Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Berkeley, CA

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Rae C Hipolito
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94704  (Online Only)
Create joy and inner calm in your life. My role is to guide you in coming back to your wholeness. I am passionate about helping you heal your wounded parts. This wounding may show up as depression, anxiety, or PTSD in adulthood. My approach is heart-based; it is a fusion of experiential, somatic/body-oriented (releasing emotional pain which is stored in our bodies), gestalt, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, hypnosis, and internal family systems approaches. I don't focus on analyzing nor intellectualizing your past. We visit the past to let go of any pain or heal trauma.
Create joy and inner calm in your life. My role is to guide you in coming back to your wholeness. I am passionate about helping you heal your wounded parts. This wounding may show up as depression, anxiety, or PTSD in adulthood. My approach is heart-based; it is a fusion of experiential, somatic/body-oriented (releasing emotional pain which is stored in our bodies), gestalt, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, hypnosis, and internal family systems approaches. I don't focus on analyzing nor intellectualizing your past. We visit the past to let go of any pain or heal trauma.
(949) 537-2883 View (949) 537-2883
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Jed Purses
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94707
I am a family systems psychotherapist working with individuals and families confronting complex mental health, behavioral, substance abuse and relational challenges that often break families apart. I support individuals and families towards finding sustainable solutions that restore trust, connection and peace. My style is relational, warm and direct. Together we seek to uncover roots causes while I use a trauma and attachment informed lens to collaborate with you towards healing and resolution. My formal training and clinical experience lend well to both solution-focused work as well as depthful healing.
I am a family systems psychotherapist working with individuals and families confronting complex mental health, behavioral, substance abuse and relational challenges that often break families apart. I support individuals and families towards finding sustainable solutions that restore trust, connection and peace. My style is relational, warm and direct. Together we seek to uncover roots causes while I use a trauma and attachment informed lens to collaborate with you towards healing and resolution. My formal training and clinical experience lend well to both solution-focused work as well as depthful healing.
(510) 319-8407 View (510) 319-8407
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William H Ward, Marriage and Family Therapy, Inc.
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, 100349
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94710  (Online Only)
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR are 3 evidenced based approaches I use that can help heal relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety. My personal recovery from trauma symptoms and substance utilizing IFS and community support have helped me hold a wider space for the pain that drives the behavior of addiction. I hold no judgment for the person seeking help. I hold this view within the context of relationship therapy as well.
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR are 3 evidenced based approaches I use that can help heal relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety. My personal recovery from trauma symptoms and substance utilizing IFS and community support have helped me hold a wider space for the pain that drives the behavior of addiction. I hold no judgment for the person seeking help. I hold this view within the context of relationship therapy as well.
(510) 513-0858 View (510) 513-0858
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Sarah Cohen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ORSCC, PPSC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94704
I am a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience. I work with individuals, couples and families using a strength-based, solution oriented approach. I am trained both psycho-dynamically and in family systems work. I utilize the Developmental Model for couples therapy. I work with adults, couples and families and with children and adolescents facing school issues, behavioral issues, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, separation and step-parenting and family of origin issues. I will work with you to set achievable goals in therapy in order to promote positive individual and/or family change.
I am a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience. I work with individuals, couples and families using a strength-based, solution oriented approach. I am trained both psycho-dynamically and in family systems work. I utilize the Developmental Model for couples therapy. I work with adults, couples and families and with children and adolescents facing school issues, behavioral issues, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, separation and step-parenting and family of origin issues. I will work with you to set achievable goals in therapy in order to promote positive individual and/or family change.
(510) 878-3606 View (510) 878-3606
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Kerry McKee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94705
I customize how I work to fit you, with practical, evidence-based, depth-oriented approaches including: IFS (Internal Family Systems), EMDR, Mindfulness, Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy, CBT, Expressive Arts & Movement, and Ecotherapy.
Are you looking for therapy to support & cultivate the wisdom of your whole being – mind, heart, body, & spirit? Would you like your challenges to be doorways to personal transformation?  You may be coming to therapy feeling overwhelmed by life transitions, relationship challenges, depression, anxiety, grief, or loss. You may want to heal old trauma, change negative thought patterns, and break free of self-doubt. Or you may be ready to work towards deeper personal and spiritual growth. I support clients with these and many other issues in a warm, nurturing, non-judgmental way, informed by over 15 years of experience as a therapist.
I customize how I work to fit you, with practical, evidence-based, depth-oriented approaches including: IFS (Internal Family Systems), EMDR, Mindfulness, Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy, CBT, Expressive Arts & Movement, and Ecotherapy.
