Our perception of who we are starts to form very early in our lives. This sense of self is shaped not only from the positive ways we’re seen and treated but from the negative attitudes we’re exposed to in our environment through parental, familial, and societal influences. As adults, in order to challenge any distorted self-perceptions and make real changes, we have to recognize the negative overlays that have hurt our self-esteem. We can then take steps to see ourselves with more self-compassion and become the people we truly seek to be.

In this Webinar, Dr. Lisa Firestone will discuss the formation of identity and the ways we can reshape it. Our identity is neither fixed nor one dimensional. In order to discover who we really are, we have to let go of the “shoulds” and “roles” laid out for us by our history. We must also take steps to free ourselves from the self-critical thoughts and self-limiting psychological defenses that have bent us out of shape.

In her presentation, Dr. Firestone will introduce the concept of differentiation, a step-by-step approach to revealing one’s true self. She will explain the role of the “critical inner voice” in holding us back and discuss how practicing self-compassion can change the way we see ourselves, making real change possible. She will explore Daniel Siegel’s concept of “selfing,” as a means to “surf the waves” of self and discover who we are.

As Walt Whitman once wrote, “I contain multitudes.” This is true of each one of us. By looking into all the things that shape our sense of identity – both good and bad, painful and joyful – we can make more conscious, adult choices about how we see ourselves and who we want to be.


Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the nature of identity as dynamically constructed as opposed to fixed
  2. Describe forces operating within the self, family and society that limit, or seriously damage, peoples own ability to find personal meaning in life.
  3. List the steps of voice therapy.
  4. Explain the four steps in differentiation of self.
  5. Identify the three key components of self-compassion
  6. Distinguish between self-esteem and self-compassion

Presenter: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.
90 Minutes

$15.00Add to cart

2 Home Study CE’s ($15)  Optional and sold separately. More Info Here


Ordering Information:


Once payment is received, you will be e-mailed a full video recording of this Webinar along with all presentation materials.

Optional CEs (2) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars for $15. A link to purchase CE credits will be included in the email containing all your Webinar resources. More Info Here


 About Lisa Firestone


Dr. Lisa Firestone Phd, Lisa Firestone, Psychalive, The Glendon AssociationDr. Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and a Senior Editor at PsychAlive. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of The Self Under Siege: A Therapeutic Model for Differentiation (Routledge, 2013), Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003).


Continuing Education Information:


This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.  A link to purchase CE credits will be provided to all Webinar registrants.


Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed any accompanying reading assignment, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.



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