This self-empowering approach focuses on internal attachment relationships and emphasizes the role of the therapist as a guide or a coach, rather than as a medical professional treating pathology or illness.
It is highly interactive and works directly to help people better connect what they know with what they feel. Clients often turn to IFS when they grow weary of talking about problems because intellect can actually become a barrier to making new discoveries (I know the problem. I can see it from 100 different angles. But I just can’t seem to do anything about it.) IFS is incredibly effective for many who engage it because its success depends less on the language surrounding past emotional injury and more on the immediate experience conjured when recalling events (or even just feelings) of the past. Defense mechanisms or coping strategies are no longer seen just as hindrances, but are understood as outdated adaptations, forms of memory, or parts of a larger self, that once allowed us to navigate difficult situations but are no longer helpful.
At 1A Wellness, it is not uncommon that clients report both relief and surprise when they begin IFS sessions, and quickly learn that with self-leadership, the wounded and polarized parts of their internal system can become powerful allies and resources toward well-being.