Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an approach in therapy that uses the language of “parts” to describe individuals’ experiences. The founder, Dr. Richard Schwartz, developed IFS when he noticed his clients weren’t feeling any better when he tried to eliminate symptoms. He realized we all have “parts” that take on roles to protect us, or our system from harm.
This approach helps clients better understand themselves, their various parts, and the ways in which these parts protect them. Key to IFS is approaching these parts with curiosity and compassion, rather than criticism, judgement, and shame.
Some “parts” that people have could include inner critics, perfectionists, people pleasers, intellectualizers. Other “parts” might be those that are workaholics, abuse substances, feel suicidality, or disassociate.
ICW has several therapists who integrate IFS into their practice. If you’re interested in learning more about IFS or interested in working with one of our therapists, check out their pages below to see what trainings they have received!
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