IFS (Internal Family Systems)

“We are not one-dimensional, and our multiple dimensions are not static. Just as our bodies are
made of many parts that form a dynamic, interwoven system that works together, so it is with
our psyches. We are more awake, alive, and complex than we know.”


― Ralph De La Rosa, Don't Tell Me to Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage, Feels, and Freak-Outs

Image by Markus Winkler

How does it work?

Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. 

 

Have you ever felt torn about some decisions you had to make? Have you ever made progress in an area of your life only to later experience some form of self sabotage? 

Well, most likely it was two of your “parts” playing tug of war, each convinced that they know what’s better for you.  Looking through the lens of IFS, we learn that throughout our development many “parts” or subpersonalities form in order to protect us from pain and uncomfortable emotions. When we take the time to get to know our parts and give them compassion and a space to voice their concerns, fears, and plans we can begin to integrate them with our core self (who we really are) and stop self sabotaging behaviors.