What is IFS
and how can it help you?

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) method is a way to understand your internal system and help it to transform and heal. IFS is based on the principle that there is an undamaged, resourceful self at the core of every person and that accessing and working with that self is a safe, effective way to heal other, hurt parts of the mind.

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These parts communicate and relate to each other as if they were an internal family – hence the name ‘Internal Family Systems’. The IFS method works to understand and heal those parts of the family that might be causing conflict or unhappiness, rather than suppressing or battling with them.

IFS has been described as ‘completely life-changing’, both by therapists using the method and by individuals who have experienced it.

“I think the most important thing for me has been its emphasis on recognising, accepting and working with all the various parts of myself, rather than ignoring, fighting or condemning them. This approach has enabled me to begin to build a positive relationship with myself for the first time, as it has helped me to gain a much clearer understanding of how and why different parts of me have developed in response to various life situations and events.”

What is IFS
and how can it help you?

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) method is a way to understand your internal system and help it to transform and heal. IFS is based on the principle that there is an undamaged, resourceful self at the core of every person and that accessing and working with that self is a safe, effective way to heal other, hurt parts of the mind.

Read more

These parts communicate and relate to each other as if they were an internal family – hence the name ‘Internal Family Systems’. The IFS method works to understand and heal those parts of the family that might be causing conflict or unhappiness, rather than suppressing or battling with them.

IFS has been described as ‘completely life-changing’, both by therapists using the method and by individuals who have experienced it.

“I think the most important thing for me has been its emphasis on recognising, accepting and working with all the various parts of myself, rather than ignoring, fighting or condemning them. This approach has enabled me to begin to build a positive relationship with myself for the first time, as it has helped me to gain a much clearer understanding of how and why different parts of me have developed in response to various life situations and events.”

Dr. Richard Schwartz, PhD

Hear more, direct from Dr. Richard Schwartz, PhD, founder of the Internal Family Systems method:

In the News

★NEW★ Complete your Level 2 IFS training in five days!

Three brand new Level 2 training courses are now available in the USA and will shortly be launched in the UK too. The three new courses cover different subject areas:

  1. Deepening and expanding with IFS (5 days)
  2. IFS, trauma and neuroscience (5 days)
  3. Intimacy from the inside out (10 days).

On completion of any one of the new Level 2 courses, you’ll be able to progress straight to a Level 3 course. So, you can now complete your Level 2 training in just five days. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose the subject area that interests you the most.

The first Deepening and expanding with IFS course in the UK is already booked for 13th-17th March 2019 and an earlier running of this course is also in the pipeline. Email us if you’d like advance notice of new dates for this course.

Find out more about the new Level 2 courses, book your place or contact us for more details.

Download the new IFS Level 1 course brochure

Find out about the 2017-18 Level 1 training programme, and trainers Cece Sykes and Paul Ginter, in the new Level 1 brochure, available here.

US news confirms the potential of IFS

IFS therapy has now been accepted as an evidence-based practice in the US and is listed on the federal NREPP (National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices) website, NREPP.SAMHSA.gov. As a clinical treatment, the site rates IFS as effective for improving general functioning and well-being. It’s also been rated as promising for improving: physical health conditions and symptoms; phobia, panic and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; personal resilience; and depression.

The listing of IFS on NREPP – and the research that led to that listing – affirm the huge potential of IFS therapy for advancing emotional healing and mental well-being.

IFS and rheumatoid arthritis

IFS has been shown to reduce pain and depression and improve physical function for people with rheumatoid arthritis. A study by a team at Harvard Medical School, led by Dr Nancy Chadic, has concluded that “IFS is feasible and acceptable for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.” Read the full study.