Internal Family Systems Therapy
Internal Family Systems therapy is a comprehensive and transformative therapy approach arising out of systems thinking and multiplicity of mind. Devised by Richard Schwartz, the IFS model conceives of inner parts (managers, firefighters and exiles) and a Self that is beyond the parts or "just below the surface of our extreme parts". By creating inner Self-to-part relationships and working with one's parts IFS-style brings inner secure attachment and healing. A virtuous cycle of more access to the Self and its healing qualities and nature occurs. The IFS paradigm offers a way of relating to oneself and others which is non-pathologising, empowering and transformative. IFS brings greater self-understanding, self-acceptance, inner harmony, personal growth and trust in Self-leadership. In the IFS model all parts are welcome.
Click here to read more about the IFS Model.
Click here to read Dr. Schwartz's article "The Larger Self", his first-hand account of how he developed and uses IFS and the extraordinary, transformative effect it has on him and his clients.
I believe that the outcome of effective therapy of any modality is greater Self-energy. However, IFS is the only therapy I have personally and professionally experienced which explicitly trains therapists in facilitating the healing presence of Self in both the client and the therapist.