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IFS (Internal Family Systems)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapeutic model that emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing the different parts of an individual's personality. The IFS model suggests that individuals have multiple "parts" or subpersonalities within them, each with its own beliefs, emotions, and motivations.

According to the IFS model, some of these parts may be more dominant or prominent than others, and may even be in conflict with one another. For example, an individual may have an "inner critic" part that is highly critical of themselves, while also having a "pleaser" part that is constantly trying to please others.

The goal of IFS therapy is to help individuals identify and get to know these different parts of themselves, and to learn to work with them in a more harmonious way. This involves developing a sense of self-awareness and self-compassion, and learning to communicate and negotiate with different parts of oneself in order to achieve greater overall balance and well-being.

IFS has been used to treat a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction, among others. It is typically conducted in a one-on-one therapy setting, and can be integrated with other therapeutic approaches as needed.

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