Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Kathryn Hull Ladin
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122
Kathryn offers grounded and compassionate therapeutic support using evidence based approaches such as CBT, family systems, psychodynamic and attachment theory, with attention to the mind body connection.
Kathryn has experience working with individuals as well as running groups with adults, teens and kids. Individual therapy has typically focussed on: anxiety and depression, women’s issues, family struggles, trauma, physical and emotional abuse, neglect, phase of life issues, substance abuse, marital and relationship struggles, LGBTQ issues of gender identity, and major life transitions. Kathryn has also worked with teens facing a wide range of issues including: family separation, difficulty at school, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, peer pressure, self esteem and screen (social media/ games) safety.
Kathryn offers grounded and compassionate therapeutic support using evidence based approaches such as CBT, family systems, psychodynamic and attachment theory, with attention to the mind body connection.
Kathryn has experience working with individuals as well as running groups with adults, teens and kids. Individual therapy has typically focussed on: anxiety and depression, women’s issues, family struggles, trauma, physical and emotional abuse, neglect, phase of life issues, substance abuse, marital and relationship struggles, LGBTQ issues of gender identity, and major life transitions. Kathryn has also worked with teens facing a wide range of issues including: family separation, difficulty at school, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, peer pressure, self esteem and screen (social media/ games) safety.
(858) 877-9758 View (858) 877-9758
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Erin Snemis
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101  (Online Only)
I specialize in trauma focused therapy and am trained in EMDR, NARM, and Internal Family Systems.
My goal is to help those seeking healing from trauma and regaining better management of mental health challenges. My therapy style is supportive and collaborative. I believe in meeting clients where they are in their journey and personalizing the course of treatment to their specific needs. I provide a nonjudgmental and caring environment that allows clients to comfortably work through their current challenges and reach their goals.
I specialize in trauma focused therapy and am trained in EMDR, NARM, and Internal Family Systems.
My goal is to help those seeking healing from trauma and regaining better management of mental health challenges. My therapy style is supportive and collaborative. I believe in meeting clients where they are in their journey and personalizing the course of treatment to their specific needs. I provide a nonjudgmental and caring environment that allows clients to comfortably work through their current challenges and reach their goals.
(858) 201-6796 View (858) 201-6796
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Emily Walton
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92101
We move towards change by utilizing an integrative model through a relational approach using evidence based techniques from the following theories including: CBT, DBT, TFCBT, IFS.
Welcome to Whole Integration Therapy! I'm Emily Walton, and I am a Licensed Clinicial Professional Counselor (LPCC). I work from a Relational approach to understand how your past is impacting your present. Working together, we can try new ways of relating in a safe and confidential space. While it is beneficial to work beyond the past, we must first know what we are working with. Once known, we move into targeted skills that focus on boundary development, interpersonal skills, communication, challenging unhelpful thoughts, self esteem/self concept/self identity, secure attachment within the therapeutic relationship.
We move towards change by utilizing an integrative model through a relational approach using evidence based techniques from the following theories including: CBT, DBT, TFCBT, IFS.
Welcome to Whole Integration Therapy! I'm Emily Walton, and I am a Licensed Clinicial Professional Counselor (LPCC). I work from a Relational approach to understand how your past is impacting your present. Working together, we can try new ways of relating in a safe and confidential space. While it is beneficial to work beyond the past, we must first know what we are working with. Once known, we move into targeted skills that focus on boundary development, interpersonal skills, communication, challenging unhelpful thoughts, self esteem/self concept/self identity, secure attachment within the therapeutic relationship.
(619) 314-8621 View (619) 314-8621
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Rebecca Ching
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CDWF+C, CEDS+S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92106  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator+Consultant, Certified EMDR Therapist, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist+Supervisor.
I work with motivated individuals who are making a big impact in their work, home, community, and world. Established professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives, business owners, ministry leaders, and mom's in midlife receive specialized support so you can achieve your desired changes in life personally + professionally. Perfectionism, overwhelm, fear of failure, frustrations and shame around recurring struggle keep getting in the way of you feeling connected to what matters most - your work, your family, your health. It can get loud btw your ears, especially after failed attempts of trying to figure things out on your own.
I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator+Consultant, Certified EMDR Therapist, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist+Supervisor.
