Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in El Cerrito, CA

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Cori Pansarasa
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
My training and experience include Internal Family Systems/IFS, brainspotting/somatic techniques, relational work, and helping those with creative gifts.
Would you like to feel more present in life and more secure in relationships? I have helped many to move past difficult experiences to reconnect with the beauty of life. My treatment focus is helping people to effect change through making different life choices, and on therapy as a working partnership. Trained in both traditional and holistic understandings of mind-body-spirit, my experience includes private practice; crisis work; directorships at mental health agencies; supervision of student therapists; and consultation for providers and organizations. I also integrate spiritual and energy healing perspectives when appropriate.
My training and experience include Internal Family Systems/IFS, brainspotting/somatic techniques, relational work, and helping those with creative gifts.
Would you like to feel more present in life and more secure in relationships? I have helped many to move past difficult experiences to reconnect with the beauty of life. My treatment focus is helping people to effect change through making different life choices, and on therapy as a working partnership. Trained in both traditional and holistic understandings of mind-body-spirit, my experience includes private practice; crisis work; directorships at mental health agencies; supervision of student therapists; and consultation for providers and organizations. I also integrate spiritual and energy healing perspectives when appropriate.
(510) 817-0685 View (510) 817-0685
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Deepa Ranganathan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
My approach is psychodynamic, but I draw from other treatment styles (including CBT and Internal Family Systems) depending on your particular needs.
By the time people start therapy, they've often tried nearly everything to solve their problems on their own. I respect the hard work you may have already done -- and your courage in seeking more support. Therapy can help you free up the "stuck" places in your life. My approach is warm, open-minded, active, and empathic. My goals are to help you find more satisfaction in your work and relationships, feel more self-confidence and vitality, and live a happy, meaningful life. My priority is always to respect the pace and direction that is right for you.
My approach is psychodynamic, but I draw from other treatment styles (including CBT and Internal Family Systems) depending on your particular needs.
By the time people start therapy, they've often tried nearly everything to solve their problems on their own. I respect the hard work you may have already done -- and your courage in seeking more support. Therapy can help you free up the "stuck" places in your life. My approach is warm, open-minded, active, and empathic. My goals are to help you find more satisfaction in your work and relationships, feel more self-confidence and vitality, and live a happy, meaningful life. My priority is always to respect the pace and direction that is right for you.
(341) 444-2875 View (341) 444-2875
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Marisa Singer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
I'll incorporate mindfulness, somatic experiencing, solution-focused therapy, CBT, journaling and family systems work.
I offer a safe, warm space to explore hard things. I help people feel heard and less alone by bringing curiosity and compassion to the work of therapy. Together, we will explore the path forward to help you find more fulfillment. I love supporting clients going through life or career transitions, helping them explore their values and roadblocks. I specialize also in working with social impact professionals. It is a brave and bold act to invest in yourself and your happiness. You deserve it! Let's get started.
I'll incorporate mindfulness, somatic experiencing, solution-focused therapy, CBT, journaling and family systems work.
I offer a safe, warm space to explore hard things. I help people feel heard and less alone by bringing curiosity and compassion to the work of therapy. Together, we will explore the path forward to help you find more fulfillment. I love supporting clients going through life or career transitions, helping them explore their values and roadblocks. I specialize also in working with social impact professionals. It is a brave and bold act to invest in yourself and your happiness. You deserve it! Let's get started.
(510) 681-2736 View (510) 681-2736
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Parisa Julia Farrohi
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
I am a bicultural psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working with children, adults, and families. In addition to private practice, I have clinical experience in community based settings such as schools, mental health centers, foster/adoption care, and psychiatric hospitals. My therapeutic approach is relational trauma informed, rooted in Psycho Dynamic Theory, Dialectal Behavior therapy, Mindful Self-compassion (MSC), and Family Systems.
I am a bicultural psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working with children, adults, and families. In addition to private practice, I have clinical experience in community based settings such as schools, mental health centers, foster/adoption care, and psychiatric hospitals. My therapeutic approach is relational trauma informed, rooted in Psycho Dynamic Theory, Dialectal Behavior therapy, Mindful Self-compassion (MSC), and Family Systems.
(510) 945-3953 View (510) 945-3953
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Tenei Nakahara (杨天婴)
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
My therapeutic approach is an eclectic integration of relational, psychodynamic, humanistic, and somatic methods, drawing from an array of theories and modalities including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Polyvagal theory, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy and Depth psychology.
