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Internal Family Systems (IFS) 

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The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, developed by Richard Schwartz, offers a clear, non-pathologizing and empowering method of understanding human problems and a philosophy of practice that invites both therapist and client into a transformational relationship where healing can occur. 

My approach to therapy is rooted in Internal Family Systems theory (IFS), which asserts that people are comprised of an internal system including a core 'Self' and numerous sub-personalities, or ‘parts’. Wellness stems from Self-leadership and a balanced internal state, but can be disrupted when parts are operating in disharmony with one another, or the Self.

All parts have good intentions in their non-extreme roles. The work of IFS creates a trusting relationship between therapist and client, in which the parts of the internal system, and external factors, can be understood and reorganized to facilitate Self-leadership. 

I work with IFS principles in my therapy practice and have deep appreciation for the non-blameful, compassionate space that the theory creates in my client relationships. My chosen post-graduate course of study is the formal IFS training offered by The Center for Self Leadership, a multi-level process of certification which occurs over +/- 3 years of rigorous, ongoing education. 


"The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) has evolved over the past twenty years into a comprehensive approach that includes guidelines for working with individuals, couples, and families. The IFS Model represents a new synthesis of two already-existing paradigms: systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. It brings concepts and methods from the structural, strategic, narrative, and Bowenian schools of family therapy to the world of subpersonalities. This synthesis was the natural outcome that evolved after I, as a young, fervent family therapist, began hearing from my clients about their inner lives. Once I was able to set aside my preconceived notions about therapy and the mind, and began to really listen to what my clients were saying, what I heard repeatedly were descriptions of what they often called their "parts" -- the conflicted subpersonalities that resided within them". 

The following short animated video by Bruce Hersey is an endearing and well-versed introduction addressing the question: "What is IFS?". If what you learn here about IFS resonates with you, let's discuss how working together may help you feel better.