Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Carmel, IN

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Thomas J Valek
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
Some of the specific approaches that I use are the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), SYMBIS premarital assessments, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Collaborative Problem Solving (for parents and kids) and Brainspotting.
I work with individuals and couples, teens and children with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues.I know that clients want to see progress even though it may be incremental. Therefore, I provide for a collaborative structure, plan and goals that allow clients to see progress every week. I provide resources, homework, and education to my clients to help them in the process of self-discovery and addressing relationship issues. I help clients to find solutions to solvable problems and develop coping skills to address issues that are harder to solve.
Some of the specific approaches that I use are the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), SYMBIS premarital assessments, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Collaborative Problem Solving (for parents and kids) and Brainspotting.
I work with individuals and couples, teens and children with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues.I know that clients want to see progress even though it may be incremental. Therefore, I provide for a collaborative structure, plan and goals that allow clients to see progress every week. I provide resources, homework, and education to my clients to help them in the process of self-discovery and addressing relationship issues. I help clients to find solutions to solvable problems and develop coping skills to address issues that are harder to solve.
(317) 836-0569 View (317) 836-0569
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Maryann Lake
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
I offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (approach to addictions counseling), 12 step work for addiction issues, Family systems Intervention, Solution focused therapy, Behavior modification and Crisis Intervention.
I have been working with Adults, Adolescents, Couples and Families for 20 years. I work with my clients to address any issues associated with depression, anxiety, bi-polar, personality disorders, trauma and addiction. I enjoy helping my patients identify the core issues that they want to address and develop skills and tools to help them successfully navigate through them for the rest of their life.
I offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (approach to addictions counseling), 12 step work for addiction issues, Family systems Intervention, Solution focused therapy, Behavior modification and Crisis Intervention.
I have been working with Adults, Adolescents, Couples and Families for 20 years. I work with my clients to address any issues associated with depression, anxiety, bi-polar, personality disorders, trauma and addiction. I enjoy helping my patients identify the core issues that they want to address and develop skills and tools to help them successfully navigate through them for the rest of their life.
(317) 401-5276 View (317) 401-5276
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Jen Elliott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
I take a multicultural, weight-inclusive, anti-diet, Health At Every Size, trauma-informed approach, utilizing CBT, DBT, Attachment Theory, and IFS principles.
Hello and welcome! I’m Jen, an eating disorder therapist, and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. I specialize in working with clients with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns. I help clients reframe negative thoughts around food and their body, reduce anxiety around fear foods, feel more comfortable eating in social situations, and cultivate self-compassion and trust.
I take a multicultural, weight-inclusive, anti-diet, Health At Every Size, trauma-informed approach, utilizing CBT, DBT, Attachment Theory, and IFS principles.
Hello and welcome! I’m Jen, an eating disorder therapist, and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. I specialize in working with clients with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns. I help clients reframe negative thoughts around food and their body, reduce anxiety around fear foods, feel more comfortable eating in social situations, and cultivate self-compassion and trust.
(317) 434-3358 View (317) 434-3358
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Sarah L Brubaker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LSSW
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
Sarah incorporates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Canine Therapy in her work with clients.
Sarah BruBaker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing therapy and support to clients since 2015. She has worked in clinical, community and school settings. She has specific experience working with children, teens and parents to address anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, self-harm, school-related issues, behavioral concerns, peer relationships, self-esteem, adoption, family conflict, and parent-child attachment issues. Sarah's Therapy Dog, Appa, joined her in June of 2022 to provide emotional support to children and adults during their counseling sessions when requested.
Sarah incorporates techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Canine Therapy in her work with clients.
Sarah BruBaker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing therapy and support to clients since 2015. She has worked in clinical, community and school settings. She has specific experience working with children, teens and parents to address anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, self-harm, school-related issues, behavioral concerns, peer relationships, self-esteem, adoption, family conflict, and parent-child attachment issues. Sarah's Therapy Dog, Appa, joined her in June of 2022 to provide emotional support to children and adults during their counseling sessions when requested.
(317) 978-2917 View (317) 978-2917
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Michele Stepanek Teague
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
My training includes EMDR (trauma care), Family Systems, Grief/Loss, PSI (Pre/Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/OCD for moms/dads/families), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT).
Hi, I'm Michele. I'm glad you're here. I know how a situation, involving yourself or a loved one, can consume your life. I became a therapist because I've experienced similar circumstances. Those moments have led me to be an empathetic and effective counselor. We will take things at your pace. This is your time, and we will work together to find healing and growth.
