Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in New York, NY

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Sarah Rice
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CCTP
Verified
6 Endorsed
New York, NY 10012  (Online Only)
I draw from approaches such as CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness/Somatic work, Narrative Theory, and EMDR.
Are the following thoughts familiar to you? "I feel so alone" "They don’t understand me" "I need help". Do you struggle with feeling not good enough or that you're failing to move forward? Whether in your romantic relationship or personally, I’m here to help you find relief. Most individuals I work with are looking to process confusing feelings. Couples I work with are often looking for support getting back on the same page; or navigating a consensual non-monogamous (open) relationship. I’m a queer woman who provides therapy to those desiring a change by actively working to change patterns they find themselves stuck in.
I draw from approaches such as CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems, mindfulness/Somatic work, Narrative Theory, and EMDR.
Are the following thoughts familiar to you? "I feel so alone" "They don’t understand me" "I need help". Do you struggle with feeling not good enough or that you're failing to move forward? Whether in your romantic relationship or personally, I’m here to help you find relief. Most individuals I work with are looking to process confusing feelings. Couples I work with are often looking for support getting back on the same page; or navigating a consensual non-monogamous (open) relationship. I’m a queer woman who provides therapy to those desiring a change by actively working to change patterns they find themselves stuck in.
(929) 298-3126 View (929) 298-3126
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Saipriya Valoth
Pre-Licensed Professional, EdM, MA, MHC-LP
Verified
New York, NY 10025  (Online Only)
I approach therapy from anti-oppressive, feminist, relational-cultural, and internal family systems lenses (can share more about what this looks like in a free consultation).
Emotional distress is too often pathologized when it's actually a reasonable response to the oppressive systems in which we live. Instead of trying to "fix" you or help you not feel any difficult emotions, I believe that all feelings have information, and we have the power to find out what that information is and then choose what to do with it. Instead of denying or pushing your feelings away, what would it be like to really get curious about what information they hold, witness and understand them better, and then make choices that align with you and your values with a sense of relief and clarity? This is how I support my clients
I approach therapy from anti-oppressive, feminist, relational-cultural, and internal family systems lenses (can share more about what this looks like in a free consultation).
Emotional distress is too often pathologized when it's actually a reasonable response to the oppressive systems in which we live. Instead of trying to "fix" you or help you not feel any difficult emotions, I believe that all feelings have information, and we have the power to find out what that information is and then choose what to do with it. Instead of denying or pushing your feelings away, what would it be like to really get curious about what information they hold, witness and understand them better, and then make choices that align with you and your values with a sense of relief and clarity? This is how I support my clients
(646) 849-6990 View (646) 849-6990
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Lana Hurst
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA, MDiv
Verified
New York, NY 10038
Waitlist for new clients
These include: client-centered therapy, narrative therapy, internal family systems therapy, anti-racism, intersectionality, feminist & queer theories, and psychodynamic therapies.
Let’s say therapy works for you, what do you imagine will be different about your life? I always ask this question in our initial session, because therapy is about helping you get where you’re trying to go. My role is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where curiosity is natural, compassion is the baseline, and exploration is key. To do this, I believe that a positive and strong relationship between therapist and client is essential. I typically work with clients who are navigating gender identity, life transitions, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and/or trauma—especially religious/spiritual trauma.
These include: client-centered therapy, narrative therapy, internal family systems therapy, anti-racism, intersectionality, feminist & queer theories, and psychodynamic therapies.
Let’s say therapy works for you, what do you imagine will be different about your life? I always ask this question in our initial session, because therapy is about helping you get where you’re trying to go. My role is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where curiosity is natural, compassion is the baseline, and exploration is key. To do this, I believe that a positive and strong relationship between therapist and client is essential. I typically work with clients who are navigating gender identity, life transitions, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and/or trauma—especially religious/spiritual trauma.
(347) 391-3629 View (347) 391-3629
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Lauren Reddington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10022
I am informed by Internal Family Systems (IFS), therapy focused on helping clients identify and connect with different, sometimes unknown, parts of themselves.
Are you looking to improve your relationship to food and your body? Are you looking to form a more intentional and caring relationship with yourself? Are you looking to express your authentic feelings, needs, and desires? Many who struggle with issues around food and body image also have past experiences of shame, pain, and trauma, which can lead to feeling a disconnection, resentment, or lack of safety within your own body. If you’ve been getting through each day in survival mode and are looking to engage in life more meaningfully but not sure where to start? I am here to help you begin your journey toward self-acceptance.
