Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy
In Person Services for Adults in McKinney, TX
Online Across Texas and Virginia
Do you long for a space where all parts of you are welcome, embraced, and understood? All parts – the good, the bad, and the ugly?
Maybe you long to accept or understand all of the aspects of your personality…
Maybe you long to connect with that inner, authentic core of your true Self…
To experience the calm, connected, compassionate, competent, curious, creative core of who you are…to experience clarity in your life…
Helping adults who are ready to focus on their internal processes to better connect with their core authentic Self as well as others; this will help build their confidence and ability to trust Self and choose vulnerability and connection with others.
Most people who start Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy feel lost in life on some level, unsure of how to find their way. Perhaps you can relate. Maybe you feel like you want to escape your life or you’re noticing that you complain a lot about feeling stressed, tired, and unfulfilled.
Stuck in negativity and feeling stuck with many polarized thoughts, beliefs, or desires, you may feel like life is overwhelming, like it’s too much.
Do You Feel Lost, Empty, Overwhelmed?
Do any of the following resonate with you?
You feel pulled in multiple directions with thoughts, beliefs, or desires that seem to contradict each other.
You feel lonely, even when you are with others, and you struggle to connect on the deep level you long for.
You wake up every morning feeling overwhelmed and depressed juggling the various roles you have taken on.
You feel like you are wandering through life, feeling like something is missing or your balance is “off.”
If these sound true for you, I want you to know that you’re not “crazy.” And even though you might feel alone in your struggle, what you are going through is common and it’s okay to ask for help.
It’s not selfish to prioritize caring for yourself. You don’t have to always prioritize work or your family’s needs over your own needs.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Can Help You Gain the Courage and Insight to Be Your True Self
It’s possible to feel better. Imagine a life where you could…
Learn to access and trust your core, authentic Self.
Create a vibrant life with authentic relationships with Self and others that aligns with your values and desires.
Find safety and healing from past difficult and painful experiences.
Get to the root of the problems and solve those instead of using band-aids.
Learn to experience, embrace, and understand your emotions, knowing they are part of who you are.
Really know that all parts of you are wanted and needed.
Step Back and Focus on Healing
Internal Family Systems (IFS) helps you rise above your challenges and start moving towards your ideal life with less confusion and more confidence and increased clarity.
You will get you the fresh perspective you need to discover the root of your struggles and uncover strengths and learn new life skills.
Even if you are nervous about starting therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) may be able to help by acknowledging and really learning to understand the anxiety you have about starting.
I’ve helped people who feel alone and isolated find meaningful connections with their core, authentic Self, which leads to deeper connection with others in their lives. With deeper understanding of their inner processes, navigating difficult emotions and experiences become easier and more fluid.
My name is Annie Beach, and I am an IFS – Level Two trained therapist who is here to help.
How Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy Works
Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy consists of 50-minute, one-on-one sessions that help you focus inward and understand the processes that go into making you who you are. I will expertly guide you through your internal world, helping you get to know and understand all parts of yourself, finding healing where needed and rest for your weary parts.
Here’s how it will work step-by-step:
1. First, I provide a safe, accepting space so that you will feel comfortable sharing your struggles with me.
2. Through hearing your story, I will start to get a picture of what your challenges are.
3. We will start with helping you with immediate concerns like managing difficult emotions and challenging life situations through getting to know the parts of you that hold the emotions and allowing them to be fully seen and heard.
4. We will take one small step at a time, on your timeline, we will begin to understand your “internal system” and how all the parts of you are welcome and necessary in making you who you are.
5. As your parts are willing, we will help them release burdens or pain that they carry that may allow them the opportunity to relax and find some respite from the extreme roles they have been forced into.
6. Over the course of our sessions, you will begin to understand how your own system functions and all parts of you will begin to work together to create the life you desire.
Ready to start feeling better? If you feel lost in life on some level, unsure of how to find your way, Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy could help.
Start now and build your confidence and ability to trust your Self and choose vulnerability and connection with others. During your free phone consultation, you can start getting a feel for how I can help and we can discuss next steps.
Call me for your free phone consultation today at (540) 486-1709.
More about Internal Family Systems
Have you seen the Disney-Pixar movie Inside Out? It’s a great representation of how our minds function. In the movie, the young girl, Riley is uprooted from the life she’s always known to a new city and a new school. Her emotions – Joy, Anger, Disgust, Sadness, and Fear – are represented as characters that live inside of her mind; their conflict and dissonance regarding their ideas for how Riley ought to live her new life and respond to the people and situations around her. Through this movie, we learn the importance of all emotions (in IFS terms – “parts”) are important and needed.
Like the movie, Internal Family Systems respects the importance of all of our parts.
Internal Family Systems was developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, a therapist who worked from a systems model and began to liken the internal system in his clients and himself to the family systems he experienced in the counseling offices. In his own words, “The IFS Model, which evolved as a result of this exploration, views a person as containing an ecology of relatively discrete minds, each of which has valuable qualities and each of which is designed to -- and wants to -- play a valuable role within. These parts are forced out of their valuable roles, however, by life experiences that can reorganize the system in unhealthy ways. A good analogy is an alcoholic family in which the children are forced into protective and stereotypic roles by the extreme dynamics of their family. While one finds similar sibling roles across alcoholic families (e.g., the scapegoat, mascot, lost child), one does not conclude that those roles represent the essence of those children. Instead, each child is unique and, once released from his or her role by intervention, can find interests and talents separate from the demands of the chaotic family. The same process seems to hold true for internal families -- parts are forced into extreme roles by external circumstances and, once it seems safe, they gladly transform into valuable family members” (https://ifs-institute.com/resources/articles/evolution-internal-family-systems-model-dr-richard-schwartz-ph-d).
For more information about IFS and the official IFS Institute, please see their website at: https://ifs-institute.com/.