History of Internal Family Systems therapy

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Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., is the face behind IFS, i.e. Internal Family Systems
Therapy, which is a model of psychotherapy created and developed over 30
years ago.

Before IFS saw the light of the day, its future founder, Richard Schwartz, was a
family therapist. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy:
Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United
States. During therapy work with his clients, he began to pay more and more
attention to the language they used. When speaking about their internal world,
they often used word “part”, saying, for example, “a part of me wants to
divorce this man, while another part of me wants to stay in this relationship.”

Schwartz decided to listen to his intuition. Following the way his clients speak
about parts of their personalities, he discovered something that forever
changed his professional career and led him to create the Internal Family
Systems Therapy.

Looking at both his own parts and the “internal families” of his clients,
Schwartz understood that sub-personality is not just an automatic mode of our
psyche or fleeting state of mind. Sub-personalities are the people inside us.
What’s more, they are formed around specific needs (safety, sense of
belonging, self-fulfilment, etc.) and have their specific desires, beliefs, fears
and habits. They are also associated with specific emotions.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak
Park, Illinois. CSL offers three levels of Internal Family Systems training, after completing which you can apply for the full certification as either an IFS Practitioner or an IFS
Therapist.

Below you will find a 20-minute recording with Richard Schwartz talking
about the foundations of the Internal Family Systems Therapy:

About the author

Michael Pasterski
Michael Pasterski

The IFS Poland initiative has been started by Michael Pasterski, social skills coach who runs a popular blog in Poland, of over 1 million readers, on psychology, education and personal development Michalpasterski.pl. You will find his blog in English version on Pasterski.com.

Michael has accomplished the first level of education of the Internal Family Systems Model and as a practitioner of IFS Model runs individual and couples therapy with IFS.

The aim of the IFS Poland initiative is to introduce and popularize the IFS Model in Poland and make it a well-recognisable method of self-therapy and psychotherapy.

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The IFS Polska Project has been started by Michael Pasterski, social skills coach who runs a popular blog, of over 1 million readers, on psychology, education and personal development MichalPasterski.pl.

Michael has accomplished the first level of education of the Internal Family Systems Model and as a practitioner of IFS Model runs individual and couples therapy with IFS.

The aim of the IFS Polska Project is to introduce and popularize the IFS Model in Poland and make it a well-recognisable method of self-therapy and psychotherapy.