We want the individuals we serve to have a clear idea of what we are doing and why we are doing it in therapy. Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) works from the idea that individuals can only be fully understood within a view of a “family” unit. IFS assumes each individual possesses a variety of sub-personalities, or “parts,” (each with its own likes, dislikes, burdens and history) designed with a distinct role in achieving self preservation for the person. Each part can be labeled as a type (Exiles, Firefighters or Managers). Looking at each part can help identify whether it is either healthy and productive or extreme. Therapy can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Understanding the basics of Internal Family Systems Therapy can help with calming any uncertainties.