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IFS or Internal Family Systems offers a clear, compassionate, and empowering method of understanding the parts of you and change how you experience, understand, and respond to situations.
IFS promotes inner healing and harmony, moving you toward a state of calmness, courage, connectedness, and clarity. It is evidenced-based, meaning it is one of the best therapeutic practices available, proven scientifically to produce positive results.
In IFS, we believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities. All parts are welcome. Additionally, we understand everyone to have a core Self, an aspect of our being that is wise, compassionate, connected and healing. Our core Self is THE healing agent in IFS, allowing us to become integrated and whole.
Dr Ann Marie Semich in her Jupiter counseling officeAt the IFS Institute, we welcome ALL people. You are welcome here, too.
Dr. Ann Marie Semich is a Certified IFS Therapist and an Approved IFS Clinical Consultant. She began her journey with IFS in 2013 when she attended a week-long workshop with IFS founder, Dick Schwartz. She has been using the modality extensively with clients for over a decade. Dr. Semich has completed Level 1, Level 2: Deepening and Expanding, Level 2: Trauma and Neuroscience, and Level 3, as well as, numerous IFS trainings with Dick Schwartz and other Lead Trainers. Additionally, she has worked as a Program Assistant for IFS Institute trainings since 2016.
IFS therapy can be used as a treatment method to help clients experiencing various issues. Sometimes, there is a misconception that IFS is for families. It’s important to think of “family” as the internal system of an individual with many parts, like families have many members. IFS method is traditionally used for the growth and healing of an individual client.
Those experiencing the following conditions can benefit from Internal Family Systems Therapy:
IFS therapy has also proven to be helpful for those who are experiencing the effects of trauma, conflicts in the workplace, lack of motivation, body image/eating issues, disinterest, or general feelings of mental and emotional discomfort.>
Internal Family Systems therapy is experiential and beyond a form of talk therapy. You can expect your time to be deep, meaningful and insightful. In session, we will begin to pinpoint the different “parts of the system” that are preventing you from experiencing Self (the core of who you are).
IFS therapy aims to identify three key parts:
For example, if a client is worried about losing their job, the underlying fear is the exile. The part that tries to prove that they are a valuable employee (person) by working late hours, or people pleasing is the manager protector. If the boss indicates they are underperforming (thus triggering the fearful exile), the firefighter protector part will start drinking to numb or suppress the fear.
In session, you are invited to explore these parts of you from a place of curiosity and compassion. Once the part feels fully understood by you, we continue the healing process by unburdening the old beliefs and emotions, then integrating new, more helpful qualities such as peace, or joy, or confidence. When this happens, the protector parts of you no longer have to work so hard and they can shift into other roles for you.
Once the exiles have been healed and unburdened from the emotions and beliefs that they have been carrying, the protector parts relax and often shift to more helpful roles. This creates more space in the system to experience the qualities of Self in daily life. Qualities such as confidence, clarity, compassion, calm, courage, curiosity, creativity, and connection. When this type of deep healing happens, it gives us a greater ability to have a “choice in every moment.” This means we can choose how to respond to life’s events, circumstances, and relationships in a harmonious and more loving way.
To make an appointment at our Jupiter counseling office, you may either call (561) 748-1244 or fill out the form below. Our Office Manager will contact you within 24 hours to help you get scheduled with the Jupiter counselor who will best serve your unique situation and needs.
Once an appointment time and date has been established, you will be sent electronic forms to your email address to be completed prior to your initial session.
Our office is conveniently located in the center of Jupiter at 1132 W. Indiantown Road, on the second floor in suite #202. We are in the 2-story, yellow building with the ‘Sola’ marquee sign.
We look forward to working with you!
Please be aware, we do not file insurance. We are happy to provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Our fees range from $125 – $185 per session.