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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Bakalarski

From Inner Conflict to Inner Harmony

Have you ever found yourself saying “Part of me thinks…but another part thinks…”? You are not alone. When we say "part of me thinks" or "part of me feels," it reflects the recognition that multiple perspectives exist within us. Internal Family Systems therapy,also known as IFS Therapy, helps us navigate these internal conflicts by facilitating communication between our various parts. By doing so, we can gain insight into our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors while fostering self-compassion and personal growth.

IFS therapy is a powerful approach that focuses on achieving inner harmony by understanding and working with different parts of ourselves. In this therapeutic model, the term "parts" refers to the different aspects of our personality and emotions that make up who we are. Parts work in IFS therapy involves recognizing and acknowledging these different parts within us, such as the part of us that feels anxious or the part of us that feels angry. By developing a compassionate and curious attitude towards these parts, we can begin to understand their underlying motivations and beliefs.

The goal of IFS therapy is not to eliminate or suppress these parts but rather to establish a harmonious relationship with them. Through healing and integration, we can create an internal environment where all our parts feel heard, valued, and understood. IFS therapy offers a unique approach to healing by emphasizing self-leadership rather than relying solely on external guidance. It empowers individuals to become their own healers by cultivating a deep understanding of themselves and nurturing their inner world with kindness. By embracing all aspects of ourselves through parts work, we can foster healing, integration, and ultimately find greater harmony within ourselves.

If you would like to explore IFS therapy or another modality that I offer, please get in touch with me for a free 15-minute consultation. I serve adolescents, adults, couples/relationships, and families. I offer telehealth to California residents (if appropriate) and in-person services in Santa Cruz, CA.



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