Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is a therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Richard C. Schwartz in the 1980s. IFS is rooted in the belief that the human mind is made up of various “parts” or subpersonalities, each with its own thoughts, emotions, and motivations. These parts can sometimes conflict with each other, leading to emotional distress and problematic behaviors. IFS aims to help individuals understand, harmonize, and heal these internal parts to achieve greater psychological balance and well-being.  Key components and principles of IFS include:

  • Better understanding of core “Self”
  • Better understanding of “Parts” including wounded parts, protective parts, etc.
  • Improved internal dialogue
  • Enhanced healing and integration
  • Better self-leadership and self-management