The Six Roles of the Inner Critic

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.

In this LIVE interactive online workshop for mental health and other healing professionals, the expressive arts will help us to deepen our understanding of the six roles of the Inner Critic. Learn how the concerns of the Over-Achiever, Drill Sergeant, Wannabe, Withholder, Crime-Stopper and Banisher motivate the thoughts and actions that cause us distress.. Helping your clients identify the role of their Critic will lay the groundwork for a more helpful and positive relationship with this aspect of the Self

This way of working with the Inner Critic uses expressive arts methods and draws upon theories of multiplicity (i.e. Jungian psychology, Internal Family Systems). This course holds space for self-care and self-exploration. As a participant you'll get to learn and practice through movement, visual art and sociodrama, as well as interact with your peers in smaller breakout rooms


  • Acquire a new assessment tool for monitoring the presence and impact of the Inner Critic
  • Learn to identify the six roles of the Inner Critic 
  • Develop an expressive arts technique to help clients clarify the role of the Inner Critic in their lives.

Friday, May 22nd, 2020
11am to 2pm ET
3.0 CE Hours*

*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 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 work with adolescents. The Six Roles of the Inner Critic and accompanying assessment tool presented in this course were developed by Adrienne over the course of her 10+ years of clinical work. For more information contact Adrienne directly at (603)312-2903 or


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