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

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Sveta Alshvang
Psychologist, PsyD, MBA, MA
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I use effective methods such as EMDR, IFS, DBT, mindfulness, and somatic techniques, tailored to your needs.
Perhaps, you've been living with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness, shame, or haunting memories for a long time. Maybe you struggle with a strong fear of failure and self-criticism despite outward accomplishments and success. It can be exhausting to always feel pressure to be perfect and support everyone else while neglecting your own needs. You may worry about being judged or burdening others, finding it easier to push through alone than to ask for help. Unhealthy coping mechanisms for relief might have become a go-to, only leading to more stress. There is a way out, and I want to help you reclaim your life.
I use effective methods such as EMDR, IFS, DBT, mindfulness, and somatic techniques, tailored to your needs.
Perhaps, you've been living with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness, shame, or haunting memories for a long time. Maybe you struggle with a strong fear of failure and self-criticism despite outward accomplishments and success. It can be exhausting to always feel pressure to be perfect and support everyone else while neglecting your own needs. You may worry about being judged or burdening others, finding it easier to push through alone than to ask for help. Unhealthy coping mechanisms for relief might have become a go-to, only leading to more stress. There is a way out, and I want to help you reclaim your life.
(650) 215-6194 View (650) 215-6194
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Batya Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
There isn't one formula that works for everyone, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including: relational psychodynamic therapy, expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, DBT, transpersonal psychology, and family systems.
Most of us lug around a suitcase full of our thoughts, feelings, family history and past experiences and have no idea what's in there. Our current responses to and experience of life come from the contents of that suitcase. Together in therapy we gently unpack it. We will see what is working for you, what needs more support and what has served it's purpose but no longer works. I work collaboratively and am curious about all the things that make you who you are. I am particularly interested in working with people who feel misunderstood or unimportant.
There isn't one formula that works for everyone, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including: relational psychodynamic therapy, expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, DBT, transpersonal psychology, and family systems.
Most of us lug around a suitcase full of our thoughts, feelings, family history and past experiences and have no idea what's in there. Our current responses to and experience of life come from the contents of that suitcase. Together in therapy we gently unpack it. We will see what is working for you, what needs more support and what has served it's purpose but no longer works. I work collaboratively and am curious about all the things that make you who you are. I am particularly interested in working with people who feel misunderstood or unimportant.
(415) 275-6820 View (415) 275-6820
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Elizabeth Huck
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, DBT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I am trained in Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, IFS, ACT, & DBT, which are integral in healing by helping you address the trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger in the mind and body.
The toll of trauma, stress, anxiety, & depression builds over time, things that once seemed manageable turn into a life that's not our own, because we're stuck in survival mode. It's exhausting. As a therapist, my goal is to collaborate with you to safely navigate your inner landscape and put pieces together so you can uncover your unique abilities and create a mental health toolkit that will carry you through a lifetime. I am here to support you in working through unresolved feelings and conflicts and guide you toward healing. Therefore, you can feel empowered, rejuvenated, and enthusiastic about life again.
I am trained in Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, IFS, ACT, & DBT, which are integral in healing by helping you address the trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger in the mind and body.
The toll of trauma, stress, anxiety, & depression builds over time, things that once seemed manageable turn into a life that's not our own, because we're stuck in survival mode. It's exhausting. As a therapist, my goal is to collaborate with you to safely navigate your inner landscape and put pieces together so you can uncover your unique abilities and create a mental health toolkit that will carry you through a lifetime. I am here to support you in working through unresolved feelings and conflicts and guide you toward healing. Therefore, you can feel empowered, rejuvenated, and enthusiastic about life again.
(415) 965-3781 View (415) 965-3781
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Erika Garcia Rangel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
I support individuals struggling with difficult life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues utilizing evidence-based approaches: EMDR, DBT, CBT and internal family systems (IFS).
Finding a therapist you trust is a challenge and scheduling your first session takes courage. You’ve taken the first step toward healing and personal growth. I’m offering you a safe, nurturing and accepting place to freely express your feelings, thoughts and experiences. My vocation is to guide and support individuals like yourself to better understand themselves at a deeper level through the transformative power of compassion and empathy. With commitment to therapy, we will explore your relationship with yourself and your relationships with others, addressing behavioral and emotional issues that are potentially holding you back.
