Each one of us is made up of an internal community of parts. In essence, we have a web of parts that carry differing wants, needs, memories, and experiences. Consequently, these parts guide us based on their healed and unhealed places, without us even knowing it. Parts Work therapy offers a path to discover and build healing relationships with the many different parts of you.
Parts Work Therapy
Just as your body carries vast amounts of intricate parts that make up the whole being that is you, so does your psychology. Each part is responsible for carrying the gifts and struggles of your life that have uniquely shaped them.
For example, you may have a younger part that is hurting. This part may carry the traumas you experienced growing up in your family of origin. They may hold enormous fear, shame, and powerlessness. At the same time, you may have another older part that is more resoured. This part carries the joy, safety, and love that you experienced when you finally found safer communities and support. They may hold confidence, self-trust, and a sense of worth. These two parts will hold deeply contradictory experiences and beliefs about the world. In fact, they may not know how to coexist or build relationships together. They may provoke you to act in very conflicting ways depending on who is the most present.
The ever evolving universe of these parts, the dynamic web of constellations, is you.
Parts work therapy allows you create relationships with each part as they arise within you. Additionally, much like archetypes or the cards of a Tarot deck, each part of you has gifts and challenges to offer. Each part has places where healing is needed, and where offerings of growth and expansion are possible. Through Parts Work therapy, you will explore and discover the vast inner community of you. You will work together to build a more resourced, healed, and growthful internal web of support.
Parts Work Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a type of Parts Work therapy. It offers a guide and a model on what types of parts every person carries within them. As well as a more tailored pathway on how to work with each part. Alternatively, Parts Work therapy is based on the belief that your personality and the experiences you have throughout life help create a distinctive community of parts. Each part is unique in and of itself, even though it may have similarities to certain known archetypes. Accordingly, each part needs a unique path to healing, growth, and relationship.
The main difference between Parts Work therapy and IFS is through how they conceptualize and work with parts. I do not offer IFS therapy as I find that my work aligns much more with the expansiveness of the foundational model of Parts Work, rather than a specific system of practice. Throughout my training and work as a therapist, I have always integrated trauma-informed and liberation-focused Parts Work therapy as an essential element to healing. Parts Work creates space for each person to discover, work with, and build relationship with their own constellation of parts.
Spirit and Parts Work
Parts Work therapy allows you to unearth and build relationship with a vast web of parts. Through it all, you will practice centering in the present day you as a guide. Additionally, I offer Parts Work therapy that integrates spiritual aspects of the self. This includes building relationships with guides, soul/spirit, higher/most embodied self, and even your future self. This gifts the opportunity to work with the vastness of relationships within your psyche as well as your spiritual self. By doing so, you can receive deeper, more expanded support than may otherwise be available.
I offer a variety of services in my virtual therapy office that can support you on your journey:
- For solo journeyers, I offer individual therapy. We will work together to identify the places where you are out of balance. And, support you in reclaiming your sense of joy, self-love, aliveness, and self-knowing.
- For partners, I offer couples therapy. We will create a path of more clear and aligned communication. You’ll learn practices to reveal new ways to deepen intimacy with each other and your own selves.
- I specialize in supporting LGBQA and TGNC folx. I also offer a variety of therapy modalities, including: virtual therapy, spiritual therapy, somatic therapy, expressive arts therapy, and ecotherapy