I work with motivated individuals who are making a big impact in their work, home, community, and world. Established professionals, entrepreneurs, creatives, business owners, ministry leaders, and mom's in midlife receive specialized support so you can achieve your desired changes in life personally + professionally. Perfectionism, overwhelm, fear of failure, frustrations and shame around recurring struggle keep getting in the way of you feeling connected to what matters most - your work, your family, your health. It can get loud btw your ears, especially after failed attempts of trying to figure things out on your own.
(619) 344-8261 x9 View (619) 344-8261 x9
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Emily Gaines
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92129  (Online Only)
I specialize in working with individuals and families, primarily integrating EMDR, IFS, CBT and mindfulness.
Depression, anxiety, past traumas or life changes can present roadblocks that negatively impact your life. Does that sound familiar to what you are experiencing? It can feel hopeless and overwhelming when faced with these roadblocks, but I can help you. I work with individuals and families to assess what issues are impacting your life, then we collaboratively develop a plan to navigate a path of healing.
I specialize in working with individuals and families, primarily integrating EMDR, IFS, CBT and mindfulness.
Depression, anxiety, past traumas or life changes can present roadblocks that negatively impact your life. Does that sound familiar to what you are experiencing? It can feel hopeless and overwhelming when faced with these roadblocks, but I can help you. I work with individuals and families to assess what issues are impacting your life, then we collaboratively develop a plan to navigate a path of healing.
(530) 680-1874 View (530) 680-1874
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Brenda Stephens - Author - Founder - Therapist
Counselor, MS, LPCC, LMHC, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Helping and guiding those who have experienced trauma, including the trauma of being in narcissistic or other toxic and antagonoistic relationships, is my focus as a therpaist. My training, skills, and tools are honed to help people heal from these experiences. With the use of Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), extensive training to treat all levels of dissociation (including DID), and regulating the nervous system to a more calm state, I can help my clients to manage the day to day much more effectively and start to live with more peace in their bodies and their lives.
Helping and guiding those who have experienced trauma, including the trauma of being in narcissistic or other toxic and antagonoistic relationships, is my focus as a therpaist. My training, skills, and tools are honed to help people heal from these experiences. With the use of Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), extensive training to treat all levels of dissociation (including DID), and regulating the nervous system to a more calm state, I can help my clients to manage the day to day much more effectively and start to live with more peace in their bodies and their lives.
(619) 304-4031 View (619) 304-4031
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Graden Tonna
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103  (Online Only)
I'm an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Clinical Consultant, Certified in IFS, trained in IFIO and EMDR (parts 1 & 2).
I am a devoted to helping you find relief from anxiety, anger, depression, shame, or whatever it is that leaves you feeling stuck. This relief can come by being in a relationship where all of you is welcomed and valued, even the parts of you that feel broken, extreme, or judged by yourself or others. Together, we'll get to know what's causing you these symptoms, help change your relationship to these symptoms, and work towards healing whatever wound is at the root. In this process you may find that "you" becomes more clear, and experience a greater freedom to show up in the ways you'd like at work, home, and in your relationships.
I'm an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Clinical Consultant, Certified in IFS, trained in IFIO and EMDR (parts 1 & 2).
I am a devoted to helping you find relief from anxiety, anger, depression, shame, or whatever it is that leaves you feeling stuck. This relief can come by being in a relationship where all of you is welcomed and valued, even the parts of you that feel broken, extreme, or judged by yourself or others. Together, we'll get to know what's causing you these symptoms, help change your relationship to these symptoms, and work towards healing whatever wound is at the root. In this process you may find that "you" becomes more clear, and experience a greater freedom to show up in the ways you'd like at work, home, and in your relationships.
(619) 430-4411 View (619) 430-4411
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Elizabeth Donahue Marucheau, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
I am trained in 5 couples therapy models/approaches: Gottman, Developmental model, Psycho biological approach to couples therapy (PACT) and by the Institute for Relational Intimacy, IFS approach called Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO).
I have operated my private practice since 1991 and have 30 years of experience working in a wide variety of mental health settings. My approach works to eliminate symptoms that can interfere with living a life that is worth celebrating. My work is grounded in neuroscience principles, developmental theories, attachment theory, and polyvagal theory.
I am trained in 5 couples therapy models/approaches: Gottman, Developmental model, Psycho biological approach to couples therapy (PACT) and by the Institute for Relational Intimacy, IFS approach called Intimacy from the Inside Out (IFIO).
