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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Together we will explore the past challenges that have created discomfort in your current day-to-day. We will discuss the various parts of yourself that have held on to experiences and have created protective behaviors to continue functioning. I believe that we all have parts within us that experience and respond to difficult situations and events in different ways. Within our work, we will discover your various internal parts and help them to function more successfully.

— Lauren Perez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Parts work is a game changer! This is a radical shift in relating to yourself. When you tend to and honor all parts of you, integrating your full self, there is profound healing. You connect with your most wise compassionate Self, and become your own guide! You get in touch with your magick and magnetize opportunities :)

— Nini Gomes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ellicott City, MD

We all have a deep need to feel safe, loved, and belong. If you've ever felt like parts of you are in conflict, IFS supports the various "parts" of you, such as your inner child, inner teenager, inner adult, and inner critic to feel seen, understood, accepted, and integrated so that you can feel aligned, clear, and empowered in your choices. I utilize a somatic approach to IFS, following the body's felt sense to connect with, welcome, and integrate all parts of you into wholeness and thriving.

— Grace Willow, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Larkspur, CO

Level 1 & 2 Trained with IFS Institute, pursuing full certification

— Erika Barrington, Licensed Professional Counselor

Internal family systems, or IFS, is a transformative type of therapy that believes we are all made up of several parts or sub-personalities, some of which are wounded. These wounded parts can carry painful emotions such as anger and shame. The goal of IFS therapy is to restore balance and harmony within the internal system by healing the wounded parts and learn to manage inner conflict in healthier ways.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I have completed Level 2 training with the Internal Family Systems Institute.

— Bethany Haug, Licensed Professional Counselor in , IL

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

— Denae Arnold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wheatridge, CO

Sometimes part of you wants to do something, and part of you doesn't. It can feel like a battle in your head! You may feel frozen or indecisive. Additionally, it can lead to feeling like part of you "takes over" and leaves you feeling ashamed or upset that you didn't handle something the way you wanted to. We can get a better idea of what all parts of yourself want, and get them communicating kindly, so you feel integrated in your choices, and like you're acting in your own best interests.

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CA

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is my primary treatment modality for individuals. 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

If you have ever said "there's a part of me that feels..." then you are already on track to work with me. You have a whole world of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors bundled into your 'parts'. These parts are their own entities within us, that you can build a relationship with and get to know. Together we can explore how they got their jobs, what their goals are, and working to help continue doing their best to help us.

— Timothy Kelly, Clinical Social Worker in Aurora, CO

Working together in this very powerful model of psychotherapy, which brings a depth of self-awareness and self-compassion I have not seen in other models, you will be guided to recognize, accept, and unburden all parts of yourself and become the leader of your own internal system. I have completed a six-month-long, highly experiential Level 1 course from the IFS Institute, and continue to deepen my understanding and embodiment of the model through ongoing training and consultation.

— Daniel Fulton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oak Park, IL

Each individual contains multiple parts, each of which play an important role in the makeup of who someone is. Each part must be acknowledged, understood, and integrated into a person's whole and true self in order to heal.

— Kirsten Cannon, Counselor in Memphis, TN

I use the book Self Therapy as a companion guide for working with clients in IFS sessions.

— Colleen Steppa, Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

As an IFS-trained therapist, frightening and extreme behaviors are compassionately understood as sincere attempts to help restore balance and calm within ourselves. As a non-pathologizing approach to psychotherapy and understanding behavior, we can acknowledge and validate the parts of ourselves that desperately try to help soothe us, without degrading, criticizing, or invalidation . We can also safely help unburden our wounded parts that hold pain and keep us stuck in ineffectual patterns.

— Cameron Lewis, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Redmond, WA