Parts Work Practice

IFS Practitioners Demonstrating and Practicing the IFS Model

Our Purpose 

We introduce people to a self-healing journey using The Internal Family Systems model (IFS). This is not a therapy group nor is it a 12-step group. In this no-cost educational group, we discuss and demonstrate the IFS model using various tools including the teachings and exercises of the Self-Therapy Workbook by Bonnie Weiss. Our aim is to assist participants in the understanding and practice of the IFS model to support their healing journey. Each week participants are asked to do home practices including reading portions of the workbook and/or practicing the exercises between sessions.

Parts Work Practice Disclosure

We help participants practice being with their parts, learn to connect with those parts, become aware of and work with their parts by using the Internal Family Systems model. This group is not meant to replace the support of a licensed mental health professional. You are free at any time to decline invitations or offers to work with your parts during group sessions. By participating in this group, you agree to take full responsibility for your experience.

New Parts Work Forms and Guides Available

Scroll to the bottom of this page to find new forms and guides for working with protectors and exiles.

Meet the Co-Leaders

Bill Tierney

IFS Practitioner and Personal Development Coach

My purpose as a personal development coach and IFS Practitioner is to help others awaken to their true nature. I believe that who we are and who have always been becomes concealed behind layers of false beliefs and trapped feelings. We draw erroneous conclusions about the painful and scary events of life and become too frightened to allow ourselves to release our hurt and terror.

We hide who we really are for our own safety and go about constructing a more acceptable version of ourselves.

We reason that we are imperfect, unlovable, damaged, and not enough. We spend our lives working hard to make up for our perceived shortcomings and faults. Scrambling to be good enough. Hungry for the breadcrumbs of love, acceptance, and the approval of others.

In the soft and safe moments of life, in times of unshielded joy, in peak experiences in the zone, we get an occasional glimpse of who we really are and of the perfection of our existence.

But for some of us, those times are rare and fleeting. We have become lost and are afraid to admit to our confusion and fear.

I have discovered a path back to myself. I am waking up. Remembering who I am requires a persistent commitment to use my troubles to reveal the truth.

I invite you to join me on this journey of self-discovery.

You are not alone on this path. There are many others who are learning to turn their focus inward one upset, one disappointment, one hurt at a time.

You can count on life to offer plenty of opportunities to emerge from exile. The first step is to use the disempowering events of your life to change your perspective. Despite appearances, the circumstances of your life are not responsible for how you feel, how you react, and the consequences of those reactions. Your view of these circumstances determines your experience.

Changing your perspective will require you to turn your gaze inward. Rather than focusing externally on the apparent cause of your experience, you can form the habit of internal observation and management.

I use the Work of Byron Katie (www.TheWork.com), Internal Family Systems (www.IFS-Institute.com), and many original innovative mindset tools to help my clients on their journeys to True Self.

I live in Liberty Lake Washington with my wife Kathy. I have lived in the Northwest since 1970 and have been in the Personal Development Coaching Business since 2011. I had my first IFS therapy session in 2016 and began training as an IFS practitioner in 2018. Together, Kathy and I have 6 children and 12 grandchildren.

Bill Tierney, IFS Practitioner and Personal Development Coach

To work with Bill, contact him in one of the following ways.

Phone 509-230-5152

Email  Bill@BillTierneyCoaching.com

Emily Kerpelman

Certified IFS Practitioner and Certified Personal Development Coach 

Hi, I’m Emily! I’m a new mom, a trained IFS practitioner, a certified personal development coach, and an adventure enthusiast. Through my experience as a human, an IFS client, and as a coach, I’ve learned a few universal truths:

  • When we are young, we learn it is not safe to be our whole selves. We experience shame, develop painful beliefs, and then create internal strategies to protect ourselves. We show up how we think we’re supposed to show up, and only let others see what we have been taught are the acceptable parts of us.
  • Understanding our internal drives is the first and most crucial step toward freedom. We tend to experience our behaviors, thoughts, and impulses at surface level, as they move through our minds and bodies at blinding speed. Slowing down and paying attention through the lenses of compassion and curiosity can help us to uncover our best selves. 
  • When it comes to our own behavior, we often don’t realize we have a choice. We can’t control what happens to us, but we can develop tools to weather the storm with more ease and happiness. When it comes to how we react to the world around us, we always have the power of choice.
  • When we’re all just doing our best to survive, we don’t realize that thriving is actually an option. And I’ve got some really good news: IT IS!!! We really can safely show up whole to our lives, and be true to who we are!

I would be honored to partner with you on your journey to wholeness. I’m ready to hold the space you need free of judgment, because when someone did that for me, it changed my life. 


Emily has been an active and trained IFS practitioner and certified personal development coach since 2018. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her baby boy, and 2 silly pups.

To work with Emily, contact her in one of the following ways.

Email  emily@ek.coach

Website  ek.coach

Alison Dyer

IFS Practitioner

My passion for helping others comes from my own journey towards wholeness and healing. I draw from my own extensive experiences of healing from trauma to assist others. When we are traumatized we learn to hide. We hide from ourselves and we hide from others. We develop elaborate coping mechanisms that enable us to move through life without really living life.

IFS has taught me that I don’t have to hide. My coping strategies, while brilliant, prevented me from showing up for myself and to others in a way that was authentic. With the help of others I learned to  became my own internal explorer and brought along curiosity and a desire to connect with myself in what continues to this day as a grand adventure.

