IFS refers to Internal Family Systems, an evidence-based, experiential, somatic, therapeutic model. While originally only psychotherapists were trained in this model, in the last several years the training has been opened to include the training of coaches and other healing practitioners. This model assumes that all individuals come into the world with a capital-S Self that embodies compassion, connection, curiosity, calm and similar qualities. As we go through life, we develop “parts” of self that help us cope and survive the challenges we encounter (for example, a protective angry part that can cause ruptures in relationships, or a hurt, collapsed part that shuts us down).
At times, these parts can be polarized or in conflict with one another and with our valued path. One of the goals of IFS is to increase awareness and communication between parts and to live a more Self-led life. This work leads to a greater understanding of one’s values so they can make choices that move them forward on a path that aligns with their values. In addition, it facilitates the healing of past hurts, helps identify and shift destructive belief patterns, and helps implement new ways of thinking and living.
A calm and compassionate presence is brought to this work which creates a safe space for one to explore and heal. Many have found this model incredibly transformative both personally and professionally.
I’m a Board Certified Life Coach and I have a seminary doctorate. I’ve worked within a ministry context for the last 20 years as a bridge-builder between various cultural and religious groups. I’ve taught cross-cultural communication at the adjunct level, done development work for a non-profit. I am trained in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model.
Self is taken from the Internal Family Systems model (IFS) and describes the essence of you; how you came into the world, and who you are when you're feeling calm, compassionate, creative and connected. From a Christian perspective, I like to think of Self as My Beloved Self - The beloved child of God I was created to be.
No. While my Christian spirituality informs my practice, I will meet you where you are on your journey, and I'll be an ally to help you find healing on your own unique path.
No. You as a person and being respected as a human being on the path that you're on is what matters.
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