Internal Family Systems Therapy 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.
We are probably all familiar with the notion of “parts”. We might say: “one part of me wants to get my work done, but the other part just wants to go out with my friends”. In Internal Family Systems Therapy this perspective gives us a powerful way to help the parts of us that have become stuck, depressed, or distressed.
For example, you might notice a “self-critical” part; a harsh inner voice that tells you to do better. Or perhaps you notice a “lazy” part; a part that helps you find lots of reasons not to get your work done.
We can explore the interactions of these different parts by talking and reflecting. As we explore, you see that it’s possible to notice more parts and allow them space to be present in your experience.
To improve the health and harmony of our inner system, we pay attention to parts that seem to be stuck or ‘burdened’. By paying attention to one part, and asking other parts to ‘step back’, we listen with the openness and compassion of our inner Self. We can hear about the emotional wounds and negative beliefs that this part of us is carrying. We offer that part the support it needs to set down burdens and it can then integrate more harmoniously into our emotional world. As we recognise and unburden these parts, we find that defensive strategies ease. This allows us to be more present and flexible in life.
You can read more about Internal Family Systems Therapy at the IFS Institute website. The website includes a short video of Richard Schwartz, the originator of IFS, explaining the key aspects of the approach.
You can also read an outline of the approach from Richard Schwartz. He writes about his first insights into this way of work in the 1980s and how IFS Therapy developed over the following years.
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