Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Columbus, OH

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Sara Grace Bates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43228  (Online Only)
Ms. Sara Bates is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation trained in Trauma-Informed Care for All, Family Therapy, Perinatal Therapy, Sex-Positive Therapy, Pleasure Education and Intimacy Coaching, Couples Counseling, CBT, DBT, and IFS; treating both adolescents and adult populations.  Her clinical approach is to meet the clients where they are, by building on personal strengths and supporting them through life’s difficult challenges. She provides EAP services as a contractor, for local and federal law enforcement agencies. Reiki Master/Teacher certified, for stress relief practices and coping strategies.
Ms. Sara Bates is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation trained in Trauma-Informed Care for All, Family Therapy, Perinatal Therapy, Sex-Positive Therapy, Pleasure Education and Intimacy Coaching, Couples Counseling, CBT, DBT, and IFS; treating both adolescents and adult populations.  Her clinical approach is to meet the clients where they are, by building on personal strengths and supporting them through life’s difficult challenges. She provides EAP services as a contractor, for local and federal law enforcement agencies. Reiki Master/Teacher certified, for stress relief practices and coping strategies.
(380) 204-9817 View (380) 204-9817
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Diana Cofsky
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
My approach to therapy is client centered, using a variety of modalities including CBT, DBT and family systems therapy.
I am a licensed professional counselor that has been working in behavioral health for over 20 years. I am a lifelong resident of South Jersey and obtained my Bachelors and Masters degrees from La Salle University in Philadelphia.
My approach to therapy is client centered, using a variety of modalities including CBT, DBT and family systems therapy.
I am a licensed professional counselor that has been working in behavioral health for over 20 years. I am a lifelong resident of South Jersey and obtained my Bachelors and Masters degrees from La Salle University in Philadelphia.
(380) 333-5421 View (380) 333-5421
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Elizabeth Williams
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43230
I utilize a multi-modal approach rooted in training in Gestalt, person-centered, mindfulness, and IFS theories.
I approach counseling in a client-centered way in order to guide and support clients to help them reach their goals and live authentic lives. My experience includes school, community agency and private practice settings. I assist teens and adults of all ages to navigate the challenges that come with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self confidence, relationship issues and life changes. I use a variety of different techniques in order to help clients to build a deeper understanding of themselves as well as a more secure sense of self.
I utilize a multi-modal approach rooted in training in Gestalt, person-centered, mindfulness, and IFS theories.
I approach counseling in a client-centered way in order to guide and support clients to help them reach their goals and live authentic lives. My experience includes school, community agency and private practice settings. I assist teens and adults of all ages to navigate the challenges that come with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self confidence, relationship issues and life changes. I use a variety of different techniques in order to help clients to build a deeper understanding of themselves as well as a more secure sense of self.
(614) 363-2769 View (614) 363-2769
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Tammy Rodriguez
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
In addition, family systems, anger management, behavioral issues, and substance/mental health disorders.
Tammy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Minor in Woman Studies from The University of Toledo and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Bowling Green State University. Tammy is a supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and holds a Social Worker license through the State of Ohio. Ms. Harmon-Rodriguez obtained her Trauma-Focused CBT and Motivational training through the State of Ohio. She started her career as a Social Worker working with dually diagnosed adults, which inspired and sparked her interest in the specialization of dually diagnosed populations.
In addition, family systems, anger management, behavioral issues, and substance/mental health disorders.
Tammy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Minor in Woman Studies from The University of Toledo and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Bowling Green State University. Tammy is a supervising Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and holds a Social Worker license through the State of Ohio. Ms. Harmon-Rodriguez obtained her Trauma-Focused CBT and Motivational training through the State of Ohio. She started her career as a Social Worker working with dually diagnosed adults, which inspired and sparked her interest in the specialization of dually diagnosed populations.
(380) 777-5531 View (380) 777-5531
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Patricia Abrahamson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Patricia came into the field of mental health in 1989 with a Master of Arts in Teaching. In 1993 Patricia returned to Case Western Reserve University where she earned a Master of Science in Social Administration through The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Patricia works successfully and joyfully with children, youth, and families. She enjoys working with family systems including couples counselling and parent-child relationships.
