IFS is an evidence-based integrative psychotherapy approach. It combines elements from different schools of psychology, such as the multiplicity of the mind, mindfulness, systems thinking and others. It offers a non-pathologizing model of understanding and exploring our own inner world, our own triggers and problems that we’re facing.
The model states that our personalities are made up of different aspects or parts (multiplicity of the mind). Each part has its own perspectives, feelings, memories, goals, and motivations. We all have parts like inner critics, caretaker parts, anxious parts, angry parts, pleasers, sad parts, introverted parts, socializing parts…
In the IFS model, we welcome all our parts, relating to them with curiosity, compassion, understanding and appreciation.
IFS is based on the idea that we all have a core, undamaged Self that embodies our essence. The Self has the ability to act not only as a conscious observer of one’s inner world but as an effective and compassionate leader, bringing healing and harmony within one’s inner system.
The Self holds some of our finest resources and qualities - like compassion, curiosity, love, creativity, calmness, courage and wisdom, confidence, connectedness, clarity, patience, perspective, among others, and has the ability to heal extreme or vulnerable parts.