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
> Michelle Richardson’s website
> IFS therapist directory
> Books & meditations from the IFS Store
> Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D.
> IFS Community Group on Facebook
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