Internal Family Systems Therapy

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Richard Schwartz
Publication date: 9 September 1997
Publisher: Guilford Press

Pages: 248

Applying family systems concepts to the intrapsychic realm, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model proposes that individuals’ subpersonalities interact and change in many of the same ways as do families and other human groups. Seasoned practitioner Richard C. Schwartz illuminates how parts of a person can form paralysing inner alliances resembling the destructive coalitions found in dysfunctional families, and provides straightforward guidelines for incorporating the IFS model into treatment.

A valuable text and clinical resource, the book demonstrates in stepby-step detail how therapists can help individuals, couples, and families tap core resources, bring balance and harmony to their subpersonalities, and feel more integrated, confident, and alive.