What is IFS?


All Parts Are Welcome

Internal Family Systems, IFS for short, is based on the idea that we all have a core Self that embodies all of our finest qualities, like compassion, creativity, and wisdom. We are born with these gifts, but as we grow up and learn to live in and relate to the world, we develop inner protectors — parts of our personality that work hard to keep us safe from harm or pain.

Some parts do this in an outwardly positive way. For example, I have a part that is really good at planning and staying on top of things. This part ensures that I am well-organized and am able to follow through on my commitments. However, sometimes this part's fears make me feel anxious or frustrated when things don't work out as expected.

Other parts protect us in ways that have a more negative effect. For example, a part might learn to use alcohol to block out difficult feelings. This part has found an effective tool to manage inner hurt despite the damage it causes.

In the IFS Model, we help parts heal not by pushing them away, but by getting to know them better and by uncovering the origins of their fears. When we heal these old wounds, parts are then able to show up in less extreme ways.

IFS is very client-directed and a lot of people practice the model without the support of an IFS practitioner or therapist. But working with someone who is trained in IFS can accelerate the process of leaning into your life in a wholehearted way.

What to expect...

A typical IFS session starts with the invitation to turn inward in much the same way we do at the beginning of a yoga practice. The session unfolds through a dialog that helps you identify your parts, learn how they work for you, and how they might be working overtime or in unskillful ways.

IFS is a really effective way to find out what is keeping us from fulfilling our life's purpose.

Work With Me

For yoga teachers, I offer IFS-based mentoring to help you discover your gifts and strengthen your skills.

For practioners, I offer 1:1 IFS coaching sessions so you can build on the work you've already done in your practice.

For groups, I offer a 4-week course that is one part IFS course and two parts experiential work. Great for those interested in working with IFS as a self-led practice.