IFS Therapy

A Cutting-Edge Approach that Can Be Self-Led

Internal Family Systems (IFS℠) is a cutting-edge form of individual therapy developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD, that provides a step-by-step approach to creating inner wholeness

  • Get to know your various parts (subpersonalities)
  • Target the specific psychological issues you want resolved
  • Know your inner Self as the agent of transformation
  • Access your hidden vulnerable parts for deep emotional healing
  • Transform stuck parts of yourself into inner resources of strength, love, and freedom

Jay Earley, PhD, and Bonnie Weiss, LCSW
We are experienced IFS therapists who offer groups, courses, books, guided meditations, demo sessions, and supervision based on IFS.

(If you are looking for the official IFS website, click IFS Institute.)

“IFS helped me heal wounds I thought would always be there. This work is a wonderful support for anyone who wants to explore and transform painful parts of themselves.”


Elizabeth Russell, Florida

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“IFS is a very gentle and supportive process. Even though the work of peeling back the layers of my psyche is deep and, at times, difficult, IFS is a delightful way to do it. I feel energized at the end of each session.”

Doug Huneke, California

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What is IFS?

IFS is a new form of psychotherapy that has been spreading rapidly across the world recently. It is compassionate, inclusive, spiritual, powerfully healing, and deeply respectful of our inner life. Despite the name, it is primarily a form of individual therapy.

IFS recognizes that our psyches are made up of different parts, sometimes called subpersonalities. You can think of them as little people inside us. Each part has its own perspective, feelings, memories, goals, and motivations. For example one part of you might be trying to lose weight and another part might want to eat whatever you want. We all have parts like the inner critic, the abandoned child, the pleaser, the angry part, and the loving caretaker.

IFS also recognizes that we each have a spiritual center, the Self, which is compassionate, understanding, and grounded. Through IFS you can learn to stay in Self, develop a relationship with each of your parts, and heal them. This is quite empowering because the healing comes from you.

IFS is a recognized, proven method for individual psychotherapy with a robust training program and thousands of certified therapists.

Watch an interview of Jay Earley on IFS by Tami Simon of Sounds True as part of  The Self-Acceptance Project 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Wholeness and Healing Your Inner Child, Using IFS

By Jay Earley, PhD
A manual for IFS, intended for therapists, coaches, and the general public.
Self-Therapy has sold 65,000 copies of a self-published book.
It has been translated into German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Polish, with another 5 translations under way.
Click here for more information or to purchase.

Transforming Your Inner Critic

The Inner Critic is the part of you that judges you, demeans you, and pushes you to do things. It tends to make you feel bad about yourself. This is one of the most difficult and tenacious issues that people face. Click here to take a questionnaire to help you determine which types of Inner Critic parts are a problem for you. IFS is a powerful method for transforming your Inner Critic.

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