Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Piedmont, CA

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Megan Parker
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94602  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems, and Solution Focused treatment.
As our world re-opens, many people are experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress due to recent social isolation and the unpredictability of the future. It can be a highly stressful time for people re-entering the world and for parents and teens. I provide individual adult therapy, teen/young adult therapy, and parent coaching. I am knowledgeable with non-traditional family structures (single parent, multiple caregiver, polyamorous, & LGBT families), transgender adolescent/child issues, anxiety, and neurodiversity . I’ve also begun working with the emotional effects of long Covid and chronic fatigue.
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems, and Solution Focused treatment.
As our world re-opens, many people are experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress due to recent social isolation and the unpredictability of the future. It can be a highly stressful time for people re-entering the world and for parents and teens. I provide individual adult therapy, teen/young adult therapy, and parent coaching. I am knowledgeable with non-traditional family structures (single parent, multiple caregiver, polyamorous, & LGBT families), transgender adolescent/child issues, anxiety, and neurodiversity . I’ve also begun working with the emotional effects of long Covid and chronic fatigue.
(415) 347-8868 View (415) 347-8868
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Jackie Brookman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94611  (Online Only)
As an IFS, Level 2 trained therapist, I collaborate with clients to connect with various parts of their personalities to learn how their 'protectors' (beliefs) have kept them safe and stuck.
Are you ready to stop feeling desperate, anxious, confused, stuck and unable to trust yourself to make decisions? Would you like to heal long-held trauma that's interfering with your life? If this sounds like you, help is available! Using an integrative approach of Internal Family Systems (IFS Therapy), Somatic-Attachment and Relational Psychotherapy, I will collaborate with you to gain confidence and skills to support your growth and healing. You'll learn the skills of emotional regulation as you diminish anxiety and panic. As your healing progresses, you'll experience the joy of being present and connected.
As an IFS, Level 2 trained therapist, I collaborate with clients to connect with various parts of their personalities to learn how their 'protectors' (beliefs) have kept them safe and stuck.
Are you ready to stop feeling desperate, anxious, confused, stuck and unable to trust yourself to make decisions? Would you like to heal long-held trauma that's interfering with your life? If this sounds like you, help is available! Using an integrative approach of Internal Family Systems (IFS Therapy), Somatic-Attachment and Relational Psychotherapy, I will collaborate with you to gain confidence and skills to support your growth and healing. You'll learn the skills of emotional regulation as you diminish anxiety and panic. As your healing progresses, you'll experience the joy of being present and connected.
(510) 269-2469 View (510) 269-2469
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Alfredo Laris
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Piedmont, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I believe that the power of vulnerability is one of our greatest strengths and ultimately can provide us with a deeper sense of self, security, comfort, and more compassionate towards one another. Coming from a strength-based form of doing therapy and providing support to others, I work to provide my clients with a sense of validation and comfort. As a cis male that identifies as Latinx and as a proud member of the LGBTQIA community, I am able to hold the experience of living in many diverse, cross-cultural emotional experiences that we sometimes may not even know how to begin to understand.
I believe that the power of vulnerability is one of our greatest strengths and ultimately can provide us with a deeper sense of self, security, comfort, and more compassionate towards one another. Coming from a strength-based form of doing therapy and providing support to others, I work to provide my clients with a sense of validation and comfort. As a cis male that identifies as Latinx and as a proud member of the LGBTQIA community, I am able to hold the experience of living in many diverse, cross-cultural emotional experiences that we sometimes may not even know how to begin to understand.
(510) 953-4265 View (510) 953-4265
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Sophia Green Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94611  (Online Only)
You deserve support navigating life's challenges. You may be feeling overwhelm, stuckness, worry, perfectionism, doubt or any number of challenges many of us face. Together we will work on what matters to you.
You deserve support navigating life's challenges. You may be feeling overwhelm, stuckness, worry, perfectionism, doubt or any number of challenges many of us face. Together we will work on what matters to you.
(510) 340-7287 View (510) 340-7287
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The Mindful Lemon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Piedmont, CA 94610  (Online Only)
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness and fitness or any combination of the above.
Our mission is to provide quality online mental health and substance abuse services while breaking down the barriers of traditional, office based therapy. Traditional mental health and substance abuse treatment tends to focus on what makes you sick, what you are lacking but at The Mindful Lemon, our clinicians let you sit in the driver’s seat, focusing on your strengths and assets to help you become the best version of you! This can be via traditional talk therapy, medication management, mindfulness techniques, an emphasis on health, wellness and fitness or any combination of the above.