I support individuals struggling with difficult life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, relationship issues utilizing evidence-based approaches: EMDR, DBT, CBT and internal family systems (IFS).
Finding a therapist you trust is a challenge and scheduling your first session takes courage. You’ve taken the first step toward healing and personal growth. I’m offering you a safe, nurturing and accepting place to freely express your feelings, thoughts and experiences. My vocation is to guide and support individuals like yourself to better understand themselves at a deeper level through the transformative power of compassion and empathy. With commitment to therapy, we will explore your relationship with yourself and your relationships with others, addressing behavioral and emotional issues that are potentially holding you back.
(650) 679-7286 View (650) 679-7286
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Internal Family Systems Therapy With Whitney Richards
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94122  (Online Only)
I use Internal Family Systems therapy to guide my clients toward accessing their vulnerability and connecting with their inner worlds to gain a felt sense of security inside and in relationships.
It’s a struggle to deal with anxiety, a harmful inner critic, or unsatisfying relationship dynamics. It can be hard to feel playful, to easily connect to others, to get your emotional needs met, or to feel at ease in your body. Whether you feel overwhelmed by your emotions or cut off from them, you know you want to do things differently but aren’t sure how. While I don’t work with couples, I do specialize in working with individuals who are carrying around belief systems that are keeping them anxious or detached in relationships.
I use Internal Family Systems therapy to guide my clients toward accessing their vulnerability and connecting with their inner worlds to gain a felt sense of security inside and in relationships.
It’s a struggle to deal with anxiety, a harmful inner critic, or unsatisfying relationship dynamics. It can be hard to feel playful, to easily connect to others, to get your emotional needs met, or to feel at ease in your body. Whether you feel overwhelmed by your emotions or cut off from them, you know you want to do things differently but aren’t sure how. While I don’t work with couples, I do specialize in working with individuals who are carrying around belief systems that are keeping them anxious or detached in relationships.
(628) 212-6769 View (628) 212-6769
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Robbie Richler
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFT, RCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
To this end I use Internal Family Systems, an individual therapy that is safe yet powerful.
If you've come here, you're probably struggling with something you're unable to shake. It could be a depressed mood, anxious thoughts, feelings of isolation, or just a sense that something is off. Perhaps you've tried to push away or fix some of these unpleasant feelings but have had little success. If you're looking for a way to resolve these issues, one that gets at the core of what's going on, I can help.
To this end I use Internal Family Systems, an individual therapy that is safe yet powerful.
If you've come here, you're probably struggling with something you're unable to shake. It could be a depressed mood, anxious thoughts, feelings of isolation, or just a sense that something is off. Perhaps you've tried to push away or fix some of these unpleasant feelings but have had little success. If you're looking for a way to resolve these issues, one that gets at the core of what's going on, I can help.
(415) 594-4238 View (415) 594-4238
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Dario Martinez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102  (Online Only)
I've created a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that addresses issues in two or more of these areas simultaneously using evidence-based, cutting-edge modalities such as IFS (Internal Family Systems), Brainspotting (for trauma and anxiety) and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for relationship challenges.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I feel honored whenever people allow me into their lives—especially when they don’t know me. As a therapist, my primary areas of focus are trauma, addictions, anxiety and relationships.
I've created a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that addresses issues in two or more of these areas simultaneously using evidence-based, cutting-edge modalities such as IFS (Internal Family Systems), Brainspotting (for trauma and anxiety) and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for relationship challenges.
Thank you for visiting my profile. I feel honored whenever people allow me into their lives—especially when they don’t know me. As a therapist, my primary areas of focus are trauma, addictions, anxiety and relationships.
(415) 481-3580 View (415) 481-3580
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Cathy Trenary
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I draw upon CBT, IFS, somatic therapy, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy to support the processing of trauma, fostering a holistic healing experience that encompasses both mind and body.
Our life experiences can lead us to question our identity and purpose in the world we live in. This can lead us to anxiety, depression, and trauma. Do you want to improve how you face challenges, function in your relationships, and face overwhelming feelings? I place heavy importance on addressing trauma. Trauma disintegrates the parts that make up your whole self, which can leave aspects of who you are hidden from your awareness. Left unaddressed, anxiety and depression can worsen, which can rob you of the necessary connection that all human beings need to thrive. I aim to help you process unresolved trauma.
