Internal Family Systems Therapy
by Richard Schwartz
Richard Schwartz demonstrates Internal Family Systems Therapy in an actual couples therapy session. Learn to help partners in a couple get to know all parts of themselves so that they can engage more fully in relationship.

Part of the 6-video series: Couples Therapy with the Experts
Schwartz’s approach helps individuals gain a sense of self-leadership over the parts of themselves that they are struggling with. In this session, Schwartz helps Loren and Kathy examine the parts of themselves that are causing problems in their marriage. Loren says Kathy disengages for several days after they have a fight. Kathy says that she is afraid if she reveals her true self to Loren, he won’t like it and will look to other women for intimacy.

Watch as Schwartz helps Kathy get in touch with her fear of Loren “wandering,” by naming, talking to and comforting that little girl part of herself. Loren is visibly moved by watching Kathy’s exploration, gains a deeper understanding of her vulnerability, and agrees to work on his own fearful part that has an impulse to “wander.”

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What therapists are saying…

"...a useful tool for gaining a clear and informed understanding of this thera-peutic approach to working with couples and families."

-- Lyla Vander, Keeping in Touch (US Assoc for Body Psychotherapy Newsletter)
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By watching this video, you will:

• Learn how to help couples identify their own constraining and problematic sub-personalities and gain self-leadership over them.
• Gain an understanding of the self as a whole, along with different types of sub-personalities, including exiled parts, “managers” and “firefighters.”
• Develop new couples therapy strategies that integrate deep individual exploration with systems approaches.

Length of video: 2:01:00

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-199-2

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-198-6

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-200-X

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-200-6

Richard Schwartz, PhD, developed the Internal Family Systems Therapy model. He is Associate Professor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is also the author of Internal Family Systems Therapy, and co-author of the widely read textbook, Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods.

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CE credits: 3

Learning Objectives:

  • Help couples identify their own constraining and problematic parts and reestablish self-leadership.
  • Gain an understanding of the Self, along with the different groups of sub-personalities, including exiles, managers and firefighter parts.
  • Develop new couples therapy strategies that integrate deep individual exploration with systems therapy approaches.
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