Are you looking for therapy to support & cultivate the wisdom of your whole being – mind, heart, body, & spirit? Would you like your challenges to be doorways to personal transformation?  You may be coming to therapy feeling overwhelmed by life transitions, relationship challenges, depression, anxiety, grief, or loss. You may want to heal old trauma, change negative thought patterns, and break free of self-doubt. Or you may be ready to work towards deeper personal and spiritual growth. I support clients with these and many other issues in a warm, nurturing, non-judgmental way, informed by over 15 years of experience as a therapist.
(510) 617-1699 View (510) 617-1699
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Amber Masselot
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94710
I am an inclusive, integrative trauma-wise therapist, utilizing strengths based, humanistic, IFS (Internal Family Systems), CBT, DBT, ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention), solutions focused, neurodiverse affirming, and BA (behavioral activation).
I see you as a unique individual from a systems perspective and want to understand the interrelatedness of your current relationships, social systems, belief systems, and family history in order to see how certain patterns have emerged in your life. I work with OCD, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, transitional stages in life, racially mixed relationship issues, Asian American and BIPOC community, mixed-race, gender affirming, LGBTQIA+ community, neurodiverse community, parents, adolescents, and more.
I am an inclusive, integrative trauma-wise therapist, utilizing strengths based, humanistic, IFS (Internal Family Systems), CBT, DBT, ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention), solutions focused, neurodiverse affirming, and BA (behavioral activation).
I see you as a unique individual from a systems perspective and want to understand the interrelatedness of your current relationships, social systems, belief systems, and family history in order to see how certain patterns have emerged in your life. I work with OCD, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, transitional stages in life, racially mixed relationship issues, Asian American and BIPOC community, mixed-race, gender affirming, LGBTQIA+ community, neurodiverse community, parents, adolescents, and more.
(510) 867-3610 View (510) 867-3610
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Shannon Gustafson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704
I utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR to help bring healing to the past.
Do you struggle with feelings of shame and guilt? Do you feel not-good-enough no matter how hard you try? Do you struggle to say no or feel overly responsible for others? Do you find yourself in unhealthy relationships? Are you overcoming an abusive situation and feel like you have lost your sense of self? These struggles often manifest as anxiety and depression in our bodies. The good news is you don't have to live a life burdened by the past. It is possible to relate to yourself and others in a new way.
I utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR to help bring healing to the past.
Do you struggle with feelings of shame and guilt? Do you feel not-good-enough no matter how hard you try? Do you struggle to say no or feel overly responsible for others? Do you find yourself in unhealthy relationships? Are you overcoming an abusive situation and feel like you have lost your sense of self? These struggles often manifest as anxiety and depression in our bodies. The good news is you don't have to live a life burdened by the past. It is possible to relate to yourself and others in a new way.
(510) 775-1196 View (510) 775-1196
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Marcia Banks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94703
Since 2011, my passion has been helping people connect with their innate ability to heal, their inner wisdom and their beautiful authentic selves. I specialize in utilizing the brilliance of Internal Family Systems therapy, mindfulness practices, therapeutic yoga and somatic awareness to assist people with creating their own internal maps for healing and transformation. Together, we work through obstacles, wounds and old patterns to revitalize one’s true expression of self. My pyschotherapy practice offers a place to work with / move through life transitions, grief, trauma, anxiety, depression and stressful life events.
Since 2011, my passion has been helping people connect with their innate ability to heal, their inner wisdom and their beautiful authentic selves. I specialize in utilizing the brilliance of Internal Family Systems therapy, mindfulness practices, therapeutic yoga and somatic awareness to assist people with creating their own internal maps for healing and transformation. Together, we work through obstacles, wounds and old patterns to revitalize one’s true expression of self. My pyschotherapy practice offers a place to work with / move through life transitions, grief, trauma, anxiety, depression and stressful life events.
(510) 983-7142 View (510) 983-7142
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Jenny Crawford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94707  (Online Only)
With a warm, honest, and respectful approach, I draw from various traditions including mindfulness, internal family systems (IFS), Buddhist psychology and the wisdom traditions, attachment theory, a trauma informed and culturally responsive social justice lens, Jungian psychology, and nonviolent communication.
Would you like to feel more confident and accepting of yourself and others rather than anxious, unsure, and disconnected? With a warm and relational approach, I offer deep presence and compassionate, authentic support through difficult and painful challenges. I view our work together as a sacred collaboration in bringing forth what your soul most wants for you. I welcome people from all cultural backgrounds and stages of life from late adolescence to elderhood. I love to support people in clarifying their unique identity, connecting more deeply with themselves and others, and living from their own truth to a more fulfilling life.