Patricia came into the field of mental health in 1989 with a Master of Arts in Teaching. In 1993 Patricia returned to Case Western Reserve University where she earned a Master of Science in Social Administration through The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Patricia works successfully and joyfully with children, youth, and families. She enjoys working with family systems including couples counselling and parent-child relationships.
(380) 666-8918 View (380) 666-8918
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Caitlin R. Hay
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW-S
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43214
Waitlist for new clients
I offer Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), which posits that we all have many sub-personalities within our Selves, called "Parts.
I love people's stories and I see my role in the therapeutic relationship as a tremendous privilege. I want to help you understand the behaviors and thought patterns that bring you to therapy, but my approach is then to go deeper. Together, we can discover the underlying root cause of your concerns. So many of us are carrying around past trauma that we don't realize is affecting how we operate in the world today.
I offer Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS), which posits that we all have many sub-personalities within our Selves, called "Parts.
I love people's stories and I see my role in the therapeutic relationship as a tremendous privilege. I want to help you understand the behaviors and thought patterns that bring you to therapy, but my approach is then to go deeper. Together, we can discover the underlying root cause of your concerns. So many of us are carrying around past trauma that we don't realize is affecting how we operate in the world today.
(614) 618-4625 View (614) 618-4625
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Emily Bingham
Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Modalities I have experience with include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) or parts work, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and polyvagal theory.
There are many different reasons to seek therapy. As a therapist, I specialize in working with adults looking to explore a variety of mental health symptoms including anxiety, depression, trauma, nervous system dysregulation, executive dysfunction, and difficult life transition. I work to integrate evidence-based therapy practices into our work to ensure you receive high-quality care.
Modalities I have experience with include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) or parts work, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and polyvagal theory.
There are many different reasons to seek therapy. As a therapist, I specialize in working with adults looking to explore a variety of mental health symptoms including anxiety, depression, trauma, nervous system dysregulation, executive dysfunction, and difficult life transition. I work to integrate evidence-based therapy practices into our work to ensure you receive high-quality care.
(380) 600-9857 View (380) 600-9857
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Brad Unruh
Marriage & Family Therapist, IMFT, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43220  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I'm trained in Internal Family Systems (completion of all Level 1 modules through IFS institute) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (completion of externship, all core skills, and additional modules applying EFT to sexual dynamics through ICEEFT).
I'm currently adding ONLY couples to my waitlist. I am trained to target emotional experiences to activate internal healing and external connection. I assist couples by facilitating an environment that safely moves folks towards security in self and towards one another in vulnerability so that bonding can replace the need for self-preservation. With individuals, I welcome all parts of each person as they establish security in self helping parts recognize: "parts cope, self heals." I view people as "stuck" and not "sick," and I believe in each person is a healer. In couple therapy, I hold this true: "one therapist, three healers."
I'm trained in Internal Family Systems (completion of all Level 1 modules through IFS institute) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (completion of externship, all core skills, and additional modules applying EFT to sexual dynamics through ICEEFT).
I'm currently adding ONLY couples to my waitlist. I am trained to target emotional experiences to activate internal healing and external connection. I assist couples by facilitating an environment that safely moves folks towards security in self and towards one another in vulnerability so that bonding can replace the need for self-preservation. With individuals, I welcome all parts of each person as they establish security in self helping parts recognize: "parts cope, self heals." I view people as "stuck" and not "sick," and I believe in each person is a healer. In couple therapy, I hold this true: "one therapist, three healers."
(614) 368-0961 View (614) 368-0961
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Courageous Counseling LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
Hello! I am so glad you are here! You are courageous for taking the first step on improving your life! My approach to therapy is reflective of a Strengths Based model and is client centered. You know your story best! I develop solution focused goals with my clients and prioritize what they feel is most important in developing a treatment plan. Some therapies I use include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Grief Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and IFS and Christian counseling. My goal is to offer interventions to allow you to be the best version of yourself. You are the author of your story!
