Internal Family Systems (IFS)

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Amanda Best (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

LMFT-A

When it comes to understanding your own unique trauma, triggers, and inner child, there is no theory like IFS! Once we building a trusting therapeutic connection, we can utilize IFS to empower you to access the compassionate, centered and wise being that you are. Once we work together to guide you to trust your inner parts, we will watch the triggers melt away.

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Blake Locher (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CRC

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.

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Joshua Bogart (He/Him/His)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

IFS believes our minds consist of sub-personalities like a "work part", "romantic part" or even a "self-critical part". Understanding these parts is key, and through IFS therapy, we can cultivate self-leadership to guide them in healthy ways. Compassion for these parts builds trust and leads to a more integrated self.

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Marina Nelson, MC (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Oregon LPC, Washington LMHC

My IFS-based training is through Trauma-Informed Stabilization Therapy, designed by Janina Fisher, PhD, who says: “TIST...was developed to provide a trauma-informed approach to the challenges of treating self-destructive behavior. Based on theoretical principles drawn from the neuroscience research on trauma and structural dissociation theory, TIST offers a treatment approach that integrates mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. I an certified in TIST.

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Gregory Kaplan (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, PhD

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Carissa Emory (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LICSW

I am a certified IFS therapist who has taken up to Level 2 of IFS training. This means that I have completed over 180 hours of advanced training in the IFS model and demonstrated competency to the IFS institute. I also am involved in helping train other clinicians, and serve as a program assistant for Level 1 trainings through the IFS institute.

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J.C. Stewart (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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Tracie McDowell (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

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G. Ravyn (Ravyn) Stanfield (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A.in Counseling, EMDR trained, Licensed Acupuncturist

When we don’t understand our own behavior and feel frustrated that we can’t immediately change, IFS is often helpful. By understanding the parts of ourselves that try to manage and protect us, we can often find more ease, self-empathy, and motivation to change our lives.

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Sawyer Salameh

Licensed Professional Counselor

IFS helps us understand the roles we played as a child that might be coming up in our current relationships. It helps us have compassion and understanding for that child so that we can heal our current relationships.

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Joby Mahto (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Margaret King (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

Parts work is extremely powerful and allows a deeper inner healing experience than many other modalities I have worked with. I incorporate the body & spirit into my work with clients. I am a believer that the there is no separation between mind and body when it comes to mental healthcare. Check out the IFS website more more: https://ifs-institute.com/about-us

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Elise Helms (She/Her)

Professional Counselor Associate

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Caitlin "Caity" Lynch (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

When we know that all of our parts are welcome, we can let the Self -- our core part -- lead. We all know what it's like to feel torn about a decision, we feel two or three ways about something and aren't sure which part to listen to. IFS helps you to slow down and hear what each of your parts wants for you, and how to honor each one as part of your internal "family." Many clients find IFS helps them feel more empowered and in the driver's seat of their own life in a new way.

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Kathleen Converse (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Eden Baron-Williams (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

We are made up of many parts that guide us, protect us, and walk along side us throughout our lives and relationships. Sometimes, these parts are loud while other important parts remain hidden, yet to be given an invitation to come out of the shadows and join us in our life journey. By engaging in inner child work, exploration of our parts, and promoting the Self, we can come closer to who we are, what we need, and how we access belonging in the intricacies of our internal and external world.

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Melissa Hartley (she/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor

NCC, LPC

There is a wise, core 'Self' to us all, along with other 'parts' which try to help, but can get forced into unhealthy roles in our lives. Parts associated with trauma are often pushed down or 'exiled' out of awareness. When they do emerge, other 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 and work both together, and for you in an adaptive and sustainable way.

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Morgan Fitz Gibbon (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

OR #T1128

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Kaia Stamiris (She/They)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

I am currently (summer 2024) enrolled in the official Level 1 training program for this model of therapy. I have also completed several continuing education courses. This model appeals to me for its non-pathologizing stance and built-in supports for client autonomy.

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Nancy Walker (she/her)

Professional Counselor

Dip BC, PABC

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Melissa Tomecek (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC

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Gary Conachan III (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

I have read several books and pursued my own learning about the Internal Family Systems approach. I've used it with clients and seen them find healing from acute trauma backgrounds. Conceptually, the IFS approach aligns with my values and beliefs around how we can change and heal.

