Category Archives: Internal Family Systems

There’s a baby in that bath water

Back in medieval days bath water was shared by several people.  The last to get use of the water was the baby in the family, after which the water was discarded.  By that time the water wasn’t very clear…and the … Continue reading

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“There was a big fight at my house last night. Unfortunately, it was inside me.”

We can all say that we have fights inside ourselves.  It’s true…one part of me takes a position on something, and another part of me disagrees. Polarities.  They happen all the time. Often we try to get rid of one … Continue reading

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Asking an emotional part of you to “stand down”

As I continue to explore Internal Family Systems, much to the benefit of myself and my clients, occasionally an aspect of managing ones emotional life comes into sharp focus.  One thing that I have particularly liked recently has been the … Continue reading

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A Conversation with One of my “Parts”

Note: You may want to read the post on “We all have parts” before reading this one to understand what’s going on here. I continue to find the Internal Family Systems, or “parts”, way of working to be amazing.  Recently … Continue reading

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The process of healing

Please note: This post contains suggestions for healing from traumatic events.  When undertaking work of this sort, there is always the possibility for destabilization of ones emotional state.  Trauma work should be done under the supervision of a psychotherapist.  Though … Continue reading

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We all have “parts”

One of the most useful and true-to-life theories I have found in psychotherapy is something called Internal Family Systems developed by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D..  Simply put, it is this: We all have characteristic feelings and thoughts within us that act … Continue reading

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