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IFS Therapy with Suzanne Teare, LCSW, E-RYT

You can gain greater understanding and compassion for the different parts of yourself.

IFS therapy can help you feel more whole.

Sessions available online in CA & in-person in Fair Oaks, CA

Are you seeking more self-compassion and inner harmony?

Embrace your Parts and discover your true Self with IFS therapy.

The goal of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy is to help you develop a relationship with the different 'parts' of your internal system, allowing you to understand and heal the wounds that have been carried for so long. Through IFS therapy, you can learn to access your true self, which is the core of who you are and holds your innate wisdom and compassion. 

IFS therapy can assist with a wide range of issues, including emotional struggles, relationship challenges, and self-limiting beliefs. By addressing and understanding internal dynamics, you can experience deep healing and transformation.

What does an IFS therapy session look like?

IFS therapy is unique for each individual and involves a number of techniques to help you connect and build compassionate relationship with your parts. We start with the perspective that there are no "bad" parts, and we welcome them to share how they protect you, what they have experienced, and what they need. This process most often happens through an internal dialogue with your parts. I will invite you to turn your focus inside and will guide you through a process that facilitates this internal conversation in a safe and contained way.

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FAQ's

Is IFS therapy effective?

Research and clinical evidence suggest that IFS therapy can be highly effective in treating a wide range of mental health issues, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. Many individuals report significant improvements in their overall well-being and interpersonal relationships following IFS therapy.

How long does IFS therapy typically last?

The duration of IFS therapy can vary depending on your needs, goals, and the complexity of the internal system. Some people may experience meaningful progress in a relatively short period, while others may require longer-term therapy to achieve deeper healing and integration. Ultimately, the length of IFS therapy is determined collaboratively between the client and therapist.

Is IFS therapy suitable for everyone?

While IFS therapy can be beneficial for many individuals, it may not be suitable for everyone. If you have any questions about whether the approach is suitable for your specific needs, please do not hesitate to reach out.

What is self-energy?

Self-energy, within the context of IFS therapy, refers to a core aspect of our being that embodies qualities such as compassion, wisdom, and calmness. It's the essence of who we are at our deepest level, unaffected by past wounds or protective parts. When we access our Self-energy, we experience a sense of inner peace, clarity, and connectedness. In IFS therapy, the goal is to cultivate a stronger connection with our Self-energy, allowing it to lead and guide us in our healing journey. By nurturing our Self-energy, we can facilitate healing within our internal system, fostering harmony and balance among our various parts.

What if I can't access self-energy or don't believe in it?

If you find it challenging to access your Self-energy or have doubts about its existence, that's completely okay and understandable. It's common for individuals to encounter skepticism or resistance when exploring new therapeutic concepts, especially those related to internal experiences. In IFS therapy with me, I will respect your beliefs and meet you where you are in your journey. I can help you explore these doubts and barriers in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Remember that the goal of IFS therapy is not to force belief in Self-energy but rather to explore its potential as a resource for healing and growth. You have the autonomy to approach this process at your own pace, and I am here to support you every step of the way.

What if I don't like the concept of 'parts'?

It's completely natural to feel apprehensive or unsettled when encountering the concept of "parts" in IFS therapy, especially if it triggers concerns about not feeling whole or experiencing 'multiple personality disorder'. However, it's important to understand that the parts in IFS therapy are not separate personalities in the same sense as those associated with dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder). Instead, these parts represent various aspects of your inner world—different emotions, beliefs, and experiences—that have formed in response to life's challenges. They're all integral parts of you, and they serve important functions in helping you navigate through life. The goal of IFS therapy is not to pathologize or fragment your experiences but rather to foster understanding, compassion, and integration among these parts. Remember that your experiences are valid, and it's okay to take things at your own pace as you embark on your therapeutic journey.

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Cultivate self-compassion with IFS therapy.

Healing is possible, and with support and guidance, you can unlock your true potential and find inner peace. Embarking on your journey with IFS therapy might be the thing you've been looking for that finally opens the door to profound self-discovery and a deeper sense of wholeness and integration.

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