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Q: What is Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)?


A: Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is a therapeutic approach that focuses on understanding and healing the different parts or aspects of a person's inner self. According to IFS, individuals have various subpersonalities or parts within them, each with their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These parts can be in conflict with each other, leading to distress and dysfunction. IFS aims to help individuals explore and harmonize these parts, fostering self-awareness, healing, and personal growth.


Q: How does Internal Family Systems Therapy work?


A: IFS therapy involves a collaborative process between the therapist and the client. The therapist helps the client identify and understand their different parts, which can range from protective or wounded parts to more positive and nurturing ones. Through a process called "parts work," the therapist assists the client in establishing a compassionate and curious relationship with their parts. This approach encourages the client to listen to and acknowledge the needs of each part while recognizing their core Self—their true, authentic, and compassionate nature. By developing self-leadership and internal cooperation among the parts, healing and integration can occur.


Q: What are the goals of Internal Family Systems Therapy?


A: The primary goal of IFS therapy is to help individuals achieve internal harmony, self-acceptance, and overall well-being. By understanding and resolving conflicts between their various parts, clients can experience a greater sense of self-awareness, emotional regulation, and resilience. IFS aims to promote healing, enhance self-compassion, and empower individuals to make healthier choices in their lives.


Q: What issues can Internal Family Systems Therapy address?


A: IFS therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of psychological and emotional challenges. It has been used effectively in treating conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, and low self-esteem. Additionally, IFS can be a helpful approach for personal growth, self-exploration, and improving overall emotional well-being.


Q: How long does Internal Family Systems Therapy typically last?


A: The duration of IFS therapy varies depending on several factors, including the complexity of the individual's concerns, their goals, and the therapist's treatment plan. In general, therapy can last for a few months to a year or more, with sessions typically scheduled weekly or biweekly.

The length of therapy can be discussed and modified based on the client's progress and evolving needs.


Q: What should I look for in an Internal Family Systems Therapist?


A: When seeking an IFS therapist, it's important to find someone who is trained and experienced in this specific therapeutic approach. Look for therapists who have completed formal training in Internal Family Systems Therapy and are certified through the IFS Institute. Additionally, consider their qualifications, expertise in treating your specific concerns, and their overall therapeutic approach. It's also crucial to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can establish a trusting therapeutic relationship.


Q: Are there any potential limitations or drawbacks to Internal Family Systems Therapy?


A: While IFS therapy can be highly effective for many individuals, it may not be suitable for everyone or every situation. Some individuals may find it challenging to connect with their parts or may experience resistance during the therapeutic process. Additionally, severe psychiatric conditions or complex trauma may require a comprehensive treatment approach that combines IFS with other therapeutic modalities, which is why I also use EMDR. It's essential to have an open and honest discussion with your therapist to determine if IFS is the most appropriate approach for your specific needs.

IFS Clinical Consultation

Are you a therapist or IFS practitioner seeking your certification in IFS in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or Michgan? I am an approved consultant through the IFS Institute. I provide supervision and help you meet the 15 hours of clinical supervision required for IFS certification. The process and requirement for certification can be found on the IFS Institute site.


I have completed IFS Levels: 1, 2, and 3. Additionally, I have and continue to serve as a Program Assistant (PA) at multiple IFS Institute Trainings as well as serving as a Program Guide (a role similar to a PA) a multiple IFS and IFS & EMDR combined trainings for Syzygy Institute.


Professionals seeking consultation with me will have the opportunity to refine and expand their IFS skills for their own practices. Despite their years of experience in counseling, therapy, social work, or coaching consultees may still be in the early stages of incorporating IFS into their work with clients.

During the consultation and learning process, I prioritize providing a high level of reassurance and compassionate presence to ensure a safe and affirming experience. Consultees may desire personalized ongoing support as they begin to facilitate IFS sessions with their clients. Emphasizing the importance of collaboration, the IFS community strongly encourages clinicians to connect with other professionals who embrace and utilize the Model, while also seeking consultation and supervision throughout their journey.

Through this consultation process, I offer valuable insight and guidance to clinicians and practitioners when they encounter activated or triggered parts within themselves during their clients' internal work. This crucial aspect of the process helps clinicians establish a deep connection with their own personal Self Energy and builds their confidence in integrating the IFS Model. Additionally, I provide assistance to consultees in establishing and strengthening their own Self-led boundaries and practices.

Contact me today for IFS clinical consultation.

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