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  • Writer's pictureTamar Kipnis

Exploring the Healing Potential of Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is an innovative and transformative form of psychotherapy that promotes healing by recognizing the complexity of the human psyche. Developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz in the 1980s, IFS is based on the idea that the mind is naturally multiplicitous, made up of various parts, each with distinct qualities and roles.

At its core, IFS therapy helps individuals access and understand these parts—often categorized as Managers, Firefighters, and Exiles—to achieve self-awareness and emotional healing. Managers attempt to maintain control and protect the individual from pain, Firefighters handle acute emotional disturbances, and Exiles carry the trauma and wounds from past experiences.

The goal of IFS is to foster an empowered, balanced internal system where the true Self—characterized by qualities like compassion, confidence, and calmness—leads. This Self is believed to inherently possess the wisdom and perspective needed to harmonize the internal system and promote healing.

At OneBodyMind, we incorporate IFS to help individuals understand and harmonize their inner selves. By engaging with and acknowledging the different parts within, our clients experience profound shifts in their personal and interpersonal dynamics, leading to greater peace and self-acceptance.

Discover how IFS can facilitate a powerful journey of self-discovery and transformation, leading to a healthier, more centered life.

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