What Is Internal Family Systems (IFS)?
We all have an inner critic. That voice inside that holds you back by telling you you’re not good enough, smart enough, capable enough, worthy enough and so on. By creeping to the forefront of your mind during certain moments in your professional or personal life, it can undermine your efforts to experience life to the fullest. And it can sometimes lead to destructive behaviors.
The voice of this inner critic can create a frustrating disharmony because it holds you back from your potential and ultimately stands in the way of your ability to live your happiest, most fulfilling life. In short, this voice knocks the wind out of your sails before you even get started — and it can be debilitating.
Internal Family Systems therapy, or IFS, is a specific type of therapy known as “Parts work therapy.” It is a deep therapeutic practice that gets to the root of that inner critic in order to heal the wounded parts of yourself.
Internal Family Systems therapy pays attention to how different parts of ourselves hold various messages we’ve received over time – and how sometimes these parts can subconsciously prevent us from living our best, most fulfilling lives.
In this deep therapy practice, the focus is on YOU and all of the various parts of you that formed during impactful, and sometimes traumatic, past life experiences. These parts, having experienced struggles that are not yet resolved, may now be showing up in your life as the parts of you that feel frustration, unworthiness, and feelings of being “stuck” in your personal and/or professional life.
What You Can Expect
At Kathryn Grooms & Associates Psychotherapy / Steady NYC Psychotherapy, we offer a safe, nonjudgmental space where we strive to make every person feel supported and welcomed.
Our goal is to create an environment where you will feel supported, heard, and seen.
In IFS therapy, our skilled therapist serves as a guide leading you to view your life with a new lens, through which we can observe your past and present experiences and ultimately shape a vision of what your desired future experiences look like. It’s not easy, but it is worthwhile and potentially life-changing work.
Together with a credentialed and experienced therapist, you can do the hard work of exploring all the different parts of you, working through them, and inviting them to cooperate and work together to achieve harmony and wellbeing.