HEALING OUR WOUNDED PARTS WITH INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS THERAPY (IFS)
Dr. Richard C. Schwartz
DR. RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ began his career as a family therapist and an academic at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he discovered that family therapy alone did not achieve full symptom relief and in asking patients why, he learned that they were plagued by what they called “parts.”
These patients became his teachers as they described how their parts formed networks of inner relationship that resembled the families he had been working with. He also found that as they focused on and, thereby, separated from their parts, they would shift into a state characterized by qualities like curiosity, calm, confidence and compassion. He called that inner essence the Self and was amazed to find it even in severely diagnosed and traumatized patients. From these explorations the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was born in the early 1980s.
IFS is now evidence-based and has become a widely-used form of psychotherapy, particularly with trauma. It provides a non-pathologizing, optimistic, and empowering perspective and a practical and effective set of techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, and more recently, corporations and classrooms.
No Bad Parts – Healing Trauma & Restoring wholeness with The Internal Family Systems Model
“There are no bad parts.”
We’ve all been taught to believe that we have a single identity or personality, and to feel fear or shame when we can’t control the inner voices that don’t match the ideal of who we think we should be. Yet according to Dr. Richard Schwartz’s research, “All of us are born with many sub-minds—or parts,” and it’s perfectly natural to think that some of them are so bad they must stay hidden.
But the fact is, says Dr. Schwartz, there are no bad parts… for the simple reason that every single part has a purpose.
Moreover, these parts of us are not imaginary or symbolic, they are individuals who exist as an internal family within us—and the key to health and happiness is to honor, understand and love every part.
Listen to an audio sample of the book HERE