Hello! I am so glad you are here! You are courageous for taking the first step on improving your life! My approach to therapy is reflective of a Strengths Based model and is client centered. You know your story best! I develop solution focused goals with my clients and prioritize what they feel is most important in developing a treatment plan. Some therapies I use include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Grief Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and IFS and Christian counseling. My goal is to offer interventions to allow you to be the best version of yourself. You are the author of your story!
(380) 201-9674 View (380) 201-9674
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Ora Roby
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
I am trained in EMDR and appreciate an integration of DBT, Attachment Theory, Polyvagal Theory, Self-compassion, and Internal Family Systems in my therapeutic practice.
The climb towards resiliency and wholeness can prove to be steep. Beginning that process in the midst of painful life circumstances and finding a therapist who is well equipped, and a good fit to make that climb with you, can prove to be another difficult endeavor. If you find yourself struggling with relationship challenges rooted in family of origin (complex trauma), a cruel inner critic, or are recovering from high control spiritual/religious communities or purity culture, then we may be a good fit. I work with adults, primarily LGBTQIA+ identifying folx, to develop balance and peace within their lives and relationships.
I am trained in EMDR and appreciate an integration of DBT, Attachment Theory, Polyvagal Theory, Self-compassion, and Internal Family Systems in my therapeutic practice.
The climb towards resiliency and wholeness can prove to be steep. Beginning that process in the midst of painful life circumstances and finding a therapist who is well equipped, and a good fit to make that climb with you, can prove to be another difficult endeavor. If you find yourself struggling with relationship challenges rooted in family of origin (complex trauma), a cruel inner critic, or are recovering from high control spiritual/religious communities or purity culture, then we may be a good fit. I work with adults, primarily LGBTQIA+ identifying folx, to develop balance and peace within their lives and relationships.
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Amber Furness
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43215
I work from an informed Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and often use “parts work” with my clients.
Do you find yourself constantly thinking about the future or the past, procrastinating issues in the present, and often feel like you're unable to live in the moment? Trauma, anxiety, and depression can be a great burden on our mental and physical well being. Through training and experience, I’ve learned that our brain and body have an innate ability to heal and recover. It is possible to find peace and feel more confident in who you are. I look at therapy as an opportunity for transformation. To improve your understanding and relationship with yourself and others.
I work from an informed Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and often use “parts work” with my clients.
Do you find yourself constantly thinking about the future or the past, procrastinating issues in the present, and often feel like you're unable to live in the moment? Trauma, anxiety, and depression can be a great burden on our mental and physical well being. Through training and experience, I’ve learned that our brain and body have an innate ability to heal and recover. It is possible to find peace and feel more confident in who you are. I look at therapy as an opportunity for transformation. To improve your understanding and relationship with yourself and others.
(614) 660-5312 View (614) 660-5312
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Talk. Listen. Grow.
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43251  (Online Only)
I am Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with active licenses in Ohio, Hawai'i, & Texas. I am a trauma informed practitioner with 9 years of experience in Zen and Integral Psychotherapy, and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Internal Family Systems. I am Safe Zone trained and affirming of all gender identities & expressions. I am experienced in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and other communities of diverse relational norms. I am skilled in healing religious trauma and renewing spiritual connection.
I am Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with active licenses in Ohio, Hawai'i, & Texas. I am a trauma informed practitioner with 9 years of experience in Zen and Integral Psychotherapy, and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Internal Family Systems. I am Safe Zone trained and affirming of all gender identities & expressions. I am experienced in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and other communities of diverse relational norms. I am skilled in healing religious trauma and renewing spiritual connection.
(380) 204-9444 View (380) 204-9444
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Katelyn R Helldoerfer
Counselor, MA, LPCC, ATR
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43205
My background includes: somatic/ mindfulness-based interventions, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, The Instinctual Trauma Response method and expressive art therapies.
Do you feel like it has been hard to find your place in this world? Maybe you have had to make life altering sacrifices just to feel like you could fit in somewhere. I care about creating a therapeutic space that is designed to help you find and embrace the fullest expression of YOU. I enjoy collaboratively working with adult clients that are interested in a compassionate, person-centered, LGBTQ+ affirming and trauma-informed approach to counseling. With time, patience and a willingness to show up I will help you pick up the pieces and rediscover the value in the person that makes up those pieces.