I have operated my private practice since 1991 and have 30 years of experience working in a wide variety of mental health settings. My approach works to eliminate symptoms that can interfere with living a life that is worth celebrating. My work is grounded in neuroscience principles, developmental theories, attachment theory, and polyvagal theory.
(619) 567-4688 View (619) 567-4688
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Teresa Trias
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92114
My hope is to create an empathic and supportive space with the use of client centered and IFS informed approaches.
My name is Teresa Trias, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I offer an integrated approach in order to tailor my interventions to each unique person and circumstance. I also have specialized training in helping people make health behavior changes, learn the tools and skills needed to increase stress management, and recover from difficult and traumatic past experiences.
My hope is to create an empathic and supportive space with the use of client centered and IFS informed approaches.
My name is Teresa Trias, and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I offer an integrated approach in order to tailor my interventions to each unique person and circumstance. I also have specialized training in helping people make health behavior changes, learn the tools and skills needed to increase stress management, and recover from difficult and traumatic past experiences.
(619) 771-0248 View (619) 771-0248
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J. Wendell Perkins
Pre-Licensed Professional, MFT , Trainee
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
This therapy draws from mindfulness, attachment, IFS and neurobiology.
I specialize in helping people transform their lives. I embrace diversity and welcome any relationship into the room. I have specific training in strengthening couples, mixed families and friendships. I am currently ONLY offering affordable relational counseling. This includes any two or more persons in any kind of relationship. I love helping those who appear to function well, but struggle with depression, shame and anxiety. My status as a trainee ensures that you will have multiple therapist minds collaborating to ensure the best possible treatment.
This therapy draws from mindfulness, attachment, IFS and neurobiology.
I specialize in helping people transform their lives. I embrace diversity and welcome any relationship into the room. I have specific training in strengthening couples, mixed families and friendships. I am currently ONLY offering affordable relational counseling. This includes any two or more persons in any kind of relationship. I love helping those who appear to function well, but struggle with depression, shame and anxiety. My status as a trainee ensures that you will have multiple therapist minds collaborating to ensure the best possible treatment.
(858) 428-2212 View (858) 428-2212
Angela Copeland
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Working in the field of psychology for over 25 years, I’ve gained both professional and life experience. My specialties include both couple and individual therapy. I was born and raised in Palm Springs. In the past 20+ years, I’ve also become established in San Diego from Los Angeles where I completed my schooling, training and early career. I began as a social worker with in-home foster care, expanding to mental health therapy for children and family systems. Treating individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, and depression has developed into deeper work with couples improving communication and security in their relationships.
Working in the field of psychology for over 25 years, I’ve gained both professional and life experience. My specialties include both couple and individual therapy. I was born and raised in Palm Springs. In the past 20+ years, I’ve also become established in San Diego from Los Angeles where I completed my schooling, training and early career. I began as a social worker with in-home foster care, expanding to mental health therapy for children and family systems. Treating individuals struggling with trauma, anxiety, and depression has developed into deeper work with couples improving communication and security in their relationships.
(619) 648-2790 View (619) 648-2790
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Amy Anderson, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
I utilize Gottman Method, Mindfulness, CBT-TF, DBT, EMDR, and IFS.
We all can feel overwhelmed when dealing with life's obstacles & hurdles. At times, having a safe person to talk things out confidentially - truly promotes self-reflection, improves personal and relationship outcomes, and emotional depth to overcome and evolve to self- love and acceptance. Life can feel amplified when we harness our authentic values, trust our intuition, embrace emotional regulation & communication skills that allows us to connect deeply to self/others. I love working with ambitious professionals & parents who have been impacted by trauma & attachment disruptions, ADHD, CPTSD, & substance use!
I utilize Gottman Method, Mindfulness, CBT-TF, DBT, EMDR, and IFS.
We all can feel overwhelmed when dealing with life's obstacles & hurdles. At times, having a safe person to talk things out confidentially - truly promotes self-reflection, improves personal and relationship outcomes, and emotional depth to overcome and evolve to self- love and acceptance. Life can feel amplified when we harness our authentic values, trust our intuition, embrace emotional regulation & communication skills that allows us to connect deeply to self/others. I love working with ambitious professionals & parents who have been impacted by trauma & attachment disruptions, ADHD, CPTSD, & substance use!
