Internal Family Systems

The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS), first developed by Richard C. Schwartz, is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy that combines systems thinking with the view that mind is made up of separate subpersonalities, each with its own viewpoint and qualities. The focus of IFS therapy is to get to know each of these subpersonalities and understand how they work as a whole in order to better achieve healing. IFS can be used to treat individuals, couples, and families and it has been shown to be effective for treating a variety issues, including depression, anxiety, and panic. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Internal Family Systems specialists today.

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Nearly 10 years of clinical experience using the Internal Family Systems approach.

— Ross Kellogg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Aligning the parts of ourselves with loving, compassion, and acceptance of self.

— Denae Arnold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wheatridge, CO

Our inner world is a rich place to explore, and the "voices" or the versions of yourself that come out with different emotions are important to pay attention to. When we understand that our brain thinks in multiplicity, we can accept all the parts of ourselves, even aspects that are difficult. When we develop strong relationships with our parts, we can feel a greater sense of confidence in navigating overwhelming emotions.

— Rachel Ruiz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Folsom, CA

Internal Family Systems is built on the understanding that there are many parts that makeup who we are. Though all these parts developed at a certain time to help us deal with stress, some of them have reactions that aren't helping us anymore. In IFS we work to develop an understanding of how the parts of you interact, gradually developing a great sense of Self and ability to take self-leadership of your internal world.

— Elliot Huemann, Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Transform your life with this powerful, evidenced-based model to embody more of your core Self. There are multiple parts of you (i.e., sub-personalities) which may have emotional and relational injuries. There may also be other multiple protector parts of you (i.e., managers & firefighters) who try to control and defend you from the wounded parts. IFS will help you unburden your parts that need attention to intention and client-centered care to welcome & heal all of the parts of your Self.

— Matthew Braman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I completed Level 1 training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) through the IFS Institute. I integrate IFS with expressive arts.

— Julie Collura, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

We each contain a multiplicity of parts within our own psyche. IFS is evidence-based and is a compassionate approach to healing trauma.

— Malia Scott, Associate Professional Counselor in Lubbock, TX

I use internal family systems to help clients explore different "parts" of themselves, this is a compassionate, healing process.

— Coty Nolin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

IFS is a relatively new approach that's been found to be very effective for trauma. It involves "parts work" or finding and exploring parts of ourselves that can show up as feelings, emotions, thoughts, sensations, personality traits, and opinions. Working through these parts' protective qualities will take you to more vulnerable parts that carry the trauma. IFS uses a process called "unburdening" to help you heal those parts.

— Anna Khandrueva, Therapist in Broomfield, CO

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is my primary treatment modality. I help clients recognize internal conflicts that are keeping them paralyzed and holding them back from healing. IFS helps me identify root cause issues that can persist for years and through this identification, clients can learn to self-soothe and move forward.

— Catherine Reynolds, Clinical Psychologist in Atlanta, GA

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a person centered therapy which validates the multifaceted nature of human experience. By tapping into our self system we can resolve long standing internal conflicts, synchronize our internal energy and heal deeply. Ego state work can arise naturally in therapy or be a intervention to a road block. Many people find IFS an intuitive and powerful modality to work in.

— Lila Sideras, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ

I utilize internal family systems as a framework for therapy. This is to get to know your inner child, inner critic, shadows, and other internal committee members. When we know our internal family, and can communicate with them, the internal world can live in more harmony.

— Chris Lombardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

I have had extensive training in internal family systems (IFS) and find it incredibly valuable for clients who are struggling with low self-esteem, disordered eating, and trauma. I support my clients to engage in parts work to help clients identify sources of shame & pressure, and gain understanding & compassion towards themselves.

— Sarah Ofrecio, Licensed Professional Counselor in Frisco, TX

Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple, and that is a good thing. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome.

— David Yellen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in brooklyn, NY