• Anxiety & Stress Reduction
  • Empowerment
  • Healing Emotions
  • Healing Patterns

Befriending Your Inner Critics



One-Day Workshop
Saturday, Aug 14, 2021
8:00 am – 3:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (ET)

“What we resist persists.” – Carl Jung

Raise your hand if you’ve ever experienced self-doubt, internal conflict or self-sabotage. (You are not alone!)
We all experience these inner torments, but the question is, what are you doing to deal with these internal struggles? For anyone who struggles with self-judgments, whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, chronic pain or trauma learning to befriend your inner critic is a game changer to suffering.

The reality is the mind is not made up of one unit but many parts that resembles what is referred to as a family system within us. These parts often emerge when we are challenged by life pressures, or when we do not feel safe in our environments, within ourselves, and/or whomever we are interacting with. The most common parts that create a great deal of our suffering is called our Inner Critics. These Inner Critics can become so extreme that it results in psychological disorders, amplification and maintenance of chronic emotional and physical pains.

Please join David Hanscom, MD and Les Aria, PhD, for this skill-based program to help you move towards your True Self and towards a more integrated mind and body. Let us have fun and learn some life changing skills, so you can be the best you—your True Self. During this day-long workshop, David Hanscom, MD and Les Aria, PhD, will walk us through practical skills of how to relate differently to our inner critics. Participants will learn and experience why control is the problem, the neuroscience of predictive coding, why our inner critics are so punishing, identify our top 3 inner critics and how to work with them versus fight with them.

Note: This program will be offered online. See recording specifications below.


  • Explore and learn why control is the problem when it comes to dealing with the mind.
  • Explain what predictive coding is and how it is related to the mind.
  • Learn that the mind is made up of an internal family system called parts.
  • Identify which Inner Critic(s) dominates you and influences your thoughts, emotions and physical pains in your body.
  • Learn how to relate differently to your Inner Critics in a stepwise set of skills to help empower you.
  • Learn how to reparent your Inner Critic to reconnect to your Inner Child.


  • Prerequisites:
    While it is not mandatory to complete these assignments below, it is highly recommended you do so to enhance your knowledge prior to the start of this program.
    (1) Print and complete the Inner Critic Questionnaire (ICQ).
    (2) Review the assigned articles.
    (3) Review the assigned YouTube videos

  • Supplies list for the class:
    Please have several sheets of loose, blank paper to write on separate from your note taking.

  • Recording Specifications: About 50% of this program will be recorded. All lectures and instruction will be recorded. Small group discussions and group work will not be recorded.

  • Zoom Software Requirements: This is an online course that requires Zoom webinar software. Zoom is easy to use. Click HERE to make sure your computer is set-up correctly.

Befriending Your Inner Critics

  • 1 Session(s)
  • Aug 14 2021 11:00 AM ET





Les Aria, PhD, a pain psychologist who has been practicing for the past 16 years with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Northern California.

David Hanscom, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon whose practice focused on patients with failed back surgeries, quit his practice in Seattle, WA to present his insights into solving chronic pain, which evolved from his own personal battle with it.

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