INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEM
One of the approach I keep in my toolbox is Internal Family System.
The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model is a therapy technique created by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D. According to this approach, the human mind consists of multiple subpersonalities or "parts" that work together within an internal system.
These parts are seen as distinct aspects, each with beliefs, emotions, and behaviors.
IFS aims to help individuals understand and harmonize these parts to achieve greater well-being and self-awareness.
In the IFS model we are made of types of parts: some are protective, and others are younger, which carries emotional pain from past experience.
The role of the protective part is to help us navigate life without activating the pain of the wounded parts.
When I apply the IFS model, I help my clients identify and connect with their parts, facilitating a dialogue between them.
This process allows individuals to understand the roles and intentions of each part and build a more compassionate and balanced relationship with themselves.
IFS provides a framework for healing past wounds, resolving internal conflicts, and integrating conflicting parts.
IFS recognizes the wisdom and value of every part, aiming to create an internal environment of acceptance and integration; this enables individuals to develop self-compassion and reduce self-judgment.
One key component in IFS is that it emphasizes the concept of the "Self," which is considered the individual's Esence.
The Self represents qualities like curiosity, compassion, and wisdom and acts as a compassionate leader for the internal system. The goal of IFS therapy is to help individuals cultivate a strong and present Self, enabling them to engage with their parts in a self-led and non-reactive manner.
By exploring and understanding their internal parts, individuals can develop self-compassion and reduce self-judgment.