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Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a powerful therapy that can help individuals struggling with addiction gain greater insight and understanding about the driving forces behind their behavior. At Honu House Hawaii, we use IFS to help individuals identify, explore, and resolve internal conflicts that often lead to relapse. Through IFS, individuals can learn to separate inner parts to better understand these parts and how they interact with each other. With improved awareness of their thoughts and feelings comes greater self-compassion and the ability to make healthier choices during recovery.

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What is Internal Family Systems therapy?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps people access and heal their internal “parts” or sub-personalities. Developed by Richard Schwartz, IFS is based on the idea that everyone has multiple parts, and by addressing and integrating these parts, individuals can improve their overall well-being and relationships.

How does Internal Family Systems therapy work?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy works by helping individuals understand and integrate their internal “parts.” Through self-exploration and dialogue, the therapist assists in identifying the parts that may be causing distress or conflict and works to develop a sense of self-leadership and harmony within the internal system. This process can lead to increased self-awareness, emotional regulation, and improved relationships.

Who can benefit from Internal Family Systems therapy?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy can benefit individuals struggling with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and more. It can be particularly helpful for people who feel stuck or overwhelmed, as it provides a framework for exploring and integrating different aspects of themselves, leading to greater emotional regulation and overall well-being.
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How long does Internal Family Systems therapy last?

The length of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy can vary depending on the individual’s needs and goals. Some people may see improvements after just a few sessions, while others may require longer-term therapy to achieve their desired outcomes. Ultimately, the duration of IFS therapy is something that should be discussed between the client and therapist.

What should I expect during an Internal Family Systems therapy session?

During an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy session, you can expect to engage in a dialogue with your therapist about your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. You may be asked to identify different parts of yourself and explore their individual experiences and feelings. Through this process, you can develop a greater understanding of yourself and learn how to integrate and harmonize these different parts to promote healing and personal growth.
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