Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Alameda, CA

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Rob Gross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501  (Online Only)
With that as an essential goal, I find Internal Family Systems, psychodynamic and attachment work, Somatic Experiencing and ACT as excellent tools for becoming who we feel we actually are.
As a therapist, I am concerned with the emotional or physical injuries that have happened to us. I’m interested in harm that is family based, societally based, or both. I see the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that don't serve us well now as having been required in our past for survival in a traumatic environment. Many of my clients are neurodivergent, and have been subject to harm ranging from ongoing lack of support to severe abuse because of this.
With that as an essential goal, I find Internal Family Systems, psychodynamic and attachment work, Somatic Experiencing and ACT as excellent tools for becoming who we feel we actually are.
As a therapist, I am concerned with the emotional or physical injuries that have happened to us. I’m interested in harm that is family based, societally based, or both. I see the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that don't serve us well now as having been required in our past for survival in a traumatic environment. Many of my clients are neurodivergent, and have been subject to harm ranging from ongoing lack of support to severe abuse because of this.
(510) 900-5368 View (510) 900-5368
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Christine Olson
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501  (Online Only)
I integrate EMDR, somatic therapy, and parts work (IFS/ego states) to understand the impact of past wounds on present challenges, resolve barriers to change, and increase one's capacity and agency for a more peaceful future.
Welcome! Engaging in therapy is a vulnerable and courageous process; as such, I aim to hold space and gently meet you wherever you are in your journey. I am a culturally-responsive, somatically-oriented trauma therapist with a decade of experience supporting individuals healing and growing from trauma (single-event and complex PTSD), attachment wounds, anxiety, grief and loss, as well as challenges related to identity and life transitions. I am especially passionate about serving members of Queer/LGBTQIA+, gender expansive, and BIPOC communities.
I integrate EMDR, somatic therapy, and parts work (IFS/ego states) to understand the impact of past wounds on present challenges, resolve barriers to change, and increase one's capacity and agency for a more peaceful future.
Welcome! Engaging in therapy is a vulnerable and courageous process; as such, I aim to hold space and gently meet you wherever you are in your journey. I am a culturally-responsive, somatically-oriented trauma therapist with a decade of experience supporting individuals healing and growing from trauma (single-event and complex PTSD), attachment wounds, anxiety, grief and loss, as well as challenges related to identity and life transitions. I am especially passionate about serving members of Queer/LGBTQIA+, gender expansive, and BIPOC communities.
(510) 867-3491 View (510) 867-3491
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Lilly Roche
Occupational Therapist, MA, OTR/L, YTT, YMC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501
Lilly is a women's health occupational therapist trained in Internal Family Systems through Yoga Mindset Coaching which integrates Classical Yoga with Part’s Work.
If you feel unsafe in your body, not able to express yourself freely and lack connection to your intuition, you have come to the right place to heal. Working with Lilly will help you: uncover and release limiting beliefs; gain insight to make empowered choices; increase confidence, self-expression, and interpersonal communication skills; reduce anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation; improve overall wellness, vitality, and health. Her approach is compassionate and client-centered, allowing the system of the client to lead where each session goes. She welcomes you to schedule a free Discovery Call!
Lilly is a women's health occupational therapist trained in Internal Family Systems through Yoga Mindset Coaching which integrates Classical Yoga with Part’s Work.
If you feel unsafe in your body, not able to express yourself freely and lack connection to your intuition, you have come to the right place to heal. Working with Lilly will help you: uncover and release limiting beliefs; gain insight to make empowered choices; increase confidence, self-expression, and interpersonal communication skills; reduce anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation; improve overall wellness, vitality, and health. Her approach is compassionate and client-centered, allowing the system of the client to lead where each session goes. She welcomes you to schedule a free Discovery Call!
(341) 895-6135 View (341) 895-6135
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Suzy Kim-Tran
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I am certified in Internal Family Systems and I work with you to co-create a space where you can bring your focused attention, body wisdom, and inherent strengths to your healing and growth.
Perhaps you're here because you feel stuck, overwhelmed, or just worn out. You want to feel better but wonder if that's possible. I'm glad you're coming to this website to take the first step towards feeling better. I am a careful listener. Drawing from 22 years of experience, I’d love to partner with you as you work through the challenges of feeling better, really growing, and making changes that are important to you. I work with you respectfully and compassionately to identify old patterns and update them to meet your needs now.
I am certified in Internal Family Systems and I work with you to co-create a space where you can bring your focused attention, body wisdom, and inherent strengths to your healing and growth.