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Casey Campbell, LPC (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have completed level 1 training in Internal Family Systems through the IFS institute. In addition to trainings I keep current on IFS through readings and online education.

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Simon Yugler (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, LPC-A, LPF

IFS is a non-pathologizing form of therapy and embraces the many "parts" of us as natural facets of the psyche - aspects of ourselves which long to be known, understood, and healed. IFS is also a fantastic tool for psychedelic integration, as psychedelic experiences can often unlock or reveal unfamiliar, challenging, or empowering parts of us. Read my full article on IFS and Psychedelics, featured on Psychedelics Today: https://tinyurl.com/IFS-Psychedelics

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Jed Rendleman (he/him)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MFT

Throughout our lives, we learn behaviors to cope and feel safe. Perhaps a part of you became a perfectionist to protect a part that fears rejection. Over time, patterns like this can become entrenched, inhibiting our growth and even causing the very pain they were meant to prevent. I can help you identify these patterns and the parts of yourself they protect. Through curiosity and compassion, we can loosen their grip and even befriend them.

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Kelly Arthur, LMFT, LPC, CADC I

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

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.

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Rebel Heart Therapy (They/She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT, LCSW

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Midori Ferris Wayne (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA

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Scott Fletcher (He/Him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA

I use Internal Family Systems (IFS) for the treatment of trauma.

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Christopher Creaturo (he/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

IFS is a lens to view therapy where one's internal conflicts are made explicit as sub-personalities and engaged with from a place of love and fairness (titled Self, in the theory). This approach can make sense of longstanding patterns of behavior, resolve feeling "stuck" in various places in life, and let one heal and move forward with a new sense of wholeness.

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Courtney Watson (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

For those who have completed or are interested in taking a training on IFS. Learn or practice how to explain parts, recognize when parts are present, and help clients find more compassion for their parts. Also focus on how to bring your full self to IFS in session, not just the IFS process.

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Sarah Fawcett (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

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Josie Bilbao Bourke (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW, LICSW

Level I

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Karla Wolf, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapist. Providing evidence based, trauma informed therapy (with a social justice lens) to individual adults & couples

IFS believes that each of us is comprised of many psychological "parts", each with valuable qualities to help us thrive & protect us from pain. Each of us also has a core Self that can provide these "parts" with compassionate guidance which heals us & elevates our self esteem. As a Certified IFS therapist I use this evidence based model to support you on this journey. I also use IFS personally for my own growth & healing to insure that I can bring my whole Self to the therapy sessions with you.

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Torey Andrus (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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Arah Erickson (she/her/hers)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC, LPC-A

I often work from an Internal Family Systems perspective. This really just means that I welcome all the contradictory parts of a person that may show up in navigating life's struggles. We work together to understand both the parts you know well and the parts that you might often try to avoid. Better understanding all the parts of yourself, and having compassion for them can be a powerful first step in healing, finding peace and a path forward.

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Sarah Blaszczak, M.A, LMFT (She, her, hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT T1554

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.

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McKenzie Brock (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I really enjoy using "parts" point of view in the therapeutic space. I find that getting to know your parts and how they show up can be a doorway to healing.

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Aaron Finbloom (he/him)

Somatic Practitioner

PhD

I work within an IFS model. This model helps to identify parts, un-blend them, and then find access to self-energy to provide relief to burdened managers and exiles.

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Bethany Haug (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

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Heather Lokteff

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Level 1 trained IFS therapist. IFS conceptualizes individuals as having a system of "parts" within themselves. You might have an "inner critic" part of yourself, for example, that has held onto extreme beliefs that try to manage you. IFS is an experiential therapy that is designed to have your "Self" identify different parts of you that may be holding onto burdens and hurts from the past and build relationships with these parts to lead to healing and self-understanding.

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Michelle Perrier (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

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"Paisley" Jen Burrell (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LPC, LMFT

I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), a therapeutic approach that explores the dynamics within your mind. In our sessions, we'll work together to understand and navigate the various parts of yourself, addressing concerns such as anxiety, protection mechanisms, and inner conflicts. IFS provides a supportive journey to help you achieve balance, self-awareness, and healing. If you're seeking a personalized and empowering therapeutic experience, I am here to assist you on your journey.