I am informed by Internal Family Systems (IFS), therapy focused on helping clients identify and connect with different, sometimes unknown, parts of themselves.
Are you looking to improve your relationship to food and your body? Are you looking to form a more intentional and caring relationship with yourself? Are you looking to express your authentic feelings, needs, and desires? Many who struggle with issues around food and body image also have past experiences of shame, pain, and trauma, which can lead to feeling a disconnection, resentment, or lack of safety within your own body. If you’ve been getting through each day in survival mode and are looking to engage in life more meaningfully but not sure where to start? I am here to help you begin your journey toward self-acceptance.
(646) 813-4494 x505 View (646) 813-4494 x505
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Heather Grey
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS
Verified
New York, NY 10022
Trained in IFS and EFT, I help individuals and couples heal and repair past emotional injuries that keep them stuck in frustrating patterns of interactions, and achieve intimacy in their relationships.
I view psychotherapy as a deeply personal process, one that is transformative. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help; finding the right therapist is crucial to your success. To achieve success, one must be supported by people they trust, find their life’s purpose, access suppressed passions, and appreciate the wisdom that can only be informed through past failures. Trust, respect, acceptance, mutuality, and empathy are foundational. My role is to assist you develop greater insight and self-awareness, feel heard, validated, and witnessed so that you can be your most authentic self.
Trained in IFS and EFT, I help individuals and couples heal and repair past emotional injuries that keep them stuck in frustrating patterns of interactions, and achieve intimacy in their relationships.
I view psychotherapy as a deeply personal process, one that is transformative. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help; finding the right therapist is crucial to your success. To achieve success, one must be supported by people they trust, find their life’s purpose, access suppressed passions, and appreciate the wisdom that can only be informed through past failures. Trust, respect, acceptance, mutuality, and empathy are foundational. My role is to assist you develop greater insight and self-awareness, feel heard, validated, and witnessed so that you can be your most authentic self.
(516) 494-4163 View (516) 494-4163
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Sana Idnani
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016  (Online Only)
I utilize an eclectic approach to treatment, incorporating elements of CBT, Psychodynamic, Attachment-based, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness-based approaches.
I utilize a warm, authentic, empathetic style and work collaboratively with clients. In my clinical work, I aim to create a safe and judgment-free space that encourages vulnerability and facilitates the development of greater insight, self-acceptance, and self-awareness.
I utilize an eclectic approach to treatment, incorporating elements of CBT, Psychodynamic, Attachment-based, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness-based approaches.
I utilize a warm, authentic, empathetic style and work collaboratively with clients. In my clinical work, I aim to create a safe and judgment-free space that encourages vulnerability and facilitates the development of greater insight, self-acceptance, and self-awareness.
(929) 547-6628 View (929) 547-6628
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Rachel Elaine Winckel
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW
Verified
New York, NY 10001
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, particularly childhood sexual abuse, in techniques that reach the whole self, such as EMDR and Internal Family Systems (IFS), and will work together to heal the past so that you can live fully in the present as a whole and empowered self.
Even at the hardest moments in life, everything you need for happiness is already inside you. My goal as a therapist is to work together with you in whatever struggles you currently face, to uncover your naturally occurring strengths in order to live a full and meaningful life. Perhaps you’re not living the life you want to be living. You’re unhappy, but you’re not sure why. At times, we can feel lost, numb, and disconnected from ourselves. There can be many reasons for this, and through our work together, we will understand what these are and how to reconnect, to live a vibrant, fully embodied life.
I specialize in the treatment of trauma, particularly childhood sexual abuse, in techniques that reach the whole self, such as EMDR and Internal Family Systems (IFS), and will work together to heal the past so that you can live fully in the present as a whole and empowered self.
Even at the hardest moments in life, everything you need for happiness is already inside you. My goal as a therapist is to work together with you in whatever struggles you currently face, to uncover your naturally occurring strengths in order to live a full and meaningful life. Perhaps you’re not living the life you want to be living. You’re unhappy, but you’re not sure why. At times, we can feel lost, numb, and disconnected from ourselves. There can be many reasons for this, and through our work together, we will understand what these are and how to reconnect, to live a vibrant, fully embodied life.
