Internal Family Systems
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a highly regarded therapeutic model that views the mind as a system composed of different parts. What makes it relatable is that it is common for us to say that part of us feels one way about a certain thing or "something" told us to make a certain decision. It is based on the concept that there are different parts of us that come out to help us manage different situations. This model sees those different parts as often having their own perspectives, emotions, and desires; which is why at times we have inner conflict or are fighting with ourselves.
IFS recognizes the value of all of the different parts of us with the understanding that they are trying to do what is necessary to help us to survive. When a part becomes overactive in providing that protection, there result is usually dysfunction. The goal is to build rapport and dialogue between you and your parts in order to build a trusting relationship. It is a powerful method to obtain self-discovery, self-awareness and a sense of identity; and can quickly improve emotional functioning and even physical well-being.