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Shay Larken

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

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Lindsay Day (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC

IFS posits that the mind is made up of multiple parts that can take on extreme roles or sub-personalities. Each part has its own perspective and memories and underlying the part is the person’s true Self, or core self. The goal of IFS is to heal wounded parts and achieve mental balance. In IFS, we are not aiming to remove any parts of ourselves that may be destructive; all parts are welcome and deserve to be healed. It is a great, non-pathological approach to mental health.

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Riva Stoudt

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Annie Vail (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT)

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Leslie Yeargers (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LPC, LMFT, Certified Sex Informed Couples Counselor

I have taken several self-study trainings in IFS and incorporate it into my practice to heal parts of ourselves that have been neglected due to trauma.

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Jen Yerty (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADC I

I find Internal Family Systems to be really helpful to better understand and have compassion for all of our parts, as we are all multiple.

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Terry Marshall

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is an evidence-based, non-pathologizing and empowering approach. It is also a new paradigm for understanding and harmonizing the mind. Many of us might say, "I hate this thing about myself" or "I wish I didn't do that". It turns out that when we listen inside, rather than trying to eliminate these aspects of ourselves, our self-talk changes spontaneously and real self-compassion and connection often arise.

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JESSICA VAN DER MERWE (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC

IFS is an evidenced based therapy that explores the "parts" of us to explore and resolve internal conflicts, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Within this framework, we increase self-compassion and value our natural protective strengths. I am certified in Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), trauma informed and integrative approach that includes mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, IFS, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

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Rhys Pasimio (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C3730

Through curiosity, compassion, and a gentle courage, we can look inward and cultivate a network of healing relationships within our very own system.

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Kombai Nonnarath (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

M.S, NCC

I practice Internal Family System (IFS), a therapeutic modality recognizing the mind's diverse sub-personalities or parts. Trauma and attachment injuries may force these parts into undesirable roles, burdening them with intense emotions, memories, and sensations that get locked away. The aim is to foster harmony and balance, with a central focus on wholeness in IFS, where all parts are welcomed and valued.

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Gayle Waitches

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC

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.

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Kiersten Lindahl

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MS

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Jessica Besner (she/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, M.S.

Completed PESI's intensive training on IFS in 2020, have been practicing since then. Continuing to learn about somatic IFS and the value of bottom-up processing. Also interested in using this modality for KAP and psychedelic work.

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Catherine Palmer (She/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, LPC, MFT

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Patrick Nagel (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS LPC

Also known as "Parts work", I have been practicing IFS for the past 4 years and have completely found my home in this theory. It uses such organic processes to identify different components or parts of your inner world. Some parts are protective in nature while other parts hold burdens and past traumas. IFS is a great process to help not only heal your underlying wounds but also incorporate the protectors along the way.

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Brandon Huffman (he/him)

Professional Counselor Associate

NCC, CADC-I

I have completed trainings and utilize IFS through a majority of my clientele with excellent results.

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Dr. Sarah Kendrick (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

PMH-C, CCTS

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Trellis Counseling

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a level 1 IFS therapist I have over 100 hours of official training with extensive supervision. I’ve also obtained additional training and consultation in this field.

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Erica Ochsenreither (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC, ATR-BC, LCAT

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Kate Keating (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MA, LPC

While I am not certified as an IFS therapist, I have educated myself extensively on this transformative therapeutic approach.

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Melissa Ellsworth

Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D.

IFS helps you recognize and understand your various internal 'parts' that can be influencing mental and physical health challenges like trauma, sexual issues or chronic pain, leading to more self-awareness and healing. IFS promotes a balance amongst these parts to create safety within that comes from developing a sense of self that can regulate mental and physical health challenges.

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Holly Wigmore (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

IFS is an evidenced based therapeutic model that seeks to support understanding the complexities of each individual through their parts. Through this work, we seek to extend curiosity, compassion, and care towards our unique parts that make us whole. In my work as a trauma therapist and as a client, I have found the IFS model a deeply validating, normalizing, and gentle way to work through processing trauma. I am currently enrolled in IFS level one training through the IFS Institute.

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Lauren Saville (She/They)

Licensed Professional Counselor

C5949

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Richard Marshall

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

M.A., LMFT

I use IFS (also referred to as "parts" work) with clients in order to heal wounded parts of ourselves and come to rely more on our immutable core selves. The goal with IFS is to help clients become more compassionate, curious, clear, creative, calm, confident, courageous, and connected.

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Louise Gordon (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have been using IFS for several years and am on track to become certified.

