Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapeutic approach that identifies and addresses multiple sub-personalities or families within each person’s mental system. These sub-personalities consist of wounded parts and painful emotions such as anger and shame, and parts that try to protect the person from the pain of the wounded parts. So even these wounded parts still have good intentions, which is to protect the self.
What do you mean parts?
These parts, are the parts that interact with the world, and ultimately will protect the self from pain based on those experiences. Typically, the sub-personalities are in conflict with each other can interfere with one’s core Self. This core self is a concept which makes whole the confident, compassionate, person that is at the core of every individual. IFS focuses on healing these wounded parts by releasing the extreme roles of these parts and restoring the parts that trust and are connected to the Self.
What to Look for in an IFS Therapist
If you think IFS might be for you, look for a licensed psychotherapist, social worker, counselor or other mental health professional with advanced training in IFS therapy. In addition to licensing and educational credentials, it is important to find a therapist with whom you are comfortable working.