No matter what is happening in your life and what you are going through, you can expect me to hold a dedicated relational container to meet you with compassion, empathy, warmth, and curiosity. I believe these qualities of mine are what make a therapeutic relationship successful to accompany your healing and transformative journey. I don’t take your trust lightly, and I believe trust and safety are earned in an on-going process.
My therapeutic approach is an eclectic integration of relational, psychodynamic, humanistic, and somatic methods, drawing from an array of theories and modalities including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Polyvagal theory, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy and Depth psychology.
No matter what is happening in your life and what you are going through, you can expect me to hold a dedicated relational container to meet you with compassion, empathy, warmth, and curiosity. I believe these qualities of mine are what make a therapeutic relationship successful to accompany your healing and transformative journey. I don’t take your trust lightly, and I believe trust and safety are earned in an on-going process.
(415) 853-3014 View (415) 853-3014
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Maryam Ashraf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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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Elizabeth Huck
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, DBT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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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Alexandra Park
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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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Cathy Trenary
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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
El Cerrito, CA 94530
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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Gina Li
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
Life has been rough on you and yet, somehow you've made it this far. At this point, you have people looking up to you; asking how they can do the same. Yet, little do others know that you're not even sure how you've gotten here. You've kind of just followed your instincts and did what you had to do. Though, if you were to be completely honest with yourself, it's not exactly what you "could" do. You HAD to handle problems that overwhelmed your abilities at the time because no one else was around to help. And now, the fact that you're continuing to handle everything on your own is starting to take its toll.
Life has been rough on you and yet, somehow you've made it this far. At this point, you have people looking up to you; asking how they can do the same. Yet, little do others know that you're not even sure how you've gotten here. You've kind of just followed your instincts and did what you had to do. Though, if you were to be completely honest with yourself, it's not exactly what you "could" do. You HAD to handle problems that overwhelmed your abilities at the time because no one else was around to help. And now, the fact that you're continuing to handle everything on your own is starting to take its toll.
(510) 544-0590 View (510) 544-0590
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Mark Allen Resch
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, BA, MFA, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
I work with clients who are asking "Who am I, apart from the things I've done, or the job I have?" The work that we do together re-orients my clients and helps them to create more aliveness and a renewed sense of purpose and meaning. I offer empathetic, insightful therapy to individuals, couples, and families across California. Whether you're grappling with burnout, the complexities of relationships, work-life balance, life/career transition, anxiety, grief, or depression, I will design treatment that matches your unique circumstances and help you thrive in the world.
I work with clients who are asking "Who am I, apart from the things I've done, or the job I have?" The work that we do together re-orients my clients and helps them to create more aliveness and a renewed sense of purpose and meaning. I offer empathetic, insightful therapy to individuals, couples, and families across California. Whether you're grappling with burnout, the complexities of relationships, work-life balance, life/career transition, anxiety, grief, or depression, I will design treatment that matches your unique circumstances and help you thrive in the world.
(510) 319-0598 View (510) 319-0598
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Christopher Patrick White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
My clients are often sensitive, intelligent, and creative people who face life transitions, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and the challenges of liberating passion and creating meaning in life. Many struggle with the legacy of significant trauma. Through acceptance, loving encouragement, and providing a container for self-exploration, I help clients to find a more encompassing love for self and other, develop strength and firmness of character, and tap into the well of their vitality, creativity, and joy.
My clients are often sensitive, intelligent, and creative people who face life transitions, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and the challenges of liberating passion and creating meaning in life. Many struggle with the legacy of significant trauma. Through acceptance, loving encouragement, and providing a container for self-exploration, I help clients to find a more encompassing love for self and other, develop strength and firmness of character, and tap into the well of their vitality, creativity, and joy.
(510) 878-4334 View (510) 878-4334
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A Step Forward Inc.
Psychologist
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
About Us - We are an incorporated psychotherapy group practice established in 1985. We specialize in working with children, adults, families who are dealing with issues of sexual abuse and/or other forms of trauma. We also provide co-parenting, custody evaluation, forensic evaluation, family reunification, and general psychotherapy services, including couples counseling.
About Us - We are an incorporated psychotherapy group practice established in 1985. We specialize in working with children, adults, families who are dealing with issues of sexual abuse and/or other forms of trauma. We also provide co-parenting, custody evaluation, forensic evaluation, family reunification, and general psychotherapy services, including couples counseling.