My background includes: somatic/ mindfulness-based interventions, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, The Instinctual Trauma Response method and expressive art therapies.
Do you feel like it has been hard to find your place in this world? Maybe you have had to make life altering sacrifices just to feel like you could fit in somewhere. I care about creating a therapeutic space that is designed to help you find and embrace the fullest expression of YOU. I enjoy collaboratively working with adult clients that are interested in a compassionate, person-centered, LGBTQ+ affirming and trauma-informed approach to counseling. With time, patience and a willingness to show up I will help you pick up the pieces and rediscover the value in the person that makes up those pieces.
(380) 210-3215 View (380) 210-3215
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Meredith Thorn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43085
Waitlist for new clients
I blend relational and attachment-focused methods, using EMDR, DBT, somatic therapy, and Internal Family Systems.
Do you often feel misunderstood and isolated, navigating through constant states of fight, flight, freeze, and fawn? Perhaps you struggle with regulating emotions, find yourself overwhelmed, and resort to self-harming behaviors or other ways to numb intense emotional pain. Chronic suicidal ideation may also be part of your experience. Do you deeply care about others, sometimes to your own detriment, and yearn for the ability to set and maintain boundaries? Building healthy relationships might be a challenge, leaving you feeling like an outsider. Relentless shame and guilt may be weighing heavily on you.
I blend relational and attachment-focused methods, using EMDR, DBT, somatic therapy, and Internal Family Systems.
Do you often feel misunderstood and isolated, navigating through constant states of fight, flight, freeze, and fawn? Perhaps you struggle with regulating emotions, find yourself overwhelmed, and resort to self-harming behaviors or other ways to numb intense emotional pain. Chronic suicidal ideation may also be part of your experience. Do you deeply care about others, sometimes to your own detriment, and yearn for the ability to set and maintain boundaries? Building healthy relationships might be a challenge, leaving you feeling like an outsider. Relentless shame and guilt may be weighing heavily on you.
(614) 858-8471 View (614) 858-8471
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Lauren M. Moore
Counselor, LPCC, RYT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43220
Waitlist for new clients
I have an integrative approach to counseling and utilize evidence-based therapies such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, mindfulness and iRest yoga nidra (meditation).
I believe that people have within all they need to heal. Seeking counseling is a courageous step and I want to walk with you on your journey. I strive to help people connect with all parts of themselves, recognize their ability to heal from painful past experiences and release whatever is holding them back. My goal is to help each person recognize their innate wholeness that is untouched by life events and circumstances. Connecting with this wholeness first can help you feel more confident about addressing your emotional pain and facing life's challenges.
I have an integrative approach to counseling and utilize evidence-based therapies such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, mindfulness and iRest yoga nidra (meditation).
I believe that people have within all they need to heal. Seeking counseling is a courageous step and I want to walk with you on your journey. I strive to help people connect with all parts of themselves, recognize their ability to heal from painful past experiences and release whatever is holding them back. My goal is to help each person recognize their innate wholeness that is untouched by life events and circumstances. Connecting with this wholeness first can help you feel more confident about addressing your emotional pain and facing life's challenges.
(614) 945-4729 View (614) 945-4729
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Annie Alesandrini
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, IMFT-S, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43214  (Online Only)
We may be a good fit if you struggle with relationship challenges, family of origin, people pleasing, a biting inner critic, self-worth, anxiety, life transitions, or mood management. I work with adult individuals, most of whom are women and/or LGBTQIA+ folx. My therapy style is informed by Internal Family Systems (level one trained), Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (externship trained), and best practices in trauma treatment. Through gentle curiosity and candor, I help untangle harmful patterns, and strengthen habits based on your values.
We may be a good fit if you struggle with relationship challenges, family of origin, people pleasing, a biting inner critic, self-worth, anxiety, life transitions, or mood management. I work with adult individuals, most of whom are women and/or LGBTQIA+ folx. My therapy style is informed by Internal Family Systems (level one trained), Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy (externship trained), and best practices in trauma treatment. Through gentle curiosity and candor, I help untangle harmful patterns, and strengthen habits based on your values.
