Dipping into your psyche can look many different ways. Most often, we begin with whatever you feel needs attention that day, and, from there, direct your attention to what’s happening in your psyche in relation to the topic being explored. I might ask questions about where the feeling or thought is in your body, what it looks like, and what your experience of it is like. We then explore its relationship to you, how you feel towards it, and what it wants or needs you to know in that moment.
This method is called Internal Family Systems (IFS), a highly effective evidence-based therapy. IFS operates under the assumption that our psyche is geared toward healing in the same way that our skin regenerates when we have been physically wounded. I see this work as accessing our psyche’s natural restorative abilities. Not only is it deep, powerful, and healing work, it is seen in the mental health community as one of the most effective treatments for PTSD, attachment wounds, and childhood trauma. IFS can be used for practically any concern including anxiety, depression, panic, relationship issues, and physical health issues.