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This approach recognizes that we all contain many parts of our personality and all of them are doing the best they can to protect us and manage our life. Many times our parts have learned protective jobs during traumatic or painful periods, and they continue to do these jobs even when the actual helpfulness has run its course.  For example, if you grew up in a household with angry, scary people, you may have learned that the best way to avoid problems was to keep people around you as happy as possible no matter what.  This may have worked beautifully then, but those enduring patterns may cause you a lot of challenges in your adult life.  IFS helps us learn more about those parts and their protective intent while connecting them with  Self energy, the place already existing inside us all that carries Compassion, Curiosity, Calm, Clarity, Courage, Connectedness, Confidence, and Creativity, and knows how to heal.


This work is built on a couple of very important premises:

  • All of your parts are welcome at any time during session.  If you are feeling it, we want to attend to it.

  • All parts have protective intent (even if our behavior seems destructive).

  • We have what we need to heal.

Many of my clients say this is the deepest, kindest, and most transformational kind of work they have ever done.  It can be extremely powerful for the mind, body, and spirit. 

I invite you to learn more here:

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