Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Fishers, IN

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Nidhal Newash - Internal Family Systems Therapist
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038  (Online Only)
Are you frustrated by self-critical thoughts that hold you back? Do you struggle with perfectionism or worry? Are you looking for ways to quiet the self-critic and shift into the person you know that you are meant to be? I am trained in evidence based modalities such as Level 1 & 2 of Internal Family Systems, EMDR and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). I believe in the mind-body connection and will weave guided imagery, mindfulness, somatic, cognitive and behavioral techniques into treatment, depending on your needs. I work from an affirming and inclusive lens.
Are you frustrated by self-critical thoughts that hold you back? Do you struggle with perfectionism or worry? Are you looking for ways to quiet the self-critic and shift into the person you know that you are meant to be? I am trained in evidence based modalities such as Level 1 & 2 of Internal Family Systems, EMDR and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). I believe in the mind-body connection and will weave guided imagery, mindfulness, somatic, cognitive and behavioral techniques into treatment, depending on your needs. I work from an affirming and inclusive lens.
(463) 220-3997 View (463) 220-3997
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Anne Lewis
Psychologist, PhD, HSPP, LCAC, CDWF
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
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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Kristi Knight
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, CHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
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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Vernon E Billups Jr
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038
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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Michelle Frutkin Lester
Counselor, MA, LCPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038
I utilize a myriad of techniques including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Congratulations on taking this step toward healing. You are not alone. I have experience working with adults of all ages struggling with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, co-dependency, relationships, and life transition issues including young adulthood, marriage, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, separation, divorce, and grief.
I utilize a myriad of techniques including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Congratulations on taking this step toward healing. You are not alone. I have experience working with adults of all ages struggling with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, co-dependency, relationships, and life transition issues including young adulthood, marriage, pregnancy, postpartum, parenting, separation, divorce, and grief.
(317) 961-3159 View (317) 961-3159
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Katie Watson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW, CCTP, CIMHP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037  (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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Courtney Terrell
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
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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Relational And Childhood Trauma Brian Lahti
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037
I have a background in family systems and trauma and we'll make key plans to support you where you are at.
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 generational trauma. 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 trauma and we'll make key plans to support you where you are at.
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 generational trauma. 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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Cala Ochs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
Additionally, I commonly incorporate IFS Informed EMDR when working with clients.
I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University-Purdue University and I'm a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I have worked in multiple school districts and home-based settings with children, adolescents, and families. Additionally, I have experience working with a variety of clients, specializing in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-harm, trauma, executive functioning skills, relational issues, and personal growth.
Additionally, I commonly incorporate IFS Informed EMDR when working with clients.
I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University-Purdue University and I'm a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I have worked in multiple school districts and home-based settings with children, adolescents, and families. Additionally, I have experience working with a variety of clients, specializing in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-harm, trauma, executive functioning skills, relational issues, and personal growth.
(317) 434-0085 View (317) 434-0085
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Jonathan M Burg
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
13 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
Utilizing a systemic approach and predominately EFT, EMDR, and IFS Informed EMDR, I primarily work in the areas of fostering family cohesion and communication, sexual integrity issues, recovering from childhood trauma, healing from marital affairs, and increasing marital satisfaction.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Bible and Religion from Anderson University. I completed my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. Additionally, I have post-graduate training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have worked in residential facilities for at-risk youth, schools, prisons, churches and private practices.
Utilizing a systemic approach and predominately EFT, EMDR, and IFS Informed EMDR, I primarily work in the areas of fostering family cohesion and communication, sexual integrity issues, recovering from childhood trauma, healing from marital affairs, and increasing marital satisfaction.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Bible and Religion from Anderson University. I completed my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. Additionally, I have post-graduate training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have worked in residential facilities for at-risk youth, schools, prisons, churches and private practices.
(317) 653-4287 View (317) 653-4287
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Jessica Sahoury
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, LMFTA
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038  (Online Only)
In addition to the aforementioned counseling theories, I also incorporate Internal Family Systems (IFS).
I completed a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. I work within an attachment framework to help her clients gain awareness of the patterns they display in their relationships and guide them towards healthier strategies and connections. Within the area of attachment science, I specialize in Emotionally Focused Therapy where couples, families, and individuals learn new ways of interacting. I assist couples to reconnect and overcome areas of conflict, including infidelity, hurtful communication and/or past relational wounds.
In addition to the aforementioned counseling theories, I also incorporate Internal Family Systems (IFS).
I completed a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. I work within an attachment framework to help her clients gain awareness of the patterns they display in their relationships and guide them towards healthier strategies and connections. Within the area of attachment science, I specialize in Emotionally Focused Therapy where couples, families, and individuals learn new ways of interacting. I assist couples to reconnect and overcome areas of conflict, including infidelity, hurtful communication and/or past relational wounds.
(317) 934-7553 View (317) 934-7553
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Thomas J Valek
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
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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Jen Elliott
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
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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Be Seen Therapy Solutions
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037
Waitlist for new clients
I am a certified PEERS Therapist, and I am IFS informed completing the Circle Training.