(619) 597-1505 View (619) 597-1505
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Gretchen Pound
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92131
My services extend to IFS and Somatic IFS therapies.
Are you struggling with: racing thoughts, anxiety, lack of focus and concentration? Are you having trouble sleeping at night? If so, clinical research has shown that yoga, mindfulness and psychotherapy are sometimes better solutions than medication. When things fall apart I can help you find ways to use hard times to cultivate wisdom, compassion and courage. My goal is to guide you on a journey of self-fulfillment and true happiness. You will learn how to navigate chaotic situations by transforming old habits, thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you.
My services extend to IFS and Somatic IFS therapies.
Are you struggling with: racing thoughts, anxiety, lack of focus and concentration? Are you having trouble sleeping at night? If so, clinical research has shown that yoga, mindfulness and psychotherapy are sometimes better solutions than medication. When things fall apart I can help you find ways to use hard times to cultivate wisdom, compassion and courage. My goal is to guide you on a journey of self-fulfillment and true happiness. You will learn how to navigate chaotic situations by transforming old habits, thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you.
(619) 324-3858 View (619) 324-3858
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Victoria Johnk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92109
Now Accepting New Clients! I am a highly skilled therapist with a strong focus on trauma therapy, substance abuse, and mental health. My approach encompasses a wide range of effective modalities, including EMDR, Brainspotting, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Attachment Theory. I firmly believe that every individual has a unique and meaningful story that deserves to be heard and understood. I am committed to guiding you through your life journey, helping you discover inner strength and resilience even during the most challenging times.
Now Accepting New Clients! I am a highly skilled therapist with a strong focus on trauma therapy, substance abuse, and mental health. My approach encompasses a wide range of effective modalities, including EMDR, Brainspotting, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Attachment Theory. I firmly believe that every individual has a unique and meaningful story that deserves to be heard and understood. I am committed to guiding you through your life journey, helping you discover inner strength and resilience even during the most challenging times.
(619) 485-6495 View (619) 485-6495
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Erika Garcia
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122  (Online Only)
Embracing Internal Family Systems, we'll explore your inner world with compassion and curiosity, unlocking paths to healing and growth.
Dealing with ADHD, trauma, or parenting concerns requires compassion and understanding. My practice welcomes those touched by the challenges of ADHD's impact on daily life, the deep wounds inflicted by trauma, and the complexities of parenting. These experiences can profoundly affect your sense of self and your relationships. In a supportive environment, we'll work together to address these issues, fostering resilience, healing, and a more harmonious family life, paving the way for a future where you feel more connected and empowered.
Embracing Internal Family Systems, we'll explore your inner world with compassion and curiosity, unlocking paths to healing and growth.
Dealing with ADHD, trauma, or parenting concerns requires compassion and understanding. My practice welcomes those touched by the challenges of ADHD's impact on daily life, the deep wounds inflicted by trauma, and the complexities of parenting. These experiences can profoundly affect your sense of self and your relationships. In a supportive environment, we'll work together to address these issues, fostering resilience, healing, and a more harmonious family life, paving the way for a future where you feel more connected and empowered.
(858) 326-9814 View (858) 326-9814
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Karina Vesco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92116
Therapy is a great first step if you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging time or you're ready to move in a new direction in your life. I am a Certified EMDR therapist and use it regularly in my practice. EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) helps clients alleviate the distress associated with painful and traumatic life events and also helps clients transform long-held beliefs about themselves that are no longer useful and keep them stuck in unhealthy patterns and relationships. I also integrate CBT, ACT, IFS parts work and mindfulness to help clients reach their personal goals.
Therapy is a great first step if you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging time or you're ready to move in a new direction in your life. I am a Certified EMDR therapist and use it regularly in my practice. EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) helps clients alleviate the distress associated with painful and traumatic life events and also helps clients transform long-held beliefs about themselves that are no longer useful and keep them stuck in unhealthy patterns and relationships. I also integrate CBT, ACT, IFS parts work and mindfulness to help clients reach their personal goals.
(858) 371-7108 View (858) 371-7108
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Lauren Nicole Mason
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92106
Trained in Attachment Theory, Gottman, CBT, DBT, IFS, MI, EFT informed and grounded in a family systems approach, my therapeutic approach will be tailored to your specific goals.
