VIDEO: Helping Traumatized Clients Heal their Inner Parts

Treating Complex Trauma with IFS Therapy

Richard Schwartz

According to Dick Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, all people have within them multiple “inner parts,” each with distinct emotions, beliefs, and roles adapted to help us cope with life’s challenges.



Dick Schwartz on entering the inner world of trauma survivors.

With trauma survivors, however, these parts—in an effort to protect a person from further hurt and pain—can often stand in the way of genuine recovery. In this brief video clip, Dick explains how to work with clients so they can manage their responses and deal with the root of trauma by having a dialogue with these different parts.


“The central task of IFS therapy is to work with these parts in a way that allows deep emotional healing to take place,” Dick says in his Networker article. “If each part—even the most damaged and negative—is given the chance to reveal the origin of its burdens, it can show itself in its original valuable state, before it became so destructive.”


In our Networker Webcast series The Trauma Treatment Revolution, Dick offers an actual demonstration interview showing step-by-step the process of deep healing at the heart of the IFS model.

Topic: Trauma

Tags: family | family systems | internal family systems | survivors | therapy | trauma treatment | traumatized | traumatized clients | Dick Schwartz | inner parts | Self

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2 Comments

Sunday, February 21, 2016 12:10:06 PM | posted by Anne Odgers
video is so short...how about a longer interview

Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:41:19 PM | posted by Eric Andrews
"We're born with these sub-personalities". Where is there any reputable support in the field for that kind of statement? I work with 'parts' of client's minds all the time, but I would never refer to them as differing personalities.