Perhaps you're here because you feel stuck, overwhelmed, or just worn out. You want to feel better but wonder if that's possible. I'm glad you're coming to this website to take the first step towards feeling better. I am a careful listener. Drawing from 22 years of experience, I’d love to partner with you as you work through the challenges of feeling better, really growing, and making changes that are important to you. I work with you respectfully and compassionately to identify old patterns and update them to meet your needs now.
(510) 491-9913 View (510) 491-9913
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Sarah Wagner
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MBA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501
For couples, families and individividuals, I use mind-body connection, experiential techniques, psychodynamics, Emotionally Focused Therapy (grounded in attachment theory), Internal Family Systems, and, most importantly, our therapeutic relationship.
Each of us has complicated ways of protecting ourselves from being vulnerable, and those self-protective tendencies are often outside of our awareness. Although powerfully protective, these old inner systems get in the way of living with ease with self and others. I will help you either individually or within your relationship dynamics to understand and heal yourself and your relationships by helping you become more self aware and better resourced. Becoming aware of your habits of disconnection and choosing connection is an unfolding process. I am here to walk with you on that journey with compassion, presence, and perspective .
For couples, families and individividuals, I use mind-body connection, experiential techniques, psychodynamics, Emotionally Focused Therapy (grounded in attachment theory), Internal Family Systems, and, most importantly, our therapeutic relationship.
Each of us has complicated ways of protecting ourselves from being vulnerable, and those self-protective tendencies are often outside of our awareness. Although powerfully protective, these old inner systems get in the way of living with ease with self and others. I will help you either individually or within your relationship dynamics to understand and heal yourself and your relationships by helping you become more self aware and better resourced. Becoming aware of your habits of disconnection and choosing connection is an unfolding process. I am here to walk with you on that journey with compassion, presence, and perspective .
(510) 767-0897 View (510) 767-0897
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Natalie O'Mara
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I use a holistic and largely experiential approach incorporating mindfulness, somatic methods, IFS, EMDR and cognitive therapy to fit the needs and wishes of each client.
The decision to begin therapy is a courageous step–one that can be life-changing. Whether you are feeling anxious, sad, stressed, angry, confused or stuck, therapy can offer a safe space for you to explore your inner world and gain new insights and skills. I have helped clients across the lifespan manage difficult emotions, heal traumas, gain self-confidence, learn new skills for navigating romantic and social relationships, find relief from long-term mental health issues, uncover creativity and life purpose, and reconnect with their partners in new ways. Therapy is a collaboration and I am here to help you on your journey.
I use a holistic and largely experiential approach incorporating mindfulness, somatic methods, IFS, EMDR and cognitive therapy to fit the needs and wishes of each client.
The decision to begin therapy is a courageous step–one that can be life-changing. Whether you are feeling anxious, sad, stressed, angry, confused or stuck, therapy can offer a safe space for you to explore your inner world and gain new insights and skills. I have helped clients across the lifespan manage difficult emotions, heal traumas, gain self-confidence, learn new skills for navigating romantic and social relationships, find relief from long-term mental health issues, uncover creativity and life purpose, and reconnect with their partners in new ways. Therapy is a collaboration and I am here to help you on your journey.
(510) 999-8598 View (510) 999-8598
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Amisha Mehtani - California Anxiety Relief
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
With attachment at its core, I integrate IFS, Authenticity Therapy & Reparentive Therapy.
My name is Amisha, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I enjoy helping individuals, couples, and families find joy and meaning in their lives. I utilize evidence-based modalities that bring about change by providing tools clients can use to become their own therapist. My stance is deeply empathic and curious, leaning into what happened to you rather than what is wrong with you. My first session is 90 minutes such that I can really get to know you. I offer true 60-min & 75-min sessions thereafter. Emotional pain hurts just as deeply as physical pain. Your pain matters. You matter.
With attachment at its core, I integrate IFS, Authenticity Therapy & Reparentive Therapy.
My name is Amisha, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I enjoy helping individuals, couples, and families find joy and meaning in their lives. I utilize evidence-based modalities that bring about change by providing tools clients can use to become their own therapist. My stance is deeply empathic and curious, leaning into what happened to you rather than what is wrong with you. My first session is 90 minutes such that I can really get to know you. I offer true 60-min & 75-min sessions thereafter. Emotional pain hurts just as deeply as physical pain. Your pain matters. You matter.
