Internal Family Systems is the main way I work with clients in my private practice. It was developed by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. (1995). IFS is a powerfully transformative, evidenced based model of psychotherapy.
IFS looks at our inner worlds as being more complex than just one singular emotion, feeling or thought. The idea is that there are many parts of you (A part of you that may feel anxious, a part of you that is worried, a part of you that is critical, etc) and that while these parts may have good intentions, like wanting you to be successful, they sometimes go about their roles in a way that isn’t helpful. Like a part of you that is really harsh and critical so that you will be perfect and succeed.
My favorite thing about this style of work (other than how effective it is) is that all of you and your parts are welcome in the therapy space
Curious about Internal Family Systems? Here is some information to get you started:
- IFS Institute, here you will find more information about the model, etc.
- A podcast from Johnathan Van Ness of Queer Eye on Netflix, featuring Richard Scwartz sharing more about the IFS model
Most clients report after experiencing Internal Family Systems therapy that they feel more connected, confident, calm, compassionate, creative, clarity, etc.