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What is Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy?

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

We ALL have multiplicity (or parts) within us and sometimes these parts feel more conflicted or fragmented within our systems when we have experienced past traumas or other distressing life experiences. The goal of IFS is to transform these parts into a stronger, Self-led internal system that empowers individuals to face life challenges and fosters a sense of inner peace:  

"IFS is a transformative tool that conceives of every human being as a system of protective and wounded inner parts led by a core Self. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal. 

IFS is frequently used as an evidence-based psychotherapy, helping people heal by accessing and healing their protective and wounded inner parts. IFS creates inner and outer connectedness by helping people first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts.  

But IFS is much more than a non-pathologizing evidence-based psychotherapy to be used in a clinical setting. It is also a way of understanding personal and intimate relationships and stepping into life with the 8 Cs: confidence, calm, compassion, courage, creativity, clarity, curiosity, and connectedness. Professionals from many different backgrounds such as, but not limited to, body workers, legal mediation, school administration, life coaches, and religious leaders may utilize IFS to inform and guide their work. Our growing list of educational programs aims to serve not only therapists but the wider public and other professions.  

The mission of IFS Institute is to bring more Self leadership to the world."

~ From the IFS Institute Website:

Stephanie is an IFS-Trained Therapist who is passionate about integrated trauma treatment that involves parts work (with or without EMDR treatment). Contact us today to inquire about these services! 

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