(510) 369-0383 View (510) 369-0383
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Alexis Wolf
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94502
Hi there, I'm Alexis, a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience. I help individuals with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, self esteem, relationship issues, adolescent/teen issues, and more. In my practice, I use motivational interviewing, a goal-directed technique that allows my client to explore and discover the possibility of changes within one’s self. I use a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Narrative, Family systems, Existential, Psychodynamic, Acceptance, and Commitment therapy. By focusing on the positives, my clients can start to see the progress they are making.
Hi there, I'm Alexis, a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of experience. I help individuals with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, self esteem, relationship issues, adolescent/teen issues, and more. In my practice, I use motivational interviewing, a goal-directed technique that allows my client to explore and discover the possibility of changes within one’s self. I use a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Narrative, Family systems, Existential, Psychodynamic, Acceptance, and Commitment therapy. By focusing on the positives, my clients can start to see the progress they are making.
(530) 460-6066 View (530) 460-6066
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Desiree Golbahar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
Although she primarily orients from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, Desiree often incorporates psychodynamic, family systems, existential, and dialectical behavioral approaches, as well.
Desiree Golbahar is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in the field of addiction and recovery. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from UC San Diego and her master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University of Los Angeles. Over the past 10 years, Desiree has gained experience within a wide range of populations and issues impacting children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families.
Although she primarily orients from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, Desiree often incorporates psychodynamic, family systems, existential, and dialectical behavioral approaches, as well.
Desiree Golbahar is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in the field of addiction and recovery. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from UC San Diego and her master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University of Los Angeles. Over the past 10 years, Desiree has gained experience within a wide range of populations and issues impacting children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families.
(424) 339-1275 View (424) 339-1275
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Ryan Buchholz
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501  (Online Only)
Clients I work with tend to have experienced developmental trauma that interferes with their relationships to themselves, partners and family members; have taken on shame, blame, guilt or distorted thinking/gaslighting from their family systems often throughout generations; and therefore likely experience issues around trust, intimacy, vulnerability and self love. I am committed to helping my clients to gain more peace and safety within their personal bodies, their homes, their relations and their family systems so they can experience more choice, empowerment and joy in their lives.
Clients I work with tend to have experienced developmental trauma that interferes with their relationships to themselves, partners and family members; have taken on shame, blame, guilt or distorted thinking/gaslighting from their family systems often throughout generations; and therefore likely experience issues around trust, intimacy, vulnerability and self love. I am committed to helping my clients to gain more peace and safety within their personal bodies, their homes, their relations and their family systems so they can experience more choice, empowerment and joy in their lives.
(510) 592-6576 View (510) 592-6576
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Janine Sandler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Alameda, CA 94501
I incorporate mindfulness practice into all work and utilize Internal Family Systems, CBT, Brainspotting and Psychodynamic approaches.
Change, healing and growth are no small tasks. I know this first hand and am here to help others find their own success overcoming the pain and obstacles they encounter throughout life. I work collaboratively with individuals to identify sources of stress, discover unsuccessful patterns, embrace difficult feelings and develop both internal and external resources for getting to where they want to go. I hope to foster greater self-awareness, acceptance and compassion in all of my clients. I work frequently with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, attachment wounds and life transitions.
I incorporate mindfulness practice into all work and utilize Internal Family Systems, CBT, Brainspotting and Psychodynamic approaches.
Change, healing and growth are no small tasks. I know this first hand and am here to help others find their own success overcoming the pain and obstacles they encounter throughout life. I work collaboratively with individuals to identify sources of stress, discover unsuccessful patterns, embrace difficult feelings and develop both internal and external resources for getting to where they want to go. I hope to foster greater self-awareness, acceptance and compassion in all of my clients. I work frequently with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, attachment wounds and life transitions.
(510) 306-7192 View (510) 306-7192
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Maryam Ashraf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, identity, and difficult life transitions? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and can’t seem to focus or move forward? There are many ways to get unstuck, and this is the work I love to do to help you heal, grow and live a more fulfilling life. I use an integrative approach including attachment-based work, DBT, CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, bringing in each as needed. Above all, I strive to hold space and empathy for your life experience.
Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, identity, and difficult life transitions? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and can’t seem to focus or move forward? There are many ways to get unstuck, and this is the work I love to do to help you heal, grow and live a more fulfilling life. I use an integrative approach including attachment-based work, DBT, CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, bringing in each as needed. Above all, I strive to hold space and empathy for your life experience.
