An exploration of Internal Family Systems therapy with Dr Richard Schwartz

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

My latest podcast is with creator of Internal Family Systems therapy, Dr Richard Schwartz.

Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed a therapeutic technique called Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) in the 1980’s after working with a number of clients who claimed to recognize that they had several components, or parts, to themselves. Schwartz observed that his clients’ parts were often rebellious and troublesome when unattended to and more compliant and obedient to what Schwartz termed the larger self when they were acknowledged, and their needs were addressed.


He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self.