My training includes EMDR (trauma care), Family Systems, Grief/Loss, PSI (Pre/Postpartum Depression/Anxiety/OCD for moms/dads/families), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT).
Hi, I'm Michele. I'm glad you're here. I know how a situation, involving yourself or a loved one, can consume your life. I became a therapist because I've experienced similar circumstances. Those moments have led me to be an empathetic and effective counselor. We will take things at your pace. This is your time, and we will work together to find healing and growth.
(765) 305-5703 View (765) 305-5703
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Jessica Cannon
Counselor, EdS, LMHC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
Waitlist for new clients
This includes Internal Family Systems, Brainspotting, aspects of Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing.
THERAPY: I hear so much negativity in our field about work with people. But - I am amazed by some of the people that step foot into my office. I am in awe of their ability to smile through pain. I feel blessed that I get to share in their strong, resilience and desire to grow and change. I learn so much from them. I’m also frustrated with societies message that emotions like anger, resentfulness and jealousy are abnormal for us to feel. Sometimes they interfere with other parts of our life. These people that I encounter on a day-to-day basis are amazing, beautiful people. To all of them I say-
This includes Internal Family Systems, Brainspotting, aspects of Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing.
THERAPY: I hear so much negativity in our field about work with people. But - I am amazed by some of the people that step foot into my office. I am in awe of their ability to smile through pain. I feel blessed that I get to share in their strong, resilience and desire to grow and change. I learn so much from them. I’m also frustrated with societies message that emotions like anger, resentfulness and jealousy are abnormal for us to feel. Sometimes they interfere with other parts of our life. These people that I encounter on a day-to-day basis are amazing, beautiful people. To all of them I say-
(317) 747-2790 View (317) 747-2790
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Brian Lahti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
I have a background in family systems and stress responses.
Are you curious about why things happen in your relationships? Do you wish someone would understand without judging? I'm here to listen and learn with you. I am committed to helping young adults, parents, and children. I help them with the complex effects of stress in their relationships. I provide useful insights and practical approaches. These foster healing, strength, and good relationships. Take a leap today. Let's explore how your relationships affect your well-being. And, let's find paths to healing!
I have a background in family systems and stress responses.
Are you curious about why things happen in your relationships? Do you wish someone would understand without judging? I'm here to listen and learn with you. I am committed to helping young adults, parents, and children. I help them with the complex effects of stress in their relationships. I provide useful insights and practical approaches. These foster healing, strength, and good relationships. Take a leap today. Let's explore how your relationships affect your well-being. And, let's find paths to healing!
(463) 219-2940 View (463) 219-2940
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Katie Watson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW, CCTP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032  (Online Only)
My specialties include trauma-informed nervous-system based therapy, behavior interventions, internal family systems (ifs), somatic therapy, EMDR, and ACT.
Despite having stressful experiences, you are high-functioning. You go to work, you pay your bills, you have meaningful relationships, and on paper, you seem 'fine' from the outside. Inside, you are thinking of the worst case scenario or experiencing an overwhelming amount of thoughts and feelings that "just won't go away". You don't feel great, have unprocessed trauma, and you want to start feeling better. You want to move beyond tolerating trauma and stress, and feel good emotionally and physically. From a nervous system perspective using trauma-therapies I want to empower you in your healing, I know you can feel better.
My specialties include trauma-informed nervous-system based therapy, behavior interventions, internal family systems (ifs), somatic therapy, EMDR, and ACT.
Despite having stressful experiences, you are high-functioning. You go to work, you pay your bills, you have meaningful relationships, and on paper, you seem 'fine' from the outside. Inside, you are thinking of the worst case scenario or experiencing an overwhelming amount of thoughts and feelings that "just won't go away". You don't feel great, have unprocessed trauma, and you want to start feeling better. You want to move beyond tolerating trauma and stress, and feel good emotionally and physically. From a nervous system perspective using trauma-therapies I want to empower you in your healing, I know you can feel better.
(317) 934-3667 View (317) 934-3667
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Anne Lewis
Psychologist, PhD, HSPP, LCAC, CDWF
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46082
I have received specialized training in Brainspotting, IFS, EMDR, FFT, Daring Way, IMAGO, MI, and CBT and use these techniques to make therapeutic process understandable and encouraging.
