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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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

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

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

— Coty Nolin, Sex Therapist in Denver, CO

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

Sometimes it feels like we have many conflicting parts of our internal world. This can lead to feeling a lot of confusion and self doubt. Using Internal Family Systems, I can help you untangle what may feel like a jumbled mess in your mind so that you can get to know your true Self and all the “parts” of yourself, especially the protective parts of you that can sometimes get in the way of your goals.

— Taylor Kravitz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I'm very grateful that Dr. Richard Schwartz came along and hugely upgraded the "inner child work" that many of us had been doing for decades. IFS tools allow us to work with immediacy to address what's happening and provide relief.

— Christine Bates, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oxford, MS

I am trained in IFS and find this to be a wonderful tool for my clients to learn to have self-compassion. I have attended intensive trainings and engage in IFS in my own personal therapy.

— Dr. Nikki Blakesley, Clinical Psychologist in Colorado Springs, CO

You may not know what is keeping you stuck in the feedback loop of anxiety and depression. As an IFS oriented therapist, I will help you identify the parts of you that are keeping you stuck and help you return to self-leadership. Like coaching a team, I will help you learn the players (parts) on your team, teach them how to work well together in connection and flow and ultimately lead them to victory. That victory will be indicative of healed trauma, strong self-knowing and authenticity.

— Heidi Bailey, Clinical Social Worker in Ocean Isle Beach, NC

I am an internal family systems informed therapist and have been using the IFS modality to assist clients with many issues including anxiety, depression, and impacts of trauma.

— Lacey Buckingham, Licensed Professional Counselor

IFS works with the different ages parts of each of us that exist internally. Through building relationship with, releasing emotion, and building attachment to the hurt parts of us we can learn to trust ourselves. IFS is so helpful in reparenting ourselves.

— Angharad Hollingworth, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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

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

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

Internal family systems is a theory of personality that we are all composed of different "parts" of ourselves instead of one unified personality. This modality resonates with me after years of hearing clients naturally say "well part of me thought 'X' and part of me thought 'Y.'" IFS is an intuitive form of self healing that helps clients expand their self compassion and self awareness.

— Kate Breslin, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

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

— Bethany Haug, Licensed Professional Counselor in , IL

I discovered IFS when I was a graduate student almost a decade ago, when it was still not well known or widely used. I read the text book for an assignment, and I immediately began using IFS principles on myself. It is the single most useful tool I use for my own growth and healing. I love sharing "parts work" with others! We all have "parts" inside us: the inner critic, the hurt child, the part that compulsively puts out the bad feelings. Working with these parts can bring revolutionary change.

— Melissa Walker, Therapist in Whitesboro, TX

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

IFS composts much of what we've been told about who we are and what we know about healing. IFS insists that your inner world is complex; that there is literally an internal family system within you. You have parts who want to protect you from harm and parts who have been harmed who they intensely protect. You also have a Self, an energy of calm interconnectedness.

— Ashley Gregory, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I am trained in IFS, a new, empowering approach to therapy that focuses on our various "parts" and seeks to understand and harmonize the mind. I find this an extraordinarily powerful tool that is not pathologizing and helps create a trusted, healthy internal system with our best Self at the center.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ridgway, CO