(415) 702-1634 View (415) 702-1634
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Alexandra Park
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I integrate Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Are you experiencing relationship issues with your partner or family members? I’m passionate about helping people have healthier relationships within themselves and with others. I work with couples and families who are stuck in conflict, seeking better communication, healing from past wounds, bridging cultural gaps, or adjusting to life transitions. I also provide individual therapy to support those affected by relational issues. We can work on managing anxiety, processing trauma, overcoming people-pleasing habits, improving emotional regulation, working through codependency, and embarking on a journey of healing and well-being.
I integrate Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Are you experiencing relationship issues with your partner or family members? I’m passionate about helping people have healthier relationships within themselves and with others. I work with couples and families who are stuck in conflict, seeking better communication, healing from past wounds, bridging cultural gaps, or adjusting to life transitions. I also provide individual therapy to support those affected by relational issues. We can work on managing anxiety, processing trauma, overcoming people-pleasing habits, improving emotional regulation, working through codependency, and embarking on a journey of healing and well-being.
(415) 301-4768 View (415) 301-4768
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Veronica Ghabour
Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I utilize versatile interventions such as IFS, CBT, DBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative, and Inner Child Work.
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
I utilize versatile interventions such as IFS, CBT, DBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative, and Inner Child Work.
Mental health challenges are due to the aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Trauma can place a strain on your family, work, relationships, and even cause issues with self-worth. I specialize in trauma therapy along with treating personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. All these disorders can look different from person to person, and that is where our therapeutic journey of empowerment and self-exploration begins. I concentrate on creating a safe space of growth and self-discovery through unconditional positive regard, emotional regulation, and guided activities.
(415) 942-6295 View (415) 942-6295
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Elizabeth Huck
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, DBT
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I am trained in Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, IFS, ACT, & DBT, which are integral in healing by helping you address the trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger in the mind and body.
The toll of trauma, stress, anxiety, & depression builds over time, things that once seemed manageable turn into a life that's not our own, because we're stuck in survival mode. It's exhausting. As a therapist, my goal is to collaborate with you to safely navigate your inner landscape and put pieces together so you can uncover your unique abilities and create a mental health toolkit that will carry you through a lifetime. I am here to support you in working through unresolved feelings and conflicts and guide you toward healing. Therefore, you can feel empowered, rejuvenated, and enthusiastic about life again.
I am trained in Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, IFS, ACT, & DBT, which are integral in healing by helping you address the trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger in the mind and body.
The toll of trauma, stress, anxiety, & depression builds over time, things that once seemed manageable turn into a life that's not our own, because we're stuck in survival mode. It's exhausting. As a therapist, my goal is to collaborate with you to safely navigate your inner landscape and put pieces together so you can uncover your unique abilities and create a mental health toolkit that will carry you through a lifetime. I am here to support you in working through unresolved feelings and conflicts and guide you toward healing. Therefore, you can feel empowered, rejuvenated, and enthusiastic about life again.
(415) 704-6912 View (415) 704-6912
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Theresa Ann Razzano
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CRC
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I have begun training on Internal Family Systems, and have training and education in drug and alcohol and family systems settings.
What's happening in your life today? How can I help? Some need to address painful life barriers they are faced with due to depression, anxiety or trauma. Others want to figure out why their interpersonal relationships are conflicted and stressful or that they still haven't met the person they want to be with. Sometimes people come because their past has limited their future, and they need to get it all out on the table and figure out how not to be constrained in achieving their personal goals. How about you?
I have begun training on Internal Family Systems, and have training and education in drug and alcohol and family systems settings.
What's happening in your life today? How can I help? Some need to address painful life barriers they are faced with due to depression, anxiety or trauma. Others want to figure out why their interpersonal relationships are conflicted and stressful or that they still haven't met the person they want to be with. Sometimes people come because their past has limited their future, and they need to get it all out on the table and figure out how not to be constrained in achieving their personal goals. How about you?
(510) 660-0136 View (510) 660-0136
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Cathy Trenary
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I draw upon CBT, IFS, somatic therapy, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy to support the processing of trauma, fostering a holistic healing experience that encompasses both mind and body.
Our life experiences can lead us to question our identity and purpose in the world we live in. This can lead us to anxiety, depression, and trauma. Do you want to improve how you face challenges, function in your relationships, and face overwhelming feelings? I place heavy importance on addressing trauma. Trauma disintegrates the parts that make up your whole self, which can leave aspects of who you are hidden from your awareness. Left unaddressed, anxiety and depression can worsen, which can rob you of the necessary connection that all human beings need to thrive. I aim to help you process unresolved trauma.
I draw upon CBT, IFS, somatic therapy, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy to support the processing of trauma, fostering a holistic healing experience that encompasses both mind and body.