(929) 284-2574 View (929) 284-2574
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Bridge Condron
Pre-Licensed Professional, LMSW
Verified
New York, NY 10001
I hold an MSW from the University of Washington, I am an IFS informed provider, and I utilize Somatic modalities.
In my work, I love helping my clients nurture deep and compassionate connections with themselves, even the parts of themselves that may feel shameful or that they may have struggled to find kindness towards in the past. In therapy, we can partner to address many things, including exploring gender or sexuality, improving your relationship with substances, finding relief from anxiety, depression, or ADHD symptoms, addressing patterns in intimate relationships, healing past trauma, and much more.
I hold an MSW from the University of Washington, I am an IFS informed provider, and I utilize Somatic modalities.
In my work, I love helping my clients nurture deep and compassionate connections with themselves, even the parts of themselves that may feel shameful or that they may have struggled to find kindness towards in the past. In therapy, we can partner to address many things, including exploring gender or sexuality, improving your relationship with substances, finding relief from anxiety, depression, or ADHD symptoms, addressing patterns in intimate relationships, healing past trauma, and much more.
(332) 456-9704 View (332) 456-9704
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Rousz DeLuca
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, MFA
Verified
3 Endorsed
New York, NY 10023  (Online Only)
I operate from a Somatic Internal Family Systems framework and a harm-reduction/abolitionist lens, and am trained in EMDR.
Self-compassion is a great buzzword, but it's easier said than done. Sometimes you have to avoid or fight feelings and parts of yourself. Maybe you feel overwhelmed, worn out or conflicted. Maybe you are not satisfied with your core relationships. This could be because parts of you are stuck in past experiences and those parts are using the tools they have (like avoidance, self-criticism, anxiety...) to protect you from more pain, even though these tools don't always serve you now. Together, we can welcome and get to know each part of you slowly and safely, and introduce new tools for coping and making change.
I operate from a Somatic Internal Family Systems framework and a harm-reduction/abolitionist lens, and am trained in EMDR.
Self-compassion is a great buzzword, but it's easier said than done. Sometimes you have to avoid or fight feelings and parts of yourself. Maybe you feel overwhelmed, worn out or conflicted. Maybe you are not satisfied with your core relationships. This could be because parts of you are stuck in past experiences and those parts are using the tools they have (like avoidance, self-criticism, anxiety...) to protect you from more pain, even though these tools don't always serve you now. Together, we can welcome and get to know each part of you slowly and safely, and introduce new tools for coping and making change.
(347) 395-0805 View (347) 395-0805
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Harvey Weissman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CSAT
Verified
7 Endorsed
New York, NY 10016
I am a licensed therapist specializing in the treatment of sexual addiction and compulsivity. I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches including Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based practices to help people regain agency in their lives. I work with people struggling with addiction, as well as their partners and loved ones who may be affected by the addiction. My practice provides individual therapy, couples therapy, and process-oriented group therapy.
I am a licensed therapist specializing in the treatment of sexual addiction and compulsivity. I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches including Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based practices to help people regain agency in their lives. I work with people struggling with addiction, as well as their partners and loved ones who may be affected by the addiction. My practice provides individual therapy, couples therapy, and process-oriented group therapy.
(917) 979-8356 View (917) 979-8356
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Crystal Spiegel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
New York, NY 10016
I have received post graduate training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Advanced Clinical Practice in Trauma, Expressive Arts Therapy, Internal Family Systems and sound healing.
I believe that the best therapy is done when your relationship with your therapist has a strong foundation, meaning, you like and trust your therapist enough so the therapy space becomes a place for creating the changes you want. I believe in people and their ability to heal. We all develop patterns of being and thinking and sometimes those patterns just don't work anymore. I am compassionate when exploring emotional and psychological patterns, anxiety, depression or relationship issues to establish new boundaries, and feel empowered.
I have received post graduate training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Advanced Clinical Practice in Trauma, Expressive Arts Therapy, Internal Family Systems and sound healing.
I believe that the best therapy is done when your relationship with your therapist has a strong foundation, meaning, you like and trust your therapist enough so the therapy space becomes a place for creating the changes you want. I believe in people and their ability to heal. We all develop patterns of being and thinking and sometimes those patterns just don't work anymore. I am compassionate when exploring emotional and psychological patterns, anxiety, depression or relationship issues to establish new boundaries, and feel empowered.
