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Quiet Your Inner Critic

Artful Approaches to Reclaim Positivity & Joy

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Welcome to Quiet Your Inner Critic - Artful Approaches to Positivity and Joy.

This course is 8 weeks of artful insight building and releasing the weight of your inner critic. This opens space in your mind, body and soul for positive energy that you are seeking.

Negative energy steals time and focus away from the things that mean the most in our lives. The more we give attention to that negativity, the stronger it becomes. Now, why do we do that? Because we've grown up within a negative family or rough neighborhood or with trauma in our lives or a shy personality? What ever your reason, you've come to this course for a reason. This isn't working for you and you are ready to be kinder to yourself. And I ready to give you a hand with this.

Did you know? It can take the better part of 2 FULL MONTHS to change a habit - NO JOKE! I'd love for you to have the greatest outcome from this course. For this reason, this course has two distinct parts.


Course includes:

  • Content that is direct and to the point - kind to the demands of life
  • Art based activities expedite your integration of the content and build your self awareness.
  • Daily instructor monitoring of your progress through the course
  • Transformation is obtainable through development of daily intention setting, once a week topical discussion and art based integration.
  • Yes, there is daily homework - again, it's easy on to fit into your life.
  • Step-by-step guidance to reduce your negative self talk and develop positivity mindset

❤︎ Bonus Content is offered through additional positive intention videos - short and simple (around 2 minute videos) to give you additional support through the course.

❤︎❤︎ 2nd Bonus of some tools sent directly to your home to help you get started.

You do the work, you'll experience change....

And you have someone to walk you through it! I'm offering so much of my time and the steps that have worked for me and that have worked for my clients.


The first section focuses on identifying and releasing your Inner Critic. You will learn so much about yourself and find the courage to tell that negative voice they are no longer welcome with your new outlook that you are working towards. I'm sure, at some point, you have looked at a caller ID and said to yourself "I'm not in a place to talk to So-and-So today... I'll call them back." Well, your negative voice will become identified as a caller to actually block.

There is a place in our lives to constructively look at various aspects of our lives. We can do this without being our own bully.

In this first section you will:

  • Depict and release your Critic
  • Redefine and connect to your new Inner Voice
  • Learn to be kind and critical to yourself
  • Recognize what brings the Critic back into your life

Part of this transformation is your movement into a mind space of positivity and joy. The second section will focus on developing your minds eye for recognizing the joy in life, living within a moment, and capturing positivity and joy.

You will accomplish this through:

  • Observation and artful holding of positive and joyful moments or experiences
  • Creating your own safe space for comfort and safety from negativity and your Critic
  • Interactive sharing of your experiences of joy and positivity
  • Recognize opportunities to share your experiences of joy.

I know this sounds out there. Stick with me on this... This works! This has worked for me, this has worked for my clients, and it can work for you if you really want it to.

I like me

I have made a commitment of 8 weeks to give you artful approaches to guide you through revealing your inner critic to learning to identify joy in your life. You can expect some things from my commitment:

  • Each week you will receive an email letting you know the course material is available. (This is known as drip content since the information is given to you in sections.)
  • You will be given 2 videos a week - a discussion and an artful approach.
  • You will have an added artful homework assignment.

This only works if you are committed to the process too. It's important to keep up with the program. A change takes A LOT of intention. Do not let your Inner Critic get in your way, you are worth the 10 minutes or less a day this course actually requires of you. That's right, did you catch that? 10 minutes a day of positive intention within your homework! You choose how much time you would like to explore more in regards to the discussion and the artful activity.

I certainly think you're worth it.


There is purpose and meaning in all you will be doing in this course.

I can tell you, most of your homework will be done first thing of the day. The videos and artful approaches can be done throughout the week. Interestingly, you will benefit from your homework throughout the day just by completing it at the start of a day. Your ongoing commitment is what will move your transformation along.

You are asked to comment and contribute within the course. We all have a tendency to "fall off" at some point when we are making a change. By enrolling in this course, your positivity can continue to be fed through your course mates as well as feed others. This becomes a place of community and encouragement to help you through to a kinder, gentler Inner Voice.

Course Curriculum


  Welcome to Quiet Your Inner Critic
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  Your Inner Critic
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  Your New Voice
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  Self Talk when Times are Tough
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  Block Your Inner Critic
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  Hello, I'm Joy.
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  Transition to Comfort with Positivity and Joy
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  Take it in and Share the Good!
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  The Next Step...
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This course is not open for enrollment.

Your Instructor


Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC,ATR
Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC,ATR

Let me introduce myself... Hello, I'm Julie.

