Internal Family Systems
℠ (IFS) is Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. Dr. Richard Schwartz, a clinical psychologist in the Boston area, whose theory is based on the family systems model, developed it. It brings together the best of both worlds, systems thinking and the multiplicity of the mind. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS, all parts are welcome.
It is a very effective model, especially when you may be stuck with reoccurring patterns of behavior such as anxiety, compulsivity, depressive symptoms, unfinished grief, addictions, projection, emotional dependence etc. or when you may simply be looking for more clarity or direction in life. The IFS model is also a great fit for clients who may not be dealing with disturbing or distressing behaviors or emotions but are looking for a deeper sense of knowing who they are and uncover their true potential for life.
IFS has been used with good results to help people in different walks of life; business and medical professionals, stay-at-home moms, college students and many others have benefited from this non-pathologizing creative approach to therapy.
There are no bad parts.Richard Schwartz, PhD
Marti Witherow has Level 3 training in IFS and has trained directly with Dr. Schwartz.