Internal Family Systems
Internal family systems is an approach to therapy that seeks to view the individual as a whole self made up of different parts that can come into conflict with each other. The work of therapy is to then resolve these conflicts. Some clients are surprised that this approach can be used for individual and couple therapy. With couples counseling, IFS allows partners to build a closer bond after having achieved deeper self-understanding. IFS believes that every individual is a person who is made up of several distinct parts and that at times, couples may come into disagreement when their different parts are not in agreement with one another. In couples therapy, all parties get the opportunity to learn about the whole selves and the parts that comprise these selves, before learning how to avoid conflicts that may occur between these several parts, as well as how to regulate themselves and effectively deal with conflicts when they arise.