I believe that all of us can become our own internal explorers. I would love to explore your inner world with you in a space that is safe. I bring curiosity and a deep respect for those parts of us who work so hard to keep us safe but are often times tired and when given the opportunity are willing to let go of beliefs that no longer serve.

Alison has taken IFS level 1,2 and 3 training courses and is an active IFS practitioner. She will be a program assistant in a level 1 training in the spring.  She has also been trained in Pilate’s Movement Principles and 3D anatomy through Balanced Body. She lives in Colbert, WA.  She is married with two adult sons and is soon to become a grandma!

 

To work with Alison, contact her in one of the following ways.

Email: alisonmdyer4@gmail.com

Phone: 509-863-8983

Teresa Napierala

Emotional Healing Guide

My purpose as an Emotional Healing Guide is to guide women and girls to the discovery that everything they need to walk through this life confidently and whole already exists within them.

My own experiences with spiritual and emotional healing showed me that trauma and shame block us from trusting our inner wisdom. Once traumatized, we blame ourselves, second guess or doubt our perceptions, live fearfully and experience near constant anxiety. We survive by abandoning who we truly are and discounting what we feel. We create coping strategies that, while once amazingly effective, begin to fail. This leaves us exposed and vulnerable to the pain we are trying to hide from ourselves and the world.  Often, we self-medicate with substances and/or activities that can lead to addiction. Our failed attempts to conceal our pain leaves us feeling broken, fatally flawed, and unworthy. This, in turn, creates the need for stronger coping strategies.

In my journey I have learned the entire process of healing spiritually and emotionally begins and remains as an internal focus. There is nothing outside of you, no spiritual bypass, and no strategy that can bring you permanent healing and sustainable peace. Today, I have clarity about who I am and can show up in any situation as my true Self.

It would be my pleasure to assist you on your journey of healing. In my coaching I use Internal Family Systems (IFS) (IFS-Institute.com), The Work of Byron Katie (TheWork.com), Mindfulness Based Meditation, Sound Healing Therapy, as well as Essential Oils.

Teresa is originally from the Pacific Inland Northwest and currently resides in St Louis, MO. She provides coaching and support to women experiencing addiction, women overcoming domestic violence and sexual assault and adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families. She has a sliding fee scale and is happy to talk about what is affordable to you. Teresa has resumed in person sessions using Covid 19 precautions and continues sessions on Zoom.

To work with Teresa, contact her in one of the following ways.

Email: ellentnap@gmail.com

Phone: 208-916-5210

Wednesday Session

What you can expect

We meet for 90 minutes via Zoom video conferencing. After brief introductions, newer members will go to a breakout room for 20-25 minutes for an introduction to Internal Family Systems.

While new members are in their orientation, remaining participants will do a “parts check-in” until new members rejoin the main group.

One of the group coleaders will then facilitate a demonstration of one aspect of the IFS model with a participant volunteer.

Participants will then go to breakout rooms in smaller groups to discuss the demonstration as well as their experiences with last week’s suggested home practices which include reading and exercises from the workbook, “Self-Therapy” by Bonnie Weiss.

Breakout rooms will be populated with one group coleader and a small group of participants. Coleaders have completed at least one level of IFS-Institute (www.IFS-Institute.com) training or equivalent.

Finally, all participants will meet again in the main Zoom room for Q&A and to discuss next week’s home practices.

Before joining us, please read Chapter 1 of the Self-Therapy Workbook which you can access here with the permission of author, Bonnie Weiss.

Here is the Zoom invitation for our meeting.

Topic: Parts Work Practice Wednesday

Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM PST Wednesday Evenings

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97560769998

Zoom Meeting ID 975 6076 9998

Sunday Session

What you can expect

What you can expect

We meet for 90 minutes via Zoom video conferencing. After brief introductions, newer members will go to a breakout room for 20-25 minutes for an introduction to Internal Family Systems.

While new members are in their orientation, remaining participants will do a “parts check-in” until new members rejoin the main group.

One of the group coleaders will then facilitate a demonstration of one aspect of the IFS model with a participant volunteer.

Participants will then go to breakout rooms in smaller groups to discuss the demonstration as well as their experiences with last week’s suggested home practices which include reading and exercises from the workbook, “Self-Therapy” by Bonnie Weiss.

Breakout rooms will be populated with one group coleader and a small group of participants. Coleaders have completed at least one level of IFS-Institute (www.IFS-Institute.com) training or equivalent.

Finally, all participants will meet again in the main Zoom room for Q&A and to discuss next week’s home practices.

Before joining us, please read Chapter 1 of the Self-Therapy Workbook which you can access here with the permission of author, Bonnie Weiss.

Here is the Zoom invitation for our meeting.

Topic: Parts Work Practice Sunday

Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM PST Sunday mornings

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96773086386

Zoom Meeting ID 967 7308 6386

 

 

Parts Notes Forms and Guides

Here are a couple of tools to help you if you are doing Internal Family Systems parts work on your own. Use the Parts Notes for Protectors form if you are working with a protector (a manager or a firefighter).  Scroll down and use the Parts Notes for Exiles if you are working with an Exile.

I’ve recorded some audio guides to support your work. I suggest that you keep a log of the parts that you connect with. As you learn more about each of your parts, keep a detailed log of what you have learned about them. If you have a way to complete these forms digitally, create a file to save them, naming each form as the name of the part. Or, if you are handwriting your log, keep a designated 3 ring binder or spiral notebook to keep track of your parts.

Parts Notes PDF Guides

Parts Notes Audio Guides

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