Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal family systems (IFS) therapy which is recognised as an ‘Evidence Based Modality’ in the US, is one of the fastest growing therapeutic models in the field today worldwide.

The Centre for Self Leadership which is the organisation which offers and co-ordinates IFS training and development describes IFS as a modality which “offers a clear, non-pathologising and empowering method of understanding human problems, as well as an innovative and enriching philosophy of practice that invites both therapist and client to enter into a transformational relationship in which healing can occur”.

I have been interested in the model for a few years and having seen its efficacy I’ve become passionate about this work of working and it is now at the core of the work I do.

IFS is based on two central ideas:

That individuals have at their centre a core Self which has the ability to act as an effective and compassionate leader of one’s psychological system.

That our personalities are made up of different aspects or parts.

With the help of IFS individuals are able to get in touch with their core self and are encouraged to get to know their different aspects or parts which often would in the past have become trapped in extreme roles manifesting in distressing symptoms, beliefs and patterns of behaviour. The above process helps the parts gradually drop their dysfunctional roles thus restoring harmony and balance.

To date I’ve completed level 1 of the training and intend to complete levels 2 and 3 over the next year or 2 years whilst continuing with IFS professional development.