This piece is an exploration of the psychological concept of “parts.” According to the Internal Family Systems model, the mind is made up of myriad subpersonalities. In addition, Carl Jung’s idea of the Collective Unconscious suggests that beyond our individual unconscious, we possess ancestral memory and experience including archetypes such as “mother,” “teacher,” “hero,” and “villain.” It is often helpful in psychotherapy to tease out these complex, often contradictory parts of the self and bring them into consciousness in order to find new ways of relating internally.
The Voices in my head are cold, sticky, sharp-edged, toothy monsters. The Voices are nurturers, warm and enveloping, as they rock us gently, “shh shh, it’s alright.” The Voices are juiced up children cartwheeling in the yard and hungry children hiding in closets. Some are calm and others scream out urgently. Some use threats and some beg for peace.
I am so pleased to share that my new podcast, A Therapist Walks Into a Bar, has launched. This is a really important project to me because it allows me to get super creative with how concepts of therapy, healing and personal growth get out into the world. Sitting in my office I don't get to reach the people who aren't coming to therapy. But going to bars and talking to random people? NOW we're getting somewhere! So check out episode 1 and please come back for more (you can sign up for the newsletter on the website and/or subscribe in iTunes or any other podcast streaming app to stay in the loop).
Episode 1: Seeing White explores the process of white people waking up to white privilege, how this process impacts people of color, and what white people can do to be better allies against racism and oppression. This episode features interviews with:
Zara Zimbardo, MA
Adjunct faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies and co-founder of The White Noise Collective.
Allegra Lucas, MA, MFTi
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern at the San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center, Diversity Committee member at SF CAMFT, and diversity educator.
Most of these posting are excerpts from my podcast A Therapist Walks Into a Bar and articles I've written for Psyched in San Francisco Magazine I credit my words with the teachings of many people in my life, from authors I've read to friends, family, colleagues, and clients. These words represent my interpretation and synthesis of the things I'm learning. Topics vary but inevitably come back to the same thing: building awareness around how we interact with ourselves and the world around us.