We have all felt trapped by conflicting desires and we often meet with clients who have a very strong motivation to move in one direction, but they are continually drawn away. This state is often experienced as “stuck”. In IFS we see it as a polarization between two parts that each believe the other is wrong.
“The length and difficulty of treatment in IFS is governed not by symptom severity but by the degree of polarization, distrust in Self-leadership and the client’s level of burdening.” Richard Schwartz, Internal Family Systems, 2nd Ed, 2020, p60.
Symptoms are the coping strategies of Parts trying to protect clients from emotional and psychological pain. When Parts are polarized, it means they are opposed to each other. We see this in our therapy rooms when clients are indecisive, ambivalent or hold two seemingly opposing beliefs. Polarizations tend to be an overcorrection. Polarizations are not uncommon; we all experience them to some degree or other. Exercise or rest. Eat or diet. Leave or stay.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, one of the fastest-growing approaches to psychotherapy, has a specific protocol for working with polarizations that differentiates and empowers the parts that can leave us feeling stuck. IFS enhances mindful awareness and self-compassion through getting to know Parts in a methodical yet intimate way providing a framework for restoring a sense of worthiness and self-trust.
The Benefits of IFS for therapists:
IFS advances treatment by:
Leona Dawson is a counsellor, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and supervisor who works in private practice. She has 3 decades working in adult education and group facilitation in a range of contexts as well as becoming a Focusing Trainer before discovering Internal Family Systems eight years ago. IFS has enabled Leona to work with curiosity and compassion, moment by moment, with her clients as they come back into relationship with themselves. She has found that the IFS way of working is energising for therapists. Leona has completed the three levels of training offered by the Centre for Self-Leadership in the United States and has supported multiple international trainings. She offers IFS-oriented supervision and runs a MHPN peer group for IFS professionals. Leona has a Masters of Arts and a Master of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy as well as Diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Transpersonal Art Therapy. She has also studied at the Milton H. Erickson Foundation and The Focusing Institute (New York).
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“All parts are welcome.” - when we look within ourselves, putting those words into practice, we open the way to deep inner transformation as ‘Parts’ come to realise they are not stuck in their roles and can choose to support us in a different ways. IFS unlocks that ability.” Leona Dawson
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