With a warm, honest, and respectful approach, I draw from various traditions including mindfulness, internal family systems (IFS), Buddhist psychology and the wisdom traditions, attachment theory, a trauma informed and culturally responsive social justice lens, Jungian psychology, and nonviolent communication.
Would you like to feel more confident and accepting of yourself and others rather than anxious, unsure, and disconnected? With a warm and relational approach, I offer deep presence and compassionate, authentic support through difficult and painful challenges. I view our work together as a sacred collaboration in bringing forth what your soul most wants for you. I welcome people from all cultural backgrounds and stages of life from late adolescence to elderhood. I love to support people in clarifying their unique identity, connecting more deeply with themselves and others, and living from their own truth to a more fulfilling life.
(510) 544-8233 View (510) 544-8233
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Baljeet Heyer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94704
If you’re experiencing anxiety or trauma, I can help. Trauma, particularly from early childhood can have a deep impact on your self-esteem, relationships and functioning. You may struggle with perfectionism, people pleasing or codependency. Your nervous system may be dsyregulated which can lead to feeling flooded with emotions and or exhausted. This can lead to adaptions which may have serious consequences. Some interventions I use with clients include EMDR, Internal Family Systems, somatic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art, sandplay and play therapy. Which interventions are based on your preferences and fit.
If you’re experiencing anxiety or trauma, I can help. Trauma, particularly from early childhood can have a deep impact on your self-esteem, relationships and functioning. You may struggle with perfectionism, people pleasing or codependency. Your nervous system may be dsyregulated which can lead to feeling flooded with emotions and or exhausted. This can lead to adaptions which may have serious consequences. Some interventions I use with clients include EMDR, Internal Family Systems, somatic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art, sandplay and play therapy. Which interventions are based on your preferences and fit.
(510) 254-3478 View (510) 254-3478
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Anki Alford
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704
I offer an integrative style that is somatically oriented and includes parts model modalities like IFS and EMDR.
As a Licensed Psychotherapist I help people with feelings of anxiety, stress, panic, depression and disconnection. You might be struggling with low self worth or a relentless inner critic that affects your relationships, work or school performance. By using a trauma informed approach we uncover what lies underneath allowing for understanding, access to compassion and the easing of overwhelming emotions.
I offer an integrative style that is somatically oriented and includes parts model modalities like IFS and EMDR.
As a Licensed Psychotherapist I help people with feelings of anxiety, stress, panic, depression and disconnection. You might be struggling with low self worth or a relentless inner critic that affects your relationships, work or school performance. By using a trauma informed approach we uncover what lies underneath allowing for understanding, access to compassion and the easing of overwhelming emotions.
(831) 661-8562 View (831) 661-8562
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Suzie Shihshin Wu
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94705
Therapy for Asian Americans and immigrants, developmental Injury and relationship rebuild, Trained in EMDR and complex trauma, resource tapping for mood,Psychodynamic Parts Work, Internal Family System (IFS), Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT), Mindfulness​, grief work, parenting, medical and tech professionals, college/grad student counseling.
I am an Asian American Mandarin Chinese bilingual therapist providing therapy to individuals, couple, and family in Bay Area. With 15 years + of experience, I specialized in trauma, mood disorders, emotional regulation, parenting, life transitions, relationship issues, self esteem and immigration/identity.Therapeutic relationship is a key to set for the success of treatment. We discover various aspects of your parts, discover relationship and behavior patterns, look into issues from new perspectives to promote a better quality of life. I am respectful to everyone I treat and can easily connect with your needs and best result.
Therapy for Asian Americans and immigrants, developmental Injury and relationship rebuild, Trained in EMDR and complex trauma, resource tapping for mood,Psychodynamic Parts Work, Internal Family System (IFS), Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT), Mindfulness​, grief work, parenting, medical and tech professionals, college/grad student counseling.
I am an Asian American Mandarin Chinese bilingual therapist providing therapy to individuals, couple, and family in Bay Area. With 15 years + of experience, I specialized in trauma, mood disorders, emotional regulation, parenting, life transitions, relationship issues, self esteem and immigration/identity.Therapeutic relationship is a key to set for the success of treatment. We discover various aspects of your parts, discover relationship and behavior patterns, look into issues from new perspectives to promote a better quality of life. I am respectful to everyone I treat and can easily connect with your needs and best result.