(614) 482-2654 View (614) 482-2654
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Michelle Jordan-Frias
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43220
Waitlist for new clients
I primarily utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, mindfulness, and expressive arts/play therapies, depending on my client's unique needs.
Choosing the right therapist to hear your story and support your healing process is a very personal and important decision. I provide therapy that is affirming, holistic, and collaborative, and I create an environment where honest self-exploration and healing can occur. Individuals see me for a range of concerns including anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and gender and sexuality concerns.
I primarily utilize Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, mindfulness, and expressive arts/play therapies, depending on my client's unique needs.
Choosing the right therapist to hear your story and support your healing process is a very personal and important decision. I provide therapy that is affirming, holistic, and collaborative, and I create an environment where honest self-exploration and healing can occur. Individuals see me for a range of concerns including anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and gender and sexuality concerns.
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Emily Hanlon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43212  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Certified in EMDR and trained in Internal Family Systems, I'll guide you in approaches that engage your mind AND body for lasting change.
You know your patterns, what triggers you, how you're getting in your own way - but can't seem to translate that insight into a change in how your mind and body respond when you're under stress. You want more confidence and clarity in your life, but self-criticism and anxiety seem to always be below the surface. Maybe you've been in therapy before, but are still struggling to find lasting relief from trauma, anxiety and relationship concerns.
Certified in EMDR and trained in Internal Family Systems, I'll guide you in approaches that engage your mind AND body for lasting change.
You know your patterns, what triggers you, how you're getting in your own way - but can't seem to translate that insight into a change in how your mind and body respond when you're under stress. You want more confidence and clarity in your life, but self-criticism and anxiety seem to always be below the surface. Maybe you've been in therapy before, but are still struggling to find lasting relief from trauma, anxiety and relationship concerns.
(380) 333-9362 View (380) 333-9362
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Rebecca Walter
Counselor, LPCC, MACM
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221  (Online Only)
I am an EMDR-Certified therapist, and am informed by IFS (Internal Family Systems).
Fax: (380)235-2527 (to send /receive records 24/7) You may be feeling "not yourself," uncertain, stuck, or disoriented after a loss or realization. It can be difficult to put this into words, or to have a notion of what you do next. We will work together to find a way that respects your right to tell your own story, and next steps that align with what you value. This will involve exploring where you've been, what you've learned (from society, family, institutions), your supports, and your resiliency.
I am an EMDR-Certified therapist, and am informed by IFS (Internal Family Systems).
Fax: (380)235-2527 (to send /receive records 24/7) You may be feeling "not yourself," uncertain, stuck, or disoriented after a loss or realization. It can be difficult to put this into words, or to have a notion of what you do next. We will work together to find a way that respects your right to tell your own story, and next steps that align with what you value. This will involve exploring where you've been, what you've learned (from society, family, institutions), your supports, and your resiliency.
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Josh Gill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43229  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I frequently use CBT, DBT, and Internal Family Systems to help my clients.
It takes courage to ask for help. If you're reading this then you’ve already taken the first step toward healing, and I applaud you for that. I am a licensed independent social worker and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor with over 15 years of experience with individuals and groups from many different backgrounds and settings. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, addiction, and personality disorders. I'm interested in your mental health and overall recovery. There are a lot of therapies out there that claim to be ‘the’ way, but I find that if something is too good to be true, it probably is.
I frequently use CBT, DBT, and Internal Family Systems to help my clients.
It takes courage to ask for help. If you're reading this then you’ve already taken the first step toward healing, and I applaud you for that. I am a licensed independent social worker and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor with over 15 years of experience with individuals and groups from many different backgrounds and settings. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, addiction, and personality disorders. I'm interested in your mental health and overall recovery. There are a lot of therapies out there that claim to be ‘the’ way, but I find that if something is too good to be true, it probably is.
(614) 968-8966 View (614) 968-8966
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.