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What is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

A woman participates in a session of internal family systems therapy with a therapist.

Internal family systems (IFS) therapy is a type of psychotherapy that looks to address various subpersonalities (or families) that make up a person’s mental system. In other words, IFS therapy looks to identify and address these multiple “parts” or subpersonalities that make up the core of who you are. In this article, you’ll learn more about internal family systems therapy and how it can benefit you and your well-being.

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What is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

As mentioned above, internal family systems therapy is a type of psychotherapy that seeks to identify and address multiple families, “parts,” or subpersonalities that make up a person’s mental system. When you experience painful emotions or trauma, these can cause you to develop parts of yourself to help protect you from feeling pain. However, these parts of yourself can conflict with one another and keep you from becoming the confident, healed, whole person you are meant to be. Therefore, internal family systems therapy looks to address these multiple parts of yourself so you can restore balance and heal yourself.

3 Benefits of Internal Family Systems Therapy

It can be difficult when you have conflicting parts of yourself that keep you from living a whole, balanced life. Below are three benefits of internal family systems therapy that can help you balance your mental system. 

  1. Gain a Better Understanding of Who You Are

First, IFS therapy helps you gain a better understanding and awareness of who you truly are, as well as why you are the way you are. For example, if you identify as a perfectionist and experience great anxiety around always striving to be perfect, this part of yourself can conflict with the desire to feel calm and in the moment. Therefore, IFS therapy may look to potentially find the source or root of why you have a part of you that is a perfectionist. This treatment helps you learn how you can balance this part of your life with the other parts of yourself to restore an equilibrium.

  1. Heal Past Trauma and Mental Health Struggles

Likewise, IFS therapy can help heal past trauma or mental health struggles that may be making up some parts of yourself. For example, if you have untreated trauma from your childhood that made you feel untrustworthy of loved ones, this feeling of apprehension and inability to trust others can impact your daily life into adulthood. 

  1. Promote Personal Self-Growth and Confidence

Finally, when you are able to learn how to identify and address different parts of yourself, you are able to become more confident in who you are. This helps increase your sense of self-compassion and allows you to continue to grow and learn more about who you are and why you are the person you are. For example, if you lack confidence, this treatment can look to address the source of your lack of confidence so you can heal. 

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Now you know more about internal family systems therapy and why it can be beneficial in helping you heal and address various mental health struggles you may be going through. From helping you work through trauma to improving your relationships with others, IFS therapy can greatly help you heal and restore trust within yourself so you can achieve mental balance and harmony. 

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