IFS uses a plural model of mind that includes an internal system of countless “parts” that interact with each other internally (our internal “family”) and externally with other people. We all have different “parts” of ourselves that behave differently in day-to-day situations depending on what the situation necessitates. These “parts” or subpersonalities have functions and purpose.
When using IFS we begin to identify these “parts” and understand their roles. We also have an internal resource called the “Self”. The “Self” is the core of psychic balance and has the ability to heal all of the parts. This beautiful model of psychological therapeutic healing facilitates self-reflection and helps to cultivate self-awareness.