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VIDEO: How Symptoms Reveal the Path to Growth

IFS Developer Richard Schwartz on Befriending the Inner "Protector"

Richard Schwartz • 8/15/2018

Often, our attitudes toward anxiety symptoms are misguided, says Richard Schwartz, the originator of Internal Family Systems. By understanding responses like cold sweats and heavy breathing, for instance, as positive expressions of a wish to protect oneself, rather than simply negative symptoms, Schwartz says, trauma survivors are in a better position to begin the process of healing.

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Copyright:
6/20/2018
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
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NRS001262
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Copyright:
6/4/2018
Authors:
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
BARBARA FREDRICKSON, PH.D.
 
JON KABAT-ZINN, PH.D.
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NRS001257
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Engaging Ourselves Compassionately

Richard Schwartz Explains the IFS Approach to Mindfulness

Richard Schwartz • 5/24/2018

By Richard Schwartz - Mindfulness allows us to separate from our irrational self-statements. But what if it were possible to transform this inner drama, rather than just keep it at arm’s length, by taking mindfulness one step further?

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Copyright:
1/29/2018
Authors:
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
ED TRONICK, PHD
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
MICHAEL MITHOEFER
 
LOU BERGHOLZ
 
FRANK PUTMAN, MD
 
PAT OGDEN, PHD
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VIDEO: Richard Schwartz on Healing Our Wounded Inner Parts

The Originator of IFS on Helping Clients Awaken Self-Healing

Richard Schwartz • 12/13/2017

Internal Family Systems (IFS) has allowed therapists to awaken the capacity for deep self-healing within even their most troubled clients. In this video clip from his 2015 Symposium keynote, Richard Schwartz, the originator of IFS, explains the transformative power of connecting with our wounded inner parts.

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Applying powerful practices to overcome anxiety, trauma, depression and more
Copyright:
11/10/2017
Authors:
ELANA ROSENBAUM, MS, LICSW
 
CHRISTOPHER WILLARD, PSY.D.
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
TERRY FRALICH, LCPC
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NRS001221
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Trauma-Informed Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD & Substance Abuse
Copyright:
10/24/2017
Authors:
FRANK G. ANDERSON, M.D.
 
MARTHA SWEEZY
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
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PUB085175
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$29.99 USD     $19.99 USD

Helping Clients Access Their True Selves

Dick Schwartz on Changing Outer Dialogues by Changing Inner Dialogues

Richard Schwartz • 10/24/2017

By Richard Schwartz - As clients embody more Self, their inner dialogues change spontaneously. They stop berating themselves and, instead, get to know, rather than try to eliminate, the extreme inner voices or emotions that have plagued them. Even clients who've shown little insight into their problems are suddenly able to trace the trajectory of their own feelings and emotional histories with startling clarity and understanding.

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Helping Struggling Couples Get to the Root of Intimacy Problems

Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems Approach to Couples Therapy

Richard Schwartz • 9/28/2017

By Richard Schwartz - No other area of a couple's life holds as much promise for achieving intimacy as sex. Indeed, the promise of intimacy may be as important as lust for drawing human beings toward sex in the first place. My goal now is to help partners reach the kind of soul-deep connectedness in their sexual encounters that can transform their lives and their relationship with each other.

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Copyright:
6/20/2018
Authors:
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
 
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
 
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
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NRS001262
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$339.96 USD     $159.99 USD
Copyright:
6/4/2018
Authors:
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
 
SUSAN JOHNSON, ED.D.
 
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
BARBARA FREDRICKSON, PH.D.
 
JON KABAT-ZINN, PH.D.
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NRS001257
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Copyright:
1/29/2018
Authors:
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
ED TRONICK, PHD
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
MICHAEL MITHOEFER
 
LOU BERGHOLZ
 
FRANK PUTMAN, MD
 
PAT OGDEN, PHD
Product:
CRS001218
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$839.92 USD     $399.99 USD
Applying powerful practices to overcome anxiety, trauma, depression and more
Copyright:
11/10/2017
Authors:
ELANA ROSENBAUM, MS, LICSW
 
CHRISTOPHER WILLARD, PSY.D.
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
TERRY FRALICH, LCPC
Product:
NRS001221
Type:
$739.93 USD     $159.99 USD
Trauma-Informed Treatment for Anxiety, Depression, PTSD & Substance Abuse
Copyright:
10/24/2017
Authors:
FRANK G. ANDERSON, M.D.
 
