Have you ever experienced inner conflict like "a part of me feels this way and a part of me feels that way?"
Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is not family counseling, but more of the idea that we as individuals have a family living within us made up of different "parts." Internal Family Systems (IFS) provides a deep level of self-exploration. It embraces the concept that we are not made up of just one thing, but that we have multiplicity or "parts" working within us. "Parts" engage with each other both in harmony and conflict (just like a real family!)
"It is the nature of the mind to be subdivided." Richard Schwartz (Founder of IFS)
Check out this trailer from the movie Inside Out. It is a great illustration of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and how our inner parts interact within ourselves and in relation to others.
How Does IFS Work?
Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is experiential work as opposed to talk therapy and addresses both the mind and body. It uses a mindful, somatic and present moment approach for increased self-understanding.
We develop parts to survive and often parts can feel extreme and overwhelming. These parts or "protectors" often do not realize
How Do I Know if I need IFS?
We ALL need Internal Family Systems (IFS)! Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is used for everything from trauma to developing professional confidence to gaining a deeper understanding and connection with yourself.