Moving Parts Psychotherapy

Moving Parts Psychotherapy


𝐒𝐨 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐢𝐧 𝐒𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 3!

Creating and hosting this show continues to be one of the most incredible honors of my lifetime. It is a “pinch me” moment every time I get to record, produce, share, and receive such lovely feedback both from the guests and listeners like you!

We’re only 6 episodes into this season and I’ve already learned so much and have so many more incredible guests in store.

You’ve already heard from:

▶️ Kristin Neff on the importance of compassion and grief

▶️ Mindy Corporon inviting us to heal a shattered soul

▶️ John A. Powellof the Othering & Belonging Institute about othering and belonging in grief

▶️Best-selling author Melissa Gould Author on being widowish

▶️ Allan Cole on the nature of progressive wisdom with Parkinson's Disease

▶️ Barbara Jones invited us to reimagine cancer care

This month you will hear from:

🌟 Ilyse Kennedy of Moving Parts Psychotherapy about the relationship between trauma and grief

🌟 Befriending Grief with Beth Erlander your Grief Friend will invite us to see how rituals transform grief

I’m excited to share that I have already recorded or will be recording soon with some of these incredible humans:

❤️ Ashlee Cunsolo explores climate and ecological grief

❤️ Naheed Dosani asks us to examine whose grief we value

❤️ Mourning Surf invites us to ride the waves of grief

❤️ Rachel Rusch asks us to reexamine our narratives

❤️ Marisa Renee Lee reminds us grief is love

Oh, and so many more.

Seriously y’all, I can’t believe I have the honor of holding these conversations then sharing them with you!

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With deep gratitude,

Your host and fellow griever

🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼Thanks to my GSB sponsors for supporting the show! @recalibrate Eterneva Mir Senior Care Management & Care Consultants Justice Leaders Collaborative
Meditation is a GREAT way to tend to mental health. Here's a simple Tuesday meditation idea 💫 🧘 (courtesy of Ilyse Kennedy, LPC, LMFT, PMH-C @ Moving Parts Psychotherapy) #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
This is why proper pediatric mental health training, being culturally informed, and representation is critical for a child’s success. For more on The REACH Institute's training courses, and other offerings, visit:

#REACH4kids #childrensmentalhealth #mentalhealthtraining #pediatricians #trauma #BIPOC #minoritymentalhealth #LGBTQ Moving Parts Psychotherapy
Whatever feelings you're having after the holidays, please know they're valid.

Be gentle with yourself ✨

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If you live in NJ or PA and need mental health support, email [email protected] to schedule a telehealth appointment 💛
Repost Moving Parts Psychotherapy: All important reminders for uncertain times. What are your go-to calming methods? #MentalHealthIsImportant
I use facebook for healing and learning, in addition to keeping tabs on social events and people from my past. Here are some of my favorite pages and groups that have gotten me through pandemic.

Pages i learn from: Sensory Stories, Autism Level UP, Moving Parts Psychotherapy.

Groups i lurk in and draw community from Internal Family Systems and Executive Dysfunction Life Hacks. (they are private so i can't link directly to them)
Technology Self-Care

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Thanks Moving Parts Psychotherapy for this excellent reminder.

It’s okay to slow down - take a moment to sit in your emotions and see if any of these options help you find a way through the hard.
We know it can be difficult to explain the current events, that are surrounding us during this time, with our children. We'd like to share this resource from Moving Parts Psychotherapy that provides a great starting place for exploring and discussing racism, prejudice, discrimination, and inequity in a relatable way.

Moving Parts Psychotherapy is a therapy practice in South Austin Texas owned, operated, and facilitated by Ilyse Kennedy, LPC, LMFT, PMH-C. We specialize in trauma therapy for children through adults, perinatal mental health, child & adolescent therapy.

Operating as usual

Photos from Moving Parts Psychotherapy's post 04/29/2022

A word.

As BPD and HPD are making the rounds in the media in harmful ways, here are some important things to consider. I also want to acknowledge the harm done by the psychologist in this case. Mental health professionals play a huge part in upholding and perpetuating stigma around ‘personality disorders.’ It’s up to us to aid in dismantling this stigma.

You cannot have a disordered personality.

A ‘personality disorder’ diagnosis does not mean someone is abusive and cannot prove abusive behavior.