I created these artful courses for YOU! I know the importance of quality information when you are searching for understanding within your current situation. Unfortunately, the internet is full of discussion groups that give misinformation, are a collection of personal experiences, or simply opinion. That may distract you from your own growth and empowerment.

You may be looking for some self-help tools. These courses can guide you through.

On the other hand, you may not have resources in your area OR you may not want to participate in groups or workshops due to the private nature of your situation. Please note: these courses are not a replacement for professional counseling if you are in need. You are welcome regardless of where you live. Within the courses, it is encouraged you share your experiences as you feel comfortable with other course participants. I hope you find useful information and tools to help you now.

I share my experiences from a personal and professional perspective... giving you what has worked in my life as well as for my clients so you don't have to try to figure it out all on your own. I have had my own personal experience with infertility, grief and a unique experience of parenting. My husband and I were able to became parents through foster care adoption and we ended our foster parenting journey when we moved out of Illinois. I'm here to tell you, there is hope. Life may seem uncertain right now. After significant deaths, my life was different. After infertility treatment, my life was different. After becoming a foster & adoptive parent, my life was different yet again. I have and will continue to grow and deepen my relationship with my spirit through these experiences.

Art Therapy and Counseling are a second career for me that began In 2009. Interestingly, my first career was in broadcast communication. I decided to make a necessary and rewarding change to counseling and art therapy after caregiving for my own mother-in-law. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. I have presented in throughout Illinois and have traveled in the US to present regarding art therapy, grief, and coping. Learn more about my experience and professional memberships.



I know there is a lot to this course... The clients that have had the most success, are the most consistent. It's knowledge, practice and accountability. And I'm here to walk you through it... I'm looking to see what is to come.

Again, the course includes:

  • Content that is direct and to the point - kind to the demands of life
  • Art based activities expedite your integration of the content and build your self awareness.
  • Daily instructor monitoring of your progress through the course
  • Transformation is obtainable through development of daily intention setting, once a week topical discussion and art based integration.
  • Yes, there is daily homework - again, it's easy on to fit into your life.
  • Step-by-step guidance to reduce your negative self talk and develop positivity mindset

❤︎ Bonus Content is offered through additional positive intention videos - short and simple (around 2 minute videos) to give you additional support through the course.

❤︎❤︎ 2nd Bonus of some tools sent directly to your home to help you get started.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course is only offered a couple times a year. You are encouraged to keep up with the course to maintain your progress. Once the course is scheduled to begin, you will receive weekly lessons (known as drip content). This helps you to work at a comfortable pace and stay on track. Once all the material is offered, it's available to you.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? Once the entire program has been delivered to you over the 8 week curriculum, you will continue to have access to it - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Do you have office hours?
Yes, I spend 10-11am CST most weekdays responding to course emails and posts. I try to stay consistent with my office hours in the morning, though I may adjust the time based my schedule for the day.
How do I access the course?
You will be asked to Enroll in the Chartreuse Center School AND the course. This course is hosted on Teachable, an online education platform. When you enroll, you have options to accept emails. I encourage you to accept the emails since I will be communicating throughout the course, at a minimum of weekly. If you decline, you will miss communication about when course content is available for you. You will then begin to receive the course in manageable pieces week by week for the duration of the course. Please note: If you have ever taken a course on this platform with another instructor, you may already have a myTeachable account. Please contact me at [email protected] if you have a problem enrolling due to this issue.

Hi there!

You've found this course for a reason... and I've made it for a reason too. Trust that.

Since 2009, I have worked with all sorts of folks regarding their negative self talk and guiding them to have a kinder, gentler voice to themselves. Interestingly, I'm more than the letters after my name. Sure I've got credentials, but that's not what's most important here.

This is about:

❤︎ You feeling more aligned with YOU

❤︎ You being kinder to YOU

❤︎ Realistically working through the tough days

❤︎ Having the tools to bounce back when negative thoughts try to creep back in and

❤︎ Having the positive perspective stick

Your life will significantly transform once you finally release the hold of your Inner Critic. It's a tough thing to do... you have a long standing relationship with your Inner Critic.

I have to ask, What has that Inner Critic done to lift you up, follow your heart, or improve your overall wellbeing? Probably, not much...

There is enough negativity in the world around us. I'd like to encourage you find a new companion, one that shares your loves, your views, and has your back.

I'm glad I found a way to share these steps. This is a great course because we learn from and encouraging each other. I look forward to our time together and getting to see how you grow.

Warm wishes,

Julie

This course is not open for enrollment.