MARTHA SWEEZY
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
Product:
PUB085175
Type:
$29.99 USD     $19.99 USD
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., Developer and Founder of Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Copyright:
9/4/2017
Authors:
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
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Attachment, Stabilization, Identity and Self-Awareness
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6/3/2017
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ED TRONICK, PHD
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
MICHAEL MITHOEFER
 
LOU BERGHOLZ
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Treating the Long-Term Effects of Trauma
Copyright:
6/1/2017
Authors:
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
MICHAEL MITHOEFER
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5/31/2017
Authors:
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
 
JOSEPH SPINAZZOLA, PHD
 
MARGARET BLAUSTEIN, PHD
 
ELIZABETH WARNER, PSY.D.
 
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
RUTH LANIUS, M.D., PH.D.
 
ALEXANDER MCFARLANE
 
ED TRONICK, PHD
 
WENDY D'ANDREA, PHD
 
MICHAEL MITHOEFER
 
PETER J. BAYLEY, PH.D.
 
LOU BERGHOLZ
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RVKIT053005
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An intensive online course with Dr. Richard Schwartz & Dr. Frank Anderson
Copyright:
4/20/2017
Authors:
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, PHD
 
DANIEL J SIEGEL, M.D.
 
FRANK G. ANDERSON, M.D.
 
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
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VIDEO: How Symptoms Reveal the Path to Growth

IFS Developer Richard Schwartz on Befriending the Inner "Protector"

Richard Schwartz • 8/15/2018

Often, our attitudes toward anxiety symptoms are misguided, says Richard Schwartz, the originator of Internal Family Systems. By understanding responses like cold sweats and heavy breathing, for instance, as positive expressions of a wish to protect oneself, rather than simply negative symptoms, Schwartz says, trauma survivors are in a better position to begin the process of healing.

Daily Blog

Engaging Ourselves Compassionately

Richard Schwartz Explains the IFS Approach to Mindfulness

Richard Schwartz • 5/24/2018

By Richard Schwartz - Mindfulness allows us to separate from our irrational self-statements. But what if it were possible to transform this inner drama, rather than just keep it at arm’s length, by taking mindfulness one step further?

Daily Blog

VIDEO: Richard Schwartz on Healing Our Wounded Inner Parts

The Originator of IFS on Helping Clients Awaken Self-Healing

Richard Schwartz • 12/13/2017

Internal Family Systems (IFS) has allowed therapists to awaken the capacity for deep self-healing within even their most troubled clients. In this video clip from his 2015 Symposium keynote, Richard Schwartz, the originator of IFS, explains the transformative power of connecting with our wounded inner parts.

Daily Blog

Helping Clients Access Their True Selves

Dick Schwartz on Changing Outer Dialogues by Changing Inner Dialogues

Richard Schwartz • 10/24/2017

By Richard Schwartz - As clients embody more Self, their inner dialogues change spontaneously. They stop berating themselves and, instead, get to know, rather than try to eliminate, the extreme inner voices or emotions that have plagued them. Even clients who've shown little insight into their problems are suddenly able to trace the trajectory of their own feelings and emotional histories with startling clarity and understanding.

Daily Blog

Helping Struggling Couples Get to the Root of Intimacy Problems

Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems Approach to Couples Therapy

Richard Schwartz • 9/28/2017

By Richard Schwartz - No other area of a couple's life holds as much promise for achieving intimacy as sex. Indeed, the promise of intimacy may be as important as lust for drawing human beings toward sex in the first place. My goal now is to help partners reach the kind of soul-deep connectedness in their sexual encounters that can transform their lives and their relationship with each other.

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VIDEO: Richard Schwartz on Being a Compassionate Witness to Yourself

How Internal Family Systems Gives Traumatized Clients Their Power Back

Richard Schwartz • 9/6/2017

According to Richard Schwartz, the originator of Internal Family Systems therapy, the natural state of the mind is to be subdivided into parts, which carry the memories, beliefs, and emotions that make up what we call our personality. In the following video from his 2015 Networker Symposium keynote address, he explains how we can become healing attachment figures for these wounded inner parts.

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The Paradox of Acceptance

Richard Schwartz Shares What Wise Buddhists Have Known for Centuries

Richard Schwartz • 11/1/2016

By Richard Schwartz - We normally think of the attachment process as happening between caretakers and young children, but the more you explore how the inner world functions, the more you find that it parallels external relationships, and that we have an inner capacity to extend mindful caretaking to aspects of ourselves that are frozen in time and excluded from our normal consciousness.

