Internal Family Systems Psychotherapy & Coaching
What is IFS?
The Internal Family Systems Model is an evidenced-based, integrative approach to individual psychotherapy developed by Richard C. Schwartz in the 1980s. It combines systems thinking with emerging research that the mind is naturally made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities or "parts", each with its own unique viewpoint and qualities.
When we experience a loss, setback, conflict or trauma, it is common for some parts of us to become burdened and exiled (ie: wounded and alienated from ourselves and others). That can often set off a chain reaction of parts that then try to compensate, protect, defend, avoid (etc) in ways that are unhelpful or out right harmful. An IFS trained therapist can take on the role of co-leader with you and work toward the following three goals: unburdening the exile, systemic harmonization/reorganization of parts and the restoration of trust in your ability to provide leadership to your "internal family".
I have seen how a strong, therapeutic relationship acts as a safe jumping off point for clients to venture inwards and explore their inner world. You’ll experience how having a warm, compassionate, down-to-earth and competent guide gives you an increased sense of safety and courage as you face your fears and challenges. As you develop the skills of self-awareness, emotional intelligence and self-compassion, your confidence grows from a place deep within yourself. You develop and strengthen a sense of purpose and meaning in your life that lights the way forward for you as you navigate the terrain of your life.
Depression. Anxiety. Burn out.
Low self-esteem. Grief. Perfectionism. Feeling stuck/Indecisive.
Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Fees & Payment
The fee is $160+ HST per 50-minute session.
Payment for therapy is expected at the end of each session. In this way, the account remains manageable and therapy becomes a naturally budgeted expense. Receipts will be given when payment is received.
The cost of psychotherapy is considered a medical expense for tax purposes. Please retain your receipts for income tax claims.
Psychotherapy may be covered under your extended health benefits plan. Please speak with your insurance representative to verify coverage for registered psychotherapists.
Insatiably curious with a deep empathy for and interest in what makes us human. I see myself as fellow traveler on this journey. As a therapist, I am always humbled to witness the everyday courage shown by clients.
Also: Animal lover, auntie, and lively wedding-dancer. I've a special place in my heart for the underdog.
Fully licensed member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Level 2 IFS training and regular participation in international consultation groups
Clinical member of Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association
Former board member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP)
Practicing since 2011, specifically focused on IFS since 2019.