I am a licensed Counseling Psychologist specializing in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, addictions and co-morbid conditions with over 17 years experience. I bring a compassionate and warm energy to my clients. I offer individual, couples and family therapy for people ages 17 and above. I work with clients to improve self-worth, identify barriers to progress, reduce shame and develop powerful strategies to begin and maintain their objectives. My counseling approach is to listen nonjudgementally, providing guidance and feedback by helping clients create effective and personalized solutions to their treatment needs.
I have received specialized training in Brainspotting, IFS, EMDR, FFT, Daring Way, IMAGO, MI, and CBT and use these techniques to make therapeutic process understandable and encouraging.
I am a licensed Counseling Psychologist specializing in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders, addictions and co-morbid conditions with over 17 years experience. I bring a compassionate and warm energy to my clients. I offer individual, couples and family therapy for people ages 17 and above. I work with clients to improve self-worth, identify barriers to progress, reduce shame and develop powerful strategies to begin and maintain their objectives. My counseling approach is to listen nonjudgementally, providing guidance and feedback by helping clients create effective and personalized solutions to their treatment needs.
(317) 542-3856 View (317) 542-3856
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Anne Collins
Counselor, MA, LMHC, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
I believe through telling your story, you can create insight and lasting change in your life. I have clinical experience working with depression, anxiety, stress, coping skills, grief, loss, trauma, life transitions, LGBTQ, addictions and women’s issues.  I work with adults and children ages 12 and up. I use traditional talk therapy, as well as art therapy, and walk and talk therapy in the private practice setting. I can offer complimentary 30 minute "meet the therapist" sessions to ensure you feel the best fit possible. I am also trained in EMDR and am informed in Internal Family Systems.
I believe through telling your story, you can create insight and lasting change in your life. I have clinical experience working with depression, anxiety, stress, coping skills, grief, loss, trauma, life transitions, LGBTQ, addictions and women’s issues.  I work with adults and children ages 12 and up. I use traditional talk therapy, as well as art therapy, and walk and talk therapy in the private practice setting. I can offer complimentary 30 minute "meet the therapist" sessions to ensure you feel the best fit possible. I am also trained in EMDR and am informed in Internal Family Systems.
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Vernon E Billups Jr
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46033
By utilizing a family systems approach guided by the collaborative completion of a Genogram, we will identify and highlight multigenerational patterns that make up who we are and where we come from.
Human connection is a necessity. Yet, why do the ones we love the most seem to hurt us in the worst ways? If only they would listen, be understanding and meet our needs. Love should be easy, yes? What if I told you these paradigms of thinking hinder our ability to fully connect and get the love and relationships we desire? My area of focus is couples, married and unmarried, as well as families and adults/adolescents in dysfunctional relationship systems.
By utilizing a family systems approach guided by the collaborative completion of a Genogram, we will identify and highlight multigenerational patterns that make up who we are and where we come from.
Human connection is a necessity. Yet, why do the ones we love the most seem to hurt us in the worst ways? If only they would listen, be understanding and meet our needs. Love should be easy, yes? What if I told you these paradigms of thinking hinder our ability to fully connect and get the love and relationships we desire? My area of focus is couples, married and unmarried, as well as families and adults/adolescents in dysfunctional relationship systems.
(317) 597-8527 View (317) 597-8527
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Kristi Knight
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, CHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
My background in Neurofeedback training and Mental Health Nutrition/Health Coaching combined with Mindfulness, Attachment, Polyvagal Informed Therapy, Brainspotting, Internal Family Systems, and Complex Trauma offer a unique approach.
Life is such an interesting collection of stories and experiences that uniquely shape who we are at any given moment, how we interact with our environment, form relationships, and cope with stress. How we respond to daily life is evidenced in our physical, mental, and spiritual health at every stage of life and connecting with others who struggle is my passion. I believe human connection has the power to support our ability to heal and recover physically and emotionally.
My background in Neurofeedback training and Mental Health Nutrition/Health Coaching combined with Mindfulness, Attachment, Polyvagal Informed Therapy, Brainspotting, Internal Family Systems, and Complex Trauma offer a unique approach.
Life is such an interesting collection of stories and experiences that uniquely shape who we are at any given moment, how we interact with our environment, form relationships, and cope with stress. How we respond to daily life is evidenced in our physical, mental, and spiritual health at every stage of life and connecting with others who struggle is my passion. I believe human connection has the power to support our ability to heal and recover physically and emotionally.
