Michele Lucas, LCSW, BCD, SEP
Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist
by the Center for Self Leadership
Tell me about Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)?
In the words of its founder, Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS is a vehicle for personal healing and growth and for spiritual development.
The foundational belief in IFS is that each of us has a Self that is capable of leading us through daily life with wisdom and compassion, for ourselves and for others. In the IFS model, the client and therapist partner in an effort to support the client in discovering their own Self energy, and to strengthen and hold Self energy in daily life, even when provoked to behave from less developed parts of our personality.
IFS is a systems therapy model. It brings us into contact with our own internal system of players who speak quietly and unremittingly to us about us and others. We all have them. They can be self- critical, self doubting, judgmental of others; and generate fear, anger, sadness, and more. Most people agree that internal messages take up a lot of space inside. When they take up too much space, Self energy has difficulty getting through and we suffer losses of confidence, self esteem, serenity, joy, and our positive thinking and emotional states. IFS creates a context, a safe holding place, for working with these inner states with creativity, understanding, and compassion. When
the old business from the past is unburdened, parts are updated and brought into the present, and no longer need to keep playing the same old tapes.
One of the mottos of IFS is all parts are welcome. If you have difficulty accepting parts of yourself, IFS can help you shift your perception and unburden from limiting beliefs and feelings you carry from the past into the present.
If you would like more information about how IFS might be helpful for you, please contact Michele at 203-852-9874 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org