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What is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy offers a clear, non-pathologizing and empowering method of understanding human problems, as well as an innovative and enriching philosophy of practice that invites both therapist and client to enter into a transformational relationship in which healing can occur. The ultimate goal of Internal Family Systems therapy is Self-Leadership – the idea that everyone has at their core a sense of Self-Energy containing desirable and trustworthy leadership qualities such as perspective, confidence, compassion, and acceptance. When we connect with our true, wise Self, we are no longer overwhelmed or governed by our injured, reactive parts, but instead we feel and have access to:

  • Calmness

  • Curiosity

  • Clarity

  • Compassion

  • Confidence

  • Creativity

  • Courage

  • Connectedness

When we are Self-Led, our parts may still show up, but they no longer overwhelm us. We have the Clarity to deal with situations effectively. We feel Calm and Compassionate with ourselves and others. We are Confident and Courageous where we used to feel hurt or scared. Our Creativity (humor, art, cooking) can flourish with more energy in our system. We learn to feel Curious about our inner world (and others’ systems) rather than critical or judgmental. Above all – we are Connected to our inner system, no longer at the mercy of our wounded parts and their extreme burdens, ideas, or behaviors. We trust ourselves and feel open to the world around us.


More information can be found here: https://www.selfleadership.org/about-internal-family-systems.html

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