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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Bakalarski

Integrating Somatic IFS + EMDR: Inspiring Profound Transformation

Hello there. Today, I delve into the transformative synergy of Somatic Internal Family Systems (Somatic IFS) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). By combining these modalities, we can unlock profound pathways to healing and self-discovery.


Understanding Somatic Internal Family Systems (Somatic IFS)


Somatic IFS is a therapeutic approach that honors the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Rooted in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, Somatic IFS extends this framework to include the wisdom of the body in healing work. It acknowledges that our bodies hold valuable information and can serve as guides on our journey toward wholeness. We explore the various parts of ourselves, each with its own unique experiences, emotions, and protective functions. By cultivating a compassionate relationship with these parts, we create a safe container for exploration and healing. Through gentle somatic interventions, such as breathwork, mindfulness, and body awareness exercises, we invite these parts to express themselves and release stored trauma.


Unlocking Healing with EMDR


EMDR is a well-established psychotherapeutic approach designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. By engaging in bilateral stimulation, typically through eye movements, auditory tones, or tactile sensations, EMDR facilitates the reprocessing of traumatic memories, allowing the mind to integrate them in a more adaptive way.


EMDR works by accessing the brain's natural healing mechanisms, enabling clients to revisit traumatic memories while remaining grounded in the present moment. This process promotes desensitization to the distressing elements of the memory and fosters the emergence of new insights and perspectives.


The Synergy of Somatic IFS and EMDR


When we combine Somatic IFS with EMDR, we harness the power of both the mind and body in the healing process. Somatic interventions provide a foundation of safety and self-awareness, allowing clients to access their inner landscapes with greater ease. By incorporating elements of Somatic IFS into EMDR sessions, we deepen the therapeutic work, enriching the processing of traumatic memories and promoting profound shifts in consciousness.


Through this integrative approach, clients not only release the grip of past trauma but also cultivate a deeper sense of self-compassion, resilience, and empowerment. They learn to navigate their inner worlds with curiosity and kindness, fostering a greater sense of coherence and harmony and the ability to led from their embodied self.


Embarking on the Journey of Healing


If you're ready to embark on this transformative journey, I invite you to reach out and schedule a free 15-minute consultation. I offer therapy services to California residents (in person or virtually).  Together, we will navigate the landscape of your inner world, unlocking the healing potential that resides within you.



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