IFS or the inner family system is an evidence-based therapy method that focuses on a new understanding of our inner world: we turn to our different parts and work with these sub-personalities in different ways.
The first step is to learn to understand and appreciate our parts, the protectors, the competent, the angry as well as the gentle, the sad or the wounded.
At the center of the work is our most valuable resource, the self, or the open, non-judgmental awareness that makes contact with the various parts in the therapeutic processes. Burdened parts that may have been repressed can be understood, relieved and integrated. These are often childlike parts, so IFS therapy often involves working with our inner children.
Protective parts want to and should be better understood. Their function should become clearer in order to assign them a better, more helpful place in the inner system.
The method is particularly suitable for developmental traumas. But a fresh look at our parts can also be of great value in coaching when it comes to concrete solutions.