpqua; Takelma; and Modoc. See ↩︎