Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Pinole, CA

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Anna N Lacey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pinole, CA 94564  (Online Only)
I incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy in my practice.
For years, clients have responded well to my approach, as I have lived experience in overcoming complex trauma. I truly understand and offer something many clinicians cannot - authentic insights and support strategies that actually work. I provide a judgment-free, compassionate space. I have worked in the mental health arena for my entire adult life. I worked and studied in several Latin American countries but call the Bay Area home. I have an extensive background supporting adolescents, adults and families experiencing anxiety and depression, survivors of trauma including complex trauma, as well as individuals battling addiction.
I incorporate mindfulness and self-compassion and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy in my practice.
For years, clients have responded well to my approach, as I have lived experience in overcoming complex trauma. I truly understand and offer something many clinicians cannot - authentic insights and support strategies that actually work. I provide a judgment-free, compassionate space. I have worked in the mental health arena for my entire adult life. I worked and studied in several Latin American countries but call the Bay Area home. I have an extensive background supporting adolescents, adults and families experiencing anxiety and depression, survivors of trauma including complex trauma, as well as individuals battling addiction.
(510) 721-0210 View (510) 721-0210
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Anureet Kaur Sandhu
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Pinole, CA 94564
Are you struggling with navigating work, social or family relationships? Do you find that there is unresolved trauma impacting your current relationships? Do you have nonjudgmental, reliable trusted support in your life? Therapy with me provides a safe, confidential space to explore core beliefs and feelings. I have extensive experience and knowledge working with children, individuals and families who struggle with life changes including those who have incurred loss and the subsequent changes to their family. Separation and grief as well as , blended families and new parents are some of my areas of expertise.
Are you struggling with navigating work, social or family relationships? Do you find that there is unresolved trauma impacting your current relationships? Do you have nonjudgmental, reliable trusted support in your life? Therapy with me provides a safe, confidential space to explore core beliefs and feelings. I have extensive experience and knowledge working with children, individuals and families who struggle with life changes including those who have incurred loss and the subsequent changes to their family. Separation and grief as well as , blended families and new parents are some of my areas of expertise.
(510) 405-3909 View (510) 405-3909
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Walters Wellness Group
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pinole, CA 94564
Your life matters. Your pain matters. You can get better by learning techniques to manage your pain, whether emotional or physical. At my practice, we will work together to achieve your health and life goals whether it be managing stress, coping with illness or repairing a broken relationship. As a client, you will experience a safe and supportive environment where you can explore and work through emotional and interpersonal issues brought on by life transitions including relationships, work, family and/or societal/cultural pressures.
Your life matters. Your pain matters. You can get better by learning techniques to manage your pain, whether emotional or physical. At my practice, we will work together to achieve your health and life goals whether it be managing stress, coping with illness or repairing a broken relationship. As a client, you will experience a safe and supportive environment where you can explore and work through emotional and interpersonal issues brought on by life transitions including relationships, work, family and/or societal/cultural pressures.
(510) 328-4445 View (510) 328-4445
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Manda Selva
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pinole, CA 94564  (Online Only)
Accepting New Clients. Do you find it hard to cope with life due to relationship or career-related stress, grief, depression, childhood trauma and PTSD, unresolved family dynamics, or parenting challenges? Sometimes "feeling stuck" could be due to a recent or prior trauma or thinking that you are undeserving. Are you a couple or family who is out of sync or finding hard to communicate? Are you a First/Second generation struggling with family/culture-based expectations or trying to negotiate between 2 cultures? My style is warm, engaged & curious, and my role is to increase awareness and help you develop effective coping strategies.
Accepting New Clients. Do you find it hard to cope with life due to relationship or career-related stress, grief, depression, childhood trauma and PTSD, unresolved family dynamics, or parenting challenges? Sometimes "feeling stuck" could be due to a recent or prior trauma or thinking that you are undeserving. Are you a couple or family who is out of sync or finding hard to communicate? Are you a First/Second generation struggling with family/culture-based expectations or trying to negotiate between 2 cultures? My style is warm, engaged & curious, and my role is to increase awareness and help you develop effective coping strategies.
(510) 216-1287 View (510) 216-1287
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Sik-Lam Wong
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pinole, CA 94564
Do you feel anxious and overwhelmed? Are you on an endless treadmill of conflicts, or under the grip of anger, depression or trauma from the past? I work with individuals and couples on emotional and relationship issues, helping them resolve issues from the past that are affecting their present. Perhaps I can help you resolve your issues also.
Do you feel anxious and overwhelmed? Are you on an endless treadmill of conflicts, or under the grip of anger, depression or trauma from the past? I work with individuals and couples on emotional and relationship issues, helping them resolve issues from the past that are affecting their present. Perhaps I can help you resolve your issues also.
(510) 500-8567 View (510) 500-8567

More Therapists Nearby

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Jeanne L James
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94704
I offer CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems, and Emotion Focused therapy.
As an experienced therapist, my goal is to balance supportive connection with skilled intervention, helping clients create lives that are meaningful and worth living. I am curious, collaborative and compassionate , respecting your unique personality, cultural background and family context. We will create an individualized treatment plan that utilizes your strengths and clarifies your therapy goals. Therapy is a significant investment of time and financial resources, and I will work with you to be effective in targeting and addressing the concerns you bring to therapy.
