What are Internal Family Systems?

Have you ever felt like you're constantly fighting against yourself? The IFS model is based on the idea that all people have parts, with each part having its own characteristics, experiences, beliefs, skills, and resources. The goal is to help people develop more awareness of their internal processes so they can make healthier choices in their lives. It also helps them understand how their inner world is impacting their outer world so they can learn how to make changes for the better.
IFS therapy has been shown to be effective for many different problems including depression, anxiety disorders, addictive behaviours, relationship problems, childhood trauma, and more.

What Can IFS Help With?

Internal Family Systems (IFS) can help you address and work through some of the deepest, most painful parts of yourself. It's a way to bring your inner experience into the room, so you can work on it in ways that feel safe and supported.
Anger Issues Individual Therapy

Anger Issues

This approach is designed to help people work through anger issues by identifying the parts of themselves that are angry, and helping them to communicate with those parts.
Anxiety Disorders Individual Therapy

Anxiety Disorders

It can help people with anxiety by enabling them to recognize the ways in which their minds and bodies are interacting. Then giving them tools to change those interactions.
Childhood Trauma Individual Therapy

Childhood Trauma

IFS can help people recognize the unhelpful patterns and behaviours they learned during childhood. Also, it enables them to identify what needs are not being met, and develop effective coping skills.
Depression Individual Therapy


IFS can help people with depression by offering a new way to see and understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It also provides tools for managing them.

Eating Disorders

It can help people with eating disorders by enabling them to understand the unhealthy relationship they have with food. Then they learn to replace that relationship with a healthier one.
Grief and loss Individual Therapy

Grief and Loss

IFS can help different grieving parts within yourself feel less overwhelmed by the pain of loss, and allows you to focus on processing and healing in a healthy way.
Self Esteem Individual Therapy

Self Esteem

IFS is a great way to get in touch with your inner selves and learn how to work together as a team to promote confidence, growth and a better self image.
Stress Individual Therapy

Stress and Burnout

IFS is an effective way to identify and heal your inner parts, so that you can be more present in your daily life which prevents you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

How Does IFS Work?

In this model, the individual is seen as an "adult" who is responsible for their own behaviour, thoughts, and a self-concept which is made up of several parts. These parts all have names, characteristics and problems associated with them. They also have conflicting needs and wants that cause them to fight for control over the person's behaviour. An IFS counsellor helps the individual identify these parts and work with them to develop healthy relationships between them. So they can all work together as a team rather than against each other.
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Internal Family Systems Therapists

Arian Guedes
Virtual and In-Person

Arian Guedes

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Arian has over 10 years of experience providing counselling to couples and adult individuals with anger issues, anxiety, trauma & PTSD, relationship issues, depression, identity concerns, low self-esteem, work-related issues, and more.
Dailyn Mccalla
Virtual & In-Person

Dailyn Mccalla

Provisional Psychologist
$200 per hour
Dailyn works with individuals, couples, and youth with a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, developmental disorders, depression, trauma, PTSD, eating disorders, gender and sexuality, families, trauma and more.

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