Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapists in Portland, OR

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Kerry Myers
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
The principles of Internal Family Systems (IFS), a body-focused modality, guide this unfolding with compassion, curiosity and confidence.
Therapy can be a central part of restoring balance in your life, no matter what brings you to it. Sometimes, people seek out therapy to make a change in their lives, to fix what hasn’t been working, or because their coping skills are no longer helpful. Other times people are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, health issues, or other struggles influenced by traumatic childhoods or difficult life situations. Whatever the case, I am glad you are here to learn more.
The principles of Internal Family Systems (IFS), a body-focused modality, guide this unfolding with compassion, curiosity and confidence.
Therapy can be a central part of restoring balance in your life, no matter what brings you to it. Sometimes, people seek out therapy to make a change in their lives, to fix what hasn’t been working, or because their coping skills are no longer helpful. Other times people are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, health issues, or other struggles influenced by traumatic childhoods or difficult life situations. Whatever the case, I am glad you are here to learn more.
(503) 461-9874 View (503) 461-9874
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Allison Berl
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, MA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97203
I draw from therapies including IFS, DBT, CBT, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment Theory and mindfulness to help create an individualized toolbox of skills that will help you break patterns and effectively address stressors.
I provide mental health counseling and wellness coaching services that offer a safe space and professional support to those that want to work towards mental wellness by creating balance, internally and externally. It uses a three part system to help people from all walks of life build skills, develop sustainable routines, and engage in deep healing work so they can enjoy their life, calmly and confidently. I’m body positive, sex and kink positive, and I affirm disabled, BIPOC, trans, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.
I draw from therapies including IFS, DBT, CBT, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment Theory and mindfulness to help create an individualized toolbox of skills that will help you break patterns and effectively address stressors.
I provide mental health counseling and wellness coaching services that offer a safe space and professional support to those that want to work towards mental wellness by creating balance, internally and externally. It uses a three part system to help people from all walks of life build skills, develop sustainable routines, and engage in deep healing work so they can enjoy their life, calmly and confidently. I’m body positive, sex and kink positive, and I affirm disabled, BIPOC, trans, and LGBTQIA+ individuals.
(971) 231-2908 View (971) 231-2908
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Melissa Ellsworth
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
I use evidenced-based approaches including Pain Reprocessing Therapy & other somatic therapies, Internal Family Systems, attachment-based & DBT skills.
Do you ever feel stuck in a body that doesn't feel, act or look the way you want it to? Does it feel like your brain and body are out of sync? Whether it be chronic pain, sexual difficulties or gender incongruence - I'm here to help you get your mind and body back into alignment. When working with me, I will tailor therapy to meet your unique needs, and offer the tools and support you need to feel less pain, more sexual freedom and gender affirmation.
I use evidenced-based approaches including Pain Reprocessing Therapy & other somatic therapies, Internal Family Systems, attachment-based & DBT skills.
Do you ever feel stuck in a body that doesn't feel, act or look the way you want it to? Does it feel like your brain and body are out of sync? Whether it be chronic pain, sexual difficulties or gender incongruence - I'm here to help you get your mind and body back into alignment. When working with me, I will tailor therapy to meet your unique needs, and offer the tools and support you need to feel less pain, more sexual freedom and gender affirmation.
(971) 396-3205 View (971) 396-3205
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Sonja Mae Choi Heifetz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97205
My approach is rooted in my somatic, neurobiology, and mindfulness training while integrating other approaches like solution-focused work, IFS, ACT, DBT, CBT, and a psychodynamic lens.
Taking New Clients: Everyone has the essential ingredients for positive change. Individuals and couples who seek my support are in a difficult moment or intersection in life; seeking resolution between internal and external pressures; seeking satisfaction and harmony in relationships, identity, career, society, etc. I support clients who seek to deepen and broaden their perspective on who they are and who they want to become by examining self-limiting narratives, refining self-mastery, and cultivating self-compassion. BIPOC and multicultural clients often seek my support as well as those who want more from therapy than just insight.
My approach is rooted in my somatic, neurobiology, and mindfulness training while integrating other approaches like solution-focused work, IFS, ACT, DBT, CBT, and a psychodynamic lens.
Taking New Clients: Everyone has the essential ingredients for positive change. Individuals and couples who seek my support are in a difficult moment or intersection in life; seeking resolution between internal and external pressures; seeking satisfaction and harmony in relationships, identity, career, society, etc. I support clients who seek to deepen and broaden their perspective on who they are and who they want to become by examining self-limiting narratives, refining self-mastery, and cultivating self-compassion. BIPOC and multicultural clients often seek my support as well as those who want more from therapy than just insight.
