Befriending the Inner Critic

A Creative Blueprint for You and Your Clients

A surprising number of mental health symptoms occur simply as a result of a harsh and controlling Inner Critic, including anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, irritability, procrastination, problematic relationships and (of course) low self-esteem.

What is the point of an Inner Critic if all it does is make us feel badly about ourselves? In this didactic and experiential continuing education course for mental health professionals, we not only deepen our understanding of the purpose of the six roles of the Inner Critic, but we also discover a path for a positive relationship with this aspect of the Self that leads to more Self-compassion and confidence, and a decrease in the symptoms that bring our clients to therapy. 

Drawing upon the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, this creative blueprint for working with the Inner Critic uses Art and Drama Therapy methods. As a participant you will get to both facilitate these methods and experience them for yourself so that you are better prepared to bring them into your practice.



    • Acquire new assessment tools for identifying and monitoring the presence and impact of the Inner Critic
    • Learn the six roles of the Inner Critic
    • Practice and develop drama therapy methods to:
      • Discern between the voice of their Inner Critic and the voice of the Wise Self
      • Access appreciation for the self-protective aspects of the Inner Critic
      • Facilitate the development of new approaches for the Inner Critic that are less harmful and more productive

 Rescheduled to Fall 2020 (Date TBD)
9am to 4pm
2456 Lafayette Rd. Ste 12, Portsmouth, NH
6.0 CE Credits*

*SEACOAST EXPRESSIVE ARTS, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No 6848. Seacoast Expressive Arts, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

About the Instructor

Adrienne bio pic.jpeg Adrienne Cress, LCMHC, REAT is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and the Co-Creator of Seacoast Expressive Arts. In her private practice in Portsmouth, NH she works with adults and youth, specializing in her work with adolescents. For more information contact Adrienne directly at (603)312-2903 or