“A part of me has always felt that…another part of me believes…”
“I consider myself someone who…I don’t know why I want to do this!”
“I know it’s nothing to worry about, but my mind won’t let me relax.”
Many of us routinely use this kind of language. About 30 years ago, a Marriage and Family Therapist named Dr. Richard Schwartz got curious about it, and over time, listening intently and compassionately to his clients, created a model called Internal Family Systems. Essentially, the idea is that we are made up of parts (the controlling part, the rebellious part, the accommodating part, the worried part, etc). When one part gets pushed into an extreme role, it creates a disturbance or imbalance in your ecosystem. And that part, along with all the protecting parts around it, need to be spoken to, heard, and released from the burdens they carry. It’s a cutting edge, kind, respectful, and effective model of therapy that I came upon last year. I’ve been consuming as much training and information as possible and would love to offer you what I know thus far.
Here’s a great description of it on Psych Today.
And here’s a link to the Center for Self Leadership (content from the creator of the model, Dr. Richard Schwartz).
-(Sherman Oaks, CA) Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS): A Revolutionary & Transformative Treatment for Permanent Healing of PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Abuse with Dr. Frank Anderson, 2018
-(Online) IFS Inspired Coaching: Aligning the Inner System, 2018
-(Boston, MA) Trauma and the IFS Model: Releasing Personal and Legacy Burdens with Dr. Richard Schwartz, 2018
-(Online) Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts with Dr. Richard Schwartz, 2018
-(Online) Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS): 2-Day Intensive Workshop with Dr. Richard Schwartz, 2019
Self-Therapy by Dr. Jay Earley
You Are The One You’ve Been Waiting For: Bringing Courageous Love to Intimate Relationships by Dr. Richard Schwartz