(971) 224-7660 View (971) 224-7660
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Jessie Weisstein
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97217  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am EMDR trained, Internal Family Systems informed and believe strongly in the power of relationships to both form who we are and to heal.
My clinical practice is trauma informed and person centered. I enjoy working with people who are navigating difficulties related to major life transitions, sexual and gender identity development, conflicts within their family of origin, relationship issues and surviving and healing from trauma. I also value and strive to work effectively across cultural, ethnic and racial identities.
I am EMDR trained, Internal Family Systems informed and believe strongly in the power of relationships to both form who we are and to heal.
My clinical practice is trauma informed and person centered. I enjoy working with people who are navigating difficulties related to major life transitions, sexual and gender identity development, conflicts within their family of origin, relationship issues and surviving and healing from trauma. I also value and strive to work effectively across cultural, ethnic and racial identities.
(971) 606-3579 View (971) 606-3579
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Jena Kunimune
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
I use an integration of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and internal family systems (IFS).
Are you looking for a couples or individual therapist? I'm glad you are taking the first steps! I am experienced working with diverse couple systems navigating interracial couple dynamics, intimacy and sex in relationships, and addressing conflict and communication patterns. I also offer individual therapy where my goal is to help you reconnect with your authentic-self and navigate ways to cope with the challenges life can throw at us. I am here to support you as you navigate the journey toward healing. I identify as a transracial and transnational Chinese adoptee and I have a special interest in serving transracial adoptees.
I use an integration of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and internal family systems (IFS).
Are you looking for a couples or individual therapist? I'm glad you are taking the first steps! I am experienced working with diverse couple systems navigating interracial couple dynamics, intimacy and sex in relationships, and addressing conflict and communication patterns. I also offer individual therapy where my goal is to help you reconnect with your authentic-self and navigate ways to cope with the challenges life can throw at us. I am here to support you as you navigate the journey toward healing. I identify as a transracial and transnational Chinese adoptee and I have a special interest in serving transracial adoptees.
(503) 382-8521 View (503) 382-8521
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Heather Mitchell
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97202
Waitlist for new clients
Depending on the goals you have, Heather may utilize a variety of techniques within your sessions that include mindfulness, attachment-based therapy, internal family systems therapy (IFS) and existential/humanistic questioning.
Heather is a compassionate guide who listens deeply and accepts you where you’re at. She helps you explore your strengths and limitations within a safe context where your thoughts and emotions can be felt, communicated, and understood. Heather is experienced in working with clients struggling with depression, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, relationship stress, and personal growth/exploration. She is specialized in helping women who have experienced infertility or loss due to miscarriage & is an Enneagram expert.
Depending on the goals you have, Heather may utilize a variety of techniques within your sessions that include mindfulness, attachment-based therapy, internal family systems therapy (IFS) and existential/humanistic questioning.
Heather is a compassionate guide who listens deeply and accepts you where you’re at. She helps you explore your strengths and limitations within a safe context where your thoughts and emotions can be felt, communicated, and understood. Heather is experienced in working with clients struggling with depression, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, relationship stress, and personal growth/exploration. She is specialized in helping women who have experienced infertility or loss due to miscarriage & is an Enneagram expert.
(503) 741-2593 View (503) 741-2593
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David Hayden
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97215  (Online Only)
I employ various therapeutic methods, such as EMDR and Internal Family Systems, to guide clients through their natural healing journey.
I am a licensed mental health counselor, with expertise in attachment theory and a range of evidence-based approaches. I believe in the integral connection between the mind and body, both housing inherent healing potential.I work with clients who are seeking to understand their attachment needs in relationships, explore furthering their potential or individuals who simply want to experience more satisfying interpersonal relationships. The clients who work well with me, are those who are seeking a direct collaborative relationship, who want clear goals on their journey and who are looking to understand themselves on deeper levels.
I employ various therapeutic methods, such as EMDR and Internal Family Systems, to guide clients through their natural healing journey.
I am a licensed mental health counselor, with expertise in attachment theory and a range of evidence-based approaches. I believe in the integral connection between the mind and body, both housing inherent healing potential.I work with clients who are seeking to understand their attachment needs in relationships, explore furthering their potential or individuals who simply want to experience more satisfying interpersonal relationships. The clients who work well with me, are those who are seeking a direct collaborative relationship, who want clear goals on their journey and who are looking to understand themselves on deeper levels.
