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Internal Family Systems Therapy

Welcome to the world of internal family systems therapy (IFS), a powerful and innovative approach to psychotherapy. If you're seeking healing and self-discovery, our team of experienced internal family systems therapists is here to guide you on your journey. IFS delves into the complex interplay of your inner selves, helping you harmonize and transform, and with our trusted trauma experts, you can unlock the incredible potential of this therapy. Discover a path to holistic healing, self-awareness, and personal growth with IFS.

Internal family systems (IFS) therapy was developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz in the 1980s. Dr. Schwartz was inspired by his work with families and observations of how families operated. He soon realized that individuals are highly complex and have sub-personalities within them. Dr. Schwartz learned that the core “Self” is reasonable and calm and can take leadership of the individual. With this information, he developed IFS to help integrate all the parts of the self.

In my experience, IFS was extremely helpful for a client I worked with named Nancy. Nancy experienced high levels of anxiety and low self-confidence. I helped Nancy identify with her “Self” who was confident. Nancy was able to identify that her anxious self was trying to protect her. She learned to communicate with the anxious part of herself and allow the core “Self” to set boundaries and improve her relationships.

IFS can complement other therapeutic interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT can help change negative thought patterns, which works well with the emotional work done with IFS. IFS offers some strong self-help techniques. While these cannot be used as a replacement for utilizing IFS with a therapist, they can help you see the effectiveness of this therapy.

Some IFS self-help techniques include:

IFS self-help techniques can help you begin to acknowledge your parts and begin investigating their thoughts and feelings.

What Is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

Internal family systems (IFS) therapy is an innovative approach to psychotherapy. IFS operates under the idea that individuals are complex and have different parts of their psyche. Each part is interrelated and creates your personality. Parts hold different emotions, beliefs, and desires. IFS helps you meet and harmonize all these different parts of yourself.

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What Is Internal Family Systems Therapy Used For?

IFS is used for a variety of conditions including:

IFS is versatile, which allows it to be utilized for several different diagnoses. IFS is effective for anyone seeking to improve their self-awareness.

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Does Internal Family Systems Therapy Work?

IFS has gained recognition after being proven to be effective. A research study published in the Journal of Family Psychotherapy in 2021 found that IFS therapy was effective in reducing PTSD symptoms in survivors of multiple childhood traumas. At the end of treatment, 70% of participants no longer met the criteria for PTSD, and 80% reported significant improvement in their symptoms. Another article in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research found that after IFS therapy participants experienced symptom reduction rates ranging from 60% to 90%.

Are There Limitations of Internal Family System Therapy?

Some limitations of IFS include:

Parts work can be difficult for some people. It can be challenging to identify or accept different parts of yourself. However, if you can begin to learn about different aspects of your personality and work on increasing your self-acceptance, your confidence and self-sufficiency will improve.

Can Drug Counselors Use Internal Family Systems?

Yes, drug counselors are therapists and can use IFS therapy to help clients overcome drug addictions by addressing:

Substance use is a complex issue, which requires a complex solution. IFS is an especially effective therapy for substance use disorders because of the guilt, shame, trauma, and anxiety associated with drug use. ISF is an effective treatment for all the above-mentioned issues.

How to Do Internal Family Systems Therapy?

IFS therapy is a structured and compassionate approach to healing trauma.

Aspects of IFS therapy include:

Many individuals find IFS to be a valuable tool in their trauma-healing journey.

As you explore the possibilities of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) for healing and self-discovery, our experienced team of Internal Family Systems therapists at the Trauma Therapy Center in West Palm Beach invites you to embark on this transformative journey with us. Let the power of IFS help you harmonize your inner selves, and uncover your untapped potential. Take the first step towards holistic healing, self-awareness, and personal growth. Contact us today for a life-changing experience.

Page Modified on Jan 3, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.