I draw upon CBT, IFS, somatic therapy, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy to support the processing of trauma, fostering a holistic healing experience that encompasses both mind and body.
Our life experiences can lead us to question our identity and purpose in the world we live in. This can lead us to anxiety, depression, and trauma. Do you want to improve how you face challenges, function in your relationships, and face overwhelming feelings? I place heavy importance on addressing trauma. Trauma disintegrates the parts that make up your whole self, which can leave aspects of who you are hidden from your awareness. Left unaddressed, anxiety and depression can worsen, which can rob you of the necessary connection that all human beings need to thrive. I aim to help you process unresolved trauma.
(415) 870-3417 View (415) 870-3417
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Natasha Walter-Fisk
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACP, CA:LMFT, MN:LPCC, CO:LPC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94122  (Online Only)
Hello! If you're looking for online therapy for anxiety, EMDR and / or IFS and you're in California, Minnesota, Colorado or an international location, you're in the right place. Anxiety often comes from inside, from thoughts, feelings or sensations that say, "I'm not good enough." Or "I'm not safe." Or from something that happened to you. We'll be real and go deep. Let's get at the roots of that anxiety and set you free. If you think "1st world problems," it's ok. We all deserve healing. Expat 3 times. Aware of cultural & generational differences. I work to be anti-racist, LGBTQIA2S+ ally / accomplice. Open minded. Sex positive.
Hello! If you're looking for online therapy for anxiety, EMDR and / or IFS and you're in California, Minnesota, Colorado or an international location, you're in the right place. Anxiety often comes from inside, from thoughts, feelings or sensations that say, "I'm not good enough." Or "I'm not safe." Or from something that happened to you. We'll be real and go deep. Let's get at the roots of that anxiety and set you free. If you think "1st world problems," it's ok. We all deserve healing. Expat 3 times. Aware of cultural & generational differences. I work to be anti-racist, LGBTQIA2S+ ally / accomplice. Open minded. Sex positive.
(415) 326-9914 View (415) 326-9914
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Berne Fitzpatrick
Psychologist, PhD, CGP
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94131
I offer IFS sessions or integrate Parts Work into my work.
Suffering can come in many forms. It is personal and distressing and can also be overwhelming, paralyzing, and lonely. But you do not have to face it alone. Many have come to me for help with what makes them unhappy and out of balance. I take satisfaction when my clients accept their own complexity and uniqueness and have successful outcomes in their lives due to therapy.
I offer IFS sessions or integrate Parts Work into my work.
Suffering can come in many forms. It is personal and distressing and can also be overwhelming, paralyzing, and lonely. But you do not have to face it alone. Many have come to me for help with what makes them unhappy and out of balance. I take satisfaction when my clients accept their own complexity and uniqueness and have successful outcomes in their lives due to therapy.
(415) 236-5578 View (415) 236-5578
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Wendy Herrera
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94109  (Online Only)
I am a bilingual, bicultural Latinx woman who is skilled at supporting individuals through a variety of life challenges and transitions based in therapeutic models such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (practiced in English and Spanish).
Hi, I'm Wendy Herrera, PsyD. I'm a licensed Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about helping people like you feel more whole and confident by releasing dysfunctional coping mechanisms and embracing all aspects of the self.
I am a bilingual, bicultural Latinx woman who is skilled at supporting individuals through a variety of life challenges and transitions based in therapeutic models such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and EMDR (practiced in English and Spanish).
Hi, I'm Wendy Herrera, PsyD. I'm a licensed Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about helping people like you feel more whole and confident by releasing dysfunctional coping mechanisms and embracing all aspects of the self.
(415) 430-9735 View (415) 430-9735
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Veronica Ghabour
Counselor, APCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
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) 936-8843 View (415) 936-8843
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Isobel Heath
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115
My approach integrates attachment-focused, relational, psychodynamic work with mindfulness-based and parts work / IFS techniques.