I offer CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems, and Emotion Focused therapy.
As an experienced therapist, my goal is to balance supportive connection with skilled intervention, helping clients create lives that are meaningful and worth living. I am curious, collaborative and compassionate , respecting your unique personality, cultural background and family context. We will create an individualized treatment plan that utilizes your strengths and clarifies your therapy goals. Therapy is a significant investment of time and financial resources, and I will work with you to be effective in targeting and addressing the concerns you bring to therapy.
(510) 338-4649 View (510) 338-4649
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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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Nadezhda (Nadya) Peeva
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, SEP, MAPP, MBA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94701
The main models I use are: Internal Family Systems (IFS) - working with inner parts toward creating internal balance; and Somatic Experiencing - a trauma resolution model.
I approach the process of therapy with the deepest respect for the inherent wholeness and dignity of every individual I have the privilege to work with. I will support you in addressing the challenges of chronic stress and the painful effects of trauma while holding the conviction that your capacity for connection, peace, and well-being is your birthright. And I will accompany you as you begin to find your way back to a truer, more vital and clear sense of who you are and what matters to you.
The main models I use are: Internal Family Systems (IFS) - working with inner parts toward creating internal balance; and Somatic Experiencing - a trauma resolution model.
I approach the process of therapy with the deepest respect for the inherent wholeness and dignity of every individual I have the privilege to work with. I will support you in addressing the challenges of chronic stress and the painful effects of trauma while holding the conviction that your capacity for connection, peace, and well-being is your birthright. And I will accompany you as you begin to find your way back to a truer, more vital and clear sense of who you are and what matters to you.
(925) 694-0655 View (925) 694-0655
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Tenei Nakahara (杨天婴)
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified Verified
3 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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Valerie Rosenfield
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Orinda, CA 94563
Interested in Ketamine Assisted Therapy? EMDR, IFS, or Somatic IFS? Alone and together they are very powerful for depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, creativity, career and growth. Finding a good fit with a therapist can be a challenge. It can be hard to get a gut feeling online. Please watch a brief video on my website to get a sense of me! I specialize in working with people who feel stuck or believe that they have "tried everything." I provide psychotherapy, IFS, Somatics, EMDR, and KAP. I am Certified in EMDR and an Approved EMDR Consultant. In my office, you will find non-judgement and deep safety to heal
Interested in Ketamine Assisted Therapy? EMDR, IFS, or Somatic IFS? Alone and together they are very powerful for depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, creativity, career and growth. Finding a good fit with a therapist can be a challenge. It can be hard to get a gut feeling online. Please watch a brief video on my website to get a sense of me! I specialize in working with people who feel stuck or believe that they have "tried everything." I provide psychotherapy, IFS, Somatics, EMDR, and KAP. I am Certified in EMDR and an Approved EMDR Consultant. In my office, you will find non-judgement and deep safety to heal
(510) 962-8266 View (510) 962-8266
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Rebecca Kraus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Berkeley, CA 94709
Waitlist for new clients
Our work together will be guided by your unique needs and preferences and may include a variety of modalities including: Internal Family Systems/parts work, mindfulness practice, somatic awareness, movement, art, writing, visualization and sand tray.
I am passionate about helping others live more authentic, satisfying and functional lives! With 20 years of experience, my work draws from the latest research and extensive training in mind/body health, neuroscience, attachment and relationships, complex trauma and PTSD and mindfulness practice.  My goal is to create a supportive and enriching environment where we can address your needs in a thoughtful, compassionate and effective manner.
Our work together will be guided by your unique needs and preferences and may include a variety of modalities including: Internal Family Systems/parts work, mindfulness practice, somatic awareness, movement, art, writing, visualization and sand tray.
I am passionate about helping others live more authentic, satisfying and functional lives! With 20 years of experience, my work draws from the latest research and extensive training in mind/body health, neuroscience, attachment and relationships, complex trauma and PTSD and mindfulness practice.  My goal is to create a supportive and enriching environment where we can address your needs in a thoughtful, compassionate and effective manner.
(510) 466-1447 View (510) 466-1447
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Gabriele Goodman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94707
These are my core competencies: * Sports Psychology *Coaching for Peak Performance *Acceptance and Commitment Therapy *Cognitive Behavioral Therapy *Internal Family Systems * Mindfulness, Biofeedback, and Stress/Pain Management *EMDR, EFT, and Hypnosis * Mindfulness-based Self-Compassion* Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISDP) .
I am a psychologist for sport, health, and life. I have spent 15 years studying, writing, teaching, and coaching people on how to perform at their best. I have worked with world-class performers from the arenas of sports, business, healthcare, and the United States Army. I have special expertise in Performance Psychology and train clients on how to strengthen the mental and emotional skills that underlie human performance excellence and sustainable resilience. I am a subject matter expert in the field of self-regulation techniques that promote optimism, resilience, alertness, and composure in high-pressure situations.
