Attending to all of our parts can be the most liberating and expanding gift your can give yourself.
Have you ever felt completely objective, kind and able to spontaneously move into action? In these moments we are being self-led, and we are able to have a very clear, compassionate and courageous way of life.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a complete approach to come back to ourselves, as it addresses the sub-personalities within each of us. Some of our sub-personalities or parts consist of wounding experiences and painful emotions like anger, shame, and confusion. Some parts try to control and protect us from feeling any further pain and discomfort. The sub-personalities are often in conflict with each other and with our core Self.
It is a wonder that we manage to live with these tug of war voices inside of our heads. Thankfully there is a way to get to know these voices so they can work together with you, rather than against you.
The IFS approach focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by changing the dynamics that create discord among our sub-personalities and our Self.
How It Works
IFS was developed in the 1990s by family therapist Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. By setting aside preconceived notions about therapy and the mind, Dr. Schwartz began to really listen to what his clients were saying, and what he heard repeatedly were descriptions of what they often referred to as their ‘parts’, or the conflicted sub-personalities that resided within them.