Therapy improves relationships. The individuals I work with are often tired of repeating the same patterns again and again, whether it's dating abuse, codependency, or chronic relationship conflict, anxiety, avoidance or indecision. They're ready to get to the root causes and finally make real change. Of course, all relationships start with and reflect your relationship to yourself. If you're dealing with a harsh inner critic, imposter syndrome or low self-worth, this internal relationship deserves your careful attention first.
My approach integrates attachment-focused, relational, psychodynamic work with mindfulness-based and parts work / IFS techniques.
Therapy improves relationships. The individuals I work with are often tired of repeating the same patterns again and again, whether it's dating abuse, codependency, or chronic relationship conflict, anxiety, avoidance or indecision. They're ready to get to the root causes and finally make real change. Of course, all relationships start with and reflect your relationship to yourself. If you're dealing with a harsh inner critic, imposter syndrome or low self-worth, this internal relationship deserves your careful attention first.
(415) 630-7460 View (415) 630-7460
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Taylor Eva Simon
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
Using IFS-informed parts-work and trauma-informed depth work, we will discover neglected, harmed, and gifted parts of your inner world.
I work with individuals who have been harmed by toxic family dynamics and are seeking their authentic self. I want to acknowledge that beginning your journey may be an intimidating prospect. Maybe you don't know what your needs are, don't feel permission to be yourself, or feel worthy of your boundaries. Perhaps you leave family interactions with conflicting feelings of guilt, anger and shame and feel powerless to change things. I'm here to support you as you re-align with your authenticity and self-expression, processing and shedding the stories of who you are that are told by people in your life that have never truly seen you.
Using IFS-informed parts-work and trauma-informed depth work, we will discover neglected, harmed, and gifted parts of your inner world.
I work with individuals who have been harmed by toxic family dynamics and are seeking their authentic self. I want to acknowledge that beginning your journey may be an intimidating prospect. Maybe you don't know what your needs are, don't feel permission to be yourself, or feel worthy of your boundaries. Perhaps you leave family interactions with conflicting feelings of guilt, anger and shame and feel powerless to change things. I'm here to support you as you re-align with your authenticity and self-expression, processing and shedding the stories of who you are that are told by people in your life that have never truly seen you.
(415) 938-5543 View (415) 938-5543
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Ashley Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118  (Online Only)
I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist with the IFS Institute and have extensive training with IFS Institute lead trainers.
At times you feel like a fish out of water in your own life. You’ve learned to deflate yourself to avoid tension or judgment, compartmentalize to keep your emotions at bay. Your life looks great on the outside but you’re beginning to think that in creating it you’ve lost connection to who you actually are. The identity you’ve created doesn’t feel like the full you and you're at a loss for how to reorient yourself. In all of the busyness you've created in your life, you haven't found time to prioritize self-rediscovery. The days keep passing and it's getting harder to ignore the discontent you're feeling.
I am a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist with the IFS Institute and have extensive training with IFS Institute lead trainers.
At times you feel like a fish out of water in your own life. You’ve learned to deflate yourself to avoid tension or judgment, compartmentalize to keep your emotions at bay. Your life looks great on the outside but you’re beginning to think that in creating it you’ve lost connection to who you actually are. The identity you’ve created doesn’t feel like the full you and you're at a loss for how to reorient yourself. In all of the busyness you've created in your life, you haven't found time to prioritize self-rediscovery. The days keep passing and it's getting harder to ignore the discontent you're feeling.
(262) 218-4582 View (262) 218-4582
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Brittney Green
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR, IFS
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I specialize in IFS, DBT, and CBT to help my clients to identify their internal parts and help these parts to discover healthier skills for coping.
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
I specialize in IFS, DBT, and CBT to help my clients to identify their internal parts and help these parts to discover healthier skills for coping.
Life can feel impossible to avoid struggling and we often don't feel we have the skills to cope successfully through. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't have all the resources we need for a given situation. Parts of us take on desperate roles trying to help us to survive. This might look like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and relationship/family issues. I aim to help you process unresolved issues and feelings and find solutions.
(415) 968-1269 View (415) 968-1269
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Kim Krummel
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114
I meet clients where they are, providing integrative psychotherapy to best meet each individual’s needs. My approach is collaborative, attachment- and strengths-based, trauma-informed, and psychodynamic. I treat a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, addiction, relationship/family issues, stress, and low self-esteem. My training in internal family systems, trauma-focused CBT, motivational interviewing, ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), and mindfulness are integrated into my work.