(646) 846-2947 View (646) 846-2947
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Raymond Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R, Rev
Verified
New York, NY 10016
I am certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), becoming a consultant in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and have received advanced training in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Family Therapy.
The path to healing can be arduous and difficult for many and may seem impossible and unattainable for others. I have been fortunate and honored to work with hundreds of individuals, couples, and families on their journey of healing. I am committed to helping every person that comes to therapy to be their support at every step of their journey. Together we create goals, learn skills, and move through blocks that will help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
I am certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), becoming a consultant in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and have received advanced training in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Family Therapy.
The path to healing can be arduous and difficult for many and may seem impossible and unattainable for others. I have been fortunate and honored to work with hundreds of individuals, couples, and families on their journey of healing. I am committed to helping every person that comes to therapy to be their support at every step of their journey. Together we create goals, learn skills, and move through blocks that will help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
(917) 924-9023 View (917) 924-9023
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Bridget Cross
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
2 Endorsed
New York, NY 10014  (Online Only)
I am also a level 1-trained Internal Family Systems therapist.
We are challenged by so much in our lives, whether in our mental and physical health, our relationships and family, our personal identity, our professional and creative pursuits, or our ability to cope with transition and trauma. I believe we all have the capacity to deepen knowledge of our inner selves in order to release painful, confusing experiences and move forward toward reaching our goals. I am committed to creating a supportive space, without judgment, where we can do this work together.
I am also a level 1-trained Internal Family Systems therapist.
We are challenged by so much in our lives, whether in our mental and physical health, our relationships and family, our personal identity, our professional and creative pursuits, or our ability to cope with transition and trauma. I believe we all have the capacity to deepen knowledge of our inner selves in order to release painful, confusing experiences and move forward toward reaching our goals. I am committed to creating a supportive space, without judgment, where we can do this work together.
(929) 220-9870 View (929) 220-9870
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Sofia Vasi | Trauma Therapist
MSc
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10028  (Online Only)
I'm an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, Level 3 trained.
I’m a trauma therapist dedicated to helping you heal from complex trauma, find your aliveness, and live with joy and purpose. I work with those among us I call the Walking Wounded. You may thrive in some areas yet you struggle to survive in the psychospiritual dimension of life. You put on a brave face day in and day out while secretly fighting battles with your inner demons. You've ticked off all the boxes and still experience no real joy, freedom, peace, or love. Your insides don’t match your outsides.
I'm an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist, Level 3 trained.
I’m a trauma therapist dedicated to helping you heal from complex trauma, find your aliveness, and live with joy and purpose. I work with those among us I call the Walking Wounded. You may thrive in some areas yet you struggle to survive in the psychospiritual dimension of life. You put on a brave face day in and day out while secretly fighting battles with your inner demons. You've ticked off all the boxes and still experience no real joy, freedom, peace, or love. Your insides don’t match your outsides.
(929) 556-4602 View (929) 556-4602
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Leon Silvers
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10017
Some of the methods I use include Psychodynamic Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Psychedelic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, EMDR, Drama Therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches.
I work with individuals of all gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, gender, sexuality, and relationships. I am a life-long learner in the field of psychology and have learned, and continue to learn many different therapeutic modalities, so my approach is eclectic and tailored to the unique needs and wants of each individual. I have also been in my own therapy for each of the modalities I practice.
Some of the methods I use include Psychodynamic Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Psychedelic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, EMDR, Drama Therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches.
I work with individuals of all gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. I work with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, gender, sexuality, and relationships. I am a life-long learner in the field of psychology and have learned, and continue to learn many different therapeutic modalities, so my approach is eclectic and tailored to the unique needs and wants of each individual. I have also been in my own therapy for each of the modalities I practice.
(917) 746-7129 View (917) 746-7129
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Dean Olsher
Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
Verified
New York, NY 10016
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches––including EMDR, Internal Family Systems, music therapy, and more––to connect people to their innate resources.
There's a therapeutic movement going on that questions the way our culture pathologizes the self. I believe that what gets diagnosed as mental illness is often understood better as an adaptation to adversity that's no longer helpful.
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches––including EMDR, Internal Family Systems, music therapy, and more––to connect people to their innate resources.
