What is Internal Family Systems Therapy?
Have you ever felt torn between two or more opposing internal beliefs? Tried to overcome the challenges of life but felt a part of you was keeping you back? That your own thoughts are working against you rather than helping you achieve your goals? This is a normal phenomenon for those who have been plagued by doubt throughout their lives or experienced a tragic or traumatic event from their past. Internal Family Systems therapy is a new therapy that aims to unify your divided internal self, restore a sense of calm and confidence in yourself, and resolve past traumas and anxieties with compassion, understanding, and curiosity.
An Internal Dialogue of Cooperation
Developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, Internal Family Systems is an evidence-based therapy that approaches a client’s presenting problems in the form of an internal discussion with yourself, or rather, the many parts that make up your mind. Parts that are overly controlling or perfectionist, reactive and impulsive, or hurt and traumatized. Clients will be taught how to separate these parts from their “self”, talk with them to understand their roles, and teach them to serve a less extreme role in their mind so that they work for you instead of against you.
For more information, please visit the IFS Institute website.