We’re currently accepting new clients.  Click here to get started.

We’re currently accepting new clients.
Click here to get started.

Internal Family Systems Therapy

The name internal family systems therapy can be a bit misleading. Many people think it’s related to therapy for families. That’s not entirely false. However, rather than our spouses, children, parents, siblings, and other family members, internal family systems therapy is a framework used to understand the way our inner selves can be broken down into a system of parts that play a role within our character just like individuals play specific roles within families. You can learn more about internal family systems on this page or by contacting our knowledgeable team members to get started today.

What is Internal Family Systems Therapy?

Internal family systems (IFS) therapy is an innovative psychotherapy approach that teaches individuals to identify protective and wounded inner parts of their personality that are called subpersonalities. The wounded subpersonalities are those parts of the self that have been wounded and contain painful emotions and memories. The protective aspects each play a role in keeping us safe from the wounded subpersonalities. In addition to the subpersonalities, there is the core Self. The Self is the confident, whole person we should be when our subpersonalities are in harmony. In some cases, the subpersonalities are in conflict with each other or the Self. IFS therapy is geared toward restoring balance to the dynamics between the subpersonalities to create harmony and help individuals become their most authentic Self.

Who Can Benefit from Internal Family Systems Therapy?

IFS therapy is beneficial for many people who are struggling with a variety of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral health concerns. However, there are some situations where this approach to therapy is not advisable. Those who are struggling with extreme psychosis or paranoia may find the description of themselves as parts of a whole upsetting, making this approach to therapy ineffective or harmful as part of their continuum of care.

This evidence-based therapy practice is beneficial in helping individuals, couples, and even families to address numerous challenges, diagnoses, or symptoms, including:

What Happens During IFS Therapy Sessions?

During IFS therapy sessions, you’ll work with your therapist to identify your subpersonalities as well as developing a clear picture of the true Self you hope to be when these subpersonalities are brought into harmony. As you identify subpersonalities, your counselor supports you as you explore the suppressed emotions and difficult memories related to these subpersonalities, so you can find better ways to manage internal conflict and cope with challenging situations in healthy ways. There are many different ways to utilize IFS, but sessions typically utilize the following six Fs of IFS:

Who offers Internal Family Systems Therapy?

Each of our clinicians has years of unique training and experience that allow them to provide therapy using specific approaches that work best for certain clients. Our clinicians who offer Internal Family Systems therapy are featured below, and you can learn more about them by visiting our team page.

What Should I Do Next?

When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.
Choose Your Path
Scroll to Top
We use essential cookies to make our site work. With your consent, we may also use non-essential cookies to improve user experience and analyze website traffic. By clicking “Accept,“ you agree to our website’s cookie use as described in our Cookie Policy. 
Skip to content