Life is full of challenges, and as your Therapist, I would partner alongside you as you imagine new possibilities, consider your options, and move towards making meaningful change. I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and adults. Specialty areas include helping individuals with challenges related to transition into young adulthood, navigating relationship changes, career moves, infertility, depression, social anxiety, executive functioning, and affirming neurodiversity. I have a calm, reassuring therapy style, focused on recongizing the world needs who you are meant to be and I want to help you get there.
I am a certified PEERS Therapist, and I am IFS informed completing the Circle Training.
Life is full of challenges, and as your Therapist, I would partner alongside you as you imagine new possibilities, consider your options, and move towards making meaningful change. I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and adults. Specialty areas include helping individuals with challenges related to transition into young adulthood, navigating relationship changes, career moves, infertility, depression, social anxiety, executive functioning, and affirming neurodiversity. I have a calm, reassuring therapy style, focused on recongizing the world needs who you are meant to be and I want to help you get there.
(317) 483-8075 View (317) 483-8075
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Nicole Brummett
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
Additionally, she is versed in IFS therapy and utilizes Gottman techniques for couples therapy.
Niki, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with an extensive 18-year background, specializes in working with adults, adolescents, and couples. She earned her Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Illinois and her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Valparaiso University.
Additionally, she is versed in IFS therapy and utilizes Gottman techniques for couples therapy.
Niki, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with an extensive 18-year background, specializes in working with adults, adolescents, and couples. She earned her Bachelor of Psychology degree from the University of Illinois and her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Valparaiso University.
(463) 466-5304 View (463) 466-5304
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Ember Rose Troxell
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
You are unique! Together, we'll customize a plan using cognitive (EFT/IFS/CBT) & expressive therapies (Art/Music/etc.
I whole-heartedly believe in a wellness/wholeness approach–healing of the mind, body, & soul. I'm committed to giving you a safe space to unburden your heart, explore the root of your pain & struggle, support your healing journey, & provide tools to help create the future you deserve. Choosing to work toward a healthier life & healthier you is an act of self-care you should be proud of! I understand seeking support typically happens when problems feel larger than what we believe we can handle on our own. You are not alone! I promise to listen intently & give you the space, understanding, empathy, & acceptance you need.
You are unique! Together, we'll customize a plan using cognitive (EFT/IFS/CBT) & expressive therapies (Art/Music/etc.
I whole-heartedly believe in a wellness/wholeness approach–healing of the mind, body, & soul. I'm committed to giving you a safe space to unburden your heart, explore the root of your pain & struggle, support your healing journey, & provide tools to help create the future you deserve. Choosing to work toward a healthier life & healthier you is an act of self-care you should be proud of! I understand seeking support typically happens when problems feel larger than what we believe we can handle on our own. You are not alone! I promise to listen intently & give you the space, understanding, empathy, & acceptance you need.
(317) 342-5391 View (317) 342-5391
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Audra Carter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038
Are you feeling stuck in unhealthy communication, emotional, and relational patterns? Are you ready to begin healing from situations that have left you feeling hurt, confused, stressed, and overwhelmed? I understand reaching out for help can be one of the scariest, yet bravest, things a person can face. I provide a safe and trusting environment where my clients can begin processing through those uncomfortable life moments.
Are you feeling stuck in unhealthy communication, emotional, and relational patterns? Are you ready to begin healing from situations that have left you feeling hurt, confused, stressed, and overwhelmed? I understand reaching out for help can be one of the scariest, yet bravest, things a person can face. I provide a safe and trusting environment where my clients can begin processing through those uncomfortable life moments.
(317) 662-4568 View (317) 662-4568
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Angela Dawn LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSCS, PES
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46038
Please call today for a free phone consultation.
Please call today for a free phone consultation.
(317) 597-6775 View (317) 597-6775
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Lauren Salazar
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LAC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
I earned my undergraduate degree in Addiction Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. Additionally, I obtained my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. I have clinical experience working in predominately residential and outpatient settings. I commonly work with adolescents, adults, and families pursuing recovery from alcohol and/or other substance abuse issues. My focus and clinical interests center around the following: improving marital satisfaction and connection; depression; anxiety; increasing self-esteem and self-worth; trauma; increasing family cohesion.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Addiction Counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. Additionally, I obtained my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University. I have clinical experience working in predominately residential and outpatient settings. I commonly work with adolescents, adults, and families pursuing recovery from alcohol and/or other substance abuse issues. My focus and clinical interests center around the following: improving marital satisfaction and connection; depression; anxiety; increasing self-esteem and self-worth; trauma; increasing family cohesion.
(317) 961-8677 View (317) 961-8677
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Barbara Brands
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46038
We all strive for a fulfilled life. Peace, joy, and purpose, not just surviving or forcing yourself through the day. Life changes, loss, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and other challenges can make this difficult at times. Working through challenges and developing a life that is meaningful to you sometimes involves taking a leap and seeking help. Taking this step can be scary or intimidating, but also can bring hope and the ability to move forward into the life you deserve.
We all strive for a fulfilled life. Peace, joy, and purpose, not just surviving or forcing yourself through the day. Life changes, loss, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and other challenges can make this difficult at times. Working through challenges and developing a life that is meaningful to you sometimes involves taking a leap and seeking help. Taking this step can be scary or intimidating, but also can bring hope and the ability to move forward into the life you deserve.
(463) 251-1921 View (463) 251-1921
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.