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Mindfulness Meets Internal Family Systems

Helping Clients Move from Acceptance to Transformation

Richard Schwartz • 6/22/2016

By Richard Schwartz - Many therapeutic attempts to integrate mindfulness help clients notice negative emotions from a place of separation and extend acceptance toward them. But what if it were possible to transform this inner drama, rather than just keep it at arm’s length? The goal of Internal Family Systems (IFS) is to build on this important first step of separating from and accepting these impulses, and then take a second step of helping clients transform them.

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Going Beyond Mindfulness with Internal Family Systems

Dick Schwartz on Achieving Awareness and Healing with IFS Therapy

Richard Schwartz • 10/8/2015

A perennial quandary in psychotherapy, as well as spirituality, is whether the goal is to help people come to accept the inevitable pain of the human condition with more equanimity or to actually transform and heal the pain, shame, or terror, so that it’s no longer a problem. The goal of the therapeutic approach that I use, Internal Family Systems (IFS), is to build on the important first step of separating from and accepting self-destructive impulses, and then take a second step of helping clients transform them.

 

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Using Internal Family Systems to Reduce Self-Criticism

Dick Schwartz Offers an IFS Approach to Self-Compassion

Richard Schwartz • 9/11/2015

When you think of yourself as being psychosocially monolithic, instead of comprising a range of different parts, having self-compassion seems simple: you just relate to the self you happen to identify with at the moment with warmth, rather than harshness. But once you recognize that you’ve got many selves in there, things become more complicated, and it becomes crucial to recognize that there are levels of self-compassion, some of which need much more effort, awareness, and emotional resilience than others.

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Facing Our Dark Side

Some Forms of Self-Compassion Are Harder than Others

Richard Schwartz • 9/1/2015

Achieving a genuine state of self-compassion is a more challenging undertaking than many realize. Far from a little feel-better incantation you offer yourself when stressed, it’s a journey into multiple parts of yourself that may include the good, the bad, the ugly, the confused, the frightened, and the abandoned.

Magazine Article

Depathologizing The Borderline Client

Learning to Manage Our Fears

Richard Schwartz • 5/1/2013

Inevitably, given their history of trauma, many borderline clients will trigger their therapists from time to time. But forgoing the urge to blame these clients and taking responsibility for what’s happening inside you can become a turning point in therapy.

Magazine Article

When Meditation Isn't Enough

Going Beyond Acceptance to Healing

Richard Schwartz • 11/14/2011

A psychotherapist discusses the next step: how to help clients transform the disruptive feelings and thoughts that they’ve learned to simply observe during meditation.


Magazine Article

The Larger Self

Discovering the Core Within Our Multiplicity

Richard Schwartz • 5/1/2004

The practice of therapy, for both therapist and client, is transformed when we connect with our fundamental core, a process that involves learning to listen closely to our inner cacophony and embracing even the parts of ourselves that we formerly loathed.

Magazine Article

Pathways to Sexual Intimacy

Revealing Our Many Selves in the Bedroom

Richard Schwartz • 5/1/2003

No other area of a couple's life holds as much promise for achieving intimacy as sex. Indeed, the promise of intimacy may be as important as lust for drawing human beings toward sex in the first place. My goal now is to help partners reach the kind of soul-deep connectedness in their sexual encounters that can transform their lives and their relationship with each other.

Magazine Article

Know Thy Selves

The Inner Lives of Couples Therapy

Richard Schwartz • 11/1/1988

Every couples therapist knows the experience. Just moments ago, as you talked to the wife and then her husband, you were struck by how likable each one seemed. You sensed their warmth, their humor. But now you've hit on one of those issues—perhaps it's a conflict about an in-law, or something about sex, or even the proverbial struggle about the toothpaste tube—and suddenly the people whose company you were enjoying earlier appear to have left the room.


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Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University, after which he began a long association with the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and more recently at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, attaining the status of associate professor at both institutions. He is co-author, with Michael Nichols, of Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods, the most widely used family therapy text in the United States.

Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. He noticed that when these parts felt safe and had their concerns addressed, they were less disruptive and would accede to the wise leadership of what Dr. Schwartz came to call the “Self.” In developing IFS, he recognized that, as in systemic family theory, parts take on characteristic roles that help define the inner world of the clients. The coordinating Self, which embodies qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion, acts as a center around which the various parts constellate. Because IFS locates the source of healing within the client, the therapist is freed to focus on guiding the client’s access to his or her true Self and supporting the client in harnessing its wisdom. This approach makes IFS a non-pathologizing, hopeful framework within which to practice psychotherapy. It provides an alternative understanding of psychic functioning and healing that allows for innovative techniques in relieving clients symptoms and suffering.

In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations and a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and he serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), as well as Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer). Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.