(341) 888-7667 View (341) 888-7667
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Angela Luna J.d. Lmft
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, JD, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94611
If you're seeking a loving guide to help you heal from trauma, you're in the right place! As a LatinX therapist with over 14 years of experience, I've witnessed firsthand the powerful transformation that comes from healing lifelong wounds. Maybe you've done the inner work but still struggle to get to the root of the pain. This can leave you feeling self-critical, anxious, and unsure of yourself. You're not alone! Generational trauma can leave us with a legacy of self-doubt and unworthiness. But you deserve to shine without shame! The journey back to your authentic self can be both profoundly transformative and surprisingly joyful!
If you're seeking a loving guide to help you heal from trauma, you're in the right place! As a LatinX therapist with over 14 years of experience, I've witnessed firsthand the powerful transformation that comes from healing lifelong wounds. Maybe you've done the inner work but still struggle to get to the root of the pain. This can leave you feeling self-critical, anxious, and unsure of yourself. You're not alone! Generational trauma can leave us with a legacy of self-doubt and unworthiness. But you deserve to shine without shame! The journey back to your authentic self can be both profoundly transformative and surprisingly joyful!
(510) 746-8059 View (510) 746-8059
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Heather Genschmer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94602
Do you find yourself repeating unhealthy patterns in your life? Are you a new parent and finding that you are struggling to stay connected to your partner? Have you adopted a child and need parenting support? I work with individuals and couples (same and opposite sex) interested in reaching a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with the rest of the world. In my practice, I provide a supportive and safe environment for individuals to be heard and understood; at the same time, I am active and engaging.
Do you find yourself repeating unhealthy patterns in your life? Are you a new parent and finding that you are struggling to stay connected to your partner? Have you adopted a child and need parenting support? I work with individuals and couples (same and opposite sex) interested in reaching a deeper understanding of themselves and their interactions with the rest of the world. In my practice, I provide a supportive and safe environment for individuals to be heard and understood; at the same time, I am active and engaging.
(510) 878-6452 View (510) 878-6452
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Christopher Patrick White
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94618
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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Joan A Pezanoski
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94610
I am a warm and caring human being with a clear understanding that therapy is not a "one size fits all" process. I fully appreciate the uniqueness of each individual, couple and family and will work with you to develop a plan that makes sense to you and addresses the realities of your life. Whether your goal is to improve your relationships, alleviate undesirable symptoms, bring more purpose and fulfillment to your life, rid yourself of unwanted behaviors, or experience more joy in your life, I can help you achieve these goals. Experienced in working with the LGBTQ community.
I am a warm and caring human being with a clear understanding that therapy is not a "one size fits all" process. I fully appreciate the uniqueness of each individual, couple and family and will work with you to develop a plan that makes sense to you and addresses the realities of your life. Whether your goal is to improve your relationships, alleviate undesirable symptoms, bring more purpose and fulfillment to your life, rid yourself of unwanted behaviors, or experience more joy in your life, I can help you achieve these goals. Experienced in working with the LGBTQ community.
(510) 379-7928 View (510) 379-7928
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Brooke Hein
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94610
I believe you’re here because you haven’t given up. Some part of you knows more is possible — more joy, more connection, more ease, more fulfillment, more meaning. You're grappling with complex emotions and experiences, seeking a safe space to explore and understand yourself at a deeper level. Whether you're questioning your identity or your purpose, grieving the loss of someone you love, feeling stuck in yucky relationship dynamics, or struggling to find your way out of anxiety or depression — therapy offers the necessary time, space, and connection to heal and grow.
I believe you’re here because you haven’t given up. Some part of you knows more is possible — more joy, more connection, more ease, more fulfillment, more meaning. You're grappling with complex emotions and experiences, seeking a safe space to explore and understand yourself at a deeper level. Whether you're questioning your identity or your purpose, grieving the loss of someone you love, feeling stuck in yucky relationship dynamics, or struggling to find your way out of anxiety or depression — therapy offers the necessary time, space, and connection to heal and grow.
(510) 930-3167 View (510) 930-3167
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Jayla Fincher
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Piedmont, CA 94618
Many people find themselves stuck in internal patterns like perfectionism, overthinking, feeling distrustful of others, people-pleasing, struggling with boundaries, etc. None of these feel good - and they're a drain on our precious energy! These limit our capacity for effective communication, meaningful relationships, and fully living. By focusing on the nervous system, we can interrupt these stress-reaction loops and the associated false beliefs that create feelings of anxiety, depression, emotional paralysis, unexplained pains and headaches, to help you rediscover a felt sense of ease, empowerment, resourcefulness, and vitality.
