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IFS Parts Work

Internal Family Systems (IFS) "Parts Work" is an evidence-based therapeutic approach that has been adapted for coaching. Developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, LMFT, PhD in the early 1980s, IFS helps individuals transform their inner emotional experiences by identifying and working with different "parts" of themselves.

Everyone has a "system" of internal parts or sub-personalities that form the basis of their beliefs and behaviors. Some parts are helpful or positive, others are negative or problematic.


Parts Work guides individuals to access and interact with these parts in a constructive, compassionate way, with the goal of creating harmony and balance within the internal system. In short, it aligns the heart, soul and mind.

The Parts Work process includes:

  1. Identifying and mapping out the parts of the internal system, learning their roles and how they interact with each other.

  2. Learning to communicate and connect with each part in a compassionate, non-judgmental way, and developing trust and safety within the internal system.

  3. Transforming problematic parts by discovering and healing the underlying causes, such as trauma or negative experiences.

  4. Cultivating self-leadership by developing the ability to lead one's own system, rather than being controlled by different parts.

Overall, Parts Work is a powerful, holistic approach that helps individuals access their inner wisdom, cultivate self-compassion, and create meaningful change.

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