Exploring Our Anxious Parts With Internal Family Systems

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Michelle Richardson on Internal Family Systems (IFS)

If you’ve ever said, “Part of me feels…,” you’ll relate to this episode of Woman Worriers. Host Elizabeth Cush talks with Michelle Richardson about anxiety and the “parts” of Internal Family Systems (IFS), a gentle approach to healing.

We want to make symptoms feel better, but maybe if we go a little bit deeper and actually do some healing, there won’t be a need for these symptoms to keep happening.
— Michelle Richardson

Show Notes:

You know your family members. But do you know your inner parts? If you can’t talk your anxious part off a ledge or understand what your inner critic is trying to protect you from, this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast can offer some insights. Host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., and Michelle Richardson, MSW, LCSW, talk about the Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach to therapy and how improving the relationship with our various parts can help heal the past hurts that can cause us anxiety and drive undesirable behaviors. They share some of their own experiences and Richardson also offers a guided meditation that will put you on a path toward meeting your parts.

Listen and learn:

  • What the IFS approach is and how it differs from traditional therapy models

  • Why traditional treatment doesn’t always make you feel better

  • Why taking a pill isn’t always the answer to fixing our symptoms

  • How IFS relates to family therapy

  • The three categories of internal parts and how they function

  • The role of the inner Self and why it’s important

  • How different parts react differently to the same threatening situation

  • How the IFS approach looks at and and works with anxiety

  • The value of curiosity and getting to know your parts

  • What happens when your parts are heard

  • What your parts can tell you

  • Where to find more information on IFS


Learn More

> Michelle Richardson’s website

> The Center for Self Leadership

> IFS therapist directory

> Books & meditations from the IFS Store

> Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.

> Daily Parts Meditation Practice: A Journey of Embodied Integration for Clients and Therapists by Michelle Glass

> IFS Community Group on Facebook

> Progression Counseling

> Hypnotize Me Podcast


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