(503) 386-0056 View (503) 386-0056
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Karim Dabliz
LPC Intern, MS
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97225  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My clinical approach is grounded Gestalt and IFS theories that seek to build awareness in the present moment by exploring how you make meaning of the world, and in tandem bolstering your insight and understanding of your view of yourself in the world.
My name is Karim (he/him) and I’m a Professional Counseling Associate located in Portland, Oregon. I help individuals heal their trauma, increase awareness and work toward cultivating meaningful connections in their most important relationships. I am passionate about helping you live your life with more authenticity and freedom. I believe in understanding the parts of yourself that make you who you are, rather than removing them. I specialize in working with refugees, immigrants, and multicultural backgrounds. I am also experienced in helping self esteem, navigating body image, and working on the importance of boundaries.
My clinical approach is grounded Gestalt and IFS theories that seek to build awareness in the present moment by exploring how you make meaning of the world, and in tandem bolstering your insight and understanding of your view of yourself in the world.
My name is Karim (he/him) and I’m a Professional Counseling Associate located in Portland, Oregon. I help individuals heal their trauma, increase awareness and work toward cultivating meaningful connections in their most important relationships. I am passionate about helping you live your life with more authenticity and freedom. I believe in understanding the parts of yourself that make you who you are, rather than removing them. I specialize in working with refugees, immigrants, and multicultural backgrounds. I am also experienced in helping self esteem, navigating body image, and working on the importance of boundaries.
(971) 571-5721 View (971) 571-5721
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Willamette Wellness Center
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97229  (Online Only)
Some of our most sought after therapies include EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Processing Therapy, CBT, Couples Counseling, Somatic Work, Psychedelic Psychotherapy, Health at Every Size, Hypnotherapy, and many others.
WWC now has psychiatric medication services available for OR and WA! WWC is a group of mental health clinicians living in, and serving the states of Oregon and Washington. We have a wide range of specialties including medication management, eating disorders, substance abuse, LGBTQ+ and trans support, post partum work, bariatric surgery letters, psychedelic psychotherapy, PTSD/C-PTSD therapy, veteran/BIPOC/marginalized community support, pornography/sex addiction, sex therapy and many others. View our therapists and book today at www.wwcpdx.com
Some of our most sought after therapies include EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Processing Therapy, CBT, Couples Counseling, Somatic Work, Psychedelic Psychotherapy, Health at Every Size, Hypnotherapy, and many others.
WWC now has psychiatric medication services available for OR and WA! WWC is a group of mental health clinicians living in, and serving the states of Oregon and Washington. We have a wide range of specialties including medication management, eating disorders, substance abuse, LGBTQ+ and trans support, post partum work, bariatric surgery letters, psychedelic psychotherapy, PTSD/C-PTSD therapy, veteran/BIPOC/marginalized community support, pornography/sex addiction, sex therapy and many others. View our therapists and book today at www.wwcpdx.com
(971) 803-4515 View (971) 803-4515
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Family Heart Counseling - Leslie Yeargers, M.A,
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
I am trauma-informed and draw from family systems, narrative, emotion-focused, internal family systems, and social justice theories.
I specialize in working with couples from all walks of life, as well as families in which one member is exploring their gender identity or actively transitioning. I understand that gender exploration and transition can create unique challenges within families; it can bring out family dynamics that are painful and difficult to navigate without help. I am here to support you with that. Regarding couples, it's not unusual to experience challenges in your relationship as you face the challenges of daily living. I am here to help you improve communication, increase understanding, and find your way back to each other.
I am trauma-informed and draw from family systems, narrative, emotion-focused, internal family systems, and social justice theories.
I specialize in working with couples from all walks of life, as well as families in which one member is exploring their gender identity or actively transitioning. I understand that gender exploration and transition can create unique challenges within families; it can bring out family dynamics that are painful and difficult to navigate without help. I am here to support you with that. Regarding couples, it's not unusual to experience challenges in your relationship as you face the challenges of daily living. I am here to help you improve communication, increase understanding, and find your way back to each other.
(971) 351-1608 View (971) 351-1608
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David White
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97215  (Online Only)
My specialization is in ADHD, anxiety, depression and relationships issues. I am especially skilled in working with individuals traumatized by experiences with the criminal justice system themselves or in their family systems. I am a firm believer in second chances and adamantly support the concept that people can change, grow and learn from their mistakes.
My specialization is in ADHD, anxiety, depression and relationships issues. I am especially skilled in working with individuals traumatized by experiences with the criminal justice system themselves or in their family systems. I am a firm believer in second chances and adamantly support the concept that people can change, grow and learn from their mistakes.
