• IFS Therapy

“Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is a collaborative therapeutic approach that honors each person’s unique and intuitive healing path. It is a deeply compassionate, non-pathologizing model that welcomes all parts of a person and offers hope for lasting healing for even our most difficult experiences.”

- Richard Schwartz PhD., creator of Internal Family Systems.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an approach to psychotherapy that identifies and addresses sub-personalities or parts within each person. These sub-personalities consist of wounded parts that carry painful emotions such as anger and shame, and other parts that try to control and protect the person from that pain. These parts can be in conflict with each other and are mostly unaware of one’s core Self, a concept that describes the confident, compassionate, whole person that is at the core of every individual. IFS focuses on tending to the wounded parts to ultimately restore harmony between them and the Self.

My Approach

With the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, the therapeutic process begins by establishing a safe space in which the client sets the pace of exploration. From a place of compassion, the therapist explores patterns of behavior, placing value on thoughts and feelings which may carry hidden or elusive meanings. Healing occurs as the client and therapist work collaboratively, witnessing and giving voice to the ‘parts’, which hold this important knowledge. In Internal Family Systems, the ‘selves’ of the client and therapist share responsibility, often acting as co-therapists. This collaboration can bring into balance the client's internal system and their relationships in the external world.

The therapist will rarely suggest interpretations or reframes to challenges faced by clients. An IFS therapist's skills lie in supporting and exploring the client’s system; holding space for the client's Self, rather than specific problem solving. In this way, IFS places at the center of the therapeutic process, the sacred innate wisdom inherent to each and every one of us.

" Beneath the surface of the protective parts of trauma survivors there exists an undamaged essence, a Self that is confident, curious and calm. A Self that has been sheltered from destruction by the various protectors that have emerged in their efforts to ensure survival. Once those protectors trust that it is safe to separate, the Self will spontaneously emerge, and the parts can be enlisted in the healing process. "

Bessel Van Der Kolk,  MD

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