Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in McCordsville, IN

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Jonathan Mangano
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McCordsville, IN 46055  (Online Only)
Counseling can be intimidating, but I want to foster a safe, compassionate, and empathetic place where you can talk about the things you don’t know how to talk about. As a therapist, I seek to create a space for your true self to shine through as we work together to confront the challenges, insecurities, and past traumas you carry, and to ultimately find healing. At this stage as you consider therapy and seek to find the right fit, I want to encourage you by simply saying that you are enough. You do not have to be more than who you are. And who you are is worthy of love, of care, and of mental and emotional health.
Counseling can be intimidating, but I want to foster a safe, compassionate, and empathetic place where you can talk about the things you don’t know how to talk about. As a therapist, I seek to create a space for your true self to shine through as we work together to confront the challenges, insecurities, and past traumas you carry, and to ultimately find healing. At this stage as you consider therapy and seek to find the right fit, I want to encourage you by simply saying that you are enough. You do not have to be more than who you are. And who you are is worthy of love, of care, and of mental and emotional health.
(317) 676-6205 View (317) 676-6205
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Chelsea Glade
Counselor, LMHC, CCTP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
McCordsville, IN 46055
Waitlist for new clients
Are you having nightmares? flashbacks? struggling to concentrate? Is past trauma preventing you from moving forward or hindering your relationships? You could be a veteran or postpartum. You could have just lost a loved one or dealing with past childhood abuse. You could be struggling with addiction or having communication issues with your partner. Maybe you just need someone to talk to. I want to help!
Are you having nightmares? flashbacks? struggling to concentrate? Is past trauma preventing you from moving forward or hindering your relationships? You could be a veteran or postpartum. You could have just lost a loved one or dealing with past childhood abuse. You could be struggling with addiction or having communication issues with your partner. Maybe you just need someone to talk to. I want to help!
(317) 793-2939 View (317) 793-2939
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Jacqueline Elster
Psychologist, PsyD, HSPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McCordsville, IN 46055  (Online Only)
Healing starts with hope. Whether you are trying to cope with crisis, loss or other stressful life events or you simply want insight into the factors interfering with living a fuller, more satisfying life, therapy can help. As a psychologist, I provide therapy that facilitates change, growth and renewal in a supportive, confidential environment. I have a straightforward, problem-solving style that is accepting and emotionally engaged. My goal is to partner with you to identify core issues and find solutions to the problems that brought you to counseling while building on your strengths to help you overcome challenges.
Healing starts with hope. Whether you are trying to cope with crisis, loss or other stressful life events or you simply want insight into the factors interfering with living a fuller, more satisfying life, therapy can help. As a psychologist, I provide therapy that facilitates change, growth and renewal in a supportive, confidential environment. I have a straightforward, problem-solving style that is accepting and emotionally engaged. My goal is to partner with you to identify core issues and find solutions to the problems that brought you to counseling while building on your strengths to help you overcome challenges.
(317) 793-2357 View (317) 793-2357
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Ann Marie Padgett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McCordsville, IN 46055  (Online Only)
We can often feel controlled by our emotions, struggling to think clearly, and simply reacting, rather than directing our own life path. It can feel like a tornado of thoughts quickly swirling, leaving us feeling tense and discouraged that life could look any different. We usually just want everything to slow down and feel more at peace. The goal is to provide you with the tools for this to happen so you can move forward with confidence to live a more positive and balanced life.
We can often feel controlled by our emotions, struggling to think clearly, and simply reacting, rather than directing our own life path. It can feel like a tornado of thoughts quickly swirling, leaving us feeling tense and discouraged that life could look any different. We usually just want everything to slow down and feel more at peace. The goal is to provide you with the tools for this to happen so you can move forward with confidence to live a more positive and balanced life.
(317) 666-6791 View (317) 666-6791
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Alexandra (Lexie) LeMasters
MS, LMHCA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
McCordsville, IN 46055
I've always had an interest in working alongside individuals as they navigate their mental health journey. I find that individuals connect best with their varying emotions when they fully examine the meaning behind them and uncover the root cause of their struggles. As a therapist, I view my role as a fellow passenger during the therapeutic process. I believe in sitting with my client as they unpack their emotions, allowing us to examine and process them together. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages with their varying emotional challenges, including children and families.
