Internal Family Systemssm, A Constraint-Removal Model of Therapy (continued)

As various parts heal and take on preferred roles, the whole system becomes more “self-led,” and we feel more in control, happier and our choices make more sense to usWe also begin to recognize that others in our lives are also operating from their parts, which helps us understand their motivations and take things less personally

I refer to IFS as “constraint removing” because we assume that each of us has a self that is available to lead us into our preferred roles in life, but that various traumas and adaptations we’ve made, for very good reasons, may prevent our self from operating most beneficially. Healing our parts removes their blocking of self’s leadership.

IFS sessions involve identifying physical, emotional and behavioral manifestations of the part under exploration. Working at all three levels of experience allows more complete understanding and healing than might be available in just talking about the parts, and engages both sides of the brain, which promotes more profound and long-lasting change. We also look at the interactions between parts and how they can be more supportive of each other’s preferred roles (this is the “family systems” part of the model)

While IFS can bring rapid change and seems to be more efficient than simple “talk therapy,” it also has built-in safety aspects which help us proceed at a rate that is appropriate for your particular system. Change occurs only when the trust between the parts and the self are adequate to support the inner turmoil which comes with understanding and healing.

Dr. Schwartz has written a short book for clients experiencing IFS therapy. I have copies for loan or, if you want your own, for sale. While not everyone finds reading the book useful, I will offer you the opportunity to learn more by reading it.

For additional IFS information go to www.selfleadership.org. | back |

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