Most diagnosis categorized as ‘personality disorders’ stem from developmental trauma. When we experience trauma over prolonged periods of time, we develop protective parts within ourselves in response to the trauma. Because these parts have been with us for so long, they can look a lot like personality.

When we look more closely at ‘personality disorder’ symptoms, we find they are threat response mechanisms used for survival.

Yes. A person may have threat
response mechanisms that are
abusive but a ‘personality disorder’
diagnosis does not determine this.

We have a lot of work to do destigmatizing mental health struggles, especially those identified as ‘personality disorders.’ We can start by acknowledging this diagnosis is not synonymous with abuse. We can start by acknowledging trauma endured over long periods of time requires us to build defenses to cope. These parts become so ingrained they can look like personality.

Photos from Moving Parts Psychotherapy's post 04/28/2022

As therapists we are not immune from our own mental health struggles. Some of us live with mental illness and for others, we are not immune from experiencing distressing events that become a set back for our mental health. Many of us feel (and are told in graduate programs) that we must uphold an image of having it all together. This can actually make it more difficult to admit to needing help or seeking help when we need it.

I want you to know, especially if you’re a new therapist, or a vet who is unlearning old ways of being in this field, it’s okay to struggle with your own mental health. We advocate daily for others and we deserve the same advocacy. Think of the words you tell clients, what happens when you turn them towards yourself?

We are actually more prone to mental health struggles in this field because of the image we feel we need to uphold and the experience of secondary trauma. It’s important to have a mental health plan in place so you know what to do in the midst of your struggle. It is also important to decipher when we can have a hard time and still support clients versus when our own stuff is too much in the forefront to support clients.

I say again: you are so deserving of the help you give to others.


In the height of the pandemic we saw a huge move toward mental health. Mental health content on social media was exploding, therapists had a huge influx in clients, and tending to your mental health was talked about and celebrated. There were many reasons this happened. We experienced (and are still experiencing) a global trauma so many of us were experiencing mental health struggles and crisis. With many people working from home and most outside the home activities halting, people had more time to focus on mental health. In the stillness, we were not only faced with the current mental health crisis, but all that effected us from the past.

Though some are feeling a greater sense of normalcy and some are able to relax their nervous systems (also acknowledging COVID is still a very real threat and this is not the case for immunocompromised folks, those with young children unable to be vaccinated, older folks, etc), we need to continue to support our mental health like it’s March 2020.

Feeling the settling within your system and the return to a semblance of “normal” might mean your symptoms have decreased and the parts of you that came forward when everything was quiet aren’t making themselves known quite as loudly. Staying busy can be a way of avoiding tending to your mental health. It can be a way of avoiding tending to the parts of you that made themselves known when all was quiet. Here is your reminder not to leave those parts or your mental health behind. It is just as important even if you’re not in crisis. It is just as important even if the world is opening back up. It is just important even if your trauma feels like its faded in to the background. Continue with therapy. Make your first call for therapy. Stay on top of your self care routine. Notice your struggles and give them space rather than avoiding them. Your mental health is just as important as it’s been in the most difficult waves of the pandemic, treat it as such.

Photos from Moving Parts Psychotherapy's post 04/25/2022

Most of us experience anxious thoughts. For some this extends to anxiety while for others, they stay as thoughts. For some, these thoughts can feel debilitating and keep us stuck while for others, these thoughts feel as though they propel us forward helping us to complete tasks and more.

What we don’t often realize about anxious thoughts is they are typically the top layer of something held much more deeply. It can feel easier to cope with anxious thoughts than the emotions that may lie beneath them. The good news is, we can get to know our anxious parts better. The bad news (unless you’re like me and enjoy going deep) is when we get to know our anxious parts and they give us more space, they are making space from what they were protecting us from. As is often the case, to actually manage our anxious thoughts, we first must get to know them and understand their purpose. This post offers insight and prompts to get to know your anxious parts better. When we can offer them compassion and even gratitude for their hard work, we find they might offer us the space and ease we were seeking.

Photos from Moving Parts Psychotherapy's post 04/24/2022

As a therapist on social media, I can’t tell you something you don’t already know about your trauma. When my words strike you and fit your experience it’s because your body knew already. You held my words in the sensations of your body. You held my words within your nervous system. The ways your parts have kept you safe. No one can tell you more about your trauma than your inner experience can. If the words have felt fitting, have helped to normalize, have helped to name—I’m so glad your inner wisdom of knowings were strengthened. Just as your system simply held on to words already inside, the tools you need for healing are already inside. You’ll know when you find them. They too will settle inside. Like the parts you were needing all along. So let the words and fools settle gently inside acknowledging what has been awakened within.

