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Internal Family Systems Therapy

What is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy.


IFS believes the mind is naturally multiple and that all parts of us have positive intentions. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts deserve care and are welcome.​

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy 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 clarity, confidence, compassion, and courage. When we connect with our true, wise Self, we are no longer overwhelmed or governed by our injured, reactive parts; instead we feel and have access to our own innate wisdom. We shift from seeking validation from the external world (though that can always feel good!) to knowing our wholeness from deep inside.

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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Our Course Offering



This 1 hour pre-recorded workshop will teach you some of the basic, core terminology and concepts of IFS. This is a great starter course to introduce you to the idea of multiplicity, parts, blending and unblending.


Therapists licensed in California can earn 1 CEU upon successful completion of quiz at conclusion of course.

Join Jessica Sorci, LMFT, PMH-C for this fun and informative peek into deeper healing.


This workshop is designed primarily for therapists who are excited about Internal Family Systems and its incredible healing potential. Clients and laypeople are welcome to join, but some knowledge of IFS is needed. (Jessica has a 1 hour basic course available to prep you for this workshop HERE.)


IFS is a model for understanding and relating to our inner world from the perspective that there are different "parts" of us imbued with historical fears, hopes and beliefs. Our parts organize and act in understandable (though often outdated) ways. At our core is a Self that is distinct from our parts and has an innate capacity to lead with confidence, compassion and wholeness.


IFS supports people in unburdening our fear-based younger parts and becoming Self-led. While IFS can take years to master, even an introductory workshop like this can open up immense healing and insight. Join us!


Objectives for this workshop:

  1. Establish or deepen relationship with a protector in your system.

  2. Describe Self energy and practice embodying it.

  3. Define "parts detection" and practice detecting parts.

This workshop offers a didactic component as well as guided meditation, writing, drawing and sharing with a supportive group.

DATE: January 30, 2021 from 12 - 3PM PST (via Zoom)



California therapists can earn 3 CEUs upon completion of this course ($15 additional fee).



Interested in IFS?


(408) 345-5572

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