(317) 434-0421 View (317) 434-0421
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Emily S Paxton
Counselor, MA, LMHC, RD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
I utilize a variety of treatment approaches during sessions including EMDR and IFS - both strongly steeped in compassion and non-judgment of all presenting issues.
I approach all clients with compassion, a desire to connect, and acceptance of all presenting issues. I counsel clients with eating disorders, body image concerns, and those who are desiring to move towards acceptance and care of their current bodies. In addition, I serve clients experiencing daily stressors, anxiety and depression and trauma. Guiding clients to learn new tools and build upon their already present strengths as well as to provide comfort and guidance in life's painful and rewarding moments is why I do what I do.
I utilize a variety of treatment approaches during sessions including EMDR and IFS - both strongly steeped in compassion and non-judgment of all presenting issues.
I approach all clients with compassion, a desire to connect, and acceptance of all presenting issues. I counsel clients with eating disorders, body image concerns, and those who are desiring to move towards acceptance and care of their current bodies. In addition, I serve clients experiencing daily stressors, anxiety and depression and trauma. Guiding clients to learn new tools and build upon their already present strengths as well as to provide comfort and guidance in life's painful and rewarding moments is why I do what I do.
(317) 661-4377 View (317) 661-4377
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Tricia McNeil
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
Do the Best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. - Maya Angelou. I believe change begins when we take the steps to know our version of "better". Each of us is unique and have different experiences that impact what we know. My approach to counseling is holistic, compassionate and caring. I have experience working with trauma and complex trauma using Trust Based Relational Intervention, Brainspotting, and Internal Family Systems. I enjoy working with young adults and adults. I also enjoy assisting parents of neuro-diverse and other special needs children.
Do the Best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. - Maya Angelou. I believe change begins when we take the steps to know our version of "better". Each of us is unique and have different experiences that impact what we know. My approach to counseling is holistic, compassionate and caring. I have experience working with trauma and complex trauma using Trust Based Relational Intervention, Brainspotting, and Internal Family Systems. I enjoy working with young adults and adults. I also enjoy assisting parents of neuro-diverse and other special needs children.
(765) 754-4865 View (765) 754-4865
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Courtney Terrell
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46033
I provide therapy that works. My holistic approach helps clients overcome anxiety, insecurity, and trauma. Because I am focused on my client’s strengths, they rise above hardships, achieve their goals, and cultivate authentic relationships. My self-empowerment model helps people identify patterns and get unstuck. Our work together is collaborative and individualized. I draw on IFS, psychodynamic theories, and EMDR to help you live intentionally and joyfully.
I provide therapy that works. My holistic approach helps clients overcome anxiety, insecurity, and trauma. Because I am focused on my client’s strengths, they rise above hardships, achieve their goals, and cultivate authentic relationships. My self-empowerment model helps people identify patterns and get unstuck. Our work together is collaborative and individualized. I draw on IFS, psychodynamic theories, and EMDR to help you live intentionally and joyfully.
(317) 458-9320 View (317) 458-9320
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Tree of Life Counseling, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, Owner, ACP F/I
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46033
Waitlist for new clients
We have providers trained and certified in EMDR, Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction, Solution Focused, Internal Family Systems, DBT, and more including intuitive somatic work.
You are worthy of peace and joy! If you are tired of feeling stuck, distracted, or minimizing yourself and thinking of all the things you should be doing or unsure where to start....stop "should-ing" on yourself! Depression, grief, anger and anxiety are normal human emotions. However, with most things in life, it’s all about balance and moderation. Sometimes things from the past, fears of the future's uncertainty or the way we are wired creates patterns that interfere with living a more meaningful, joyful, and peaceful life- one that includes connecting with the healing powers already within you!
We have providers trained and certified in EMDR, Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction, Solution Focused, Internal Family Systems, DBT, and more including intuitive somatic work.
You are worthy of peace and joy! If you are tired of feeling stuck, distracted, or minimizing yourself and thinking of all the things you should be doing or unsure where to start....stop "should-ing" on yourself! Depression, grief, anger and anxiety are normal human emotions. However, with most things in life, it’s all about balance and moderation. Sometimes things from the past, fears of the future's uncertainty or the way we are wired creates patterns that interfere with living a more meaningful, joyful, and peaceful life- one that includes connecting with the healing powers already within you!