Photos from Moving Parts Psychotherapy's post 04/22/2022

If you’re working through trauma, you might have heard the mantra “it gets worse before it gets better.” When we don’t know what this means, it can be scary to enter in to the recovery process. When we get to the top of the roller coaster, we don’t know what to expect on the way down, the build up is part of the thrill. When we can provide more insight around it getting worse before it gets better, we can take away some of the mystery of what that means.

Trauma impacts so many facets of our lives and how we interact with the world. Our “symptoms” are actually survival responses we develop. Some help us cope with the aftermath of the trauma—dimming the emotions, helping us get through the day—others help protect us from the trauma happening once again. Anytime we are making a big shift and change, we can experience effects that feel negative. In trauma recovery, we can reframe this to new and different ways of being. With new and different ways of being, we experience discomfort. Sometimes we are touching places within ourselves we haven’t before. Sometimes we are touching in to parts of ourselves we haven’t before. Sometimes we are touching emotions we have numbed—even pleasant ones—so we are feeling things more intensely. We may have disconnected from the body in order to cope and are learning to connect once again.

In recovery your brain is forming new neural pathways. You are making new meaning of your past experiences. You are touching in to parts of yourself you may have pushed deep down. You are embracing parts of yourself in a new way. Of course it’s uncomfortable. It should not be debilitating (if it is, it may be a sign of moving too quickly in therapy). You are doing big work, allow yourself space and compassion. If at any time this work feels to heavy, you have permission to slow it down.

Intro to Parts Work: Through the Internal Family Systems Lens 04/21/2022

Intro to Parts Work: Through the Internal Family Systems Lens

So excited to offer this training in June! Intro to Parts Work for mental health pros

Intro to Parts Work: Through the Internal Family Systems Lens A training on parts work through an Internal Family Systems lens for mental health professionals. CEUs provided.

Photos from Moving Parts Psychotherapy's post 04/21/2022

More context from my reel yesterday. Attachment is a blueprint for understanding ourselves in relationship with others. As infants, we rely on connection with our caregivers for survival. Their attunement determines our needs getting met. When there is misattunement, our needs are met incorrectly, causing distress.

For parents, it can be relieving to hear correct attunement must happen only 30% of the time to build secure attachment. For those of us with another attachment pattern as our dominant pattern, it can feel discouraging to acknowledge how often caregivers misattuned. For those with a dominant attachment pattern that is not secure, there likely was not a coming apart and coming back together or, misattunement and repair. We actually need our caregivers to get it wrong for our attachment patterning—the repair within the getting it wrong is the piece that leads to secure attachment. I thought you were hungry but actually you needed me to rock you to sleep, I’ll do that now. THAT is the repair infants need as their attachment blueprint is forming.

The good news for all of us—caregivers or not—is our attachment blueprints can shift. We can have the corrective experiences of getting our needs met in other relationships. We can have the experience of misattunement and repair in other relationships. We can offer this to our infants even if we didn’t receive it ourselves. While touching in to our attachment blueprints can bring disappointment for what we didn’t receive as young ones, it can also bring a lot of hope for shifting the blueprint as adults.


It can feel scary to get to know the parts of us that are deep inside. The parts that remain closest to the trauma that touched us. Before we begin the work of getting to know those parts, there may be fear around awakening them. That if we make more space for them, they will take over. The beautiful thing about parts work and meeting the young ones or inner children within us is that it’s actually quite the opposite. The young parts of us are the deepest within and often the ones we have the least awareness of when they become activated. When young children don’t feel heard, they often throw a tantrum. When the young ones within us don’t feel heard, they awaken and act from a place of wounding. It is when they are not heard or seen they are more likely to take over. When we get to know these young ones, offering them the care and tenderness they didn’t receive, they don’t need to scream to be heard. They feel our presence. It is the adult ‘self’ that offers the soothing and safety. We are not our inner children. They are tender parts of us. Our crystals within the geode. Offer care to these young ones. See them. Hear them. Offer safety. They are so very deserving. It is powerful how we connect to those young parts when we connect deeper with self.

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