These are my core competencies: * Sports Psychology *Coaching for Peak Performance *Acceptance and Commitment Therapy *Cognitive Behavioral Therapy *Internal Family Systems * Mindfulness, Biofeedback, and Stress/Pain Management *EMDR, EFT, and Hypnosis * Mindfulness-based Self-Compassion* Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISDP) .
I am a psychologist for sport, health, and life. I have spent 15 years studying, writing, teaching, and coaching people on how to perform at their best. I have worked with world-class performers from the arenas of sports, business, healthcare, and the United States Army. I have special expertise in Performance Psychology and train clients on how to strengthen the mental and emotional skills that underlie human performance excellence and sustainable resilience. I am a subject matter expert in the field of self-regulation techniques that promote optimism, resilience, alertness, and composure in high-pressure situations.
(510) 662-0036 View (510) 662-0036
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Mindful Path Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Martinez, CA 94553  (Online Only)
To support this, I pride myself on offering real-life tools to help people overcome barriers and achieve their goals, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) Parts Work, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
In the best of conditions, orienting ourselves towards personal growth is challenging and requires focus, dedication, and support. During major life events, staying on this mindful path can become overwhelming and we may find ourselves unable to find our bearings. For over 12 years, I have helped clients navigate difficult life transitions, such as recovery from addiction, overcoming trauma, healing from grief, cultivating healthy relationships, and achieving developmental milestones.
To support this, I pride myself on offering real-life tools to help people overcome barriers and achieve their goals, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) Parts Work, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
In the best of conditions, orienting ourselves towards personal growth is challenging and requires focus, dedication, and support. During major life events, staying on this mindful path can become overwhelming and we may find ourselves unable to find our bearings. For over 12 years, I have helped clients navigate difficult life transitions, such as recovery from addiction, overcoming trauma, healing from grief, cultivating healthy relationships, and achieving developmental milestones.
(925) 268-7434 View (925) 268-7434
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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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Caitlin Cotter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94710
I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist.
Pain and suffering in life is often caused by feeling stuck. With over ten years of experience, I love helping people get unstuck! I can bring skillful support to help yield the change you seek. I believe that everyone has the keys to unlocking themselves from within. However, that doesn’t mean you are on your own. A collaborative, therapeutic relationship can cultivate, restore and strengthen the connection to your own inner wisdom, bringing freedom and greater ease into your life.
I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist.
Pain and suffering in life is often caused by feeling stuck. With over ten years of experience, I love helping people get unstuck! I can bring skillful support to help yield the change you seek. I believe that everyone has the keys to unlocking themselves from within. However, that doesn’t mean you are on your own. A collaborative, therapeutic relationship can cultivate, restore and strengthen the connection to your own inner wisdom, bringing freedom and greater ease into your life.
(510) 405-7437 View (510) 405-7437
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Veronica Ghabour
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Berkeley, CA 94704
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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Chris Fenaroli MFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Richmond, CA 94803  (Online Only)
One is Internal Family Systems, also known as parts work, and The Work, created by Byron Katie, a method of questioning thoughts that create stress.
I enjoy working with all kinds of people. Doing work on past trauma, depression or anxiety is hard work, and I respect and admire people who are willing to do it. Like physical health, mental health isn’t a one shot, once a week thing. I encourage clients to integrate self-care in ways that make sense to them. Life can be challenging. Things like anxiety and depression don't go away entirely. We change our relationship with them. We practice kindness with ourselves and others. When we feel depressed or anxious, we practice self-care. The work that I do will help you to learn compassion and understanding with yourself and others.
One is Internal Family Systems, also known as parts work, and The Work, created by Byron Katie, a method of questioning thoughts that create stress.
I enjoy working with all kinds of people. Doing work on past trauma, depression or anxiety is hard work, and I respect and admire people who are willing to do it. Like physical health, mental health isn’t a one shot, once a week thing. I encourage clients to integrate self-care in ways that make sense to them. Life can be challenging. Things like anxiety and depression don't go away entirely. We change our relationship with them. We practice kindness with ourselves and others. When we feel depressed or anxious, we practice self-care. The work that I do will help you to learn compassion and understanding with yourself and others.
(510) 462-3523 View (510) 462-3523
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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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Gayle Peterson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified Verified
Richmond, CA 94804
Life transitions, such as childbirth, parenting, divorce, and stepfamilies can be challenging. I have 30 years experience applying an integrative approach based on family systems research, psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, and hypnosis. I am a pioneer in perinatal psychology. www.Petersonchildbirthmethod.com describes my work with women and their partners preparing for birth and motherhood for the first time, or after previous loss or birth trauma. I also treat individuals for depression and anxiety and am skilled as a life coach.
Life transitions, such as childbirth, parenting, divorce, and stepfamilies can be challenging. I have 30 years experience applying an integrative approach based on family systems research, psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, and hypnosis. I am a pioneer in perinatal psychology. www.Petersonchildbirthmethod.com describes my work with women and their partners preparing for birth and motherhood for the first time, or after previous loss or birth trauma. I also treat individuals for depression and anxiety and am skilled as a life coach.
(510) 640-8923 View (510) 640-8923
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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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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.