(812) 389-0182 View (812) 389-0182
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Natalie ( Samuels ) Seitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46033  (Online Only)
I also use CBT, MBSR, MI, and IFS to find the right fit for each client.
Bring a cup of tea or coffee with you to our session together, and let's take the time to talk together and hear your story. I specialize in helping adults (18 yrs & older) discover their resiliency and find peace in their everyday lives. I work with those affected by anxiety, depression, trauma and OCD, as well as issues including life changes, perfectionism & self-esteem. I also work with women diagnosed with ADHD, especially those diagnosed later in adulthood, or who are curious if they could have ADHD. My focus is on providing individual therapy, and I like to use an eclectic approach that's tailored to each individual client.
I also use CBT, MBSR, MI, and IFS to find the right fit for each client.
Bring a cup of tea or coffee with you to our session together, and let's take the time to talk together and hear your story. I specialize in helping adults (18 yrs & older) discover their resiliency and find peace in their everyday lives. I work with those affected by anxiety, depression, trauma and OCD, as well as issues including life changes, perfectionism & self-esteem. I also work with women diagnosed with ADHD, especially those diagnosed later in adulthood, or who are curious if they could have ADHD. My focus is on providing individual therapy, and I like to use an eclectic approach that's tailored to each individual client.
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Suzanne Walton - Trauma Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Carmel, IN 46032
I am also trained in EMDR therapy and often use this approach in tandem with IFS work with my clients in order to process overwhelming life experiences.
I believe in our innate capacity to grow and heal. Sometimes we need a little help along the way. I support that process with spacious curiosity and compassion. I am most passionate about working with adults struggling with relational or complex trauma, attachment issues, self-worth, and parenting. Deep connection to nature, to oneself, and to others is a large part of my personal and professional philosophies. To that end, I offer walking therapy sessions for those who prefer to be outside in nature to explore their inner awareness.
I am also trained in EMDR therapy and often use this approach in tandem with IFS work with my clients in order to process overwhelming life experiences.
I believe in our innate capacity to grow and heal. Sometimes we need a little help along the way. I support that process with spacious curiosity and compassion. I am most passionate about working with adults struggling with relational or complex trauma, attachment issues, self-worth, and parenting. Deep connection to nature, to oneself, and to others is a large part of my personal and professional philosophies. To that end, I offer walking therapy sessions for those who prefer to be outside in nature to explore their inner awareness.
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Ashley Mangus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
I believe that in order to be happy and healthy, we must nourish the whole person. As you begin your journey towards healing, I recognize the great courage it takes to seek help. My goal is to help you discover your true potential and form healthy relationships along the way. I strongly believe that each of us holds the power to change and create the life that we desire. You may feel stuck, not know exactly where to go for help, who the best person would be to talk to, or what to expect from therapy. These are normal questions and concerns. I want to assure you...You are at the right place.
I believe that in order to be happy and healthy, we must nourish the whole person. As you begin your journey towards healing, I recognize the great courage it takes to seek help. My goal is to help you discover your true potential and form healthy relationships along the way. I strongly believe that each of us holds the power to change and create the life that we desire. You may feel stuck, not know exactly where to go for help, who the best person would be to talk to, or what to expect from therapy. These are normal questions and concerns. I want to assure you...You are at the right place.
(317) 527-4918 View (317) 527-4918
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Erin Mrakovich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Carmel, IN 46032
Hi! I’m Erin and I'm so glad you're here. It takes courage and vulnerability to step into a space for yourself and it takes strength and persistence to actually pursue it. I have a deep passion to walk alongside my clients, whatever that looks like. Life is a journey and we are never meant to walk it alone- I would be honored to walk along with you. I am passionate about creating a safe, consistent space for my clients where they can be their unapologetic, authentic selves. My goal is that together, we can find healing, learning, compassion, and growth so that you can experience the fullness of life you deserve. You are worth it.
Hi! I’m Erin and I'm so glad you're here. It takes courage and vulnerability to step into a space for yourself and it takes strength and persistence to actually pursue it. I have a deep passion to walk alongside my clients, whatever that looks like. Life is a journey and we are never meant to walk it alone- I would be honored to walk along with you. I am passionate about creating a safe, consistent space for my clients where they can be their unapologetic, authentic selves. My goal is that together, we can find healing, learning, compassion, and growth so that you can experience the fullness of life you deserve. You are worth it.
(317) 482-7567 View (317) 482-7567
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.