Many people find themselves stuck in internal patterns like perfectionism, overthinking, feeling distrustful of others, people-pleasing, struggling with boundaries, etc. None of these feel good - and they're a drain on our precious energy! These limit our capacity for effective communication, meaningful relationships, and fully living. By focusing on the nervous system, we can interrupt these stress-reaction loops and the associated false beliefs that create feelings of anxiety, depression, emotional paralysis, unexplained pains and headaches, to help you rediscover a felt sense of ease, empowerment, resourcefulness, and vitality.
(510) 662-0388 View (510) 662-0388
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Gretchen Kryss-Peak
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94610  (Online Only)
I have experience supporting clients with a range of issues, and have training in many different treatment methods. I work well with motivated clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, stress management, gender exploration, as well as parenting and relationship challenges. If it seems what you are looking for is outside of my scope of practice or experience, I will work to connect you with providers and resources to best serve your needs.
I have experience supporting clients with a range of issues, and have training in many different treatment methods. I work well with motivated clients experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, stress management, gender exploration, as well as parenting and relationship challenges. If it seems what you are looking for is outside of my scope of practice or experience, I will work to connect you with providers and resources to best serve your needs.
(503) 487-5075 View (503) 487-5075
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Ryan B Dooley
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94602  (Online Only)
I work with gay/queer individuals and relationships (couples/polycules). Identity, transition, and shame come up regularly in my sessions, and I welcome exploration of sex, from kink/BDSM to pleasure to communication. I focus on anxiety, including self-blame, perfectionism, and body concerns. With relationships (monogamous, open, and poly), we'll evaluate your current goals and needs before exploring new ways of connecting, with joy and self-compassion. Bring your whole self and we'll get curious together.
I work with gay/queer individuals and relationships (couples/polycules). Identity, transition, and shame come up regularly in my sessions, and I welcome exploration of sex, from kink/BDSM to pleasure to communication. I focus on anxiety, including self-blame, perfectionism, and body concerns. With relationships (monogamous, open, and poly), we'll evaluate your current goals and needs before exploring new ways of connecting, with joy and self-compassion. Bring your whole self and we'll get curious together.
(415) 840-3508 View (415) 840-3508
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Nicolas Jadot
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94611  (Online Only)
I work with individuals struggling with issues of self-worth, either shame or grandiosity; couples needing help to restore their communication, dealing with codependency and navigating non monogamous life; and I specialize in working with men seeking to develop a healthier relationship to their masculinity. I am offering you supportive, non judgmental yet direct and clear feedback on what you are thinking and doing that keeps you from moving forward. Changing the way we engage with our thoughts and feelings requires self-awareness, education, and support. You don't have to do this alone!
I work with individuals struggling with issues of self-worth, either shame or grandiosity; couples needing help to restore their communication, dealing with codependency and navigating non monogamous life; and I specialize in working with men seeking to develop a healthier relationship to their masculinity. I am offering you supportive, non judgmental yet direct and clear feedback on what you are thinking and doing that keeps you from moving forward. Changing the way we engage with our thoughts and feelings requires self-awareness, education, and support. You don't have to do this alone!
(925) 267-6501 View (925) 267-6501
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Mary Fleisch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94610
Trauma leaves us feeling broken, overwhelmed, & anxious in our relationships. Perhaps you're fed up with constant triggers in everyday situations, feeling distant from loved ones, or overwhelmed by the nagging voice that whispers "you're not enough." Maybe you can't even recall a time when things felt different. But one thing's for sure- you're over feeling terrible all the time. You're ready for relief. You're ready to experience joy in daily life without the constant mind chatter. You're ready for deep, intimate relationships where you can feel safe, loved & connected. You're ready to finally feel good.
Trauma leaves us feeling broken, overwhelmed, & anxious in our relationships. Perhaps you're fed up with constant triggers in everyday situations, feeling distant from loved ones, or overwhelmed by the nagging voice that whispers "you're not enough." Maybe you can't even recall a time when things felt different. But one thing's for sure- you're over feeling terrible all the time. You're ready for relief. You're ready to experience joy in daily life without the constant mind chatter. You're ready for deep, intimate relationships where you can feel safe, loved & connected. You're ready to finally feel good.