(510) 822-7725 View (510) 822-7725
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Rebecca Stein Mind Body Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94702
Do you consistently experience BURNOUT and/or chronic PAIN? Do you feel like there is a constant pressure to do things and “do them right?” Do you struggle to FOCUS and wonder if you have ADHD? I provide thorough diagnostic evaluations, executive function coaching, and customized individual and COUPLES therapy. You will learn coping strategies, reconnect in AWE with yourself, your relationships, and life. I have had the privilege of helping clients at UCLA Medicine, The Pain Psychology Center, and Edward Hallowell ADHD Center. Certified ADHD Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP), IFS, ISTDP, CBT, DBT
Do you consistently experience BURNOUT and/or chronic PAIN? Do you feel like there is a constant pressure to do things and “do them right?” Do you struggle to FOCUS and wonder if you have ADHD? I provide thorough diagnostic evaluations, executive function coaching, and customized individual and COUPLES therapy. You will learn coping strategies, reconnect in AWE with yourself, your relationships, and life. I have had the privilege of helping clients at UCLA Medicine, The Pain Psychology Center, and Edward Hallowell ADHD Center. Certified ADHD Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP), IFS, ISTDP, CBT, DBT
(470) 450-3277 View (470) 450-3277
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Callie Millington
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LPCC, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94708  (Online Only)
I work with individuals and couples experiencing relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I work from an interpersonal, attachment-based, and family systems lens, informed by body awareness and mindfulness practices. I also use parts work, including IFS, to support clients to navigate challenging emotional states with compassion and intention.
I work with individuals and couples experiencing relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I work from an interpersonal, attachment-based, and family systems lens, informed by body awareness and mindfulness practices. I also use parts work, including IFS, to support clients to navigate challenging emotional states with compassion and intention.
(415) 873-3364 View (415) 873-3364
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Tiffany Cotter
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94709
I specialize in working with women and transfolx struggling with anxiety or trauma, and am trained in EMDR, and IFS, approaches that can help reduce anxiety, stress, feeling on edge, or feeling hypervigilant.
Does it feel as if your world is getting smaller and smaller or harder and harder? You’re noticing you’re not going out and about the way you used to … or would like to. There are decisions you’d like to make, but you only have energy for distractions like binging Netflix, scrolling on your phone, or mindless eating. You’re on edge a lot of the time. You yearn for serenity and fulfillment, but you’re not sure how to get there on your own. You’ve tried, and then end up giving up, and even feeling worse as a result.
I specialize in working with women and transfolx struggling with anxiety or trauma, and am trained in EMDR, and IFS, approaches that can help reduce anxiety, stress, feeling on edge, or feeling hypervigilant.
Does it feel as if your world is getting smaller and smaller or harder and harder? You’re noticing you’re not going out and about the way you used to … or would like to. There are decisions you’d like to make, but you only have energy for distractions like binging Netflix, scrolling on your phone, or mindless eating. You’re on edge a lot of the time. You yearn for serenity and fulfillment, but you’re not sure how to get there on your own. You’ve tried, and then end up giving up, and even feeling worse as a result.
(510) 398-4994 View (510) 398-4994
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Scott Leiker
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MEd, LPCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94704
I utilize many modalities, but especially the Emotionally Focused, Somatic Experiencing, and Internal Family Systems.
If you are struggling with finding meaning in your life, accessing basic joy and peace of mind, and wanting to build deep relationships with others, I want to help. My aim is to make sure you feel heard, and that we work on what you want to work on. I welcome you to address anxiety, addiction, trauma, depression, and pain in relationships in a way that will free you up to pursue your goals and realize your dreams and bring more love into your life.
I utilize many modalities, but especially the Emotionally Focused, Somatic Experiencing, and Internal Family Systems.
If you are struggling with finding meaning in your life, accessing basic joy and peace of mind, and wanting to build deep relationships with others, I want to help. My aim is to make sure you feel heard, and that we work on what you want to work on. I welcome you to address anxiety, addiction, trauma, depression, and pain in relationships in a way that will free you up to pursue your goals and realize your dreams and bring more love into your life.
(510) 398-4620 x541 View (510) 398-4620 x541
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Sam Hinds
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94705
The core approaches I apply include depth psychology (Jungian), mindfulness, somatic awareness, imaginal attunement, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.
The reasons leading each of us into therapy are as unique as we are individually, though it usually begins with something that brings challenge or suffering. Even amid the uniqueness of our difficulties, however, there are common patterns that unite us in our humanity. Whatever it is that calls you to therapy, I will meet you in the middle—where your common humanity and utter uniqueness come together. I deeply trust we can work together to bring greatest understanding to your process and support you not only in your healing, but also in the unfolding of your potential—indeed, the two go hand-in-hand.
