We often feel pulled in multiple directions by our internal dialogue. When making a decision or addressing a challenging situation, one part of us may be scared, another motivated, and the discussion within us becomes confusing and, at times, overwhelming. For example, before an important job interview, there’s excitement at the prospect of a new opportunity. At the same time, there may be fear of failure, motivation to prove oneself, and anxiety provoked by the evaluation setting.
THE PARTS WITHIN US
Internal Family System therapy (IFS) acknowledges that this cacophonous internal dialogue emerges from inner figures there from birth who have developed beliefs based on life experiences over time. One figure may be the voice telling us that we are too much, another may be scared of opening up to others, and yet another may encourage us to take risks.
Difficulties arise when some inner parts have mistaken, negative beliefs acquired in our early years due to trauma or excessive criticism. Although these beliefs may have been beneficial or even necessary at specific points in our lives, they may be harming us by motivating unwanted behaviors in our current life.
Internal Family System therapy aims to bring harmony to our internal system by healing our inner parts and creating a more balanced and well-adapted inner voice.
THE ROLES OF OUR INNER PARTS
Many of our inner parts often have different roles, mainly with the purpose of protecting us from pain. Internal Family Systems therapy helps us reveal our authentic, compassionate, and connected internal identity and enables us to be the best version of ourselves. We can then react appropriately to challenging situations and make decisions effectively.
THE HEALING PROCESS
While keeping us safe emotionally, Internal Family Systems therapy helps us explore our personal journey, identify and address past experiences, and develop healthy coping strategies.
Through this therapy approach, we change how we address our emotional challenges and learn to view ourselves and our world positively. By accessing our inner Self, we promote healing and are empowered to transform our lives.
Do not hesitate to reach out to get guidance and support to benefit from this evidence-based therapy.