1st Edition

Internal Family Systems Therapy with Children

By Lisa Spiegel Copyright 2017
    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    134 Pages
    by Routledge

    Internal Family Systems Therapy with Children details the application of IFS in child psychotherapy. The weaving together of theory, step-by-step instruction, and case material gives child therapists a clear roadmap for understanding and utilizing the healing power of this modality. In addition, any IFS therapist will deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of Internal Family Systems by reading how it is practiced with children. This book also covers the use of IFS in parent guidance, an important aspect of any therapeutic work with families or adult individuals with children. The poignant and humorous vignettes of children’s therapy along with their IFS artwork make it an enjoyable and informative read.

    • Applies the increasingly-popular Internal Family Systems model to children
    • Integrates theory, step-by-step instruction, and case material to demonstrate to therapists how to use IFS with children
    • Contains a chapter on using IFS in parent guidance
    • Includes a foreword by Richard Schwartz, the developer of the Internal Family Systems model

    Acknowledgements  Foreword Richard C Schwartz  1. My Introduction to IFS  2. Key Concepts in IFS  3. The IFS Protocal  4. Finding and Befriending Parts: Percy, Charlotte and Kathleen  5. Negotiating with Protectors: Esther and Talia  6. Externalizing Parts: Hailey and Rain  7. Polarizations: Amelia and Hazel’s Opposing Parts  8. Unburdening Parts: Juliana and Henry  9. Using IFS in Parent Guidance  10. Therapy: Bart’s IFS Therapy  Conclusion  Glossary  Index


    Lisa Spiegel, MA, LMHC, founded Soho Parenting, a psychotherapy and parenting center in New York City, in 1987. Lisa is a certified Internal Family Systems therapist, LifeForce Yoga® practitioner, and Relational Life Institute couples counselor. She is also trained in EMDR. She has worked with children for over thirty years.

    “Internal Family Systems and children go together like pb&j. Children naturally take to the imagination, play, honesty, and heart of this method. And no voice could be better suited to guide us than that of Lisa Spiegel, a gifted clinician, teacher, and storyteller. With warmth, humor, and deep compassion, she has written the definitive text on the subject. A must read for anyone working with either IFS or with children.”—Terry Real, author, The New Rules of Marriage

    “Enter Lisa Spiegel. She has over 30 years of experience working with children and has studied and practiced IFS since 2010. She sent me [her] manuscript and I was elated. Not only are her case examples true to IFS theory and technique, they are captivating. This book is an important contribution not only to the growing literature on IFS, but to the field of child therapy in general. I’m very grateful.”— Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, developer of Internal Family Systems Therapy; faculty, Harvard Medical School