IFS - internal family system therapy by Richard Schwartz

The IFS model was created by Dr. Richard Schwartz and assumes that the human mind is naturally made up of many different parts. These parts present themselves as individual personalities with their own opinions and emotions. Every one of them is meant to play an important role in our internal system. However sometimes traumatic events can leave our parts burdened, causing them to behave in extreme and problematic ways.

Here some examples:

The inner critic          

the perfectionist           

the anxious part         

the people pleaser         

the procrastinator

Working with these subpersonalities is a highly effective method to understand our problems in a non-pathologizing way. By exploring the inner system in a mindful and compassionate way, we can unburden our parts, heal trauma and unlock our potential. 

IFS helps us to stop identifying with our parts and connect to our Self. The Self is a resource innate to all human beings. Although it can be covered up by parts it can never be damaged or lost. Being aligned with our Self not only frees our natural capacity for healing but also helps us to embody our true values even in difficult situations.

You will find a short introduction to IFS from my son Robin Tamura here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lb80kyI8xw