What is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

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Internal Family Systems therapy encourages people to embrace all parts of themselves, even the difficult ones. Its goal is to help people achieve balance and harmony within themselves.

IFS states that people do not have “bad” parts. Instead, they experience difficulty embracing all aspects as simultaneously affecting one another. IFS seeks to name and understand these parts and ultimately balance the factors that work toward self-growth.

Life experiences can encourage the various parts of the self to become out of balance, forcing the system into a less-than-harmonious operating state. Your IFS counselor will help you recognize these parts of yourself, inquire as to why you think they might be off-balance, and then assist you in balancing them.

People with a wide range of mental health concerns can benefit from IFS, but it is particularly effective for those who have dealt with traumatic experiences.

Therapists Who Specialize in IFS Therapy

Tyler Walker, MAC, LMHC

Gainesville

Florida

Tyler is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida with his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He integrates Emotion Focused therapy, Attachment theory, the Interpersonal Process, Person-Centered therapy, and IFS.
As an integrative psychiatric provider, I take a holistic and comprehensive approach to mental health care and blend both conventional psychiatry with complementary approaches. My focus is beyond treating symptoms and takes into consideration the gut-brain connection, genetics, interpersonal, lifestyle, and environmental contributions to create a personalized treatment plan, enhance self care, ...

Lisa Audino

Belfast

Maine

A desire to change is often forged in hardships that are overwhelming, painful, and cause suffering. It can be a difficult path to navigate alone. A therapeutic relationship based on trust, open communication, respect, and empathy is fundamental to overcoming struggles. Whether it is during a transition, an acute issue, or mental illness, I work to provide a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental…