Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Local Experts in Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a transformative, systems-based approach to working with conflicted, wounded, or misunderstood parts of ourselves. The core of IFS is centered around helping clients access the loving, undamaged, and empowered core of their deep Self, which exists within everyone regardless of life experiences. I am currently participating in the Level 1 IFS training.

Who makes up the parts of your internal whole?

I am currently pursuing/finishing the level 1 training of Internal Family Systems theory. This is a theory that many people I\'ve worked with have enjoyed since it helps them understand themselves better and clarify how they want to respond to circumstances and move forward. It also puts the client in charge, which is empowering.

There is a wise, core \'Self\' to us all, along with other \'parts\' which try to help but can adopt unhealthy roles in our lives. Parts associated with trauma are often pushed down or \'exiled\' out of awareness. When they do emerge, protective parts try to suppress them, blocking access to core Self, which could help them heal. Together, we can help all your parts access your core Self.

Using IFS, we partner to explore your inner world and get to know your parts of self. Though they are all pieces of the whole, there are parts that protect, parts that defend, parts that lead, and parts that get exiled away. Through this approach, powerful change happens. We can increase self-awareness, resolve inner conflict, heal pain, change destructive behavior and gain flexibility.

IFS is my primary modality for individual counseling because it is both highly effective and relatively easy for most people to work with, across a range of issues. It can help bring clarity to all the myriad parts of a complex human being dealing with complex life issues. I find that IFS also supports differentiation of self, which is key to personal freedom and relationship success.

When working with individuals, I pull primarily from an IFS perspective. I have advanced training in IFS. Together we will invite your emotions and identify them as messengers to guide your healing. We will use ritual, art, story telling and more to explore all the parts of yourself that have a voice. Our work will dive into your body story, uncovering your inherent worthiness and wisdom.

Most of us have some ambivalence about most things because we have multiple motivations (to succeed, to be happy, to be liked for example). IFS is a way to reach consensus within ourselves, particularly if we experienced trauma.

Internal Family Systems suggests that our inner world is comprised of many varied parts, each with different opinions, beliefs and energies. It also suggests we hold within a calm, wise and loving Core Self. The work of IFS is to heal the wounded parts and restore balance within our system by attending to our often child-like parts which need loving care.

An evidence based treatment to embody self and heal the injured parts so we can live with more insight, a sense of calm and safety, confidence and compassion.

Internal Family Systems therapy allows a way of understanding ourselves and our experiences in a way that is both empowering and compassionate.

IFS and other parts-work modalities facilitate direct reduction of internal conflict, providing a last and felt sense of internal support, confidence, and awareness.

Using Internal Family Systems therapy, I can help you to identify and understand different parts of yourself that may hold onto burdens from your past. Releasing these burdens can restore balance and harmony among the different parts of yourself, and give strength to your core self.

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