Our life experiences can lead us to question our identity and purpose in the world we live in. This can lead us to anxiety, depression, and trauma. Do you want to improve how you face challenges, function in your relationships, and face overwhelming feelings? I place heavy importance on addressing trauma. Trauma disintegrates the parts that make up your whole self, which can leave aspects of who you are hidden from your awareness. Left unaddressed, anxiety and depression can worsen, which can rob you of the necessary connection that all human beings need to thrive. I aim to help you process unresolved trauma.
(415) 992-6925 View (415) 992-6925
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Brittney Green
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR, IFS
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I specialize in IFS, DBT, and CBT to help my clients to identify their internal parts and help these parts to discover healthier skills for coping.
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
I specialize in IFS, DBT, and CBT to help my clients to identify their internal parts and help these parts to discover healthier skills for coping.
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
(415) 582-4434 View (415) 582-4434
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Stacey Ann Spilly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I use a variety of modalities such as ACT, CBT, IFS, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
I believe healing is a multifaceted process that requires a holistic and collaborative approach. I help individuals and couples overcome challenges like anxiety, depression, relationship stress, trauma, grief and loss, or life transitions. I will listen and engage with you authentically to help build a safe and trusting alliance. I use a trauma-informed and client-centered approach to better understand your unique situation and personal goals. I believe we are mind, body, and spirit and my aim is to treat the whole person so that we can live in balance with ourselves, our environment, and feel a sense of integration.
I use a variety of modalities such as ACT, CBT, IFS, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
I believe healing is a multifaceted process that requires a holistic and collaborative approach. I help individuals and couples overcome challenges like anxiety, depression, relationship stress, trauma, grief and loss, or life transitions. I will listen and engage with you authentically to help build a safe and trusting alliance. I use a trauma-informed and client-centered approach to better understand your unique situation and personal goals. I believe we are mind, body, and spirit and my aim is to treat the whole person so that we can live in balance with ourselves, our environment, and feel a sense of integration.
(510) 529-3770 View (510) 529-3770
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Stephanie Chiri
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Alameda, CA 94501
I offer client-centered therapy utilizing the therapeutic tools of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and DBT.
My name is Stephanie and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with adult individuals who want more balance in their lives and to improve their relationship with themselves and others. The clients I work with want to understand how to feel better, how to think more productively, and how to utilize their strengths in a way that will bring them closer to their goals. As a therapist, I am committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for all individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Central to my practice are the principles of anti-racism, LGBTQ+ allyship, and a feminist perspective.
I offer client-centered therapy utilizing the therapeutic tools of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and DBT.
My name is Stephanie and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with adult individuals who want more balance in their lives and to improve their relationship with themselves and others. The clients I work with want to understand how to feel better, how to think more productively, and how to utilize their strengths in a way that will bring them closer to their goals. As a therapist, I am committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for all individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Central to my practice are the principles of anti-racism, LGBTQ+ allyship, and a feminist perspective.
(925) 308-2480 View (925) 308-2480
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists

What is Internal Family Systems therapy?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a type of talk therapy that focuses on sub-personalities, or “families,” within a person, which may be made up of wounded parts and unpleasant emotions like anger and shame. These sub-personalities can come into conflict with each other and with an individual’s core Self, leaving the person feeling detached from positive traits such as the “8 C’s” of confidence, calmness, creativity, clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion, and connectedness. By healing a patient’s wounded parts, a therapist aims to restore balance and bring on positive change.

How does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

An IFS therapist will work with a patient to identify their particular sub-personalities, recognize the emotions powering them, and release them. By doing so, the patient should become more able to address any underlying problems their sub-personalities may have been trying to protect them from. Ultimately, a patient discovers ways to manage internal and external conflicts on their own, through techniques such as relaxation exercises, journaling, and making charts depicting the relationships between their core Self and their distinct parts.

Does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

IFS therapy has been shown to help people address conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic, fears and phobias, trauma, and substance use disorders. Some research has also found that it can help individuals deal with symptoms of physical health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, such as pain, everyday functioning, depressive feelings, and low self-compassion. There are some conditions for which IFS treatment, specifically discussions of one’s “parts,” may be less appropriate, such as schizophrenia or other states that involve psychosis or paranoia.

How long does Internal Family Systems therapy take?

As with most forms of talk therapy, there is no set duration or end point for IFS therapy. After becoming comfortable with a therapist and the core concepts of IFS, some patients quickly make progress. While experiences vary, most will find that it is a relatively longer-term therapy, involving months and sometimes years of sessions.