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Now significantly revised with over 70 percent new material, this is the authoritative audio presentation of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, which is taught and practiced around the world. 

IFS reveals how the subpersonalities or "parts" of each individual's psyche relate to each other like members of a family, and how - just as in a family - polarization among parts can lead to emotional suffering. IFS originator Richard Schwartz and master clinician Martha Sweezy explain core concepts and provide practical guidelines for implementing IFS with clients who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, and other behavioral problems. They also address strategies for treating families and couples. IFS therapy is listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

Internal Family Systems Therapy is deftly narrated by Brian Arens, an Audible listener favorite.

©2020 The Guilford Press (P)2020 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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  • Jacqui
  • 2020-12-30

Internal Family Systems Therapy - Novice review

I enjoyed the book which provides a good oversight of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy history and practice. What interested me was the evolution of the system from influences like Gregory Bateson who was an Anthropologist and seminal systems thinker who influenced psychology by insisting on context in analysis.

Richard Shwartz seems to have discovered the system of therapy through a kind of ethnography with his clients - i.e. listening to them instead of coming from an expert vantage and imposing preconceived pathologies onto the patients. The key discovery seems to have been that by recognizing parts within his clients and then being able to directly question and interview these parts, the therapist can make great advances in assisting the client to heal their internal mental system. The therapy structure is non-pathologising and therefore seems to be less threatening for clients seeking assistance.

The book covers most aspects of the therapy and also has a chapter on the broader society and culture in general which I appreciated as I do not think a systems thinker can leave this out, especially now. It shows honesty and openness to take position, and not to write from a the non-reflexive position which so much pervasive in academic disciplines.

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  • Petre
  • 2021-01-27

A well-structured, in-depth look at IFS

The book is very well written, and goes to great lengths to explain and illustrate the concepts of IFS. The audio and narration quality are also very good. It might be more useful for mental health experts, but the general public will definitely benefit from listening to it as well.

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  • Carol Crayola
  • 2020-11-09

Definitely eye-opening...

Bringing the self and all your parts to live a more balanced life. Very much enjoyed this book as a therapist and has further motivated me to become an IFS therapist to utilize this with my clients!

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  • Aura
  • 2021-04-12

amazing book

I am a therapist who is doing my own IFS therapy as well as starting to use it professionally. This book is invaluable.

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  • Thomas Gilchrist
  • 2021-02-12

Revolutionary

Go deep enough in one area of endeavor, discovery, and exploration and you may solve a problem so thoroughly as to resolve problems of all other areas of endeavor. Dick Schwartz appears to have initiated the achievement of such a feat.

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  • Elwin Parker-Morris
  • 2020-12-30

Thank the lord baby Jesus

Wow, I am so grateful that Internal Family Systems exists! A must read and a game changer.

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  • Rivka
  • 2021-04-28

Brilliantly done!

Excellent, well presented book on IFS; a clear, motivating, and encouraging way to access and heal all your parts. Thank you! A+++

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  • Laura A Reeder
  • 2021-03-04

Hypnosis by a different name. Wonderful!!

Loved it. I am trained in hypnotherapy. Schwartz says he doesn’t believe that his technique is hypnotic bc it doesn’t resemble his limited exposure to hypnosis in school (and he probably wants to avoid the baggage attached to hypnosis by stage/entertainment hypnosis), but there are a million different ways to induce trance, and he has stumbled upon one of them. That being said, his model for understanding the psyche is brilliant. His articulation of it is practical, accessible, and deeply interesting. The non-pathologizing approach seems like a huge step in the right direction. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in models of mind, and ways to heal the wounded and fearful parts. I think Schwartz’s model could be improved with a little emphasis on trance development and calibration, as offered in the field of hypnosis, but that is for him and his many practitioners to decide. Regardless, this book will definitely be on my “replay” list.

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  • Grace
  • 2021-06-07

Fantastic

Brilliant method kudos to Dick Schwartz for developing a life changing, easy to use system.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-02

deep insights into the nature of being!

practical wisdom and technology for positive transformation. I highly recommend this book for everyone , therapist or not.