(510) 804-0425 View (510) 804-0425
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Zara Drapkin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94602
Finding the right therapist can be daunting, and for some, it can be the most difficult step. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation so that you can assess if we are the right fit. I work with teens and adults presenting with concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/ loss, chronic health concerns, relationship issues, and life transitions. In our work together we will explore your strengths and root you in them. We will define your values and explore how to live your life in harmony with them. We will also create space for the areas in your life where you want change and navigate the path to get you there.
Finding the right therapist can be daunting, and for some, it can be the most difficult step. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation so that you can assess if we are the right fit. I work with teens and adults presenting with concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/ loss, chronic health concerns, relationship issues, and life transitions. In our work together we will explore your strengths and root you in them. We will define your values and explore how to live your life in harmony with them. We will also create space for the areas in your life where you want change and navigate the path to get you there.
(510) 422-0057 View (510) 422-0057
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Elana Morgulis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, E-RYT
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Piedmont, CA 94618
Are you going through a major change in your life or relationship? Maybe you feel anxious, lost, or stressed while wishing for clarity, confidence, and support. Therapy is a safe space for us to get to the root of what's going on, cultivate self-awareness, and transform stuckness so you can show up as your authentic self in life. I'll help you navigate difficult life experiences, learn self-care tools, communicate effectively, make sense of conflicting feelings, and cultivate a deeper connection with yourself and others.
Are you going through a major change in your life or relationship? Maybe you feel anxious, lost, or stressed while wishing for clarity, confidence, and support. Therapy is a safe space for us to get to the root of what's going on, cultivate self-awareness, and transform stuckness so you can show up as your authentic self in life. I'll help you navigate difficult life experiences, learn self-care tools, communicate effectively, make sense of conflicting feelings, and cultivate a deeper connection with yourself and others.
(510) 241-4667 View (510) 241-4667
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Jessica B Montague
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, IFECMH
Verified Verified
Piedmont, CA 94602
Not accepting new clients
It is very common that we find ourselves feeling alone or challenged in our most intimate relationships, even when there's love. Working collaboratively we will focus on understanding what's happening within you, strengthening connection in relationships, improving communication, and facilitating an experience of a felt sense that you are important, heard, seen and loved. My clinical style is warm, empathic, attuned, collaborative and client-centered. I work with individuals, couples & families of all ages & stages of life coping with a range of issues.
It is very common that we find ourselves feeling alone or challenged in our most intimate relationships, even when there's love. Working collaboratively we will focus on understanding what's happening within you, strengthening connection in relationships, improving communication, and facilitating an experience of a felt sense that you are important, heard, seen and loved. My clinical style is warm, empathic, attuned, collaborative and client-centered. I work with individuals, couples & families of all ages & stages of life coping with a range of issues.
(707) 786-6304 View (707) 786-6304

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Jenny Crawford
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94608  (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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Heather Buchheim
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
My style: A balance of light-hearted humor + direct challenge • Interactive, intuitive, & insightful • Resourced by practical skills, tools, & materials to learn from • Trauma-informed & grounded • Rooted in Internal Family Systems & somatics • Tailored to you.
How you feel towards yourself can profoundly impact your relationships, work, school, and more. And a lot can make it hard to feel your best. You might be: Exhausted by a relentless self-critical voice...Considering your next steps to feel authentically aligned with your gender and sexuality...Struggling with boundaries and people-pleasing... Stressed and stuck in your closest relationships...Curious about non-monogamy but unsure where to start...Looking for nonjudgmental guidance navigating dynamics within polyamory and kink — not to mention managing all of this under capitalism. No wonder you'd like support!
My style: A balance of light-hearted humor + direct challenge • Interactive, intuitive, & insightful • Resourced by practical skills, tools, & materials to learn from • Trauma-informed & grounded • Rooted in Internal Family Systems & somatics • Tailored to you.
How you feel towards yourself can profoundly impact your relationships, work, school, and more. And a lot can make it hard to feel your best. You might be: Exhausted by a relentless self-critical voice...Considering your next steps to feel authentically aligned with your gender and sexuality...Struggling with boundaries and people-pleasing... Stressed and stuck in your closest relationships...Curious about non-monogamy but unsure where to start...Looking for nonjudgmental guidance navigating dynamics within polyamory and kink — not to mention managing all of this under capitalism. No wonder you'd like support!
(925) 438-6553 View (925) 438-6553

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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.