Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a psychotherapeutic paradigm based on the premise that the mind is a collection of different parts, each trying to maintain the individual’s well-being. Each part uses a method based on a subjective view of the individual. When parts are in conflict, dysfunction emerges. The IFS method does not attempt to eliminate any part, but rather works to promote communication, harmony, and balance between them, in an effort to help the person integrate.
IFS is used to treat trauma, and is helpful in individual, and couples counseling.