(925) 278-6160 x101 View (925) 278-6160 x101
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Phyllis Rothblatt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
As a therapist for over thirty years, the focus of my work is helping people to create and sustain healthy relationships, and to learn how to thrive in their lives. I listen carefully to the nuances of what you say and don't say, and help you to become more aware of your unconscious beliefs and the energy that you hold in your body that may be an obstacle to your creating the life and relationships that you yearn for. Together, we take the journey of understanding and resolving what is in your way, so that you can discover new pathways to live your life with more joy, ease and connection.
As a therapist for over thirty years, the focus of my work is helping people to create and sustain healthy relationships, and to learn how to thrive in their lives. I listen carefully to the nuances of what you say and don't say, and help you to become more aware of your unconscious beliefs and the energy that you hold in your body that may be an obstacle to your creating the life and relationships that you yearn for. Together, we take the journey of understanding and resolving what is in your way, so that you can discover new pathways to live your life with more joy, ease and connection.
(510) 246-3735 View (510) 246-3735
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Wendy Fiering
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed? Is anxiety, grief, or stress taking over? I'm here to help. I offer therapy for adults, kids, and families that's strengths-based, collaborative, and solution-focused. We'll create positive momentum from our first meeting. Building on the strengths you or your child already have, I’ll offer tools and strategies to use when challenging situations arise. You'll gain a new perspective, a sense of hope, and practical strategies to use during the week.
Feeling overwhelmed? Is anxiety, grief, or stress taking over? I'm here to help. I offer therapy for adults, kids, and families that's strengths-based, collaborative, and solution-focused. We'll create positive momentum from our first meeting. Building on the strengths you or your child already have, I’ll offer tools and strategies to use when challenging situations arise. You'll gain a new perspective, a sense of hope, and practical strategies to use during the week.
(510) 681-2740 View (510) 681-2740
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Melissa Murphy
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, JD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Whether you or your child struggle with depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, grief, life transitions, addiction or other conditions, I would be honored to accompany you or your loved ones on your healing journey. Our work will focus on creating the safety and acceptance that allows for change. Because our lives are shaped by the culture in which we live, we can also consider the social forces that may have shaped you, including racial, gender, and class biases.
Whether you or your child struggle with depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, grief, life transitions, addiction or other conditions, I would be honored to accompany you or your loved ones on your healing journey. Our work will focus on creating the safety and acceptance that allows for change. Because our lives are shaped by the culture in which we live, we can also consider the social forces that may have shaped you, including racial, gender, and class biases.
(415) 792-0372 View (415) 792-0372
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Sara Willott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Are you thinking about breaking a pattern that no longer serves you? Often feel like an outsider? Wanting to understand threads between past, present experiences, and possibilities ahead? Utilizing a variety of approaches, I can offer perspective and help you feel understood in order to create change in your life. I provide an affirming space for a lot of people who have had previously unsatisfactory experiences in therapy including LGBTQIA folks. I have extensive training beyond just getting licensed to practice therapy. Working with a clinically astute, sincere therapist can be life-changing.
Are you thinking about breaking a pattern that no longer serves you? Often feel like an outsider? Wanting to understand threads between past, present experiences, and possibilities ahead? Utilizing a variety of approaches, I can offer perspective and help you feel understood in order to create change in your life. I provide an affirming space for a lot of people who have had previously unsatisfactory experiences in therapy including LGBTQIA folks. I have extensive training beyond just getting licensed to practice therapy. Working with a clinically astute, sincere therapist can be life-changing.
(303) 943-9718 View (303) 943-9718
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Julia Overway-Behl
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, Coach
Verified Verified
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Inner Terrain helps people explore and discover their authentic selves through the merging of their energetic and physical bodies. Integration of consciousness and our place in the natural world is key to understanding the wisdom that they both hold. ​Through this process of understanding we open the door to knowing, grounded in our true, authentic selves, and tap into your own wisdoms. ​Terrain Therapy therefore, motivates integrative consciousness of the mental, spiritual and physical parts of ourselves. Opportunities are offered both individually and collectively in workshops.
Inner Terrain helps people explore and discover their authentic selves through the merging of their energetic and physical bodies. Integration of consciousness and our place in the natural world is key to understanding the wisdom that they both hold. ​Through this process of understanding we open the door to knowing, grounded in our true, authentic selves, and tap into your own wisdoms. ​Terrain Therapy therefore, motivates integrative consciousness of the mental, spiritual and physical parts of ourselves. Opportunities are offered both individually and collectively in workshops.
(510) 692-4644 View (510) 692-4644
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.