Inner Active Cards are an accessible and effective way to give an image and voice to the sub-personalities with us called Parts. This 3rd edition boxed set now has 75 durable, full-color cards that illustrate the inner active life of our Parts. Blank cards, for creating personalized images, are sold separately.
I love your cards and work. …. You have provided therapists with a groundbreaking new tool. Raj Mehta, MWS, Specialties: Addiction, trauma, abuse
I am a play therapist and an EMDR therapist and use the cards with children, adolescents and adults. The cards are so helpful in getting imaginations engaged. I love these cards! — Loretta Schulz, LPC, EMDR-C, DCC, NCC, Fairfax, VA
A stand out moment for me was when a young adult with deeply painful trauma history created a collage of his parts with the cards. When he first looked at it, he was startled, but then it filled him with hope and excitement. For the first time he really saw that he had more parts with kindness and wisdom than parts with shaming beliefs. — Nancy Rosen, LICSW, general practice. Specialties: trauma and cross-cultural issues
There is nothing like the “word pictures” provided by Inner Active Cards to bypass the ambiguity of words. — Jane Ann Monroe, O.D., Marshal B. Ketchum University
Inner Active Cards are very helpful because they are so visual…. When dealing with personal issues so much is ineffable. But the pictures can cut through all of that. — Tiana Barton, Client.
All artwork ©/™ Sharon Sargent Eckstein & Backwoods Press, 2012-2018
How to use the cards:
The role of an IFS therapist is to guide clients through their Internal Family System of Parts to Self leadership. This is not done by the therapist telling clients how to do it, explaining what Parts they have and which Parts are troublemakers and how to fix them, but rather through experiential processes in which clients select their own cards, feel them, hear them, understand and appreciate them, and come to trust Self to lead. The therapists needs to listen closely, watch body language and facial expressions, and ask the appropriate questions as they gently guide their clients to Self discovery
There is no set way to use the cards, but this is how I use them and often with amazing results. I have worked with established clients who are familiar with their inner world, and I’ve worked with first time clients. I usually have new clients read Parts Work or I use the book and highlight the concepts. I also like to warm up with a guided imagery exercise in which they experience a “safe place.” This exercise helps in a number of ways: to relax them, to get them comfortable with the world behind their eyelids, and to give them a safe place if the therapy process needs to take a break or where problem Parts can go to chill while other parts are speaking. I always let clients know they are in control and can stop the therapy session at any time.
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