Internal Family Systems Therapy – From Psychology Today magazine.
Recovery is cyclical.
Trauma never goes away, but the patterns and symptoms it leaves inside ebb and flow depending on context, experience, and life.
For a while, our system was stable. We were in a good place and able to work on other coping challenges that required attention. Challenges that interfered with living in the outside world.
Now, a lot of these challenges have changed into coping strategies, techniques or learning paths for future references – i.e. resources. The others are tangled with issues not ready to be addressed yet, so have moved to the background for now.
And it’s time to focus back on adapting our family system. My alters and I, we, are ready to start working on integration, self-awareness, and creating ways to live in both worlds. That means trying new coping techniques with our counselor and revisiting past ones too.
Why Internal Family Systems therapy? – it coincides nicely with the whole/parts theory of personality and is what our first trauma counselor used to help us get sorted. Plus, it’s great for helping people learn to cope with feelings/thoughts/opinions that seem overwhelming or conflicting without shame or guilt or anxiety.
Maybe it will help you too.
Thanks for reading.