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What is IFS Therapy?

Internal Family Systems is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In Internal Family Systems, all parts are welcome. 


A new, empowering paradigm for understanding and harmonizing the mind and, thereby, larger human systems. One that can help people heal and helps the world become a more compassionate place. - IFS Institute 

How does Internal Family Systems work, and who is it for?

Internal Family Systems can be used to treat individuals, couples, and families. It has shown to be effective for treating a variety of conditions and their symptoms, such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, phobias, and physical health conditions.

Internal Family Systems was developed in the 1990s by family therapist Richard Swartz, Ph.D., who developed the concept of an undamaged core Self, that is the essence of who you are, and identified three different types of sub-personalities, or families, that reside within each person, in addition to the Self. These include wounded and suppressed parts called exiles, protective parts called managers, that keep the exiled parts suppressed, and other protective parts called firefighters, that distract the Self from the pain of exiled parts when they are released. For example, an exiled part may be the trauma and anger of earlier abuse, emotions that are suppressed by the manager, while the firefighter may be an alcohol addiction or behavior such as overeating that distracts the client from facing the re-experiencing those uncomfortable emotions. These parts can be healed, transformed, and better managed by the Self by achieving the three goals of Internal Family Systems: 1. Free the parts from their extreme roles 2. Restore trust in the Self 3. Coordinate and harmonize the Self and the parts, so they can work together as a team with the Self in charge. - Psychology Today

At IPNB Psychotherapy of Austin, we have therapists who love parts work like IFS because we are students of neural networks. Our IFS therapists will guide you to slow down, go inside and become a good listener to your own system, so that you can find your mind's wisdom lead path to your healing. Our clinicians have completed their IFS training, and continue getting weekly mentorship to constantly improve upon their skills. We have therapists ready today in our clinic in south Austin to help you discover a better relationship with yourself.




Intro To IFS Therapy

Dr. Tori Olds provides an introduction to IFS Therapy. She explains some of the core concepts of IFS such as parts work, and the science behind these parts. She also briefly discusses how the approach of an IFS therapist might differ from the methods of other experiential therapists.

IFS In Spanish 

Modelo de los Sistemas de la Familia Interna en Español. Este video presenta una introducción al modelo IFS con los conceptos básicos que lo componen. IFS es una técnica psicológica de evidencia científica que es capáz de sanar síntomas de depresión, ansiedad, estrés post-traumático y otros diagnósticos.

Intro To Internal Family Systems

A 5 minute overview of the Internal Family Systems model by the developer Dick Schwartz.

IFS and Loneliness: Coping With Social Isolation

Presented by: Nancy Wonder, Ph.D. IFS Co-Lead Trainer and Katie Winikates, Psy.D. Certified IFS Therapist.

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