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  • Cory Reese

Internal Family Systems Therapy for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD

One of the therapy modalities I've found to be incredibly helpful with people who are working through depression, anxiety, PTSD, or religious trauma is called Internal Family Systems or IFS. When I first learned about IFS, it BLEW MY MIND. It's such a radical way of looking at things.

Internal Family Systems assumes we each have a variety of sub-personalities, or “parts,” and it helps us get to know each of these parts better and allow healing. For example, if were in an argument with your spouse, you might be able to identify a part of you that feels angry, while a different part might be feeling hurt, and a part that is sad, and a different part of you might be scared that your spouse will leave you.

By learning how our different parts function as a system, we can become better able to identify the roots of conflict, manage any complications arising, and achieve greater peace and happiness.

In my therapy practice, I often recommend the book No Bad Parts to my clients. It's written by Richard Schwartz, the guy who developed IFS. My clients and I have used IFS to process feelings of guilt, shame, fear, and anxiety. The audiobook even includes some exercises with the author. If you're working on healing, growing, and finding peace, I highly recommend checking this one out.

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