Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy proven to heal many forms of psychological suffering. It has been successfully used in the treatment of PTSD (complex and simple), addictions and anxiety. It is a therapeutic approach that focuses on understanding and healing the different parts or aspects of a person's inner self.
The key idea of IFS Therapy is that the mind has multiple layers, and current development in neuroscience confirms that the brain is made of many interconnected parts and regions that work together. The IFS paradigm offers a non-pathologising, empowering and transformative way of relating to oneself and others.
IFS believes that every part of our system exists for a good reason, and all the therapist does is facilitate a spontaneous change in parts so that they stop having extreme behaviours and find other ways to fulfil their role. As an integrative psychotherapist, I combine IFS in my psychotherapeutic practice, which helps my clients heal faster than before.
There are many different parts in each person, and IFS Therapy helps identify them and create a healing relationship with all the parts. There are two main types of parts:
Protectors - these parts have the job of keeping the person safe and functioning in daily life.
Exiles- are usually child-like parts put aside during life because of traumatic events or adverse circumstances.
The IFS Therapist helps identify what parts are at play inside, and once these parts have been identified in the client's system, the IFS therapist uses techniques to improve how parts interact with each other and how they react to external triggers.
Clients can experience greater self-awareness, emotional regulation, and resilience by understanding and resolving conflicts between their various parts. IFS aims to promote healing, enhance self-compassion, and empower individuals to make healthier choices in their lives.
You can read more about IFS Therapy here.