(503) 743-7839 View (503) 743-7839
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Lashanda McGowan (Accepting New Clients)
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97215
I utilize a variety of approaches including Internal Family Systems, Trauma Focused, Narrative, and CBT.
I work with those who have the odds stacked against them, those who have experienced abuse, lack of acceptance and discrimination. Whether that has been complex trauma, systemic oppression, racial, generational, or religious trauma. I can relate to the experiences of marginalized people with real lived experience. I provide a space that is judgement free, compassionate, and honest where we co-create a path forward. I will be there walking alongside you every step of the way, in your corner, as we figure out this path together.
I utilize a variety of approaches including Internal Family Systems, Trauma Focused, Narrative, and CBT.
I work with those who have the odds stacked against them, those who have experienced abuse, lack of acceptance and discrimination. Whether that has been complex trauma, systemic oppression, racial, generational, or religious trauma. I can relate to the experiences of marginalized people with real lived experience. I provide a space that is judgement free, compassionate, and honest where we co-create a path forward. I will be there walking alongside you every step of the way, in your corner, as we figure out this path together.
(503) 461-6857 View (503) 461-6857
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Central Oregon Family Therapy
Professional Counselor Associate, MA, PCA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97220
I draw from Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, used in conjunction with experiential therapies.
Neuroscience has taught us that "the mind" is encapsulated not only in the head; it exists throughout the whole body. As a holistic practitioner, I am interested in how you can learn to listen to the wisdom and cues of your inner knowing, beyond just what your thoughts tell you, and mend the relationship between mind/body. We all have the ability to grow and transcend from our past and present wounds and turn them into sources of empowerment and healing. I greet identity work, life transitions, and LGBTQ+ issues with positive psychology and feminist therapy frameworks to aim towards your sense of liberation.
I draw from Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, used in conjunction with experiential therapies.
Neuroscience has taught us that "the mind" is encapsulated not only in the head; it exists throughout the whole body. As a holistic practitioner, I am interested in how you can learn to listen to the wisdom and cues of your inner knowing, beyond just what your thoughts tell you, and mend the relationship between mind/body. We all have the ability to grow and transcend from our past and present wounds and turn them into sources of empowerment and healing. I greet identity work, life transitions, and LGBTQ+ issues with positive psychology and feminist therapy frameworks to aim towards your sense of liberation.
(503) 966-9307 View (503) 966-9307
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Jona Behrer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
Waitlist for new clients
I utilize techniques from AEDP, IFS, CBT, and mindfulness.
Life is both beauty and pain. You don't have to bear it alone. Therapy can help! I help my clients move from survival to growth. We'll work together to process and release emotions, increase self awareness, and gain insight for change. Through this process you'll build empowerment and resilience which will help you to cope with life's challenges and strive toward a happier and healthier life. I specialize in trauma, women's issues, & grief. I help clients as they navigate difficulties with anxiety, attachment, depression, loss, low self esteem, the patriarchy, pregnancy, postpartum, relationships and trauma.
I utilize techniques from AEDP, IFS, CBT, and mindfulness.
Life is both beauty and pain. You don't have to bear it alone. Therapy can help! I help my clients move from survival to growth. We'll work together to process and release emotions, increase self awareness, and gain insight for change. Through this process you'll build empowerment and resilience which will help you to cope with life's challenges and strive toward a happier and healthier life. I specialize in trauma, women's issues, & grief. I help clients as they navigate difficulties with anxiety, attachment, depression, loss, low self esteem, the patriarchy, pregnancy, postpartum, relationships and trauma.
(971) 599-2826 View (971) 599-2826
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Kim Randle
Pre-Licensed Professional, CSWA
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97232
Through integrating multiple approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy and more, we can create a more individualized treatment approach that works for you.
I am passionate about the work I do and have almost a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults experiencing trauma and mental illness. I found my passion for helping people through experiencing my own hardships in life and seek to share not only my professional expertise but my empathy for what it means to overcome adversity. My expertise includes helping people overcome issues around childhood trauma, sexual and domestic violence, military and first responder trauma, and more.
Through integrating multiple approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy and more, we can create a more individualized treatment approach that works for you.
I am passionate about the work I do and have almost a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults experiencing trauma and mental illness. I found my passion for helping people through experiencing my own hardships in life and seek to share not only my professional expertise but my empathy for what it means to overcome adversity. My expertise includes helping people overcome issues around childhood trauma, sexual and domestic violence, military and first responder trauma, and more.
