Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

Have you ever had the thought, “a part of me feels that I can do this, and yet another part is holding me back”? 

Most of us have, in one way or another, acknowledged that we have many parts within us. Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a non-pathologizing, creative, and integrative approach to treatment grounded in this perspective. In fact, IFS acknowledges that within all of us are what are sometimes referred to as subpersonalities or ‘parts’. These parts produce internal dialogues that many of us are so familiar with, such as the critical part that speaks of “not being good enough”, or the anxious one that fears, “whoa, whoa, whoa – you better walk away, this is not going to turn out well”.

What if we could move in closer, and get to know these parts of us, instead of pushing them away or reframing their concerns? IFS provides a pathway to do just this. In this treatment approach, we will work together to get to know the many parts within your internal world. Sometimes, our parts reveal that they hold deep burdens from past experience. Through IFS, we can create space  for deeply empowering and efficient healing. In and amongst the healing and witnessing, compassionate approaches are used to promote inner harmony and an overall sense of peace. IFS creates space for us to be more present, rooted in our core selves, and to live from a place of what is often referred to as, ‘Self leadership’.

IFS is an effective treatment approach for a wide variety of concerns or issues. If you feel stuck in patterns that are no longer serving you, or crave the experience of stepping more fully into your Self, IFS can help facilitate a shift.

If you are curious about what an IFS session looks like in practice, click here.

Internal Family Systems has been listed on the National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) as an evidence-based approach. NREPP is  a national repository that is maintained by the U.S. government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). IFS has been proven to be promising or effective for the following concerns (SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, 2015) :

  • General functioning and well-being

  • Anxiety disorders and symptoms

  • Physical health conditions and symptoms

  • Self-concept

  • Depression and depressive symptoms

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SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, 2015, Internal Family Systems, retrieved from:

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