About TIST – Parts Work
TIST-Parts Work is a transformative way of healing the whole self by working on the “parts” within that feel left behind or unsafe because of the experiences we’ve had at various times in life. Developed by Janina Fischer, TIST stands for Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment. It’s a form of parts work similar to the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model. TIST blends beautifully with Somatic Experiencing®. Both are very effective methods for healing patterns or parts within that developed in times of intense stress. These patterns served to help you cope and move you forward. After a while some of these patterns or “parts” interfere with our lives and our fullest sense of well being.
TIST aligns exceptionally well with Somatic Experiencing® because both are body and brain based healing modalities. These two modalities are a wonderful combination for most of my clients. Parts Work tools and concepts are fairly easy to learn, integrate and take home with you to use. I am a Certified TIST Practitioner.
Healing the Frightened Parts of Ourselves
The idea (often an unconscious one) that we are under threat is a big reason why we remain stuck, in pain, and unable to get to the healing place we desire. This unconscious pattern represents fragmented or dissociated parts of the self that are the parts of us who feel scared and threatened. These parts need to connect with us – our wisest self – to find healing. TIST – Parts Work is an amazing process that can take a bit of time to fully integrate – sort of like learning a new language – but is a tool that we can tuck into our self-care practice to use anytime. Together, we’ll begin to meet and work with your parts to support them and help them feel safe, seen, and appreciated for the hard work they have been doing to keep you and them safe. With my support and guidance, we’ll collaborate on meeting your parts in a respectful way, with a goal of listening and responding to their needs so they can begin to rest and integrate. The TIST process is a very helpful step toward fuller healing.
What is Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment?
As with Somatic Experiencing®, TIST – also referred to as ‘parts work’ – focuses on treating the effects of traumatic events, as opposed to treating the event itself. In order to survive bad things that happened when we were little, we needed different parts. These parts of ourselves remain long after the traumatic experiences. We are left with a felt-sense of fear that leads to impulsive attempts by some aspects of us to fight or flee which can manifest in many different ways depending on the client. Even while living full and successful lives, clients may remain stuck in an ongoing loop of fear and a sense that life feels out of control.
TIST provides an effective and gentle way of working with the effects of trauma and the parts of us that are still afraid. Clients learn how to use mindful observation to develop a relationship with their feelings, their impulses, their sensations and their traumatized parts. The process is tender and compassionate and the results are very positive for clients. Emotions become less frightening and more tolerable. Clients develop a deeper and kinder relationship with themselves. Life begins to feel easier and the client gains access to agency and a fuller sense of control.
The TIST-Parts Work method becomes a fairly intuitive tool for those who find this method to be a good fit. As clients gain skill and understanding, they can begin to incorporate TIST-Parts Work into their everyday lives.