(503) 445-8536 View (503) 445-8536
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Josie Bilbao Bourke
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97215
Though I lean most heavily on IFS (Level-1 trained), I have training in a variety of therapy modalities, and I tailor my approach to each person's needs.
Hello! I am a seasoned mental health therapist with more than 20 years' experience, licensed in Oregon and Washington. People tend to seek my help for issues related to life transitions, complex grief & loss, and/or the downstream impacts of childhood trauma (including depression and anxiety). Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, know that you have the capacity to heal - even if part of you doesn't yet believe it's possible. My practice is trauma-informed and person-centered, and I am deeply committed to creating an environment in which you feel seen, understood and valued.
Though I lean most heavily on IFS (Level-1 trained), I have training in a variety of therapy modalities, and I tailor my approach to each person's needs.
Hello! I am a seasoned mental health therapist with more than 20 years' experience, licensed in Oregon and Washington. People tend to seek my help for issues related to life transitions, complex grief & loss, and/or the downstream impacts of childhood trauma (including depression and anxiety). Whatever your reasons for seeking therapy, know that you have the capacity to heal - even if part of you doesn't yet believe it's possible. My practice is trauma-informed and person-centered, and I am deeply committed to creating an environment in which you feel seen, understood and valued.
(503) 461-1028 View (503) 461-1028
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Gillian Boudreau
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97212
I use insight-oriented, mindfulness-based, trauma-informed and ND affirming approaches including Internal Family Systems therapy.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed school psychologist. I hold a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Urban and rural, inpatient and outpatient work settings have taught me about the many challenges an individual may face including experiences of oppression and injustice, as well as a deep appreciation for the richness of the human experience. My style is described as warm, analytical and collaborative, balancing deep emotional work with elements of humor and lightness when appropriate. I aim to help clients address the root of complex challenges, in a safe and supported way.
I use insight-oriented, mindfulness-based, trauma-informed and ND affirming approaches including Internal Family Systems therapy.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed school psychologist. I hold a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Urban and rural, inpatient and outpatient work settings have taught me about the many challenges an individual may face including experiences of oppression and injustice, as well as a deep appreciation for the richness of the human experience. My style is described as warm, analytical and collaborative, balancing deep emotional work with elements of humor and lightness when appropriate. I aim to help clients address the root of complex challenges, in a safe and supported way.
(971) 306-4786 View (971) 306-4786
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Stacie Wentling
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
I utilize several evidenced-based practices including cultivating self-compassion, insight-oriented therapy, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Buddhist psychology, and DBT.
I work with individuals who are seeking guidance to process trauma, reduce their stress response, recover from narcissistic abusive relationships/ pathological love relationships, incorporate mindfulness of their body, thoughts, feelings, and energy, and learn communication techniques to interact mindfully and effectively.
I utilize several evidenced-based practices including cultivating self-compassion, insight-oriented therapy, Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Buddhist psychology, and DBT.
I work with individuals who are seeking guidance to process trauma, reduce their stress response, recover from narcissistic abusive relationships/ pathological love relationships, incorporate mindfulness of their body, thoughts, feelings, and energy, and learn communication techniques to interact mindfully and effectively.
(971) 260-4205 View (971) 260-4205
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Abigail Morgan Olivares
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
I offer support by using therapeutic models including IFS, grief/loss/bereavement specific interventions, CBT, DBT, and several other ways to process your experience.
Life can be hard, can cause twists, turns, and sometimes unexpected trauma happens to us or those we love. This can include grief and loss, particularly painful when it involves loss of a child or fertility loss. That is where good therapy is key to relieving the pain and understanding how to process such abstract emotions that often consume our entirety. I specialize in helping adults navigate such hurtles, particularly those attached to fertility related trauma, infant loss/miscarriage, traumatic births, postpartum depression/anxiety and bereavement. I welcome all those who seek support; therapy is hard, but you are here.
I offer support by using therapeutic models including IFS, grief/loss/bereavement specific interventions, CBT, DBT, and several other ways to process your experience.
Life can be hard, can cause twists, turns, and sometimes unexpected trauma happens to us or those we love. This can include grief and loss, particularly painful when it involves loss of a child or fertility loss. That is where good therapy is key to relieving the pain and understanding how to process such abstract emotions that often consume our entirety. I specialize in helping adults navigate such hurtles, particularly those attached to fertility related trauma, infant loss/miscarriage, traumatic births, postpartum depression/anxiety and bereavement. I welcome all those who seek support; therapy is hard, but you are here.
(971) 290-2763 x3 View (971) 290-2763 x3
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.