I’m Lauren Mason, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in couples therapy, with a particular focus on helping couples repair relationships that have suffered an attachment injury, such as deceptions, addictions or affairs. I support couples who are insightful, honest and are committed to therapy as they work to heal and redefine trust, connection, and intimacy. I work with couples to break down the fear and anxiety they might feel, building the skills and tools for respectful engagement and resilience. I want to help you become even stronger because of the challenges you’ve faced.
Trained in Attachment Theory, Gottman, CBT, DBT, IFS, MI, EFT informed and grounded in a family systems approach, my therapeutic approach will be tailored to your specific goals.
I’m Lauren Mason, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in couples therapy, with a particular focus on helping couples repair relationships that have suffered an attachment injury, such as deceptions, addictions or affairs. I support couples who are insightful, honest and are committed to therapy as they work to heal and redefine trust, connection, and intimacy. I work with couples to break down the fear and anxiety they might feel, building the skills and tools for respectful engagement and resilience. I want to help you become even stronger because of the challenges you’ve faced.
(619) 648-4865 View (619) 648-4865
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Pamela Berkinsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92127
I weave together my clinical training including EMDR, IFS (IFS Informed) and somatic therapies with approaches including breath work, and energy work to help you reach your goals.
Are you struggling with anxiety, grief, depression, or just feel disconnected in your life? Do you feel sometimes like you are "too much" or feel misunderstood in your relationships? If you have experienced trauma, traditional talk therapy is often not enough for creating lasting change. A holistic, integrated approach allows you to tap into the body's innate wisdom. I assist individuals and couples in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and loss, self-esteem, relationship challenges, sexuality, boundaries, spiritual and existential questions.
I weave together my clinical training including EMDR, IFS (IFS Informed) and somatic therapies with approaches including breath work, and energy work to help you reach your goals.
Are you struggling with anxiety, grief, depression, or just feel disconnected in your life? Do you feel sometimes like you are "too much" or feel misunderstood in your relationships? If you have experienced trauma, traditional talk therapy is often not enough for creating lasting change. A holistic, integrated approach allows you to tap into the body's innate wisdom. I assist individuals and couples in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and loss, self-esteem, relationship challenges, sexuality, boundaries, spiritual and existential questions.
(858) 465-5377 View (858) 465-5377
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Matt Bishop
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EdD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92103
I utilize theories such as Internal Family Systems & Existential Humanistic.
I help people get unstuck, break free, find clarity, and move forward. When we work together, you will experience a space free of judgment and full of grace and understanding, you will also experience challenges to set aside behaviors that no longer serve you, and you'll be encouraged to identify with the bravest, kindest, most hopeful part of yourself. My clients often say to me with a smile, "you are harder on me than my previous therapist(s)" and my response is often the same, "It's because I believe in you." And I do! You've got a beautiful life to get on living.
I utilize theories such as Internal Family Systems & Existential Humanistic.
I help people get unstuck, break free, find clarity, and move forward. When we work together, you will experience a space free of judgment and full of grace and understanding, you will also experience challenges to set aside behaviors that no longer serve you, and you'll be encouraged to identify with the bravest, kindest, most hopeful part of yourself. My clients often say to me with a smile, "you are harder on me than my previous therapist(s)" and my response is often the same, "It's because I believe in you." And I do! You've got a beautiful life to get on living.
(619) 637-3089 View (619) 637-3089
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Tess Owens
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
Qualified to provide individual and family therapy. I have gained an in-depth understanding and passion for relational and family systems, trauma-informed care and experiential interventions. I am an empathic and insightful therapist with a talent for empowering clients towards positive growth. I have a successful history of achievement in academic, training and work experiences. Trained in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and providing psychotherapy to adults & adolescents with a wide variety of presenting problems including, depression, anxiety, trauma, dual diagnosis, self esteem, identity, relapse and addiction.
Qualified to provide individual and family therapy. I have gained an in-depth understanding and passion for relational and family systems, trauma-informed care and experiential interventions. I am an empathic and insightful therapist with a talent for empowering clients towards positive growth. I have a successful history of achievement in academic, training and work experiences. Trained in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and providing psychotherapy to adults & adolescents with a wide variety of presenting problems including, depression, anxiety, trauma, dual diagnosis, self esteem, identity, relapse and addiction.
(619) 431-4106 View (619) 431-4106
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.