The Internal Family Systems (IFS) method is a way to understand your internal system and help it to transform and heal. IFS is based on the principle that there is an undamaged, resourceful self at the core of every person and that accessing and working with that self is a safe, effective way to heal other, hurt parts of the mind.
These parts communicate and relate to each other as if they were an internal family—hence the name ‘Internal Family Systems’. The IFS method works to understand and heal those parts of the family that might be causing conflict or unhappiness, rather than suppressing or battling with them. IFS has been described as ‘completely life-changing’, both by therapists using the method and by individuals who have experienced it.