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Self-Therapy, Volume Two: A Step-by-Step Guide to Advanced IFS Techniques for Working with Protectors
Jay Earley, PhD
Pattern System Books / Softcover / Jan 2016
9780984392797 (ISBN-10: 0984392793)
Internal Family Systems Therapy
price: $23.95
220 pages
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Self-Therapy brought Internal Family Systems Therapy to both therapists and the general public. It shows how working with parts can be user-friendly, respectful, and powerful. Self-Therapy, Vol. 2 takes the next step by describing advanced IFS techniques and insights related to staying in your true Self and working with protectors (defenses). If you have been using IFS with your clients or in your own inner work, this book will help you work through difficulties that may have arisen so your work can be even more healing and transformative.

Learn when to switch parts, how to track your work, negotiate for Self-leadership, and work with polarization, Self-like parts, managers, and firefighters.


The many readers of Jay Earley’s Self-Therapy, Vol. 1, who have been helped to work with their inner systems by receiving the fundamentals of the IFS Model, will be pleased to find that Self-Therapy Vol. 2 offers them guidance for the inevitable challenges of our complex inner worlds. Our protective systems form an intricate and veiled web of alliances and polarizations that can confound you traversing your inner landscape alone. This indispensable companion to the first volume systematically guides you to identify, track, negotiate with, and transform these devoted and persistent protectors to bring more Self leadership, harmony, and peace to your inner world.

I appreciate Jay’s thorough and methodical approach, enhanced by experiential exercises, case examples, special notes to the therapist, and Help Sheets. As an IFS trainer for 20 years, I recommend this book not only for those wanting to work on their own or with a peer, but also for students, graduates, and trainers of IFS.
~ Susan McConnell, Senior IFS Lead Trainer

Self-Therapy, Vol. 2 is the exciting new sequel to Self-Therapy. It is an indispensable guide for anyone on the journey of mindful self-discovery, understanding, and empowerment. Written for both the professional and the layperson, it delivers a fresh, “must-have” resource for the IFS model. Earley, in his surprisingly easy writing style, turns up the excitement by illuminating “hidden in plain sight” patterns, and masterfully mapping the steps that turn treatment roadblocks into bridges! As intrigued as you will be to dig into all these fascinating parts-work innovations, rest assured that Jay Earley remains true to his signature style of supporting his readers by including powerful examples, step-by-step instructions, and worksheets. This is the book to take your IFS practice to the next level.
~ Roseanne Keefe, LICSW

The first volume of Self Therapy provided a practical description of the IFS model of psychotherapy that helped many people explore and transform their inner worlds on their own. But one book cannot adequately cover the many IFS concepts and methods I developed the past 30 years, hence Volume 2. In it you will find clear and practical descriptions of important concepts like polarization among parts and how to depolarize them, Self-like parts and how to detect them, and tips for maintaining and deepening the work.
~ Richard Schwartz, PhD, Creator of IFS, author of Internal Family Systems Therapy and You’re the One You’ve Been Waiting For

About the Author:

Jay Earley, Ph.D., is a transformational psychologist, psychotherapist, group leader, author, teacher, and theorist.

He is a big-picture thinker and innovative psychological theorist. He studies psychotherapy in a comprehensive way to arrive at a depth of understanding of the human psyche and the process of transformation. Jay is known for the clarity of his teaching and writing, his creative methods of demonstrating complex ideas, and his detailed description of therapeutic technique. In his therapy work, people rely on Jay’s compassionate heart and sensitivity to group process. He has a deep understanding of the nature of therapeutic change and knows how to effect profound inner healing.

Jay focuses on Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) in all aspects of his work. He is active in the IFS community, helping to train therapists and presenting workshops every year at the IFS conference. He teaches IFS to the general public as a practice for self-help and peer counseling. He also teaches a variety of classes and workshops applying IFS to specific psychological issues such as procrastination, depression, and the inner critic.

Jay's self-published book Self-Therapy, which is a manual for IFS, has sold nearly 20,000 copies and is still going strong. He has also published Freedom from Your Inner Critic, Resolving Inner Conflict, Working with Anger in IFS, and Negotiating for Self-Leadership. Jay Earley and Bonnie Weiss have produced a series of audio products related to IFS, including IFS Courses, IFS Guided Meditations, and IFS Demonstration Sessions.

Jay has created the Pattern System, a method for understanding parts, behavior, healthy capacities, internal dynamics, and underlying psychological issues. It is useful for mapping the psyche, understanding how people act and relate to others, and guiding IFS work. He has published an overview book, The Pattern System and a second book, Conflict, Care, and Love, which helps you to understand your relationship patterns and transform them. He has also published a series of books based on specific patterns--Embracing Intimacy, Letting Go of Perfectionism, Taking Action, A Pleaser No Longer, and Beyond Caretaking.

Jay Earley and Bonnie Weiss engaged in a multi-year study of the Inner Critic and the best ways to work with this troublesome psychological issue, using IFS and other approaches. This resulted in two books, Freedom from Your Inner Critic and Activating Your Inner Champion Instead of Your Inner Critic.

Dr. Earley is nationally known for his innovation in the group psychotherapy field. His book, Interactive Group Therapy: Integrating Interpersonal, Action-Oriented, and Psychodynamic Approaches, describes his group therapy method in which people learn interpersonal relationship skills by working directly on their relationships with each other. He leads Interactive and IFS Therapy Groups in the Bay Area.

Jay's work grows out of his own life-long journey of personal growth, his interest in the nature of human consciousness, and his success in creating a passionate and satisfying life for himself. He has a loving, successful 30 year relationship and professional partnership with Bonnie Weiss. For many years, he was a student of the Diamond Approach of A. H. Almaas, a spiritual path that integrates psychotherapy insights and techniques with wisdom traditions in a unique Western approach to spiritual realization.

Jay has a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University and is a licensed psychologist in California (PSY6973). He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 1973.

As a result of his research on human social evolution and its relationship to our current global predicament, Jay has published a number of articles plus the book, Transforming Human Culture: Social Evolution and the Planetary Crisis.

During the 1980's, Jay studied with both Jean Houston and Joanna Macy. He was active in the peace movement as a member of Interhelp and Psychotherapists for Social Responsibility, where he led workshops which integrated psychological, spiritual, and planetary concerns. Out of this work came his book, Inner Journeys: A Guide to Personal and Social Transformation based on the Work of Jean Houston.

Jay also has a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon University and was formerly on the U.C. Berkeley faculty, where he published 12 computer science papers, one of which was voted one of the best 25 papers of the quarter century by the Communications of the A.C.M.

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