Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a cutting edge psychotherapy approach that offers therapists a non-pathologizing conceptual framework for understanding human struggles as well as a clinical pathway that respectfully guides people toward lasting and profound transformation. Founded by Richard Schwartz and originally conceived as a trauma treatment, IFS is now applied to a broad array of mental and physical health issues, as well as to coaching, business, mediation, and other areas.  SAMHSA has recently added IFS to the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices rating it as “effective for improving general functioning and well-being,” and “promising for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms.” 

Both simple and sophisticated, IFS is best taught through a combination of didactic and experiential approaches.  While the full training is offered by the Center for Self Leadership, many therapists find that the basic concepts and techniques can inform their work. Workshops can also help participants to determine if they would like to commit to further training. - (wording crafted by Patricia Rich, LCSW, CST, Certified IFS Therapist used with permission).

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