Internal Family Systems Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy recognizes that a person has three distinct parts to their consciousness. Each part wants to protect the person, but each has its own perspective, approach, and experience to draw from.
Ideally a person’s true self can manage these three parts, but often the differences between these parts may conflict with each other and result in impulsive or inappropriate behavior.
The goal of IFS is to help these parts work in harmony under the direction of our true self.
1. Managers – try to protect yourself from pain preventatively
2. Exiles – pain, fear, shame, trauma that managers and firefighters try to deny or exile
3. Firefighters – try to distract from pain through excessive behavior