Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach, developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction.

By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion.

In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

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Practitioners

Dr. Michael Bridges

Dr. Michael Bridges

Michael R. Bridges, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Bridges has spent the last two years in intensive study and training in IFS, including workshops and trainings with Dr. Richard Schwartz. In 2017, he began a year-long Level 1 IFS training in Philadelphia.

» Contact Michael at drmbridges1@gmail.com or 215-868-6393.

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., LPC

Elizabeth Venart

Elizabeth recognizes that people come to therapy looking for information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of grief and trauma. IFS is helpful because it recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity.

» Learn more at www.elizabethvenart.com/emdr

» Contact Elizabeth at ElizabethLPC@comcast.net or (215) 233-2002

Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC

Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC

Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC

Jen Perry is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Life Coach, and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. Jen Perry builds on her clients’ values and strengths and teaches them mindfulness and creative problem-solving skills, empowering them to find authentic self-expression in the world. Her approach balances the desire for personal growth and change with acceptance and loving-kindness for self and others.

» Visit Jen’s website.

» Contact Jen at jenperry7@mac.com and (215) 292-5056.

Trudy Gregson, MS, LPC

Trudy uses IFS to help clients experiencing depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, issues related to trauma, life transitions, grief and loss. Clients connect with the IFS approach because it values and respects each individual’s inner system and provides for true collaboration between therapist and client.

Using IFS, Trudy guides clients through a process of bringing self-compassion and curiosity to their symptoms and difficulties, helping them to release the constraints that these difficulties place on them and bringing balance and harmony to their lives. Trudy has completed the Level 1 training in the Internal Family Systems Model through the Center for Self-Leadership.

» Contact Trudy at trudygregsontherapy@gmail.com or 267-652-1732.

 

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