The core approaches I apply include depth psychology (Jungian), mindfulness, somatic awareness, imaginal attunement, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.
The reasons leading each of us into therapy are as unique as we are individually, though it usually begins with something that brings challenge or suffering. Even amid the uniqueness of our difficulties, however, there are common patterns that unite us in our humanity. Whatever it is that calls you to therapy, I will meet you in the middle—where your common humanity and utter uniqueness come together. I deeply trust we can work together to bring greatest understanding to your process and support you not only in your healing, but also in the unfolding of your potential—indeed, the two go hand-in-hand.
(341) 234-2873 View (341) 234-2873
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Liz Michaud
Marriage & Family Therapist, BFA, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94702  (Online Only)
From that place of safety, I listen, helping my clients to feel seen and heard, and depending on each client's unique needs, I offer interventions inspired by Parts-Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Drama Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Welcome, my name is Liz Michaud, LMFT and I specialize in helping my clients to build healthier relationships with themselves, inside of themselves. I believe that the most important relationship that you'll ever have is the one you have with yourself. Our relationship with ourselves often influences how we relate to other people, how we make choices and how confident we feel about our ability to achieve our dreams. If you experience anxiety, depression, and/or you have experienced trauma, I encourage you to consider reaching out to me.
From that place of safety, I listen, helping my clients to feel seen and heard, and depending on each client's unique needs, I offer interventions inspired by Parts-Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Drama Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Welcome, my name is Liz Michaud, LMFT and I specialize in helping my clients to build healthier relationships with themselves, inside of themselves. I believe that the most important relationship that you'll ever have is the one you have with yourself. Our relationship with ourselves often influences how we relate to other people, how we make choices and how confident we feel about our ability to achieve our dreams. If you experience anxiety, depression, and/or you have experienced trauma, I encourage you to consider reaching out to me.
(510) 800-9379 View (510) 800-9379
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Adrienne Skye Roberts
MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94705
I practice Internal Family Systems & use EMDR for trauma processing.
Regardless of our histories, healing is possible. I know because I have experienced it myself & have accompanied people in untenable conditions deepen their awareness & access what they need to heal. I provide therapy for people who want to transform limiting beliefs & patterns, heal attachment trauma and abuse, navigate relationships & complex families, & take accountability for past harm. I support people to feel compassion for all parts of themselves & live with more resilience and joy. My clients are queer & transgender people, social justice organizers, survivors, people impacted by the legal system, addiction, and/or violence.
I practice Internal Family Systems & use EMDR for trauma processing.
Regardless of our histories, healing is possible. I know because I have experienced it myself & have accompanied people in untenable conditions deepen their awareness & access what they need to heal. I provide therapy for people who want to transform limiting beliefs & patterns, heal attachment trauma and abuse, navigate relationships & complex families, & take accountability for past harm. I support people to feel compassion for all parts of themselves & live with more resilience and joy. My clients are queer & transgender people, social justice organizers, survivors, people impacted by the legal system, addiction, and/or violence.
(510) 647-6048 View (510) 647-6048
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Laura Rainville
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94705
My approach is grounded in a relational psychodynamic perspective, and I utilize cognitive behavioral, family systems, humanistic, transpersonal, social justice, and mindfulness strategies to help my clients find ways to cope with their suffering.
I enjoy working with children and adults to help them find grounded ways of being with and moving through the struggles they face. I believe that strong relationships, with the self, the body, and with others, are central to a healthy lifestyle. Painful life experiences, transitions, trauma, anxiety, and depression are opportunities for growth, and helping people move through these challenges is incredibly rewarding. I love working with people of diverse sociocultural backgrounds and exploring how culture shapes experience. A deep understanding of development allows me to connect with people of all ages and help them move through difficult stages.
My approach is grounded in a relational psychodynamic perspective, and I utilize cognitive behavioral, family systems, humanistic, transpersonal, social justice, and mindfulness strategies to help my clients find ways to cope with their suffering.
I enjoy working with children and adults to help them find grounded ways of being with and moving through the struggles they face. I believe that strong relationships, with the self, the body, and with others, are central to a healthy lifestyle. Painful life experiences, transitions, trauma, anxiety, and depression are opportunities for growth, and helping people move through these challenges is incredibly rewarding. I love working with people of diverse sociocultural backgrounds and exploring how culture shapes experience. A deep understanding of development allows me to connect with people of all ages and help them move through difficult stages.
(510) 900-5537 View (510) 900-5537
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.