My major trainings have been in Internal Family Systems (IFS) and the closely related Aletheia Coaching method. Specifically, I took Stepping Stones and Mastering IFS led by Certified IFS Therapist Derek Scott at the IFSCA, and Advanced Coaching Program Level 1 in Aletheia Coaching. But as a lifelong nerd, I’ve also pursued a variety of other learning opportunities, listed below.
But first, here are some of my clients’ thoughts about the effectiveness of my methods and my skill at using them.
I’m so so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Presley on my self growth journey! She is amazing and intuitive in IFS work. It’s all incredibly helpful. Typically in these healing settings I find I become a fawning pleaser — less so with coaches than therapists or in medical settings, interestingly — and I’m really not feeling any urge to do that in this work. I feel enthusiastic about it, but it is not an exaggeration, I am not gilding any lilies, in my sense and expression, that this work is incredibly effective.Chris F.
I am truly amazed at how quickly this method can be used in day to day tasks and situations. It becomes a natural way to relate to the self.
Presley seemed to understand some of my analogies and symbolisms even when I thought they were silly or not important.Kristi
It was really awesome to work with Presley! She has clearly done extensive work in understanding how to make mindfulness practice accessible using IFS and other tools, and she has a gentle and thoughtful approach that helped me learn and even internalize the practice.J. S.
I am so thrilled with this work. There is honestly nothing I would change. I never expected to get this much growth out of ten sessions.
Having done many forms of coaching and therapy over the years, I can honestly say that I have accomplished more and felt better with IFS and Presley than any other modality or coach. Thank you Presley.Anne F.
Here’s the breakdown of the methods that inform my work:
I believe that listening to one “part” of a person at a time has tremendous power to give the client clarity (because they can finally hear each inner motivation clearly) and to compassionately hold all of their emotions (because their inner critic isn’t attacking their other impulses). I also find Internal Family Systems and Aletheia parts work to be the most consent-based and client-empowering modalities I know of.
My education in parts work includes:
- IFSCA: Stepping Stones and Mastering IFS, with Certified IFS Therapist Derek Scott.
- Aletheia: Advanced Coaching Program Level 1.
- IFS Institute: IFS Online Circle course taught by IFS creator Richard Schwartz and IFS senior trainers Pam Krause and Toni Herbine-Blank.
- various IFS workshops, such as an Exile Workshop by Certified IFS Therapists Risa Adams and Marina Hazen, and Welcoming Neurodiversity Into Your Practice by Mel Galbraith and Tara Watters.
I really think parts work is revolutionary, but unfortunately it can be done badly. I believe experiential training in it is a must, so I keep a list of IFS classes that include a practice component for therapists and coaches who are interested.
All of the modalities I study derive some of their power from memory reconsolidation, the neurological mechanism that makes transformation possible. The Coherence Psychology Institute, though, offers the most detailed study of the application of memory reconsolidation, so I have completed Level 1 training in Coherence Coaching. I personally find that parts work gives me more fine-tuned ability to keep my clients’ nervous systems regulated, so I don’t practice Coherence Coaching per se, but it informs my work.
Studies in Awareness
I find that the study of awareness itself, especially in the context of nondual traditions, naturally intersects with parts work and offers a lot of wisdom about mindfulness, peace, and self-acceptance. I study nonduality in a variety of ways, and it is also part of the Aletheia coaching modality. As my clients find more inner peace and move out of problem-solving mode, we can use these other aspects of Aletheia coaching to continue their personal growth.
Deep and lasting change comes not through mere understanding, but through felt experience. In order to facilitate this, I study somatic modalities as well. I have a certificate in Integrative Somatic Parts Work with IFS trainer Fran Booth, and a certificate in Somatic Embodiment and Regulation Strategies with the amazing decolonial therapist Linda Thai.
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