I've always had an interest in working alongside individuals as they navigate their mental health journey. I find that individuals connect best with their varying emotions when they fully examine the meaning behind them and uncover the root cause of their struggles. As a therapist, I view my role as a fellow passenger during the therapeutic process. I believe in sitting with my client as they unpack their emotions, allowing us to examine and process them together. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages with their varying emotional challenges, including children and families.
(463) 223-9963 View (463) 223-9963

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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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Nicole Brummett
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46256
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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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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Tricia McNeil
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46250
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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Be Seen Therapy Solutions
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46236
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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Swan E Roberts
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46256  (Online Only)
I love to utilize evidence based interventions, such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
My name is Swan Roberts, and I am a licensed therapist, clinical social worker. Before becoming a therapist, I was in the U.S. army for 2.5 years as a medic, 68w. I decided to become a therapist because I have always enjoyed helping people, and when I was getting out of the army, I had my own therapist to help me through that transition, which inspired me to follow this career path. I look forward to helping you on this healing journey. I have experience utilizing IFS, EMDR, and CBT with clients who are working through trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues.
I love to utilize evidence based interventions, such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
My name is Swan Roberts, and I am a licensed therapist, clinical social worker. Before becoming a therapist, I was in the U.S. army for 2.5 years as a medic, 68w. I decided to become a therapist because I have always enjoyed helping people, and when I was getting out of the army, I had my own therapist to help me through that transition, which inspired me to follow this career path. I look forward to helping you on this healing journey. I have experience utilizing IFS, EMDR, and CBT with clients who are working through trauma, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addiction issues.
(812) 615-2361 View (812) 615-2361
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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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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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Su Roth
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Castleton, IN 46256  (Online Only)
I have been trained and have successfully utilized EMDR, Trauma Focused-CBT, & Internal Family Systems Informed Approach to help my clients.
Hi! My name is Su. You are one step closer to healing and change. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, forming healthy relationships, phobias, PTSD, or just going through life transitions, you have come to the right place. I am confident that you have what it takes to heal and I am here to walk alongside you so that you can get out of your own way to reach your personal goals and be your authentic self. I am excited for you to learn more about yourself and overcome problems that have been affecting your for months, or perhaps even years, as you work with me and as we address deep rooted problems together.
I have been trained and have successfully utilized EMDR, Trauma Focused-CBT, & Internal Family Systems Informed Approach to help my clients.
Hi! My name is Su. You are one step closer to healing and change. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, forming healthy relationships, phobias, PTSD, or just going through life transitions, you have come to the right place. I am confident that you have what it takes to heal and I am here to walk alongside you so that you can get out of your own way to reach your personal goals and be your authentic self. I am excited for you to learn more about yourself and overcome problems that have been affecting your for months, or perhaps even years, as you work with me and as we address deep rooted problems together.
(260) 253-2579 View (260) 253-2579
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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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Anne Lewis
Psychologist, PhD, HSPP, LCAC, CDWF
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
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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Megan Ruvolo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Indianapolis, IN 46250
I utilized and trained in several modalities used for trauma including Internal Family Systems (level 1), EMDR, and DBT.
Trauma impacts us in ways we can’t imagine. It affects human development and rewires our brain. I remember seeing the impact trauma from childhood had for my adult clients. I remember seeing elementary school children and the impact trauma has on their ability to develop healthy relationships. Processing trauma isn’t something you need to do alone. I can still remember meeting with a teen girl and seeing her relief after processing her trauma and expressing how much better she felt. Working through trauma allows my clients to feel relief and feel a decrease in their daily triggers.
I utilized and trained in several modalities used for trauma including Internal Family Systems (level 1), EMDR, and DBT.
Trauma impacts us in ways we can’t imagine. It affects human development and rewires our brain. I remember seeing the impact trauma from childhood had for my adult clients. I remember seeing elementary school children and the impact trauma has on their ability to develop healthy relationships. Processing trauma isn’t something you need to do alone. I can still remember meeting with a teen girl and seeing her relief after processing her trauma and expressing how much better she felt. Working through trauma allows my clients to feel relief and feel a decrease in their daily triggers.
(317) 526-4508 View (317) 526-4508
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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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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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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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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.