There's a therapeutic movement going on that questions the way our culture pathologizes the self. I believe that what gets diagnosed as mental illness is often understood better as an adaptation to adversity that's no longer helpful.
(917) 970-2054 View (917) 970-2054
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Dr. Tania F Coiner
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
New York, NY 10011
I am trained as a psychodynamic therapist and also often integrate Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Often people enter therapy frustrated and confused about parts of themselves acting in ways they don't understand and that seem self-destructive. Why can’t I stop drinking? Why am I eating when I am not hungry? Why am having trouble ending a relationship? Why am I bored and unfulfilled? I believe that without extending curiosity towards the parts of ourselves seem to stand in our own way, we will remain stuck. Our frustration and confusion is often internal, not external, and learning how to understand oneself through therapy can often lead to increased clarity, presence, and connection with oneself and others.
I am trained as a psychodynamic therapist and also often integrate Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Often people enter therapy frustrated and confused about parts of themselves acting in ways they don't understand and that seem self-destructive. Why can’t I stop drinking? Why am I eating when I am not hungry? Why am having trouble ending a relationship? Why am I bored and unfulfilled? I believe that without extending curiosity towards the parts of ourselves seem to stand in our own way, we will remain stuck. Our frustration and confusion is often internal, not external, and learning how to understand oneself through therapy can often lead to increased clarity, presence, and connection with oneself and others.
(646) 734-6246 View (646) 734-6246
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Rebecca Kangwa
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
New York, NY 10001  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I mainly use CBT, IFS, Attachment Theory, and Psychodynamic approaches.
Through a collaborative and client-centered approach, I work with my clients to identify and address underlying issues, enhance their relationships and develop deeper emotional intelligence.
I mainly use CBT, IFS, Attachment Theory, and Psychodynamic approaches.
Through a collaborative and client-centered approach, I work with my clients to identify and address underlying issues, enhance their relationships and develop deeper emotional intelligence.
(607) 214-2780 View (607) 214-2780
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Megan Gewitz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10019
My treatment is grounded in evidence-based modalities and blends DBT, IFS, KAP and somatic experiencing (SE).
Welcome! For over 15 years I have supported adults with borderline personality disorder, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, self harm, suicidality, emotional dysregulation, addiction and eating disorders. I am passionate about helping clients like you experience both symptom relief and true healing through therapy tailored to your unique needs. Using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and somatic therapy, we work together to develop strategies to build your "life worth living" and find true healing from the misery caused by complex trauma.
My treatment is grounded in evidence-based modalities and blends DBT, IFS, KAP and somatic experiencing (SE).
Welcome! For over 15 years I have supported adults with borderline personality disorder, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, self harm, suicidality, emotional dysregulation, addiction and eating disorders. I am passionate about helping clients like you experience both symptom relief and true healing through therapy tailored to your unique needs. Using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and somatic therapy, we work together to develop strategies to build your "life worth living" and find true healing from the misery caused by complex trauma.
(917) 382-9183 View (917) 382-9183
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Hannah Rogawski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RYT
Verified
1 Endorsed
New York, NY 10028
I am a psychodynamic therapist and I use a combination of evidence-based modalities, including mindfulness, DBT, CBT, ACT, IFS, and insight-oriented therapy.
I believe that therapy is both an art and a science, and that every individual is unique. I find that people often come to therapy with the hope of eliminating painful emotions, and with the belief that they cannot tolerate negative feelings. While I understand the desire to escape overwhelming emotions, my goal is not to help my clients suppress their emotions, but rather to help them develop the skills to co-exist and thrive with them. I partner with clients to help them develop practical tools to manage emotions, to feel better, and to overcome barriers which prevent them from achieving their personal goals.
I am a psychodynamic therapist and I use a combination of evidence-based modalities, including mindfulness, DBT, CBT, ACT, IFS, and insight-oriented therapy.
I believe that therapy is both an art and a science, and that every individual is unique. I find that people often come to therapy with the hope of eliminating painful emotions, and with the belief that they cannot tolerate negative feelings. While I understand the desire to escape overwhelming emotions, my goal is not to help my clients suppress their emotions, but rather to help them develop the skills to co-exist and thrive with them. I partner with clients to help them develop practical tools to manage emotions, to feel better, and to overcome barriers which prevent them from achieving their personal goals.
(332) 239-6420 View (332) 239-6420

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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.