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Danielle Meyer (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PhD, LPC/LMHC, ATR

I was trained in IFS in 2012 and have used it since. I love working with inner parts and a big part of my approach is cultivating inner wisdom and connection to self.

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Tanna TenHoopen Dolinsky (they/she)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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Amy Manion (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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Grace Carter (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Internal Family Systems (IFS) uses Family Systems theory—the idea that individuals cannot be fully understood in isolation from the family unit—to develop techniques and strategies to effectively address issues within a person’s internal community or family. This evidence-based approach assumes each individual possesses a variety of sub-personalities, or “parts,” and attempts to get to know each of these parts better to achieve healing.

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Emily Radcliffe (She/Her)

Marriage and Family Therapist

I am also working on official certifications for Internal Family Systems therapy. Like DBT, IFS can be a very powerful framework and can help folx process deep trauma, get to know themselves better, develop more self compassion and work through challenges including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, anger/rage, panic, PTSD, trauma and much more.

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Lacey Buckingham (They/Them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC

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Alicia Turgesen (She/Her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

There's parts of us that feel one way and parts of us that feel totally different. It can be challenging to decide which part to listen to! Sorting through all the parts of you can be really helpful in figuring out how to connect with how you truly feel and what you really need and want from life.

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Carrie Sturrock (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

Professional Counselor Associate

I am formally trained in Internal Family Systems by the IFS Institute (Level 1 827 Beverly, MA) and participate in a somatically oriented IFS consultation group.

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Caitlin Truitt (she/her/hers)

Clinical Social Work Associate

MSW, LSWAIC, MHCA

When we grow up in tumultuous environments, our brains develop adaptations to help us survive. These adaptations become "parts" of ourselves that can stay on overdrive long into our adulthood, sometimes keeping us stuck in old relational patterns. Internal Family Systems is a powerful way to bring curiosity and compassion to these parts. When we offer acceptance and understanding to the parts of ourselves that we have been most critical of, they no longer have the same control over our lives.

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Heather Simpson (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA MFT Associate

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Erin Davis (They/Them)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

L8580

I frequently use Internal Family Systems (IFS) in my work with clients. By helping clients better understand the different parts of themselves and how these parts are sometimes negatively impacting their day to day lives. Often our parts are developed in child hood to 'protect' us, however, as we grow up, the types of protection these parts offer, become hindrances and hurtful to ourselves. Identifying these parts, showing love and compassion to them and then giving them a better 'job' is key.

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Jackie Turner (she, her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

I utilize parts work and aspects of IFS extensively in my work. We all contain multitudes, as the saying goes. Our inner protectors can use a variety of tactics to keep us safe, but these can often cause us trouble in other ways. In therapy we work to bring insight and voice to those multitudes we contain within us, and we also, importantly, work to build a stronger connection to your core self to allow you more agency to take back the reins and develop self-trust.

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Sasha Strong (they/them)

Licensed Professional Counselor

PhD, LPC

Self-energy can be a very powerful way to access healing and wisdom. I'm an IFS-informed therapist, and IFS fits in well with my experiental, somatic, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy training. IFS views having internal parts as normal and natural. In this view, all parts have wisdom and an important 'part' to play, and IFS helps people harmonize their inner relationships with parts, the Self, and the 'inner family.' I love IFS and I find that it works really well for some folks.

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Taylor Kravitz (She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA, LMFT

Sometimes it feels like we have many conflicting parts of our internal world. This can lead to feeling a lot of confusion and self doubt. Using Internal Family Systems, I can help you untangle what may feel like a jumbled mess in your mind so that you can get to know your true Self and all the “parts” of yourself, especially the protective parts of you that can sometimes get in the way of your goals.

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Alex Bardole (he/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW/LICSW

I often use a therapy approach called Internal Family Systems (IFS), which is centered around the idea that we all have different internal parts or aspects of ourselves that interact in ways that can be helpful or harmful. These parts can be like voices within us. For example, some parts might constantly overthink things or criticize us, thinking they're protecting us from possible harm.

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Isabel McCune (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, MPH, NCC

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Kimberly Reilly (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA, CAGS, QMHP

I have completed the IFS Institute Online Circle 6 month Program, and have studied and utilized IFS extensively on my own. This is one of my favorite evidenced based therapies, and continue to do trainings and certification programs with the IFS Institute.

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Haley Bosco Doyle (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A.

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