What is IFS
and how can it help you?

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) method is a way to understand your internal system and help it to transform and heal. IFS is based on the principle that there is an undamaged, resourceful self at the core of every person and that accessing and working with that self is a safe, effective way to heal other, hurt parts of the mind.

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These parts communicate and relate to each other as if they were an internal family—hence the name ‘Internal Family Systems’. The IFS method works to understand and heal those parts of the family that might be causing conflict or unhappiness, rather than suppressing or battling with them.

IFS has been described as ‘completely life-changing’, both by therapists using the method and by individuals who have experienced it.

“I think the most important thing for me has been its emphasis on recognising, accepting and working with all the various parts of myself, rather than ignoring, fighting or condemning them. This approach has enabled me to begin to build a positive relationship with myself for the first time, as it has helped me to gain a much clearer understanding of how and why different parts of me have developed in response to various life situations and events.”

Find out what you can expect from an IFS session—and how to find an IFS therapist—here.

What is IFS
and how can it help you?

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) method is a way to understand your internal system and help it to transform and heal. IFS is based on the principle that there is an undamaged, resourceful self at the core of every person and that accessing and working with that self is a safe, effective way to heal other, hurt parts of the mind.

Read more

These parts communicate and relate to each other as if they were an internal family—hence the name ‘Internal Family Systems’. The IFS method works to understand and heal those parts of the family that might be causing conflict or unhappiness, rather than suppressing or battling with them.

IFS has been described as ‘completely life-changing’, both by therapists using the method and by individuals who have experienced it.

“I think the most important thing for me has been its emphasis on recognising, accepting and working with all the various parts of myself, rather than ignoring, fighting or condemning them. This approach has enabled me to begin to build a positive relationship with myself for the first time, as it has helped me to gain a much clearer understanding of how and why different parts of me have developed in response to various life situations and events.”

Find out what you can expect from an IFS session—and how to find an IFS therapist—here.

Dr. Richard Schwartz, PhD

What’s special about IFS training for therapists?

Hear direct from Dr. Richard Schwartz, PhD, founder of the Internal Family Systems method.

In the News

★NEW★ Introductory IFS workshops in London and Cambridge

London: Saturday 8th December 2018; Cambridge: Saturday 26th January 2019

This is your opportunity to explore the IFS method—the theory and the practice—for personal or professional use. It’s the ideal way to find out about IFS before you commit to training for a qualification in this gentle, respectful and extremely powerful approach to healing.

P.S. Keep your eye on this page for news of a new Level 1 training course planned for central London in 2020!

Embodied Self and Parts, a ★Somatic IFS five-day retreat★

Thursday April 25th to Monday 29th April 2019

Explore your internal system with the practices of Somatic IFS on this five-day retreat. Led by Susan McConnell, Senior IFS Trainer, and assisted by Beth O’Neil, the retreat will include guided exercises, journaling, live demonstrations and small group experiences, helping you listen to your parts through sensations, breathing awareness, movements and touch.

Find out more about the Somatic IFS retreat or book your place...

‘Addictions and eating disorders’ Level 2 course

This new 5-day, Level 2 course is scheduled for March 2020, and will focus on:

  • Viewing addictions and eating disorders through the lens of IFS
  • The practical application of IFS to treatment, and
  • The importance of self-energy in the healing process.

Find out about the course or book your place.

Venue change: Level 3 course with Richard Schwartz, PhD

The next Level 3 course, on 6th-10th June 2019, with Dr. Richard Schwartz, will now take place in Sheffield.

★There are now only THREE places left on this course.★

Bookings and details...

Complete your Level 2 IFS training in five days!

Four brand new Level 2 training courses are now available in the UK. The new courses cover different subject areas:

  • Deepening and expanding with IFS (5 days)
  • IFS, trauma and neuroscience (5 days)
  • Addictions and eating disorders (5 days)
  • Intimacy from the inside out (10 days).

On completion of any one of the new Level 2 courses, you’ll be able to progress straight to a Level 3 course. So, you can now complete your Level 2 training in just five days. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose the subject areas that interests you most.

IFS and rheumatoid arthritis

IFS has been shown to reduce pain and depression and improve physical function for people with rheumatoid arthritis. A study by a team at Harvard Medical School, led by Dr Nancy Chadic, has concluded that “IFS is feasible and acceptable for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.” Read the full study.