Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
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Internal Family System – IFS Overview
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) is comprehensive, integrative approach that was developed by Richard C. Schwartz. The system was originally develop in the 80s to treat trauma and other related symptoms, and later was enhanced to provide therapy guidelines for working with individuals, couples and families.
IFS is based on an integrative model. The approach combines established elements from different schools of psychology, such as the multiplicity of the mind and systems thinking, and posits that each sub-personality or part possesses its own characteristics and perceptions. IFS also brings together various strategies from the Bowenian therapy base as well as techniques from more traditional narrative and structural modalities. The different elements are united through the goal of understanding and effectively addressing the different parts of the mind.
IFS provides systematic, systemic and practical methods to recognize and access the Leadership Part of the Self to guide the different parts of the self to grow. the Self can guide the different parts to grow through an inner wisdom. In accessing the Self and compassionately accepting other parts of the Self, a greater level of harmony of the parts is established. The clients are not not pushed, rushed or imposed upon to “fix” things. The process allows the Self to unfold at its own pace, and according to its own challenges and patterns.
System Parts and a Whole
Every system is comprised of part. So, it is the nature of the mind to subdivide into sub-personalities called parts. You can think of them as “little people” inside us. Each has its own perspective, feelings, memories, purpose, and motivations. We all have parts like the inner critic, the abandoned child, the pleaser, the angry part, and the loving caretaker. While all parts of good intentions, their limited perspective may harm the bigger picture of the Self.
All parts within the Self are valuable and want to play constructive inner roles, no matter how problematic it might be. From their subjective perspective they are pushed into extreme and destructive roles by external circumstances and by the nature of inner polarizations and imbalances. Once they “feel” valuable and believe that the system is safe, they will naturally return to a balanced attitude and establish a greater harmony with other parts of the self.
When clients understand that a part has a positive intent and accept it, they change their perspective and attitude toward that part. With compassion, they can better understand and appreciate that part, while taking the steps to accept and heal them. Usually when we become aware of a part, the first thing we do is evaluate it. Is it good or bad for us? If we decide it is good, we embrace it and give it power. We act from it. If we decide it is bad, we try to suppress it or get rid of it, however, this attitude doesn’t work as you can’t eliminate that part. When you try to do it, it simply pushed into the unconscious, where it will continue to negatively affect you, unfortunately, without your awareness. That is why it is important to recognized our unconscious parts and bring them to a conscious level, where we can them deal with them respectfully and gently.