course: transforming inner criticism & oppression

Cultures of domination, exploitation and separation create inner worlds full of criticism and shame. And these inner worlds can’t help but replicate harmful cultural practices.

A lot of people living in Western cultures suffer big time with inner criticism (could be the same in other cultures, I just can’t speak for them). We internalise oppressive cultural narratives as inner and often invisible belief systems, just as the external oppressive narrative is also somewhat invisible. 

The impact? It’s painful. It’s disempowering. It replicates the existing culture.

Can you make it go away? Yes and no. Some aspects can go away, some can be transformed, and some, well, we can find new ways to relate and respond that change the impact.

Even more exciting though (OK, being in less inner pain is probably the most exciting bit) you can learn and grow A LOT from working on internalised oppression and criticism. One of the best ways we grow psychological power is by working with this kind of stuff. 

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Course Structure

An online deep inner work program with eight highly experiential learning modules.

You’ll access learning materials via this website and they’ll include videos (with transcripts), pdf handouts, and experiential practices.

We’ll then meet together to discuss the module and share learning experiences, insights, challenges etc.

You can also submit questions at any time during the course and I’ll record answers to share with the group. 

What we’ll cover together:

 

  • internalised patterns of oppression
  • how cultural patterns create inner critics
  • the three main types of inner critics
  • the six main ways inner criticism manifests
  • creative techniques for working with inner criticism
  • how inner critic work helps you deal with outer critics
  • why inner critic work is essential for better boundaries
  • the intersection of inner criticism and white fragility
  • how inner criticism perpetuates cultures of harm.

This will be a good fit if…

You’re looking for some seriously deep work. I’m a depth therapist so that’s what I bring. I’ve designed the course to make depth work more accessible to more people. It’s OK to feel a bit nervous about diving in, but make sure you have two thumbs up before you dive. You can always get in touch to discuss any concerns you have before you sign up.

You feel like your own worst enemy. A harsh inner culture makes it hard to do sooooo many things. It’s hard to connect and communicate with others the way we want to; it can make us scared to follow our passions, or overly pressured to achieve; and boundaries – what boundaries? It also sits at the centre of white (and other) fragility – being able to explore privilege is really hard if your inner world is hostile.

You want to work on internalised oppression. Inner cultures of oppression reflect various patterns of outer oppression. We can’t really work on one without working on the other.  

Don’t sign up just yet if…

You’re overwhelmed with stress and stuff to do. This is deep work and moving house, getting married/divorced, becoming a parent, grieving a loss, getting a new puppy – none of these are great times to sign up to a deep inner work program – it’s just not kind to yourself. This isn’t a support program and when life is tough, we need support. Do the course later. And yes, housetraining a new puppy is a huge amount of stress and attention and can be a bit overwhelming.

If you get acutely suicidal sometimes. Inner criticism plays a significant role in suicidality so it makes sense a course like this would be appealing. But because there isn’t one-to-one support in the course, it won’t be safe enough if your experience of suicidality makes you unsafe. If you experience suicidality but have never been unsafe, it could be fine. Chat to your therapist if you’re not sure. You can attend if you self-harm but don’t also experience suicidality – I get that they’re not the same.

You might have noticed I’m not promising AMAZING transformational outcomes in this course.

First; I don’t really like that kind of marketing (and out of habit as a psychotherapist, it’s not ethical for us to promise outcomes). Second; it’s a set up for both of us to promise something we can’t predict.

I’ve facilitated a lot of inner critic work with therapy clients over the years as well as designing and delivering various workshops on the topic, and worked on my own inner critic process as a client.

My experience has taught me its both a fast and slow transformational process.

I do however, promise to share with you everything I know about inner criticism and a money back guarantee – if you complete the first two modules and feel you’re getting nothing out of the course, I’ll refund your fees in full. 

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Interested to find out more? Join the wait list and I’ll let you know when the full course details are out.

I’m committed to creating safe enough learning spaces, particularly for people from diverse backgrounds and people with marginalised experiences and identities. I’m always learning how to do this better – you can read more about how I create safe-enough spaces and share your ideas here.

What inner work challenges would you like to explore together?

Let me know.

If it’s in my wheel house, I’ll make it happen.

Join my learning community.

I’ll email you interesting stuff and give you first dibs when new training programs open up.

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