How Self-Therapy Journey Can be Useful for Mental Health Professionals

This page discusses how Self-Therapy Journey (STJ) can be useful for psychotherapists, coaches, other mental health professionals, and students

Use STJ as an Adjunct to Your Client’s Therapy or Coaching

Your clients can use STJ to explore further issues you have been working on in your sessions, which may speed up their therapy. This empowers them and gives them a greater sense of being in charge of their own work. They can also explore issues that you haven’t had time to deal with in their sessions with you.

STJ is especially useful for clients who can't afford to see you every week and yet need weekly work. They can work on themselves in those weeks when they can't see you, and in this way continue their work and enhance the effectiveness of your work with them.

Because of the structured nature of STJ, it helps clients to stay on track with an issue or part of them they have started to work on. The Pattern System helps clients to be aware of issues that they might not have realized needed work. STJ and the Pattern System also help clients to create complete psychological profiles of themselves and work on their issues systematically.

STJ is valuable for structured homework practices. Stage 5 enables clients to set up detailed practices for working on behavior change in their lives which can be based on the inner work you have done with them in sessions.

For a more detailed discussion of STJ as an adjunct to therapy or coaching, click the following links:
STJ as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy
STJ as an Adjunct to IFS Therapy
STJ as an Adjunct to Coaching

Learn about STJ

I have written a booklet, The Professionals' Guide to Self-Therapy Journey, which describes STJ in quite a bit of detail. You can read it to get a good idea of how STJ works. Click here to download it for free.

Get Access Codes for Your Clients

There is one section of Self-Therapy Journey, Stage 2 (which is about one-fifth of the application), that allows users to explore the emotional wounds behind their psychological issues. For safety reasons, users are not permitted to access Stage 2 unless they have been evaluated and OK'd by a therapist (or other licensed mental health professional). This is the Transformation Level of enrollment. (Click here to learn more about levels of enrollment.) This same restriction applies to clients working on a wound on its own (not a part of the five stages of a pattern).

If you are a licensed therapist or counselor, you can request access codes to give to your clients (or people you are guiding through STJ) which permits them to work on their emotional wounds. Click here to learn more about this. Click here to get access codes for your clients.

Join the Therapist Guide List for STJ

The website contains a list of Therapist Guides for STJ, whom users may contact. Any licensed therapist or counselor can guide clients in using STJ, but in order to be on the list, you must understand STJ and be willing to be a guide for users without requiring them to become regular clients. To learn more about joining the Therapist Guide List, click here.

Expand Your Knowledge of Psychology

You can use Self-Therapy Journey to learn more about psychological patterns and their underlying dynamics. Pick an issue that interests you and find a pattern, capacity, or wound that represents it. Then go through STJ as if you were a client working on that issue and take note of the behaviors, feelings, underlying motivations, wounds, and other information that STJ contains. Another option is to work through one of your own patterns in STJ.

Contribute to STJ or the Pattern System

You can contribute your psychological expertise to the development of STJ. Use the Feedback Tab on the left side of any page to provide feedback on STJ or suggestions for how to improve it.

To make suggestions for changes and additions to the Pattern System, click Pattern System Wiki. My hope is that this will become like a psychological version of Wikipedia, and experienced therapists have the most to contribute to this.

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"Transformation" Enrollment Level

  • Psychological insight
  • Behavior change
  • Experiential depth (IFS) therapy
  • Personality transformation
For people who want to…
  • Dedicate themselves to personal growth work
  • Engage in depth therapy for full transformation
  • Explore and heal their childhood wounds
  • Augment their psychotherapy with self-therapy
Click here for more information.