I meet clients where they are, providing integrative psychotherapy to best meet each individual’s needs. My approach is collaborative, attachment- and strengths-based, trauma-informed, and psychodynamic. I treat a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, addiction, relationship/family issues, stress, and low self-esteem. My training in internal family systems, trauma-focused CBT, motivational interviewing, ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), and mindfulness are integrated into my work.
(415) 612-3939 View (415) 612-3939
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Emily Wolf McMane
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94123  (Online Only)
I use IFS, DBT, and narrative approaches among other techniques, but I believe that therapy is first and foremost a human relationship, and I will invest in getting to know you and your unique life circumstances before adjusting my approach to support you in your specific goals and needs.
I specialize in working with women, young adults, trauma survivors, and individuals grappling with identity issues, finding purpose in life, and experiencing major life changes. You are not broken, and I am not here to heal you, fix you, rescue you, or make you better. I am here to support you on your journey to discovering your authentic self and releasing old stories and patterns of behaviors that no longer serve you so that you may live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.
I use IFS, DBT, and narrative approaches among other techniques, but I believe that therapy is first and foremost a human relationship, and I will invest in getting to know you and your unique life circumstances before adjusting my approach to support you in your specific goals and needs.
I specialize in working with women, young adults, trauma survivors, and individuals grappling with identity issues, finding purpose in life, and experiencing major life changes. You are not broken, and I am not here to heal you, fix you, rescue you, or make you better. I am here to support you on your journey to discovering your authentic self and releasing old stories and patterns of behaviors that no longer serve you so that you may live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.
(707) 615-0653 View (707) 615-0653
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Greg Garavanian
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94131
Therapies I use include Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and EMDR.
All too often emotional suffering feels familiar, a sense of being stuck in the same frustrating patterns. Talking about your struggles may provide some temporary relief, but may not produce the long-term change wanted. My approach involves a combination of practical techniques to help you alleviate your symptoms and using integrated mind-body modalities that offer the possibility of healing outside of the traditional "talking cure." Working together at the pace that feels right for you, we will help you connect to your core self, provide healing for the hurt parts of you and open new possibilities for your future.
Therapies I use include Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and EMDR.
All too often emotional suffering feels familiar, a sense of being stuck in the same frustrating patterns. Talking about your struggles may provide some temporary relief, but may not produce the long-term change wanted. My approach involves a combination of practical techniques to help you alleviate your symptoms and using integrated mind-body modalities that offer the possibility of healing outside of the traditional "talking cure." Working together at the pace that feels right for you, we will help you connect to your core self, provide healing for the hurt parts of you and open new possibilities for your future.
(415) 843-6231 View (415) 843-6231
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Marie Lanier
LICSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
Drawing on my background as a former psychotherapist and my current role as a life coach, I predominantly use Internal Family Systems (IFS), to assist clients in tapping into their inner resources.
We all possess the means to heal and self soothe, however at times the internal resources needed to unlock transformation are blocked. The modalities I use focus on getting you better access to the inherent qualities you already possess such as calm, compassion, confidence and intuition. We are all on a trajectory of healing and growth, and finding someone with the right tools, skills, wisdom and fit can accelerate your healing journey. My focus is getting you to a place of thriving, not just surviving, so you truly enjoy your life and feel inspired, uplifted and centered. You deserve to feel heard, understood and validated.
Drawing on my background as a former psychotherapist and my current role as a life coach, I predominantly use Internal Family Systems (IFS), to assist clients in tapping into their inner resources.
We all possess the means to heal and self soothe, however at times the internal resources needed to unlock transformation are blocked. The modalities I use focus on getting you better access to the inherent qualities you already possess such as calm, compassion, confidence and intuition. We are all on a trajectory of healing and growth, and finding someone with the right tools, skills, wisdom and fit can accelerate your healing journey. My focus is getting you to a place of thriving, not just surviving, so you truly enjoy your life and feel inspired, uplifted and centered. You deserve to feel heard, understood and validated.
(415) 941-4825 View (415) 941-4825

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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.