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Now significantly revised with over 70 percent new material, this is the authoritative audio presentation of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, which is taught and practiced around the world. 

IFS reveals how the subpersonalities or "parts" of each individual's psyche relate to each other like members of a family, and how - just as in a family - polarization among parts can lead to emotional suffering. IFS originator Richard Schwartz and master clinician Martha Sweezy explain core concepts and provide practical guidelines for implementing IFS with clients who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, and other behavioral problems. They also address strategies for treating families and couples. IFS therapy is listed in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.

Internal Family Systems Therapy is deftly narrated by Brian Arens, an Audible listener favorite.

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  • Carol Crayola
  • 09-11-2020

Definitely eye-opening...

Bringing the self and all your parts to live a more balanced life. Very much enjoyed this book as a therapist and has further motivated me to become an IFS therapist to utilize this with my clients!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-2020

Thank the lord baby Jesus

Wow, I am so grateful that Internal Family Systems exists! A must read and a game changer.

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  • Jacqui
  • 30-12-2020

Internal Family Systems Therapy - Novice review

I enjoyed the book which provides a good oversight of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy history and practice. What interested me was the evolution of the system from influences like Gregory Bateson who was an Anthropologist and seminal systems thinker who influenced psychology by insisting on context in analysis. Richard Shwartz seems to have discovered the system of therapy through a kind of ethnography with his clients - i.e. listening to them instead of coming from an expert vantage and imposing preconceived pathologies onto the patients. The key discovery seems to have been that by recognizing parts within his clients and then being able to directly question and interview these parts, the therapist can make great advances in assisting the client to heal their internal mental system. The therapy structure is non-pathologising and therefore seems to be less threatening for clients seeking assistance. The book covers most aspects of the therapy and also has a chapter on the broader society and culture in general which I appreciated as I do not think a systems thinker can leave this out, especially now. It shows honesty and openness to take position, and not to write from a the non-reflexive position which so much pervasive in academic disciplines.

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  • Josie McLellan
  • 28-11-2020

In-depth, fascinating introduction to IFS

This is a brilliant book. It’s addressed to therapists, and as a trainee therapist I found it invaluable. The narration is outstanding, and really added to my enjoyment and understanding of the book. Thank you, Brian Arens!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-12-2020

Too fast, impossible to listen too

Sounds as though the narrator is trying to halve the recording time. Impossible to listen too

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